Upper Peninsula Towns
J.M. Longyear Research Library Resources
The collection of the library and archives is very diverse and contains resources for everyone.
The core of the collection is over 16,000 titles from rare 18th century books to recent publications about the history of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the northern Great Lakes region.
The library is known for its excellent collection of Great Lakes Indian history, the ethnic, social and economic history of the region and books on the histories of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.
Diaries, correspondence, unpublished research papers and interview transcripts are found in the manuscript collection.
Examples of resources are:
A four-volume history of the 19th Century of Negaunee, Mi., Clarence Thoren
A history of Marquette County highway system, Kenneth Ingalls Sawyer
Personal reminiscences and letters of Peter White, Philo Everett, Amos Harlow, John M. Longyear, Charles Harvey, James Jopling, Ray Brotherton, William Armstrong, to name of few.
The library subscribes to regional periodicals such as Michigan History, Lake Superior Magazine, Inland Seas, Mazina’igen, Win Awen Nisototung, The Finnish American Reporter, Michigan Historical Review. The serials collection has complete sets of the Minnesota Historical Society Collections, the Wisconsin Historical Collections and the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections.
The newspaper holdings include hardcopy and microfilm of county newspapers
Marquette- Mining Journal, Weekly and Daily
Ishpeming- Iron Ore
Negaunee- Iron Herald
City and county directories are available from years 1873 thru 2005
These newspaper and pamphlet files are accessed by subject and geography. A subject index to Mining Journal articles is available from the1860’s-1940. Newspaper articles were clipped and filed from 1940 to the present, documenting local current events.
Over 50 scrapbooks are compiled on subjects such as hockey, health and welfare, arts and theater, travel journals, politics, iron mining, and communities. Personal scrapbooks include those compiled by Peter White, Frederick Read, John Longyear, Elba Morse, and John Voelker
The Archives is known for its unique collection of local organization records, business records, government documents, and collections of personal papers
William Austin Burt papers
Watson/Rankin family correspondence
John M. Longyear business records
Wes Perron railroad collection
David McClintock WWII correspondence
Norene Roberts Dead River and Grand Island collections
Marquette County veteran interviews
The Archives General Index provides details on specific collections
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Genealogy Homes & Properties Photographs & Maps