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American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
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The Printed Ephemera Collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. A search of Michigan in "Geographic Location of Printing" returns at least 51 items. More
Among the Wolverines: a Series of Letters on the Resources, Growth and Business of...Michigan, by Augustus C. Schooley (1869)
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This series of letters chronicles the writer's travels through Michigan's towns and cities by the Michigan Central Railroad as well as by water transportation and coach. Schooley emphasizes the growth... More
Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present
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The Library of Congress presents records of America's built environment, detailing more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century. Included a... More
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
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A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875. ... More
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
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Chronicling America is a prototype website providing enhanced access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about... More
Cinema Treasures
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This link opens on a list of the theaters of Michigan at Cinema Treasures, a groundbreaking website devoted to movie theater preservation and awareness. The organization’s listings have expanded to i... More
Exploring Michigan History Episode 1: Austin Blair
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Hour-long video essay by Michigan Capitol Historian Kerry Chartkoff on Michigan Civil War Governor Austin Blair. His statue stands on capitol square.
Exploring Michigan History Episode 2: Michigan's Civil War Battle Flags
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Hour-long video essay by Michigan Capitol Historian Kerry Chartkoff and Matt VanAcker, Director of Michigan State Capitol Tour and Information Service. They are also co-chairs of "Save the Flags." Thi... More
Exploring Michigan History Episode 3: Abel Peck, Flag Bearer
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Kerry Chartkoff, Michigan Capitol Historian, delivers a video history on Abel Peck. Peck was a flag bearer for Michigan's 24th regiment in the Civil War. Chartkoff tells the history of the 24th regime... More
Exploring Michigan History Episode 4: Benjamin Franklin Batcheler, Flag Bearer
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Matt Van Acker, Director of Michigan State Capitol Tour and Information Service and co-chair of "Save the Flags," delivers a video history on Benjamin Franklin Batcheler of Michigan's 26th Civil War R... More
Freedom Trail Commission
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In 1998, Public Act 409 established the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission and directed it to preserve, protect and promote the legacy of the Freedom Trail in Michigan. More
History of Michigan's Oil and Natural Gas Industry
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This site is the web companion to an exhibit of the same name held in 2005-2006 at the Clarke Historical Library. The exhibit included a printed catalog telling the story of oil and natural gas explor... More
House of David Baseball Team Research Project
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The Israelite House of David was a Christian religious commune founded in 1902. Based in and around Benton Harbor, Michigan, and High Island (Michigan), the commune required its members to refrain fro... More
Human Factor: Introducing the Industrial Life Photograph Collection at the Baker Library
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In the 1930s Harvard Business School colleagues Donald Davenport and Frank Ayres contacted leading businesses and requested photographs for classroom instruction—images Davenport hoped would “reveal t... More
Interior Ellis Island: Ethnic Diversity and the Peopling of Michigan's Copper Country
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The copper-rich Keweenaw Peninsula attracted waves of ethnic immigrants from across the globe, turning it into an "interior Ellis Island," or entry point into America. A tapestry of immigrant cultures... More
Michigan 1870 Census Index
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The 1870 federal census for Michigan provides a list of the family names in each household in every county and township in Michigan in 1870. View and download images of the census pages. More
Michigan Entrepreneurs
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Brief online historical essays from the book Empire Builders of how Michigan’s early entrepreneurs led the United States to global prominence in cars, chemicals, and corn flakes. More
Michigan Highways
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Dedicated to the past, present and future of the Michigan State Trunkline system as well as other highways and routes throughout the Great Lakes State, “Michigan Highways” is a clearinghouse of inform... More
Michigan Historic Markers
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A survey of the designated historic sites in Michigan which have been commemorated through the placement of a historical marker. These markers have been erected as part of a program begun in 1955, and... More
Michigan Historic Sites Online
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Michigan's Historic Sites Online provides a database of over 3,500 historic sites across the state. Here, you will find information and photos of National Historic Landmarks, properties listed in the ... More
Michigan Local History in the Clarke Library
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The Clarke Historical Library's holdings of Michigan local history are among the most extensive available in any library. This bibliography lists the library's local history holdings as of July 1997; ... More
Michigan Materials at the Library of Michigan
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Lists of materials including maps, bibliographies (historical and current), and imprints as well as Michigan facts. More
Michigan State University Press - Mackinac Island Historic Parks
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A collection of books published by Michigan State University Press about the Mackinac Island Historic parks. Once the hub of the bustling fur trade, Mackinac Island served as a depot for half a centur... More
Michigan State University Press - MSU Museum Series
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A collection of books published by Michigan State University Press from the Michigan State University Museum. The Museum publications expand its commitment to understanding, interpreting, and respecti... More
Michigan's National Historic Landmarks
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Over thirty Michigan properties and two thousand properties nationwide were designated as national landmarks in the last three decades. More
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music
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Ever wonder what kind of songs your great grandparents considered hip? You'll find the answer here as you dive into the musical culture of nineteenth-century America. "Music for the Nation: American ... More
Oakland County Historical Resources Database
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This countywide full-text/image searchable database provides the opportunity to locate family records, documents, maps, microfilm, photos, slides, yearbookand more. Subjects include: biographies, bir... More
One Room Schools: Michigan's Educational Legacy
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Several generations of Michigan children received their education in one-room schools. This web exhibit is divided into five sections. The first four explore the teachers and their education, the expe... More
Personal Memoirs of a Residence of Thirty Years with the Indian Tribes on the American Frontiers..., by Henry R. Schoolcraft (1851)
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Here is the autobiography of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864), an explorer, government administrator, and scholar whose researches into the language and customs of the Chippewa and other Native Amer... More
Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910
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"Pioneering the Upper Midwest" is a digital books collection that portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century through first-person acco... More
Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections
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The "American Intervention in Northern Russia, 1918-1919," nicknamed the "Polar Bear Expedition," was a U.S. military intervention in northern Russia at the end of World War I. Since many of these so... More
I Like This is an online portal to resources for historic preservation, building restoration, and cultural resource management in the United States and Canada. The goal is to foster the... More
Saginaw Images: A Pictorial History of Saginaw, Michigan
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“Saginaw Images” is a rich collection of pictures and essays that illustrates the history of Saginaw, Michigan. Here, you will find photographs, art works, primary source materials, and essays that t... More
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920
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The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher... More
Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation, by George Copway (1850)
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George Copway, an Ojibway Indian born in Canada in 1818, spent his adulthood primarily as a missionary, but also traveled widely as a journalist and lecturer. His first book, an autobiography, was a ... More
University of Michigan Press - Michigan and the Great Lakes series
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A list of the University of Michigan's regional titles, on Michigan and Great Lakes focused topics such as natural history, music, arts and culture, politics, state and local history, the environment ... More
Veterans History Project
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The Veterans History Project, a project of the Library of Congress, relies on volunteers to collect and preserve stories of wartime service. The Project's aim is to collect oral history interviews, m... More
Vincent Voice Library
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A collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken recordings of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life recounting experiences back to 1888 on war, women, civil rights, sports, religion, business, liter... More
War: Michigan Voices
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In "The War: Michigan Voices," WWII Michigan veterans tell their stories and remind us of their sacrifices, and those of their comrades. More than 600,000 Michigan residents served our country in the ... More
What Was There
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What Was There is a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past using Google maps and photographs. Anyone may add photos to this site as l... More
Woods and Water: Folksongs from Michigan History
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The folk songs in this album preserve a direct link to the lives of lumbermen, ore haulers on the Great Lakes, and immigrant farmers in nineteenth-century Michigan. Listen as Duane Starcher performs ... More

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