In 2011 the Historical Society received funding from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board to digitize a historically significant collection of negatives from the Youngstown City Planning Office, which is held and managed by the Historical Society.
The Youngstown City Planning collection provides historically significant documentation for the downtown’s central business district, the campus of what is now Youngstown State University, neighborhoods impacted by urban renewal, and development in the Lake Milton area of Mahoning County. Local businesses, structures no longer standing, and developments within the infrastructure of the city are visually represented. The negatives primarily date from 1956-1964, with their identifications provided on the original envelopes. 1,900 negatives were digitized and now the collection is accessible to all patrons at our archival library.
Here are just a few of the images from the City Planning Collection.