Pontiac Daily Press – Bound Volumes At some time in the past our historical society, with Oakland County Government’s involvement, bound several years of the Pontiac Daily Press into hardbound volumes. There are 45 volumes in the set dating between 1927 and 1939. Each volume contains a month or three of issues of the paper. Note that these books are large and quite heavy as they are bound newspapers.
This is our collection of “Small Manuscripts”, a catch-all grouping of writings, research, histories, reminisces, letters, and other ephemera collected over the years and deemed especially valuable to research staff or patrons. The collection is housed in two file cabinets in our Research Library, hence the cabinet/drawer locations listed here. It is updated regularly with new items – this webpage is updated about twice a year. The latest update
In 1815, the Surveyor General of the United States was a man named Edward Tiffin, the former governor of Ohio. In that year, he ordered a survey of the Michigan Territory at the request of Congress, who were granting bounty lands to the veterans of the War of 1812. This survey wasn’t completed – the survey crews reported that the territory was an “interminable swamp” and not fit for agriculture
Lillian Drake Avery Research Cards – Index to Cemeteries Mrs. Avery used abbreviations for cemetery names, some of which have changed over time. Check this list if you see an unfamiliar cemetery name in the research cards. A.H.C. = Auburn Heights Cemetery = Aaron Webster/Amy Cemetery, Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills Birmingham Cem. = Greenwood Cemetery, Oak Street, Birmingham Baldwin Cemetery = Paint Creek Cemetery, Orion Road, Oakland Township
Lillian Drake Avery Research Card Collection – Key to Abbreviations Lillian Drake Avery was a machine. A research machine. She put some serious horsepower into the indexing and cataloging of the OCPHS library and collection over a long number of years. We are to this day very grateful for her contributions to the society and to her efforts to record and preserve Oakland County’s history (and getting women