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MeL Michigana allows you to explore Michigan's heritage through photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical data.

MeL Michigana contains the collections of The Digitization for Preservation and Access grant program - a statewide effort to digitize valuable and significant local and state-related information held in Michigan libraries and make such resources easily available via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). It was funded by a FY 2005 allocation to the Library of Michigan from the Michigan Legislature. Ten projects were granted funding. In addition, MeL Michigana contains large digital collections such as the Making of Modern Michigan, the Archives of Michigan Image Collection and the Walter Reuther Library Digital Collections.

MeL Michigana provides websites of interest to anyone seeking historical data about Michigan on topics such as logging, maritime history, bridges, and archaelogy, as well as general facts about the state.

The search box at the top of the MeL Michigana page searches the following collections also available lower on the page:

Currently Searchable

  • Civil War Diaries Collection
  • Early Detroit Images from the Burton Historical Collection
  • Governing Michigan
  • Grand Valley State Digital Collections
  • Great Lakes Maritime Database (Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Collection)
  • John Todd Photography Collection
  • Kalamazoo College Cache
  • Making of Ann Arbor
  • Michigan County Histories and Atlases
  • Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections
  • Seeking Michigan
  • Upper Peninsula Regional Digitization Center - this includes Connecting the UP, Mackinac Bridge Authority, Sault Ste. Marie Shipping and Locks Collection
  • Virtual Motor City
  • War of 1812 Digitization Project
  • Ward Morgan Photography Collection