Manuscript Collections

The Manuscripts division of the Canaday Center collects, preserves, and makes available historical records of individuals, organizations, and businesses important to the history of Toledo and Northwest Ohio. Collections include records and personal papers of political figures, civic leaders, labor unions, social service agencies, and Toledo corporations.

Canaday Center Manuscripts
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James M. Ashley Papers, 1860-1960, MSS-002
James M. Ashley Papers, 1860-1960, MSS-002
Collection consists primarily of Ashley's memoirs, which were written during the last year of his life; a few letters written to him by his son Charles; and a fragmentary political proposal. The papers were collected by John M. Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Library Administration, University of Toledo, in conjunction with his thesis research (UT thesis, "James M. Ashley and Emancipation," 1940). Collection finding aid, Related Collection: Toledo, Angola, and Western Railroad Records, MSS-102