American Memory Historical Collections
Examples of materials related to Michigan are provided for
most of the collections listed below. Search on the term Michigan
to locate additional resources within these American
Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of
Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents which
include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures,
drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material.
African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio
This selection of manuscript and printed text and images
illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920,
a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration,
religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony
and discord, and struggles and successes.
the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews
Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
This collection contains twelve hours of opinions recorded
following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from over two hundred
individuals across the United States. Browse the collection
by geographic location to locate interviews from Detroit.
at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States
from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of motion
from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from
the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945
The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of
War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary
photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government
photographers, the images show Americans in every part of
the nation. The collection contains more than 2,000
black-and-white and fifteen color photographs of Detroit
as well as three of Willow
Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
This collection spans the period from the turn of the
nineteenth century to the 1880s, although a majority of
the song sheets were published during the height of the
craze, from the 1850s to the 1870s.
Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University
of Chicago Library
This collection consists of 4,500 photographs documenting
natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in
the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning
of the twentieth centuries. Browse the collection by state
to locate 536 images of Michigan.
Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: a Study Collection
from the Harvard Graduate School of Design
This collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides
represents an historical view of American buildings and
landscapes built during the period 1850-1920. The collection
offers views of cities, specific buildings, parks, estates
and gardens. Browse the collection by place
using the subject heading United States--Michigan--(city)
to locate images of Michigan.
Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project,
These life histories were written by staff of the Folklore
Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works
Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from
1936-1940. The Library of Congress Manuscript Division collection
includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300
writers from 24 states.
Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920
This collection comprises 253 published narratives by
Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels
in the colonies and the United States and their observations
and opinions about American peoples, places, and society
from about 1750 to 1920.
Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed
This collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items
dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompassing
key events and eras in American history. Among them are
a variety of posters, notices, invitations, proclamations,
leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, menus and business cards.
Browse the geographic
location of printing to locate more than fifty items
printed in Michigan.
and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs
by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955
This collection is comprised of over 29,000 photographs
primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors
and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic
buildings, and other structures concentrated chiefly in
the northeastern United States. Browse the collection by
to locate more than sixty images for Grosse
Pointe Farms, Michigan.
This collection presents 2,100 early baseball cards dating
from 1887 to 1914. Browse the collection by city
to locate baseball players in Detroit.
in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American
Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey, 1933-Present
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the
Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections
document achievements in architecture, engineering, and
design in the United States through a comprehensive range
of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the
collection by place
to locate items for Michigan.
Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights,
This online presentation introduces a multifaceted man
and a variety of complex issues, topics, and events that
risk oversimplification in any short retelling. Also included
is a sampler of thirty-four images related to early baseball
(1860s-1920s) from various files and collections in the
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943
This collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically
diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part
of the New Deal.
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional
Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection consists of a linked set of published
congressional records of the United States of America from
the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.
War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society
The images in this collection are drawn from the New-York
Historical Society's rich archival collections that document
the Civil War. They include recruiting posters for New York
City regiments of volunteers, stereographic views documenting
the mustering of soldiers and of popular support for the
Union in New York City, photography showing the war's impact,
both in the North and South, and drawings and writings by
ordinary soldiers on both sides.
Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
This collection presents over 9,000 images relating to
the early history of advertising in the United States. Included
in the collection are cookbooks, photographs of billboards,
print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs,
and leaflets for a multitude of products.
Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
This collection documents the historical formation and
cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect
America's natural heritage. It consists of 60 books and
pamphlets, 140 Federal statutes and Congressional resolutions,
34 additional legislative documents, excerpts from the Congressional
Globe and the Congressional Record, 360 Presidential proclamations,
170 prints and photographs, 2 historic manuscripts, and
a two-part motion picture.
American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
This collection includes 3042 pieces of sheet music published
in America between 1850 and 1920.
The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress
holds more than 4.5 million items, of which this collection
represents only a small fraction, those that have been
converted to digital form. The collection is organized
according to seven major categories: Cities
and Towns, Conservation
and Environment, Cultural
and Exploration, General
Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation
and Communication. Browse the geographic
location index to locate maps of Michigan.
NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
These scrapbooks document the activities of the Geneva
Political Equality Club, which the Millers founded in 1897,
as well as efforts at the state, national, and international
levels to win the vote for women.
for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 & 1870-1885
This collection consists of over 62,000 pieces of sheet
music registered for copyright during the nineteenth century.
Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music,
sacred music and secular choral music, solo instrumental
music, method books and instructional materials, and music
for band and orchestra.
Nineteenth Century in Print: Books
The books in this collection are nineteenth century American
imprints, dating mainly from between 1850 and 1880. The
collection is particularly strong in poetry and in the subject
areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology,
religion, and science and technology. Browse the subject
index to locate books pertaining to Michigan.
Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals
This collection comprises periodicals published in the
United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during
the second half of the century. The materials selected illuminate
the subject areas of education, psychology, American history,
sociology, religion, and science and technology.
from the Chicago Daily News
This collection comprises approximately 54,000 images
of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between
1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago
Daily News, one of Chicago's leading newspapers. Search
the collection on Michigan, Lake Michigan,
or Whitehall, Michigan to locate photographs.
the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin,
The collection portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota
and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth
centuries through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional
literature, local histories, ethnographic, antiquarian,
and colonial archival documents, and other texts drawn from
the Library of Congress's General Collections and Rare Books
and Special Collections Division. Browse the collection
to locate more than thirty books pertaining to Michigan.
and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
This collection assembles a wide array of Library of Congress
source materials from the 1920s that document the widespread
prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition
to a mass consumer economy, and the role of government in
and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996
This collection showcases materials from the Blue Ridge
Parkway Folklife Project Collection (1978) and the Lands'
End All-American Quilt Contest Collection (1992, 1994, 1996).
Together these provide a glimpse into America's diverse
Civil War Photographs
This collection contains 1,118 photographs. The collection
also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers,
and a selection of enlisted men.
11, 2001, Documentary Project
The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the
heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions
of Americans and others in the months that followed the
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon,
and United Airlines Flight 93. Search
the collection on Michigan to locate more than
the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991
This collection contains approximately four thousand images
featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits.
Browse the collection by place
to locate more than eighty photographs of Michigan.
Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress, 1606-1827
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of
Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents ranging
in date from 1606 to 1827.
Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit
Publishing Company, 1880-1920
This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing
Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives
and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph
prints, mostly of the eastern United States. Browse the
collection by place
to locate more than 2,900 images of Michigan.
Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century
This digital collection presents 7,949 publicity brochures,
promotional advertisements and talent circulars for some
4,546 performers who were part of the Chautauqua circuit.
for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage
Association Collection, 1848-1921
The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets
and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. Search
text option on Michigan to locate more than
100 items that pertain to Michigan.
Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress
This online presentation, comprising about 10,121 library
items or approximately 49,084 digital images, documents
the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright and highlights their
pioneering work which led to the world's first powered,
controlled and sustained flight.
of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's
This online presentation is a selection of 448 photographs
from the approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records
of the National Woman's Party collection, housed in the
Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Search
the collection on Michigan to locate five photographs
of women from Detroit.