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Smith Library of Regional History

Established in 1981, The Smith Library of Regional History is a division of the Lane Public Libraries and is the premiere regional history library in Butler County, Ohio. Its holdings include books, newspapers, maps, photographs, manuscripts, archives, and oral histories as well as copies or transcripts of county records for Butler County and some surrounding counties. The collection time period covers the late 1700s to the present with emphasis on the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Despite the general scarcity of evidence for Underground Railroad study, the Smith Library has information on routes through Butler County that led to stops in Preble County to the immediate north and to nearby counties in Indiana. Underground Railroad oral histories within Oxford’s African American community led to the discovery of substantiating information in deeds, maps, and other documents in the Smith Library.

Some representative examples of the Smith Library’s contribution to Underground Railroad study include providing information for students’ school projects, local newspaper articles, a state NAACP conference, a regional history presentation, a national journal article, and more.

For more information about visiting the library and hours of operation, please visit: http://lanepl.org/smith.html


Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 15 South College Avenue, Oxford, Butler, 45056

Website: Smith Library of Regional History

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Valerie Elliott, Manager

Location Type: Facility

Freedom Seekers: Peter Bruner

UGRR Operatives: J. B. Grinnell,Jack Jones,Jane Lewis,John S. Jones