• Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

    This interactive atlas shows the fluid boundaries of counties from across the United States and overlays with the current lines.

  • Bentley Historical Library

    Repository for original, unpublished archival and manuscript collections pertaining to the history of the University of Michigan and the state of Michigan. Part of the University of Michigan.

  • Burton Historical Collection

    Part of the Detroit Public Library with resources specific to Detroit, Wayne County, and Michigana.

  • Clarke Historical Library

    Part of Central Michigan University, the Clarke emphasizes the history of Michigan, the Northwest Territory, children's literature, and the history of Central Michigan University. The Library also has an extensive collection of Michigan newspapers.

  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture

    The story of American agriculture is captured in a broad band of documentary resources ranging from the memoirs and transactions of early agriculture societies to newspapers and almanacs; family, community, and corporate archives; and state and county extension service publications.

  • General Land Office Records (Glo records)

    Access federal land conveyance records for the public land states. Find images of more than 2 million federal land title records for Eastern public land states, issued between 1820 and 1908.

  • Great Lakes Maritime

    Great Lakes Maritime is an extensive source of information on approximately 14,000 19th Century ships that sailed the Great Lakes. Each vessel record may include build & owner info, a brief historical timeline, and photographs.

  • The A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive

    The A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive seeks to preserve stories from the Ypsilanti African American community. Members of this well-organized community lived through the Jim Crow era, fought racism during WWII, and led the local Civil Rights movement. Spanning several generations, ...


  • Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present

    Database includes digitized images of measured drawings, black-and-white photographs, color transparencies, photo captions, data pages including written histories, and supplemental materials. There are at least 741 Michigan entries. The database is searchable, or you may browse by subject or place. ...

  • Historic Bridges

    As part of our dedication to the preservation of cultural resources, Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) maintains an inventory of historic bridges that are located on state owned roads. This inventory lists counties and the historic bridges located in those counties.

  • Historic Detroit

    A website of Detroit buildings, places and landmarks with photographs and architectural details. 

  • Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

    The purpose of the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL)is to collect, preserve, and make available historical materials documenting the Great Lakes region and connecting waterways. The HCGL's collections include materials related to commercial shipping, shipbuilding, navigation, ...

  • John Todd Photography Collection

    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 the collection is on the City of Kalamazoo and the surrounding communities of Kalamazoo County. ...

  • Keweenaw Digital Archives - Michigan's Copper Country in Photographs

    Michigan Tech University's searchable database of hundreds of photographs spans a wide range of topics and dates.


  • Mackinac Bridge Authority - Mackinac Bridge

    Building of the Mackinac Bridge is presented here in a digital collection of 2,182 photographs, including aerial views, by the Upper Peninsula Digitization Center.

  • Making of Ann Arbor

    The Making of Ann Arbor gives an extensive look at the history and development of the Ann Arbor community.

  • Maxwell K. Pribil Digital History Collection

    “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 tell the story of the place that is Saginaw and the people who have called it home. Search ...

  • Michigan County Histories and Atlases

    This collection contains more than 400 Michigan county histories, biographical records, plat books, and atlases published prior to 1923.

  • Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections

    Spans MSU’s history in its entirety and also contains non-MSU historical materials. Lumbering, environmentalism, the Civil War, and Vietnam are a few, among many, topics covered.

  • Oakland County Historical Resources

    Oakland County Historical Resources is a searchable database of maps, photos, death notices, and other documents focusing on Oakland County.

  • Making of America

    A digital library of primary sources in American social history. It includes the University of Michigan's yearbook, Michiganensian, from 1897 to 1931; some volumes of the Michigan Historical Collections and more.


  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Checklist

    A searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company. Find date and place information for maps made by the Sanborn Map Company.

  • Sanborn Maps

    Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. The collection URL points directly to Michigan maps.

  • Sault Ste. Marie Shipping and Locks Collection

    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.

  • Soil Surveys

    Soil surveys provides soil descriptions, maps, photos, soil boundaries and properties, and other information. Survey information used by farmers, planners, real estate agents, and engineers. Published Michigan Soil Surveys found in this website.

  • Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats

    This database is experiencing intermittent access issues as an upgrade is being completed. Please continue to try periodically to access the database. We apologize for any inconvenience. This system includes all plats in the State of Michigan beginning with the plats created under the ...

  • Stories of Chelsea: A Community History Project

    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 ...

  • Vincent Voice Library

    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, literature, and more.

  • Virtual Motor City

    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 topic.

  • Ward Morgan Photography Collection, Southwest Michigan Images from 1939-1980

    These photographs reflect the people, industries, built environment, and commercial activities of the Kalamazoo area in the mid 20th century.

  • Western Michigan University Archives and Regional Historical Collections

    The Archives includes the archival records of Western Michigan University and manuscript records for southwestern Michigan.