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50 Years of Originality: A History of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
Photos, audio, and video covering the history of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair through its 50th anniversary in 2009.

AAMPS (Ann Arbor Music & Performance Server)
Streaming and downloadable music recordings and performances by regional musicians, and from locally-based labels.

Ann Arbor Architecture Archive 
Photographs, images, and text about Ann Arbor's historic structures. Includes the full text of Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg. 

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Minutes 
Browse or search the full text of the Ann Arbor City Council meeting minutes from 1891-1930.

Ann Arbor City Directories 
Browse or search the full text of all Ann Arbor city and county directories from 1868-2001.

Ann Arbor Civic Theater Collection
Browse and search articles, photos, and historic programs.

Ann Arbor Cooks
Heirloom recipes and cookbooks from Ann Arbor area community organizations, churches, and businesses. Browse or search recipes, view cookbooks in their entirety, and read Repast, the acclaimed culinary history magazine.

Ann Arbor Film Festival Archive
Programs, posters, flyers, photographs, ephemera, newspaper articles, and original interviews tell the story of North America’s longest-running festival for independent and experimental film.

Ann Arbor Historical Signs
Photographs from the 1970s taken by the Ann Arbor Sign Inspector.

Ann Arbor News Collection
In-progress collection of photographs, articles, advertisements, obituaries, and more from the original run of the Ann Arbor News. From the 1930s through 2009. AADL Archives staff continually adds to this collection. To request specific topics for digitization, please email

Ann Arbor Observer
Entire run of the Observer from the July 1976 edition, including the City Guides and Art Fair Guides.

Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now
Dozens of articles from the Ann Arbor Observer covering a wide variety of topics in local history.

Ann Arbor Police Department History
Includes the text of True Crimes, The History of the AAPD, and The History of the Outdoor Range, plus hundreds of photographs and images of memorabilia collected by the department since 1847.

Charles Mosley Maynard Diary, 1847-1849
Diary of early Ann Arbor resident Charles Mosley Maynard, original settler on what is now the historic Cobblestone Farm property.

Cinema Ann Arbor
Posters, flyers, and film programming schedules chronicling the heyday of campus film organizations and festivals.

Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program
Online version of Ann Arbor’s popular downtown street exhibit of landmark historic sites. Includes documents, maps, and hundreds of images and photographs from each location.

Eating the Pig
Poetry, prose, photographs, paintings, and an interview from attendees of the now-famous Ann Arbor literary dinner immortalized in Donald Hall's poem "Eating The Pig." 

Ford Gallery of Ann Arbor Founders
Text and photographs documenting Ann Arbor’s pioneers and twentieth-century philanthropists, businessmen and women, artists, educators, and entrepreneurs. (The physical exhibit is on permanent display at the Michigan Theater.)

Freeing John Sinclair: The Day Legends Came To Town
Essays, photographs, audio and video interviews, articles, and historical recordings from members of the White Panther Party and Rainbow People’s Party. Presented on the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally. Includes photos by Leni Sinclair, artwork by Gary Grimshaw.

Fulton, Doug Collection
Historical photographs and articles from Ann Arbor News photographer and conservationist Doug Fulton from 1950s-1980s. Includes notable photographs or blues musicians and a music concerts in the parks.

Godin, RJ Collection
Photographs of central campus buildings and environs from the late 1970s through early 1980s by former U-M student RJ Godin.

Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ): 50 Years of History
News articles, documents, and photographs spanning 50 years, 1965-2015, of ICPJ’s social justice advocacy and activism.

Jensen, Steve Collection
Extensive photographic collection of Ann Arbor locations, architectural detail, public art, neighborhoods, and buildings by former AADL librarian Steve Jensen.

John & William Geddes Letters
100 letters written between 1825-1844 by early Ann Arbor pioneer John Geddes and his brother William in Pennsylvania. (In partnership with the Bentley Historical Library and the Washtenaw County Historical Society.)

Ladies’ Library Association Collection
Historical minutes, histories, ephemera, and photographs from the history of the Ann Arbor Ladies’ Library Association. 

Legacies Project
An archive or oral history interviews conducted by local high school students with local and regional personalities.

Living Oral History Project
Streaming and downloadable video and audio oral histories from members of Ann Arbor’s and Ypsilanti’s Black communities. Includes the LOH Digital Collection. See also the Living Oral History Walking Tour. Presented in partnership with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum (AACHM).

Living Oral History Digital Collection 
Historical photographs and news articles from AADL’s Community Collections about major topics featured in the Living Oral History interviews.

Making of Ann Arbor
Searchable historical texts on early Ann Arbor and county history, plus photographs, postcards, and maps. A collaboration with the Bentley Historical Library and U-M's Digital Library Production Services.

Newspaper Collection
Thousands of articles and issues from several historical newspaper collections from the 19th through the 20th century. Includes the 19th-century abolitionist newspaper the Signal of Liberty, the Ann Arbor News, and alternative newspapers from the 1970s - 1990s, The Ann Arbor Sun and Agenda.

Miscellaneous photo collections from Ann Arborites

Parsons, Jeffrey R. Collection
Photographic collection of Ann Arbor locations and events from the 1970s and early 1980s by photographer Jeffrey R. Parsons.

Rick Cocco Then & New Collection
Photographs of Ann Arbor locations taken from the same perspective at different historical time periods

The Story of Argus Camera
Pamphlets, interviews, photographs, and historical videos about the Argus Camera Company's history.

Titon, Jeff Collection
Photographs of performers at the original Ann Arbor’s Blues festival and subsequent Blues & Jazz Festivals. From Jeff Titon, Professor Emeritus of Music at Brown University

University Musical Society: A History of Great Performances
Programs from over 140 years of the University Musical Society’s history. Also includes hundreds of photographs. In partnership with the University Musical Society.

The Story of the Walker Livery and Taxi Business
Photographs and documents chronicling the history of the Walker Livery Company family and its businesses.

Welcome to Commie High Online Archive
Photographs, articles, a Community High School music database, and video archive from the documentary Welcome to Commie High.

Yates, Peter Collection
Wide-ranging photographic collection of Ann Arbor people and events from long-standing Ann Arbor Observer photographer, Peter Yates, from the late 1960s through the 1990s Yearbook Collection Local high school yearbooks from 1884 through 1923.

Ypsilanti Gleanings 
Past issues Ypsilanti Gleanings, the official publication of Ypsilanti Historical Society, through 2016.