Our Collections

The Media Heritage Archives are a “closed” archive–meaning researchers must visit the collection on-site and in-person. Copies of some items may be made available for a small fee. Media Heritage reserves the rights to all photographs, documents and other items in its collection. Reprint or publication without permission is strictly prohibited. Consult Media Heritage for a more detailed account of our collections, rules and restrictions.

To contact us about our archives, or to donate, click here or call 513-777-7891.

The Frederic W. Ziv Collection

Consisting of over 15,000 individual items, the Ziv Collection spans the amazing career of pioneer syndicator Frederic Ziv. Over 11,000 transcription disks, many of them original master recordings, represent Ziv’s entire radio syndication career.

The Minnabelle Abbott Hutchins Collection

Saved for over 60 years by the family of the one-time WLW actress, Minnabelle’s collection is a one-of-a-kind glimpse into radio in the 1930′s.

The Edwin Dooley/Clyde Haehnle Collection

This collection consists of several hundred hours of radio programs saved from destruction in the 1970′s, including the best extant examples of the legendary WLW program, “Moon River.”

The Chares Guffin Photograph Collection

With a scrapbook kept by the late WLW engineer Charlie Guffin, this collection contains over a hundred candid photographs taken in and around the WLW studios during its superpower years of the 1930′s.

The Mary Wood Collection

This collection consists of nearly 350 individual items, featuring photographs, news clippings, letters and other memorabilia from the long career of the legendary Cincinnati media newspaper columnist.

The Henry Thies Collection

Our most recent major acquisition featuring photographs and news clippings from WLW’s “star” orchestra leader and music conductor of the 1930′s.

The Eugene Patterson Collection

A large collection of photographs and recordings from 1930′s WLW engineer and amateur photographer, Patterson.

The Robert Miller Collection

A major collection of photographs, scripts and other items relating to WLW’s Farm Department, including items documenting “Everybody’s Farm” in Mason, Ohio.

The Kathryn Louise Johnston Family Collection

A collection of photographs, letters and hand-written scripts related to Hoosier radio storyteller and announcer; Boss Johnston.

The Jim Davison Collection

A collection of items related to the radio history of Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio.

Other Collections include:

  • The James C. King Oral History Collection
  • The Founders Collection of Sound and Print
  • The Mickey Fischer Collection
  • The Paul Dixon Collection and our General Collection