Research YSU

Listed below are the most popular resources for YSU history.

The Jambar: the student newspaper

Neon: an annual pictorial publication (yearbook) by the student body of Youngstown State University

YSU Theses

Mahoning Valley Historical Resources


The Jambar: The student newspaper

Publication of The Jambar began in 1931, when YSU was known as Youngstown College.  Most issues are available online as PDF through our digital repository, Digital.Maag. A complete collection of this paper is available in print or microfilm in Maag Library.  The most recent 14 issues of the newspaper are located in the Maag News Corner in the Reference department on the main floor.

Microforms Center (3rd floor)

Microfilm X 85

Special Collections Room (5th floor)

Double Oversize LH 1.Y6.J3
1941-2000   Recent paper issues kept until bound.

The Neon: an annual pictorial publication by the student body of Youngstown State University

For more than sixty years, The Neon captured the life and times on campus.  Publication began in 1931 and ceased with the 1992 edition.

Oversize Stacks on floor 4A

Oversize LD6371. Y57
1931-1992 [incomplete holdings]

Special Collections Room (5th Floor)

LD6371. Y57

YSU Theses

The successful completion of a number of programs at Youngstown State University requires the writing of a thesis.  A copy of each completed thesis is kept in the University Archives.  These include bachelors, masters, and doctoral level theses.

Theses are cataloged in MaagNet and are searchable by author, title, or department/ school within YSU.   A  keyword search can be used to find theses on a particular topic.  For a list of all theses on file at the masters level, do a subject search using the term Theses Masters. 

An author search using the name of the school can also be used.  For example, entering Youngstown State University, Rayen School of Engineering will produce a list of theses from that school.   The results from this search can then be limited by date or keyword.

All theses are kept in the University Archives. To locate a thesis, the individual number of the thesis is needed. These numbers are available in the catalog record in MaagNet. Bring the number of the thesis to the Archives and Special Collections Department on the 5th floor of Maag Library to view the thesis.

Additionally, theses are in the process of being digitized and will be available (full text) through the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) site. You may search by keyword or browse by author or institution. (Electronic Theses are in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view full text). Masters Theses are also available on YSU's digital respository, Digital.Maag


Mahoning Valley Historical Resources

To find books, government documents, and other materials owned by Maag Library for local historical information, try a subject search in MaagNet, using the name of the place. For example:

    In Ohio:

  • Western Reserve, Connecticut Land Company
  • Mahoning County, Mahoning Valley, Mahoning River Valley, Youngstown, Canfield [original county         seat], Poland [town one, range one of the Western Reserve], Mahoning River
  • Trumbull County, Warren [county seat]
  • Columbiana County, Salem, Lisbon [county seat]
  • Mill Creek Park, Idora Park

    In Pennsylvania:

  •      Mercer County, Shenango Valley, Shenango River Valley, Sharon
  •      Lawrence County, New Castle
  •      Allegheny County, Pittsburgh