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major repositories for Michigan

Archives of Michigan
702 W Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Mich. 48915
Phone: 517-373-3559. Phone Hours M-F: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Research Hours M-F: 1-5 p.m. Sa: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Email: contact us

"The 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 organizations."

Archives and Historical Collections,
 Michigan Technological University
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.

"The 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,
 Western Michigan University,

1650 Oakland Drive. Kalamazoo, Mich. 49008
Phone: 616-387-8490; E-mail: Contact us
Hours: Tu-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.;  Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

"The 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 photographic collections."

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 scrapbooks."

Clarke Historical Library,
 Central Michigan University,
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."

Grand Rapids History & Special Collections,
Grand Rapids Public Library
- Main, 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503
Phone: 616-988-5400; E-mail: Contact us
Hours: Sun 1-5p.m.; M-Th 9a.m.-9p.m. F-Sat 9a.m.-6p.m.

"The 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,
 Bentley Historical Library,
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 p.m.
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 Michigan

702 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.
8 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday
10 am to 4 pm Saturday

"The 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."

National 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:

"The 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 interest."

Special Collections & University Archives,
 Grand Valley State University,
Allendale, Mich.
Phone: 616-331-2749; E-mail:
Hours: M-F: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

"Rare 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 organizations."

The Genealogy Center,
Allen County (Ind.) Public Library, P. O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, Ind. 46801
Phone: 260-421-1225; E-mail: Genealogy@ACPL.Info
Hours: M-Th 9 a.m.-9 p.m. F-Sa 9a.m.-6 p.m.;Su 12n-5p.m.

"The 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."

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