WORTHINGTON MANUSCRIPT RESOURCES AT OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
(1816 Ledger) Store Ledger.
1816. [VFM 569]
Mar. to July, 1816 ledger from unidentified Worthington general store, probably the Worthington
Manufacturing Co. store on Main St.
(AME Church) Black Pioneers in Education. 1971. [PA Box 778 17]
Eleven page article, Feb. 4, 1971, St. John's AME Church
(Anti-Slavery Society) Anti-Slavery Society of Worthington, 1835-37 [326.6 An87]
Typescript copied from manuscript book in possession of Albert Williams in 1921. Constitution, membership list, elected officers.
(Brown) Sidney Brown Papers. 1818-1878. [MSS 257]
Primarily account records from 1818-1849 from Worthington merchant Sidney Brown (c.1805-1881). Some
Justice of the Peace records from 1829-1834.
(Buttles) Buttles family papers, 1792-1911. [MSS 951]
Includes correspondence, deeds, estate materials, poems, genealogical
data, and miscellaneous records of Arora Buttles (1791-1864) his son Levi (1826-1891), and daughter-in-law Jennie Wright (1838-1920) Buttles of Worthington and Gambier, Ohio.
(Buttles) Joel Buttles Diary. 1843-1846. [VOL. 1206]
A memoir rather than a diary, written by Joel Buttles
((1787-1850) describing his family's journey from Connecticut in 1803 and life in pioneer Worthington. Joel became the editor of the Western Intelligencer, central Ohio's first newspaper in 1811. In 1814 he moved the paper to Columbus, where he became postmaster, merchant,
banker, and civic leader.
(Carey) Carey Family Correspondence. 1825-1861 [VFM 4610]
Items of Ohio legislator, US Congressman and founder of Carey, Ohio,
John Carey (1792-1875) and Dorcas Wilcox Carey (1790-1867), daughter of Scioto Co. member Roswell Wilcox. Letters between various family members including daughters attending Worthington Female Seminary.
(Case) Julia Buttles Case Papers. 1805-1846. [VFM 1620]
Papers of Julia Buttles (1795-1852) of Worthington, Ohio, married in
1815 to Job Warren Case (1787-1843). Includes correspondence, poems, essays, and other writings. Letters between Julia and family, re. early life in Ohio, activities in Connecticut and New York, War of 1812, and
routine social graces
(Chamber of Commerce) Worthington Chamber of Commerce Records. 1969-1984 [MSS 841]
Contains articles of incorporation, by-laws and scattered board agendas
and minutes, treasurer reports, correspondence and newsletters.
(Civil War) Monthly Surgeon's Report, 46th O.V.I. 1861. [State Archives Series, 147, Vol. 25, Item #194]
Letter, Feb. 8, 1852, from Army Surgeon, Thomas McFadden, with the 46th O.V.I. reporting on the
unhealthy condition of the hospital at Camp Lyon, in Worthington.
(College) Worthington College Charter.
1819. [VFM 106]
Copy of the Feb. 8, 1819 act by the Ohio legislature chartering Worthington College.
(Columbus and Sandusky Turnpike), Columbus and Sandusky Turnpike, 1834 [VFM 391]
Four letters May 10 - Oct. 3, 1834 authorizing gatekeepers to start charging tolls.
(Cowles) Rensselaer W. Cowles Collection. 1818-1842. [VFM 2015]
Fifty-one items of Rensselaer Cowles (1796-1842), son-in-law of James
Kilbourne, Worthington merchant and civic leader. Family correspondence much of it with his father Rev. Whitfield Cowles regarding cards for wool manufacturing. Items related to role as trustee of Worthington
Medical College and Worthington Female Seminary.
