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Michigan Lighthouses

Lighthouses are an important part of Great Lakes history. This bibliography notes items about lighthouses, as well as lighthouse keepers.

To generate a more comprehensive list of resources, check ANSWER, the Library's catalog, for a particular lighthouse or these subjects:

Aids to navigation
Life-saving stations
Lighthouse keepers

Selected print resources:

Clifford, Mary Louise. Women who kept the lights : an illustrated history of female lighthouse keepers. Alexandria, Va. : Cypress Communications, 2001.
MICH VK1023 .C57 2001  

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Index to the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association oral history tape collection. Southfield, MI: Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, [1986].
MICH VK1023.3 .I534 1986  

Kimball, Judith (Judith K.). Grand Lake and Presque Isle. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, [2015].
MICH F572.P7 K5 2015  

Kotzian, John. Sky pilot of the Great Lakes : a biography of the Reverend William H. Law. Gwinn, Michigan : Avery Color Studios, Inc., 2014.
MICH CT275.L279 K68 2014  

Massie, Larry B. Guardian of the Great Lakes' graveyard: a history of Whitefish Point and its lighthouse.
MICH F574.W4745 M37 1991  

Michigan. State Historic Preservation Office. Historic lighthouses of Michigan 2014 location map.  Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, [2014].

Penrod, John. Michigan lighthouses / [photography, design and text by John Penrod]. Berrien Center, MI: Penrod/Hiawatha Co., c1992.
MICH VK1024.M5 P465 1992 

Roach, Jerry. The ultimate guide to Upper Michigan lighthouses. Durand, MI: Bugs Pub.
MICH VK1024.M5 R643 2007

Public Services Division, Library of Michigan. Michigan lighthouses.  Lansing, MI: Library of Michigan, [Public Services Division].
MICH DOCS VK1024.M5 M533 1997

Federal Government Documents

Annual report of the Commissioner of Lighthouses to the Secretary of Commerce and Labor for the fiscal year ended ...
U.S. Docs. C 9.1/year

Library has 1922-1932

Annual report of the Light-House Board to the Secretary of the Treasury for the fiscal year ended June 30th.
U.S. Docs. C 9.1/year
Library has 1890-1909.
Lighthouse service: its history, activities and organization.
U.S. Docs. C 9.1/History

Periodicals Index

Michigan magazine index.
Microfiche. 1967-1987. Published by the Library of Michigan.
Subject heading: Lighthouses and Lightships.
Mich Docs Microfiche E G326.13: 54/-

Vertical File

Subject heading: Lighthouses

Clippings from approximately 1930 to 1989
Located on the north side of the second floor

World Wide Web

Michigan Lighthouse Project


Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA)
P.O. Box 219
Mackinaw City, MI 49701-0219

Michigan legislative and state government employees may obtain copies of any of these materials as well as additional research by calling the Library of Michigan reference desk at (517) 335-1477, or emailing Please visit us: or on Facebook.

Updated 3/7/2023