For ongoing work of Way Back West End participants, please see our projects page for several additional resources. 


John Emmeaus Davis, Contested Ground: Collective Action in the Urban Neighborhood (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press) 1991.
Robert B. Fairbanks, Making Better Citizens: Housing Reform and the Community Development Strategy in Cincinnati, 1890-1960 (Urbanan, IL: University of Illinois Press) 1988.
John Harshaw, Bankers, Writers, and Runners: Playing the Numbers in Cincinnati (Createspace) 2012. 
John Harshaw, The West End: Through Our Eyes (Createspace) 2011.
Claire Meyer, Lasting Scars: Cincinnati’s Urban Renewal in the West End (MA Thesis: Cornell University) 2020.
David Stradling, Cincinnati from River City to Highway Metropolis (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press) 2003.
LaVerne Summerlin, Gems of Cincinnati’s West End: Black Children and Catholic Missionaries 1940-1970 (Xlibris US) 2020.
Henry Louis Taylor (Ed), Race and the City: Work, Community, and Protest in Cincinnati 1820-1970 (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press) 1993. 

Chapters and Articles: 

Alyssa Konnerman, “25,737 People Lived in Kenyon-Barr When the City Razed it to the Ground,” Cincinnati Magazine (February 10, 2017)
Eric R. Jackson, “Why so many African American has roots in the West End of Cincinnati” The Voice of Black Cincinnati (August 10, 2020)


History in Your Own Backyard, “Revelation Baptist Church” March 28, 2020

Urban Roots Podcast, “Lost Voice of Cincinnati – West End Film Short” July 19, 2021

Cincinnati Museum Center virtual panel discussion, “History of the West End in Cincinnati” January 18, 2022

To submit additional West End resources to this list, please send them to