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Michigan/Delta County Collections

The Escanaba Public Library has an extensive Michigan collection containing books, magazines and videos about our Great Lakes State. The history section has a special emphasis on the Upper Peninsula. In addition, the collections of the Delta County Genealogical Society are housed at the library. Their materials are a rich resource for those researching family history, especially for those whose family is from Delta County.

Library patrons also have access to digitized historical images from the Upper Peninsula through Upper Peninsula Digitization Center Collection, as well as access to†historical†resources of communities†throughout Michigan at MeL Michigana.

Our patrons also have access to The Michigan County Histories and Atlases Digitization Project comprised of 428 digitized titles published before 1923. This collection offers all members of the community free keyword searching and page-by-page access to digitized reproductions of Michigan county histories and atlases as a resource for historical and genealogical research.

Listed here is a sampling of the materials youíll find at the Library, with a focus on Delta County.

MICHIGAN
Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State by Willis F. Dunbar
Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More than Five Thousand Past and present Michigan Communities by Walter Romig
Michigan Through the Centuries by Willis Dunbar (non-circulating)
Michigan History Magazine 1917-current (non-circulating)
Michigan Pioneer & Historical Society Collections 1874-1929 (non-circulating)

UPPER PENINSULA
A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People: Its Mining, Lumber and Agricultural History by Alvah L. Sawyer (published in 1911) (non-circulating)
History of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (published in 1883)
A Land Apart: A History Anthology of Michiganís Upper Peninsula (non-circulating)
Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan (published in 1895) (non-circ.)
Michigan Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula by R.L. Dodge
A Most Superior Land: Life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by Russell McKee
An Outline History of Michiganís Upper Peninsula by Russell Magnaghi (non-circ.)
Superior Heartland: A Backwoods History by C. Fred Rydholm
The Way It Happened: Settling Michiganís Upper Peninsula by Russel M. Magnaghi

DELTA COUNTY
Bark River Centennial, 1871-1971
The Century Book 1863-1963 Escanaba
Dreams of Beaver Creek by Charles E. Dedic (non-circulating)
Escanaba Michigan U.S.A.: The Iron Port of the World by Walter Nursey (non-circ.)
An Ethnic History of Delta County
Gladstone Centennial History 1887-1987
A History of the Garden Peninsula by Thomas E. Jacques
Marble Arms: A History of a Gladstone Manufacturing Company
Our Heritage: Garden Peninsula 1840-1980
Our Heritage: Rapid River, Michigan

A Page from the Old Calendar: Tales of Events, Personalities and History of Escanaba and Vicinity by Arol Beck Reflections of the Past: A Pictorial History of Delta, Schoolcraft & Northern Menominee Counties
A Souvenir of Delta County, Michigan
Station in the Forest by Norma Colburn Terrien
(Cornell area)
The Story of Ford River Township

ETHNIC GROUPS
Ethnic Groups in Michigan
Finnish American Lives
(video)
Indian Names in Michigan by Virgil Vogel
Miners, Merchants, and Midwives: Michiganís Upper Peninsula Italians by Russell Magnaghi
The People of Michigan by George Graff
People of the Three Fires: The Ottawa, Potawatomi and Ojibway of Michigan by James Clifton, George Cornell, and James McClurken
Tradition Bearers (video) (Finnish Americans)
Scandinavians in Michigan by Christian T. Feddersen

U.P. INDUSTRIES & OCCUPATIONS
Good Man in the Woods (video)
History of Lumbering in Delta County by Carl J. Sawyer
History of Sawmills in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by Carl J. Sawyer
When Pine Was King by Lewis C. Reimann

Many of the books on Michigan and Upper Peninsula history listed above have information on farming, logging, and mining industries.

The Library maintains vertical files on Escanaba, Delta County and the Upper Peninsula, as well as newspaper indexes and historical newspapers on microfilm.† Ask at the reference desk for assistance in using these files.



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