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Ohio Climbers' Association Records (MS-691)

Identifier: MS-691

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of official publications and newsletters, membership and financial records, and accounts of and plans for several climbing trips. In addition to a Super8 reel showing a climbing trip, the collection holds several maps of areas in the US and worldwide where its members had considered and/or undertaken climbing trips. 1967-2004.

Series I: Administrative Records; includes foundational documents, histories, minutes, membership, financial records, and a 21-page printed transcript of a 1996 interview regarding individual climbers by name and climbs undertaken. An electronic copy of the interview is available, MS691_e0001, 1975-2004.

Series II: Publications; includes newsletters, newspaper articles and clippings, instructional publications for the OCA and other related climbing and outdoor advocacy organizations, 1977-2004.

Series III: Event Materials; includes correspondence, planning, and accounts of several prospective and actual climbing trips, commercial maps of places in Asia, Europe, and North America, park maps, and elevation feature drawings for use in planning ascent and descent. Includes Super 8 reel of climbing at Clifton Gorge with accompanying note, 1 photograph of two women with notation, 1967-2004.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Electronic records in the collection are not accessible until they are fully processed. Physical access restriction for Analog AV materials too fragile to handle (reformat for access). Original machine dependable audio and video formats should not be used by patrons in the reading room, as it could be the last time the tape or reel will play. Rather, the original must be digitized upon request at the expense of the patron.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Ohio Climbers' Association (OCA), incorporated in 1990, was an outgrowth of the Clifton Gorge Climbing Association, begun in 1978, with the aim to advocate for, and model and practice, safe and environmentally responsible public access to rock climbing in public parks on behalf of the growing climbing community. That concern was, in part, a response to the state of Ohio closing public parks to climbers, most notably Clifton Gorge State Park in Greene County, and to items appearing in the public press portraying climbers as irresponsible and reckless. The group disbanded sometime after 2004.


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Records of former Ohio climbing advocacy group, including minutes, newsletters, financials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, directories, maps, itineraries, at least 1 photo, floppy disk, and super8 film.


The records are arranged in 3 series:

  1. Administrative Records
  2. Publications
  3. Event Materials

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

A computer with appropriate hardware and software will be necessary for reading the electronic records in this collection. The electronic records include a *.txt file of an interview transcript. (However, for convenience, a paper printout of this file is included in Box 1.)

Custodial History

The records, and those of the Ohio Cycling Association, were donated in a single collection by Ronald Schilb, a climber with extensive experience as expedition leader, instructor, and international climber.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by Ron Schilb in January 2022.

Related Materials

Another collection was donated by Ron Schilb at the same time: MS-703, Ron Schilb Dayton Cycling Club Collection.

Separated Materials

A 3.5" floppy disk has been separated to the E-Archives, ms691_e0001.

Processing Information

Original arrangement and folder titles were retained in many cases. However, tax records, bank statements, and blank immunization forms were discarded. Some items in the original order were rearranged (putting all the newsletters together and in chronological order) that had been together in bound three ring binders and collected by specific OCA officers. The content of some collected binders, which had no apparent original order, was disbursed to other folders. It is thus possible that intellectual connections between the content of specific newsletters and other materials have been severed.

Guide to the Ohio Climbers' Association Records (MS-691)
Andy Wood
2023 April 19
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA