Local History


Resources and programs to understand and appreciate local history


Resources, tools, and programs to explore and understand family histories


Online access to digitized local history collections  


Locally focused programs to understand the culture unique to Kalamazoo

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Staff-selected resources, databases & websites

Digitized Newspapers
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New Collection of School Photos

Local History has recently posted a collection of 1960s to early 1970s class photographs from two extinct Kalamazoo elementary schools; Roosevelt School, built in 1909 and razed in 1988, and Hillcrest Elementary, built in 1926 by the Kalamazoo public schools system and closed in the early 1970s for lack of enrollment, then purchased by the private Kazoo School in 1985, which flourishes today. The albums chronicle staff and teachers as well as students. View the collection »...

New Materials
New Materials

KPL's Local History Collection

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Local History Online
Local History Online

Catalogs, Newspapers, Photos and more

Digitized materials from the Local History collection