The photo archive is devoted to the preservation & presentation of digital photographs of the history of Lorain. The archive began in 1999 with a generous grant from the Nord Family Foundation to preserve 600+ glass plate negatives. In 2001, BRHS received a grant from The Stocker Foundation to continue this work with other subject areas from the more than 18,000 photographs in The Society's collection.

As we digitize more and more of the collection, expect changes to this area of the web site. We currently have two archives of historical photographs: the Industrial Heritage Collection, which focuses on the industrial heritage of the City of Lorain, mainly the steel industry and shipping and the Images of Lorain collection, focusing on businesses, landmarks, schools and other non-industrial topical areas.