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
Digitized Newspapers

Historical & Regional Publications

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Michigan True Crime

Over the years, I have noticed that local and Michigan history books often appear in waves of particular subjects. Some years ago lighthouses were popular and book after book documenting Great Lakes lighthouses and their keepers became available. The next trend was for shipwreck books. New books began to be published about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, as well as books about ship disasters that few had ever heard of before. Lately I’ve noticed a new trend, every bit as tragic as shipwrecks, but also gripping. In recent months a number of books about horrible crimes, both solved and unsolved, have hit the shelves....

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New Materials

KPL's Local History Collection

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Local History Online
Local History Online

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Digitized materials from the Local History collection