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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Discover Your Family Roots

Staff-selected resources, databases & websites

Digitized Newspapers
Digitized Newspapers

Historical & Regional Publications

Search the “Kalamazoo Telegraph” & more

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Genealogy - State by State

Our genealogy book collection in the history room is really wonderful, but out of necessity it has always been limited to mainly local resources and those for areas the majority of Kalamazoo settlers came from. For that reason, our U.S. books primarily cover New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Our genealogy databases, Ancestry, HeritageQuest, and America’s Genealogy Bank, deal with all parts of the country but many things aren’t available that way, and it would always be nice to have more information about resources in states we aren’t as familiar with....

New Materials
New Materials

KPL's Local History Collection

Browse the latest books in the collection

Local History Online
Local History Online

Catalogs, Newspapers, Photos and more

Digitized materials from the Local History collection