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Michigan Historical Collections
Table of Contents Vols 1-31 – Michigan Historical Collections
Vols. 1-40 (1874-1929)
Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission
1876-1886 (Volumes 1- 9): Pioneer Collections. Lansing : Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan.
1886-1912 (Volumes 10-38): Historical Collections. Lansing : Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society.
1915 and 1929 (Volumes 39 and 40): Michigan Historical Collections. Lansing : Michigan Historical Commission.
In fact this periodical never had the title Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections, but that name is commonly used now. The first seven volumes are made up mainly of pioneer reminiscences, biographical sketches and memorials, and proceedings of local pioneer societies. In 1886 the Collections began to publish a large body of documents.
Volumes 41 and 42 (at the first link) contain indexes to the first 30 volumes. A complete “Table of Contents” for volumes 1 through 31 can be found at the second link, in the Bibliography of American Historical Societies, page 588.
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Vols 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 (1917-1922)
Michigan Historical Commission and the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
The magazine was a quarterly. Each of the volumes contains a table of contents at the front and an index in back covering all four numbers within. There is a Vol 3 at this link, which was mistakenly entitled “Michigan History” in the online archive. In fact it is Vol 3 of the Collection at the entry above.
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Collections of Michigan Historic Newspapers
Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal – Michigan Historic Newspapers
Central Michigan University Library
Links to many online Michigan newspapers, at both paid and free sites.
The Ancestor Hunt is a very large site with a page of newspaper links for each U.S. state. The Michigan page has links to many newspapers, organized by county and city.
Chronicling America: Michigan Newspapers – Michigan Historic Newspapers
Library of Congress
Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers
This site at the Library of Congress has a very large collection of historic newspapers from every state in the U.S. In addition to the digitized newspapers, they provide information about other historic newspapers not in their digitized collection. For that database, use the tab “US Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present”.
Bowling Green State University Libraries
This page of BGSU’s LibGuide (Library Research Guide) has links to free online newspaper collections for all states beginning with M. Scroll down for the Michigan collection.
Michigan Historic Newspapers
Weekly. Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 29, 1871) -Vol. 22, no. 25 (Jan. 4, 1893)
Alpena, Alpena Co.
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Weekly. Feb 6, 1879 – Dec 23, 1885. Incomplete series
Big Rapids, Mecosta Co.
Weekly. May 6, 1858 – Apr 14, 1864, with a few scattered issues until Aug 1880
Dowagiac, Cass Co.
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Constantine Republican – Michigan Historic Newspapers
Weekly. July 13, 1836 – Aug 1, 1838
Constantine, St. Joseph Co.
Daily. Jan 4, 1896 – July 30, 1898
Calumet, Houghton Co.
Weekly, August 1, 1817 to March 20, 1828
Detroit, Wayne Co.
Weekly. Aug 4, 1859 – Dec 6, 1866. Also an issue of June 16, 1859
East Saginaw, Saginaw Co.
Weekly. 1850 to January 1854
Flint, Genesee Co.
Weekly, July 1851- Oct 1857
Grand Haven, Ottawa Co.
Marshall Statesman – Michigan Historic Newspapers
Weekly. July 30 1856 – August 17, 1859
Marshall, Calhoun Co.
Weekly. April 1841 – July 1845
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co.
Weekly. Oct 20, 1871 – Dec 31, 1874
Battle Creek, Calhoun Co.
Weekly. Mar 31, 1882 – Feb 19, 1897
Owosso, Shiawassee Co.
The Signal of Liberty – Michigan Historic Newspapers
Weekly, April, 1841 – Feb 5, 1848
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co.
The Michigan History Division placed a marker on the site of the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor with this information:
“Antislavery Society: The founding meeting of the Michigan Antislavery Society was held in the First Presbyterian Church, located on this site [southwest corner E. Huron and Division Streets], on November 10, 1836. Delegates from six counties elected officers and adopted fourteen resolutions denouncing slavery. This convention led to the establishment in Jackson in 1839 of the American Freeman, the state’s first antislavery newspaper and its successor, Ann Arbor’s Signal of Liberty, in 1841.”
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