Michigan State Guide
Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Michigan Collections
The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.
Folklife in Your State: Michigan
The collections of the American Folklife Center contain
rich and varied materials from Michigan that document
the diversity of the state's folk traditions. Michigan's
Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions
and celebrations, is available on the Center's Web page.
America's Library is especially designed for elementary
and middle- school students.
the States: Michigan
Jump Back in Time
Becomes a State, January 26, 1837
in the Midwest, October 8, 1871
American Treasures of the Library of Congress
American Produced Planetarium
The Laing Planetarium Company of Detroit, Michigan, under
the direction of Alexander Laing, developed its string-driven
planetarium at the end of the nineteenth century.
the Land: Journeys Into Literary America
The exhibit examines the iterary heritage though maps,
photographs, and the works of American authors from a
variety of periods. The Midwest
section includes an image of Michigan.
Bibliographies and Guides
This site provides the names of all current state poets
laureate of the United States. It also includes a history
of the laureateship in each state, as well the District
of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing
of all previous state poets laureate.
to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of
Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide
to sources of information on government and law available
online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable
sites for legal information on U.S. states and territories,
Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American
This list includes structures identified as the work
of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic
American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering
Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The
Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog
by William Allin Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional
documentation is digitized from the HABS/HAER
collection, entries will be added. The list includes
images for Michigan.
Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library
This 1955 print publication includes prints and photographs
relating to historical events to 1899; general subjects
such as education, daily life, miners and mining; and
views of U.S. locations (text and images). It is being
prepared for the Internet in stages. Images of Michigan
& Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading United
States--Michigan to find digital images related to
Michigan, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons.
Search in PPOC using the term Michigan
or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Click on Michigan to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from
Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Local History: Mapping My Spot
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
Michigan entered the Union as the twenty-sixth state
on January 26, 1837.
On Sunday, October 8, 1871, fire leveled a broad swath
of Michigan and Wisconsin, including the cities of Peshtigo,
Holland, Manistee, and Port Huron.
History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state
of residence to locate veterans from Michigan.