Local Information Database
Library Research Resources
Kalamazoo Public Library maintains a wealth of current and historical information about area citizens, organizations, businesses, buildings, events, plus local, area, and state news (with a local angle).
KPL’s Local Information Database combines indexing of local newspapers, magazines, historical photos, and other Local History resources. Library staff add new records to this rich resource of more than one million items every day.
KPL’s Local Organization Directory features 900+ social service agencies, clubs, associations, churches, and other nonprofit organizations in Kalamazoo County. Library staff annually update each organization’s entry.
The Kalamazoo Gazette has been indexed since 1972, with some coverage of personal names before then. The index includes both subject and personal names and covers local, area and state news. Each citation includes the headline, the date of the paper in which the article appears, the section, page, and column, and indicates whether a picture illustrates the article.
Kalamazoo Gazette Index
For the date of the most recently input Kalamazoo Gazette, please inquire at either the Reference Desk or the Local History Room Desk.
Complete subjects and personal names (except Circuit Court sentencings and public notices, which begin in 1984). The Gazette stopped publishing marriage licenses and divorces about 15 October 2013, birth announcements about 5 January 2016, and court sentencings in January 2016.
Births, deaths, marriage licenses, divorces, engagements, weddings, wedding anniversaries, obituaries, selected other personal names, and some subjects. Full indexing is in progress for 1966 and 1967.
Weddings and obituaries, selected other names, no subjects.
Obituaries only. 1937 is in progress.
Obituaries in progress.
1857–1888, 1890, 1891
Obituaries only (only a few exist for 1863 & 1864, none for 1865). 1889 completed through June.
Complete personal names. Complete subject index available on microfilm.
The Local History Room section of the database captures a wonderful variety of information not indexed in the other databases, including access to the clipping files, scrapbooks, pictures and short sketches in books, etc.