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Records & Archives

A Brief History:

The need to preserve records of enduring historical, legal, financial and administrative/governing value has been long established throughout human history. However in the formative years of Ohio’s history, record preservation often was an afterthought to the more pressing issues of the day. In Licking County, individual county agencies were responsible for preserving their own records. Without a dedicated department to care for and house these records, they were shuffled around to any county buildings that had space, the majority landing in the courthouse attic between 1808 and 1874. In 1875 the courthouse caught fire and many of the early county records did not survive. A new courthouse was built and its attic was quickly inundated with new county records. While some steps were taken to better safeguard the county’s records, such as the creation of the Record Commission through the Board of County Commissioners, record preservation continued to be a low priority until more recent times. The Licking County Records & Archives Center was established in 2008 in response to the need for records management among the various county agencies. The Center has grown from a staff of 1 with an attic full of boxes to a 5 person team working to accommodate greater numbers of government records. In July 2018, after years of planning, the Record & Archives Center moved into a larger facility at 61 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio, 43055.

Records & Archives Function:

To serve the citizens of Licking County by efficiently managing the various records created by county agencies in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, Sunshine Laws and best archival practices. Since the creation of the Record & Archives Center in 2008, it has striven to promote government accountability and transparency by providing access to public records of historical value. 

Licking County Records & Archives Center Holdings:

The Licking County Records & Archives Center maintains the historical and necessary permanent of various county agencies, some of which no longer exist. Sadly a fire in 1875 destroyed many of the early court records for Licking County, though some pre-1875 did survive. Additionally, some records are restricted—if you have any questions please contact us through email, by phone 740-670-5121, or by visiting us in person at 61 East Main Street, Newark, Ohio, 43055.

Record Series


Decorative Bricks/Tiles from the Licking County Children’s Home


Spike from The Newark & Granville Electric Street Railway Company


Railroad Policemen’s Commissions


Historic Licking County Jail Photographs

1890-2010 (with gaps)

Bonds, Newark & Granville Electric Street Railway Company


Board of County Visitors Reports


Annual Reports Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building


Law Library Meeting Minutes

1896-2002 (with gaps)

Trustees of Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Building


Members of Soldiers’ Relief Commission


Trustees of Sinking Fund Cash Book


Trustees of Sinking Fund Ledger


Sanborn Fire Insurance Map


Jesse Grove Photographs


Children’s Home Oral History Interviews

1930-1975 [Interviews occurred in 2013]

A History of the Courts and Lawyers of Ohio in 3 Volumes


Children’s Home Photographs

1939-2013 (with gaps)

County Jail Oral History Interviews

1947-1979 (with gaps) [Interviews occurred 2014]

School and Library Atlas of the World


County Elected officials Oral History Interviews

1979-2013 [Interviews occurred between 2014-2015]

Judge Gregory L. Frost Papers


Soil Survey of Licking County, Ohio