Cincinnati Enquirer Photo Archive

In one of the most significant donations of local history to your Library, the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library has acquired the photo archive of the Cincinnati Enquirer, opens a new window for permanent preservation in CHPL’s collection. The collection contains more than a million photographs created by the newspaper's staff photographers between 1945 and 1995. The photos cover thousands of subjects including Cincinnati events, historical buildings, notable people, and much more. 

Read an article about the project, opens a new window. (via Proquest database, opens a new window; Library card required)

Request Cincinnati Enquirer Photos for Digitization

Help prioritize the digitization of the Cincinnati Enquirer photos to view anytime in CHPL's Digital Library 

Request a photo topic or search for a specific photo in the Cincinnati Enquirer Photo Archive inventory to be digitized:

  1. Search the Cincinnati Enquirer Photo Archive inventory.
  2. Complete the Cincinnati Enquirer Photo Archive request form.
  3. CHPL staff will contact you to assist with your inquiry.

If images relating to your request are found, up to 20 will be scanned and sent your way. The archive may contain images that match your request, but the Library cannot guarantee that it contains the photos you are searching for.

Requests require a minimum of 4-6 weeks to complete.

Customers are limited to one request per 6-week period. The archive is available to view in person by appointment only.

View what's been digitized so far in CHPL's Digital Library

Images for Reproduction

The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library does not have the ability to grant reproduction for the photos in the Cincinnati Enquirer Photo Archive. Please contact the Cincinnati Enquirer at to obtain reproduction rights for photo you intend to publish.

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Get free, one-on-one help from library staff. View materials to research your home's history at the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room at the Downtown Main Library. Make an appointment today.

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