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James Van Orden Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-290

Scope and Contents

The James Van Orden Collection represents several aspects of Toledo and surrounding communities, including local sports and events, small businesses and industry leaders, municipal government, and the personal lives of Toledoans through postcards, flyers, event programs, advertisements, artifacts, and photographs. National and international news that would have been of interest to and have had an impact on Toledo residents are also included in headlines of several local newspapers. Due to the varied nature of media type and topic, this collection is organized first by subject matter, then grouped by type or topic, or listed individually. The subjects addressed are as follows:

• Business (marketing, products, and printed materials of Toledo’s businesses, big and small)

• Civic Pride (material that documents pride in Toledo)

• Education (materials related to local high schools and the University of Toledo)

• Events (materials related to anniversary celebrations, conferences, fairs, festivals, and historic events)

• Entertainment (materials related to local music, screen, stage, and television)

• Government (campaign and public services materials, as well as records of municipal, state, and federal government)

• Local/Regional History (booklets, maps, etc., related to Toledo and Northwest Ohio)

• Organizations (records of local clubs, unions, and similar)

• Publications (materials related to publishers, magazines, and newspaprs)

• Recreation (materials on parks, recreational/sports clubs, the zoo, etc.)

• Religion (programs and publications by local churches)

• Society (materials relating to individual residents, society pages, etc.)

• Sports (programs, tickets, and artifacts about high school, local, national and University of Toledo sports)

• Transportation (materials on modes of transportation, from the automobile to bicycles to boats)

• War Time (materials relating to specific wars, primarily WWII)

The full inventory is available through the link called "External Documents" below.


  • Majority of material found within 1879-2016

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials may be accessed by request at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

In most cases, the Canaday Center does not own the copyright and literary rights to items in its collections; it is the responsibility of the researcher to adhere to U.S. Copyright and Fair Use laws, including seeking permission from the copyright holder and payment of any royalty fees, in the reproduction and use of archival materials.

Providing copies or scans does not constitute a license to publish or reproduce images in print or electronic form.

Biographical / Historical

A native Toledoan and friend of the University of Toledo, James Van Orden was an active collector of historical memorabilia related to the Toledo area for more than 50 years. A former employee at General Motors Hydromatic, his collection focuses on items produced and/or showcased in Toledo, with an emphasis on historical documents and brochures. Mr. Van Orden collected his items at estate and garage sales, business closures, and flea markets.

Mr. Van Orden passed away June 9, 2018.


81.75 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


James Van Orden Collection, 1879-2016
Abby Filka
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Dan Saevig from the UToledo Development Office assisted with the Biographical Sketch.
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Repository Details

Part of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections Repository

2801 West Bancroft Street
William S. Carlson Library, Fifth Floor
Toledo Ohio 43606 United States