major repositories for Michigan
Archives of Michigan
702 W Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Mich. 48915
Phone: 517-373- Phone Hours M-F: 8
Research Hours M-F: 1-5 p.m. Sa: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Email: contact us
Archives of Michigan is responsible for
preserving the records of Michigan government
and other public institutions. The collections
also include documents, maps, photographs and
film from private individuals and
Archives and Historical Collections,
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, Mich. 49931
Phone: 906-487-2505; E-mail:
Archives & Historical Collections hours
Research hours M-F: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country
Historical Collections houses a wide variety of
print, graphic and manuscript resources. Subject
coverage includes University and campus life,
towns and cities in the Keweenaw, as well as the
companies, social organizations, events and
personalities of the Copper Country and
Michigan's Upper Peninsula."
Archives and Regional History Collections,
1650 Oakland Drive. Kalamazoo, Mich. 49008
Phone: 616-387-8490; E-mail:
Hours: Tu-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Western Michigan University Archives and
Regional History Collections consists of
historical University, regional, and local
governmental records. The holdings total over
28,000 cubic feet, making the WMU Archives the
largest facility of its type in southwestern
Michigan and one of the largest in the state.
Detailed finding aids exist for the manuscript
collections. In addition to the manuscript
collections, the unit has oral histories, census
records, a research collection of books,
magazines, and newspapers, and several large
Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library,
5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Mich. 48202
Phone: 313-481-1401; E-mail:
Hours: Tu-W: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Th-Sat: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
"The BHC is both a
repository of records of the past and a workshop
of historical activity in the present, with
emphasis on the history of Detroit and Michigan
from the time of settlement in the 17th century
to the present.
The background history
encompasses the Great Lakes area, New England,
and New France as well as local and county
histories for both the United States and Canada.
Noted for its source material, the BHC contains
books, pamphlets, bound newspapers, atlases,
maps, pictures, photographs, personal papers,
archives, business records, and ephemeral items
such newspaper clippings, broadsides, and
Clarke Historical Library,
Mount Pleasant, Mich. 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352; E-mail:
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Certain Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (check website)
"The Clarke Library has the
most complete collection in the state regarding
Michigan's first people. Within the Clarke a
wealth of secondary studies are complimented by
the work of Native American authors as well as
very complete sets of microfilmed records from
the federal government. There is also an
extensive body of material created by religious
missionaries and a large number of volumes
printed in Ojibway.
The Michigan Pioneer and
Historical Collections is a 40-volume collection
of documents and primary sources relating to the
history of Michigan. This section contains an
annotated bibliography of material pertaining to
Native Americans within this resource."
History & Special Collections,
Grand Rapids Public Library - Main, 111
Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503
Phone: 616-988-5400; E-mail:
Hours: Sun 1-5p.m.; M-Th 9a.m.-9p.m. F-Sat
Grand Rapids History & Special Collections area
of the library, including the archival
collections, is one of the largest collections
of historical [& genealogical] material in the
state. Included are more than 30,000 books and
periodicals, plus holdings on microfilm.
Collecting emphasis is on the Grand Rapids and
Kent County area, with additional sources on
Western Michigan, Michigan and the Old
Northwest. County and state histories, atlases &
maps, family histories & biographical
information, census data, city directories,
local newspapers on microfilm, and vertical
files are just some of the items to be found."
Michigan Historical Collections,
University of Michigan, 1150 Beal Avenue, Ann
Arbor, Mich. 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482; E-mail:
Hours: M–F: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat.: 9 a.m.–1
E-mail: contact us
"From the gubernatorial
records of Jennifer Granholm to the letters of a
Michigan cavalryman serving under Custer, the
Bentley has countless materials related to state
of Michigan history. Accessing these powerful
holdings reveals the historical sources that
shaped the state’s past—and its present."
Library of Michigan702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48915
10 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday
10 am to 4 pm Saturday (except certain state holidays)
Admission is free and open to the public. The building is accessible to people with disabilities.Reference:
8 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday
10 am to 4 pm Saturday
Michigan Legislature created The Library of Michigan to guarantee the
people of this State and their government one perpetual institution to
collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct reference and
research and support libraries statewide."
Archives at Chicago (Great Lakes Region),
7358 South Pulaski Road Chicago, Ill. 60629-5898
Hours M-F: 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Phone: 773-948-9001; E-mail:
National Archives at Chicago has both a
Microfilm Research Room and an Archival Research
Room. We have extensive microfilm holdings for
genealogy research and general historical
Special Collections & University Archives,
Valley State University, Allendale, Mich.
Phone: 616-331-2749; E-mail:
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
books, political papers, literary and historical
manuscripts, maps and atlases, photographs and
motion pictures, art and ephemera related to the
interests of Grand Valley students,
administrators, faculty, and outside
researchers. Digital highlights of selected
items from the holdings of Special Collections
and University Archives include easy to search
photographs, publications, manuscripts, and oral
history interviews of community members and
Allen County (Ind.) Public Library, P. O. Box
Fort Wayne, Ind. 46801
Phone: 260-421-1225; E-mail:
Hours: M-Th 9 a.m.-9 p.m. F-Sa 9a.m.-6 p.m.;Su
ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable
resource for the Northeastern Indiana community
and the entire genealogical community at large.
We have one of the largest research collections
available, incorporating records from around the
world. Our staff specializes in genealogy and is
always available to help."