(Curtis) Carlos Curtis Papers. 1825. [VFM 105]
Two 1825 items of Carlos Curtis, regarding conducting a singing school
in Worthington, Ohio with list of subscribers
(Delawanda) Delawanda Restaurant Photograph. c. 1929. [VFM 5697]
Photograph for Delawanda Restaurant menu with owner, George Bliemes. At 4939 N. High St. from 1926
(Downer) Appleton Downer Collection 1806-1838. [VFM 1245]
Includes letter to his family in Connecticut describing business
conditions in Zanesville, Newark, Granville, Worthington, Columbus and Franklinton in 1815-1817
(Episcopal Church) St. John's Episcopal Church Record. Feb. 6, 1804 [VFM 54]
Copy of agreement adopted Feb. 6, 1804 for the founding of St. John's Episcopal Church.
(Episcopal Church) St. John's Church Records. 1803-1992 [MSS 943]
Records are arranged in eleven series: I. Administration and Financial Reports; II. Annual Meeting and Reports; III. Vestry; IV. Church Programs; V. Ladies Aid and Woman's Auxiliary; VI.
Rector's Correspondence and Records; VII. Church Property; VIII. Church Farm; IX. Church and Worthington History; X. Church Bulletins; and XI. Photographs Negatives.
(Female Seminary) Worthington Female Seminary. [PA Box 270 18] [see also 376.977156]
Annual Report and Catalog
(Female Seminary) Phebe Ann Weaver Friendship Book. 1835-1844 [VFM 703]
Phebe Ann Weaver was a student at the Worthington Female Seminary. This 23 page booklet contains
notes from friends.
(Griswold) Griswold Family Papers. 1801-1894 [MSS193]
A large collection of personal and business
papers of Scioto Company member Ezra Griswold (1767-1822), his son, George H. Griswold (1795-1876), and grandson, Worthington F. Griswold (1842-1912) all of whom lived in and operated the Griswold Tavern and served
in varied Worthington civic leadership roles. Collection includes various records from tavern sales to justice of the peace, school, militia, military, Masonic, deed, and post office records. [see OHS online collections catalog for index to folders]
(Harding) James F. Hoyle. (VFM 4383)
Typescript copy, "Life Sketch of George Tyron Harding, III,"
Nov. 25, 1985 funeral oration for Dr. Harding, son of the founder and Director of the Harding Hospital from 1934 to 1973.
(Heath) Rev. Uriah Heath Diary. 1845-1852. [VOL. 315]
Personal Diary of Rev. Heath, during part of this time as minister of the Worthington Methodist
Church, Trustee of the Worthington Female Seminary, and fund raiser for Ohio Wesleyan University
(Historical Society) Worthington Historical Society Study Group 18 Records.
1972-1979. [MSS 952]
Minutes, correspondence, programs, trip itineraries, for this support group of twelve couples, plus
copies of society's monthly newsletters.
(Kilbourne) James Kilbourne Papers. 1801-1906. [MSS 332]
Personal and business correspondence of James Kilbourne (1770-1850),
Worthington founder, Ohio legislator, and US Congressman. About 229 items primarily of family and business correspondence from 1801 to 1849 and resolutions Kilbourne introduced in the Ohio Legislature and the US
Congress. A few later letters from descendents.
(Kilbourn) James Kilbourn Letter. Feb. 7, 1804 [VFM 1802]
Photocopy of four page letter from Kilbourne to Senator Thomas
Worthington describing Christmas celebration in new settlement and plans for Masonic Lodge.
(Kilbourn) James Kilbourn Campaign Broadside. 1812. [OVS 5011]
James Kilbourn Oct. 12, 1812 broadside campaigning for Congress.
(Kilbourn) James Kilbourn Campaign Broadside. 1814 [OVS 5052]
James Kilbourn Sept. 8, 1814 broadside to the people of the 5th District for his campaign for Congress.
(Literary Society) Secretary's Book of the Worthington Literati. 1845-1849 [VOL 1185]
Business records of membership and election of officers as well as program topics on current events
such as slavery, temperance, the Mexican War, and the Gold Rush.
(Map) Worthington Map. 1804. [OVS 4255]
Survey Drawing of Worthington in 1804.
(Map) Worthington Map. 1893. [OVS 4256]
1893 map of Main St., Worthington, Ohio -- perhaps related to Columbus Interurban reaching
Worthington that year.
(Map) Morris Addition, Worthington. No date. [OVS 4257]
Map of Morris Addition to Worthington.
(Map) Griswold Farm Division. 1874. [MAP VFM0315-4]
Subdivision Plat Map
New England Masonic Lodge, No. 4. 1857. [PA Box 215 27]
Bylaws of New England Lodge, No. 4, 23 pages
(Medical College) Ohio Reformed Medical College. 1830. [OVS 1477]
Western Intelligencer Extra advertising the opening, terms, and course
of study for the Ohio Reformed Medical College at Worthington.
(Medical College) Alexander H. Baldridge Prescription Book. 1833. [Vol. 330]
Dr. Baldridge was a Professor at the Worthington Medical College and later at Cincinnati. This book
contains medicinal recipes for various illnesses.
(Methodist Church) Gilbert Coddington Architectural Drawing. 1966-1967. [OVS 1618]
Architectural Drawing of Worthington United Methodist Church.
(Nitschke) Charles A. Nitschke and Associates Collection. Prior to 1970. [SC 508]
Thirteen prints of historic preservation buildings including German Village in
Columbus and the Orange Johnson House in Worthington.
(Omnibus) Worthington and Dublin Omnibus. No date. [OVS 0626]
Broadside announcing Omnibus line from Columbus to Dublin via Worthington.
(Post Office) US Post Office Records. 1835-1856 [MSS 834] Box 1
This collection includes post office records from three Ohio towns including the records of George
H. Griswold at Worthington from 1843 to 1856. Includes personal mail as well as newspapers sent and received.
(Scioto Co.) Scioto Company Minute Book and Ledger. 1801-1806 [Vol. 40]
Ledger Book of the Scioto Company relating to the founding of Worthington. Contains list of
subscribers, constitution, minutes of meetings, names of officers and committee members, treasurer's records, and town lot purchases.
(Scioto Co.) Joseph Vance Collection. [MSS 754, Folders 1 & 2]
Five letters from Nov. 10, 1802 to Mar. 17, 1803 from Gen. Jonathan Dayton to his western land
agent, Joseph Vance, describing the plans of a company of New Englanders to purchase 16,000 acres.
(Tuller) Tuller and Thompson Records. 1853-1856 [VFM 1217]
Twenty-three page account ledger from F. Tuller and T. Thompson grocery in Worthington.
(Walnut Grove) George Harlow Griswold Papers.
1848-1868. [VFM 543]
Three items relating to Walnut Grove Cemetery: a draft of its
constitution, list of subscribers, and a brief history written by Griswold.
(Wetmore) Charles Wetmore Medical Certificate. 1808. [OVS 5855]
June 14, 1808 medical certificate to Charles H. Wetmore from the Rensselaer, New York Medical
Institute. Dr. Wetmore lived in Clinton Twp. but also practiced in Worthington from 1820 to 1830. Wetmore Rd. south of Worthington is named for him.
(Worthington) Worthington, Ohio Graphic Collection. Prior to 1956. [SC 552]
Contains one b&w postcard and 21 photographs and photocopies
primarily of historic Worthington buildings.
(WWII) Columbus World War II Roundtable. [MSS 1018]
This collection of 118 typescript first person accounts are
transcriptions of oral presentations between 1984 and 2001 describing their participation in a combat action during WWII. Nineteen Worthington residents are included: Harold Armstrong, James E. Badgero, James
Bashore, Willis Bauer, Marvin Coulter, M. Leonard Doge, Donald Douglas, Collin M. Dyer, Margaret Fleming, Robert Jurgensen, Richard Long, Robert W. McCormick, William McNutt, Jane G. Morrison, William R. Pierson,
Lawrence Pote, Robert Reimenscheider, Joseph Wells, Clair W. Young.