Portsmouth Public Library | Local History Blog


Time Traveler Newsletter #2

Welcome to the second edition of The Time Traveler: Portsmouth Past and Present! Our goal is to bring Scioto County, Ohio’s past to life through engaging articles, archives and images that residents can be...


2018 Donations

July Peggy Ruggiero- multiple newspaper articles, magazines and brochures Trojan Junior Rifle Club member- various photos and posters of the club May Anonymous- 27 photographs John T. Yeary- 4 PHS yearbooks J. Marbeth Daniels-...


Public Genealogy Contributions

Introducing “Public Contributions” to the Local History website. If you have family/descendant photos from the Scioto County area that you do not wish to donate at this time, but you would like to share...


2017 Donations

December John Zellner & Mary Pelligrion – 14 books Bill Cullen (author)- “A History of Brewers in Portsmouth, Ohio” November Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- bound issues of Portsmouth Times (1940s) Martha Fuller- 2 Rauch...


2016 Donations

December No donations. November No donations. October Marguerite & Virgil Ramsey estate donation- 12 boxes of research September Lori Heart- 1930 Scioto Census microfilm August John Bierley- 2 family charcoal sketches Anna Biggs- N...


Yearbook Collection

The library has a large collection of yearbooks from local schools. Over the past few months we have digitized many of them and are planning to digitize the rest over the coming months. (Some...


View Our New Digital Collection

All images and texts have been moved to our new online digital collection. Thousands of new items have already been added, and more are being added every week! Click here to view it now.


Written Histories

The Local History Department has put together a collection of interesting stories about Scioto County. Subjects include early baseball, the brick industry, early railroad history and much more. View our collection of stories.


View Our Postcard Collection

Over 400 high-resolution postcards are available for viewing on our new digital archive website. More postcards are being added as we get them. View them here.