Michigan History

Michigan History Websites

Making of Modern Michigan
The Making of Modern Michigan is a collaborative project involving more than 50 Michigan libraries. It includes local history materials from communities around the state. Michigan's unique heritage is represented through photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials, and much more. As of January 2005, MMM includes contributions from 36 libraries. Collections from another 15 libraries are in the works and will be available soon. The Making of Modern Michigan is headed by the Michigan State University Libraries, in partnership with the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Library Consortium, and the 50+ libraries currently participating in the project.

MMM is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, 
an independent federal agency serving museums and libraries.

Peter White Public Library is one of 36 libraries to contribute material to this project. PWPL received a grant to participate in the Making of Modern Michigan digitization project as a part of the Upper Peninsula Digitilization Project. The grant allowed staff and volunteers to purchase equipment to scan and therefore, digitize the Wesley Perron Rail Research Collection. This material had originally been in notebooks with typed papers; now it is digitized and online for searchable use by others interested in railroads in the Upper Peninsula.

To find the complete, digitized heritage in Making of Modern Michigan, go to http://mmm.lib.msu.edu/

To find the Upper Peninsula's Digitization Project Center, go to http://updigit.uproc.lib.mi.us/index.php

To find Peter White Public Library's Wesley Perron Rail Research Collection Papers, go to http://mmm.lib.msu.edu/search/browsecollections.cfm?t=1 and enter Peter White Public Library.


Michigan County History and Atlases collection offers free keyword searching and page-by-page access to digitized reproductions of Michigan county histories and atlases.

Sanborn Maps website provides digital access to 1793 large-scale maps of 339 Michigan towns and cities, including Lansing, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and nine maps of the City of Marquette as it grew between 1884 and 1946.

Seeking Michigan combines geneological records with historical accounts from the Civil War, Michigan maps, oral histories, lighthouses, and early photography.


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