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Genealogy Center

The Genealogy Center closes permanently on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m.
Visit our expanded location in the new Main Library, 215 E. Third St. beginning Saturday, August 5 at Noon to 5pm

Department Manager, Jamie McQuinn

Manager, Special Collections, Jamie McQuinn

Mr. McQuinn joined the Dayton Metro Library in 1998, and he has managed the Special Collections Division since 2001. He has served in both public and academic libraries in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He earned his Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Michigan. Jamie enjoys reading biography, history, and historical fiction along with science fiction and fantasy titles. He is also active in Dayton community theatre and board gaming groups.

Staff - Department Highlight

Special Collections employs a diverse staff that includes a Local History Specialist, Genealogy, Archives and Government Information Librarians, as well as skilled full and part-time support staff. The Special Collections staff are happy to provide assistance with research in Dayton history and genealogy, as well as providing access to historical photographs, journals, magazines and newspapers. Computers and microfilm scanners are among the tools available for your research.

Community Connection

The Special Collections Division collects genealogy and historical materials for Dayton, Montgomery County and the Miami Valley Region. More than 150 years of Dayton newspapers are available on microfilm and the Library has been a Federal Document Depository for more than 100 years. Special Collections staff offer programs on Genealogy and Dayton historical topics at branches throughout the system as well as community and school groups. The Division partners with organizations such as Montgomery County Genealogical Society, the University of Dayton, and Wright State University to offer programs and services of value to researchers.


The Genealogy collection and services and are being provided at a temporary location at 359 Maryland Avenue during renovation of the new Main Library. The historic former firehouse in Old North Dayton which served as the interim Electra C. Doren Branch during its renovation is open during regular Library hours. Local History records are in storage for preservation purposes, but some may be requested and accessed at this location. Genealogy and Local History will have a wonderful new space on the second floor of the new Main Library when it opens in early 2017. Read More

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