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Morgue records (Hamilton County, Ohio), 1887-1930

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Morgue records (Hamilton County, Ohio), 1887-1930

 

The Hamilton County, Ohio Morgue Records, 1887-1930 (Accession Number ON-73-38a) are part of a county records collection acquired by the Archives & Rare Books Library in 1973 under the Local Government Records Program established by the Ohio Historical Society and the State Legislature of Ohio.

Bodies were taken to the morgue for various reasons, such as suspicion of murder or suicide, accidental deaths, unidentified or unclaimed bodies, or death under unknown or otherwise suspicious circumstances. Details in the morgue records include the date, time, and location the body was found, personal information on the deceased, probable cause of death, and removal of the body, and sometimes effects found on the body. Some entries include letters from the next-of-kin or public officials that offer more information on the deceased. These records aid in revealing trends in economic depressions, workplace conditions, locations of accidents, transient patterns, crime patterns, and infant survival rates.

For further information on holdings of records related to Cincinnati and Hamilton County, please contact the Archives & Rare Books Library at archives@ucmail.uc.edu or by telephone: 513.556.1959.

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