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About MeL Michigana
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Watch this video and learn about the multitude of digital treasures in MeL Michigana. More
Birdseye View Panoramas of Michigan Communities
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Panoramic maps, or birdseye views, are one of the cartographic treasures of the 19th century. They create a detailed, visual record of the community and depict both the spatial relationships within t... More
Civil War Diaries Collection
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Western Michigan University's United States Civil War Collection consists of 8 diaries from the mid-1860s by men with connections to Michigan and the Midwest, regimental or residence, and represents d... More
Connecting the Upper Peninsula: East to West and North to South - The Wesley Perron Railroad Collection and Others
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Transportation plays a unique and vital role in Upper Michiganís history. In the late 19th and 20th century, the Upper Peninsula presented the greatest challenges and richest rewards to people who we... More
Detroit Public Television's "American Black Journal "
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Documenting over thirty years of Detroit history from African American perspectives, this collection of programs includes interviews, round-table discussions, field-produced features and artistic perf... More
Early Detroit Images from the Burton Historical Collection
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Detroit Public Library's digital database of 19th century and pre-1922 photographs of Detroit illustrate the social and cultural history of Detroit as well as document the historical events that have ... More
Grand Valley State University Digital Collections
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This database contains a selection of photographs, correspondence, diaries, interviews, and publications covering subjects from the Civil War to Michigan philanthropists. More
John Todd Photography Collection
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The John Todd Photographic Collection consists of over thirteen-thousand negatives of South West Michigan spanning a forty year time period beginning in 1940 and ending in 1981. The primary focus of t... More
Keweenaw Digital Archives - Michigan's Copper Country in Photographs
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Michigan Tech University's searchable database of hundreds of photographs spans a wide range of topics and dates, providing a detailed look at the lives of copper miners and their families. More
Mackinac Bridge Authority - Mackinac Bridge
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This collection from the Upper Peninsula Digitization Center provides over 2,000 images of the events and activities surrounding the building of the "Big Mac". More
Making of Ann Arbor
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The Making of Ann Arbor gives an extensive look at the history and development of the Ann Arbor community. More
Making of Modern Michigan
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The Making of Modern Michigan is a collaborative project involving 52 Michigan libraries. It includes local history materials from communities around the state. Michigan's unique heritage is represent... More
Michigan County Histories and Atlases
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This collection contains more than 400 Michigan county histories, biographical records, plat books, and atlases published prior to 1923.
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Michigan Oral History Database
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The Michigan Oral History Association (MOHA) provides effective cooperation and communication among persons, programs and institutions concerned with the techniques, uses and promotion of oral history... More
Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center
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Beginning in 2002, The Learning Center is designed for elementary students to adults, and the gallery is filled with activities including an introductory video, computer programs, push-button programs... More
Michigana (Sabin Collection): Sources in U.S. History Online
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This digital archive documents state history. Drawn from the Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narrativ... More
Oral History Interviews - Hope College/Joint Archives of Holland
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An extensive collection of oral history transcripts covering a variety of events, ethnic groups, and citizens of Holland, Michigan. 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
Sault Ste. Marie Shipping and Locks Collection
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Over 450 digitized images in this unique collection provide a visual history of the Soo Locks and the shipping industry in Sault Ste. Marie area. More
Seeking Michigan
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Seeking Michigan is a growing digital collection of unique historical information including source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts; Michigan death records from 1897 to 192... More
Selected Library of Congress Resources for Michigan
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The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state. This page highlights selected images and audio files pertaining to Michigan. You can browse some of the best primary sources ... More
Stories of Chelsea: A Community History Project
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The Stories of Chelsea project is a collection of videotaped interviews with Chelsea-area residents on various topics of local history: one room schoolhouses, WWII veterans, farmers, village life and ... More
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Collection
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This collection was donated by C. Patrick Labadie to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve (TBNMS&UP). The TBSRC includes over 65,000 photographs and 60,000 data cards. Th... More
Tri-Cities Historical Museum Collections (Loutit District Library)
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Collection includes oral history interviews of area residents and business owners.  Online transcrips/audio are available for only a portion of the collection. More
Upper Peninsula Digitization Center Collections
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The Upper Peninsula Digitization Center Collections provide an excellent resource of photographs, images, and audio files of historical events and places in the U.P. Images from the building of the Ma... 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
Virtual Motor City: Images from the Detroit News [Wayne State University]
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A collection of digitized images from the files of the Detroit News dating from the late 19th century, with the bulk falling between 1900 and 1980. Search by keyword or browse the images by decade or ... More
Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
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This archive from the University of Michigan-Dearborn contains over three hundred interviews of Holocaust survivors, has more than fifty testimonies on line--transcriptions and voices along with maps ... More
Walter Reuther Library Digital Collections
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The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs is the largest labor archive in North America holding more than 2,000 collections related to such topics as union history and working class org... More
War of 1812 Digitization Project: Footsteps to the Battlefield
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Digitized books (some rare), photos, slides, postcards, letters and original artwork pertaining to the War of 1812 with emphasis on the Battle of the River Raisin in Frenchtown in what is now Monroe, ... More
Ward Morgan Photography Collection, Southwest Michigan Images from 1939-1980
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These photographs reflect the people, industries, built environment, and commercial activities of the Kalamazoo area in the mid 20th century. 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



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