Research Requests

Research requests can be made online or by mail. Instructions for making research requests are at the bottom of the page. Please be aware that the Society cannot guarantee that the requested information will be found. However, we will make every attempt to locate any and all relevant information for

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The photograph collection is divided into three categories: Individual Photographs, Boxed Collections and Photograph Albums. The collection represents all formats of photographic processes including tin types, ambrotypes, carte de visites, cabinet cards, glass plate negatives, and cyanotypes. The majority of the photographs are arranged by subject or surname; stereo views

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We have a large collection of early newspapers, primarily up through 1900. Some are on microfilm, which can be printed, and others are contained in the original, hardbound volumes, which cannot be photocopied. Our earliest paper is The Oakland Chronicle (1830-1831). We do have some volumes of Pontiac papers post

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Maps and Atlases

We have a large collection of maps and atlases, including: The Douglas Houghton maps of Michigan Copies of the Bela Hubbard maps of Oakland County Hinsdale’s Archeological Atlas of Michigan U.S. Geological Survey Maps Insurance maps Topographical maps Township plat maps and atlases (1857-present).


The manuscript collection contains unique hand- and typewritten letters, diaries, ledgers and account books, records of organizations, and research notes. The collection is arranged in two parts: Boxed Collections are accessed by collection name, while the Small Manuscripts are arranged by subject or surname. Items in the manuscript collection can

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Some of the periodicals in our library are: Michigan History (1919-present) The Michigan Historical Review (1993-present) The Old House Journal (1973-1994) Family Trails (1967-1982) Miscellaneous issues of various publications such as Harper’s Weekly, Peterson’s Magazine, Ballou’s Magazine, Civil War Times and Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine.  


The library collects family histories, township histories, gazetteers and city directories, published marriage and cemetery records, land and tax records, and census records for Oakland County for 1845 and 1860.   We have some additional material relating to surrounding counties in southeastern Michigan, and have a large collection of materials

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Books and Pamphlets

  We have a large collection of sources on the townships and municipalities of Oakland County. These are arranged by township and can include published books, pamphlets and notebooks containing newspaper clippings. We also have materials relating to schools (including a collection of yearbooks), churches, women, medicine, Oakland County government,

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Research Library

The Research Library has many resources, including books, pamphlets, city directories, cemetery records, periodicals, atlases, manuscripts and newspapers. Follow the links in the menu above to see more information. If you would like to submit a research request via e-mail or postal mail, please see the Research Requests page. HOURS:

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