Accessing the Local History Collections and Archives

The archives are now accessible through the Traverse Area District Library, our partners in preserving, protecting, and presenting local history. For information on access to the archives, please contact the Reference Department at their email,, or by calling 231-932-8502. Visit the digital archives at the Library’s website at or by clicking this link: Traverse Area District Library, Local History Collection, Online Database.

Additional Archives for Research on Northern Michigan

Minnesota Historical Society
Central Michigan University
Library of Congress (Photo archive)
Michigan Technological University (Digital archives)
Manitou Islands Archives
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Photo archive)
Michigan Historical Center
Bentley Historical Library (University of Michigan)
Elk Rapids Area Historical Society
Leelanau Historical Society
Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society
Fox Island Lighthouse Association
Mesick Historical Museum