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Other Local History Resources

Below are some of the organizations and collections outside of the Ann Arbor District Library that can help with your local history research.


Ann Arbor City Maps
City of Ann Arbor maps covering neighborhood, environmental, recreation, historical, and GIS data

Washtenaw County Maps
Washtenaw County maps, GIS data, and interactive MapWashtenaw

Maps & Atlases at the University of Michigan
State, regional, and city maps, both digital and print. Includes Washtenaw County maps, 1820-present

Michigan County Histories & Atlases 
Searchable online Michigan county histories and atlases


The Library of Michigan Newspaper Databases
The Library of Michigan provides free access to Michigan residents to dozens of searchable newspaper databases, most notably the Ann Arbor News, 1923-present. Apply for a Library of Michigan library card.

Local and Regional Newspaper databases through AADL 
In addition to our online newspaper collections, AADL subscribes to regional newspaper databases, including the Ann Arbor News (coverage runs June 11, 2003-July 23, 2009; and January 1, 2016-present), the historical Detroit Free Press, and The Detroit News.

The Michigan Daily
Digital archive of the University of Michigan's student newspaper, 1890-present.

Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal
Links to historical and current newspapers in Washtenaw County, provided by Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library.


The Bentley Image Bank
Searchable database of images held by the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library

The Making of Ann Arbor
Images documenting the history of early Ann Arbor and architecturally significant buildings


Ann Arbor Historical Foundation
Dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Ann Arbor

Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County
County and family history resources

Washtenaw County Historical Society
County history, documents, research, and the Museum on Main Street

Ypsilanti Historical Society
Dedicated to preserving and disseminating information about the history of the Ypsilanti area

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County
Tours, exhibits, and events documenting the lives of African Americans in Washtenaw County


Bentley Historical Library
Extensive primary resources and digital collections covering early Ann Arbor and University of Michigan history

Clements Library
Primary resources and digital collections covering early American history (including some Michigan collections)

Joseph A. Labadie Collection
Multi-media collection documenting anarchist, civil rights, anti-war, and LGBTQ movements. (A part of the University of Michigan Special Collections & Archives)