The records of the Lansing-East Lansing chapter of the American Association of University Women, primarily from the 1950s and 1960s, including several scrapbooks, ledgers, and sound recordings. The local chapter was organized in 1912.
This collection includes files for each production, from the first in 1966 to the final in 2009. Materials include newspaper clippings, performance programs, and photographs.
This is a collection of Lansing and regional newspaper clippings assembled by David Caterino as part of his larger group of local history materials. The clippings are sorted into several broad subject categories developed by Caterino, and include things like biographies, buildings, sports, transportation, and others.
This extensive collection of Lansing postcards assembled by David Caterino includes 18 volumes of approximately 150 postcards each, often with multiple variants of each card. Mr. Caterino established a subject category system and grouped the postcards accordingly. A highlight of the collection is the large number of photograph postcards. As of October 2015, we have put the first two volumes of postcards (Biography - portraits of individuals; Birds' Eye Views; Bridges; Broadcasting; Buildings) online, with more to come.
This is a collection of Lansing and regional subject files assembled by David Caterino as part of his larger group of local history materials. Files contain materials such as brochures, menus, flyers, reports, and other ephemeral items. The materials are sorted into several broad subject categories developed by Caterino, and include things like biographies, buildings, clubs and associations, sports, transportation, and others.
A collection of research notes and materials, as well as photographs, from long-time Lansing educator and author Ford Ceasar.
Recipe sheets that were distributed (often weekly) in relation to Martha Dixon's WJIM Channel 6 cooking show "Copper Kettle" from 1954 to 1979.
This collection contains contact sheets and negatives for black and white photographs taken in the late 1960s and the 1970s in or near Lansing, Michigan. Photograph subjects include several local and national politicians, along with several local events.
Bruce Cornelius was a photographer for the Lansing State Journal for 17 years and continued on in television journalism until his retirement in the 1990s.
This collection contains photographs removed from three photo albums as well as several loose items. The majority of these photographs have not been dated or identified. The albums were disassembled due to poor condition. The collection was named for its donor, but the source is likely a woman named Florence Tressler of Ohio, because the materials document her education and her career as a teacher.
Birt Darling was a freelance writer and an editor for the Lansing State Journal for about 40 years, the author of the Lansing area history book City in the Forest, and a leader in archaeology initiatives in Michigan. This collection primarily includes research materials for articles on family history, aviation, properties, and archaeology. There is also some correspondence, and a typed manuscript for An Account of the Capture of J. Wilkes Booth, the Assassin of Abraham Lincoln, written by Lieutenant L. C. Baker, and a radio script from 1946 titled North Lansing Against the World.
The B. F. Davis collection contains items relating to Benjamin E. Davis and his family. Davis founded the Lansing Wheelbarrow Company / Lansing Company in 1881, one of the Lansing area's first manufacturing firms.
The Edmonds Photographic Collection consists of several of the earliest photographic views of Lansing. This collection of more than 250 images grouped into 23 subject categories is a part of the Making of Modern Michigan project from 2003. The collaborative project, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), includes content from 56 participating libraries throughout the state of Michigan.
Personal papers and photographs from Jackson K. and Mary Bond Elmer and their daughter Dora, including military and land records.
This small collection includes materials belonging to George Frey, a blacksmith in the Lansing area. The material dates from 1868 to 1895 and includes three bound notebooks and a few loose items.
Newsletters and administrative materials from the non-profit Lansing-area river support organization.
This collection contains a National Honor Society certificate for Louise Goodell (1939), a file of loose newspaper clippings about the Lansing Fire Department from the 1940s, and four scrapbooks.The scrapbooks, which consist almost entirely of newspaper clippings, date from approximately 1913 to 1952, with the majority of the contents being from the 1940s. The theme of the clippings is primarily the Lansing Fire Department, fires in Lansing and the surrounding communities, and sometimes national or Michigan fire-related material.
Donated by Gerald W. Graves, who served as Mayor of Lansing from 1969 to 1981, this collection includes Graves' tax plan, veto messages, and the annual State of the City addresses, as well as economic development and capital improvement project information.
Research materials gathered by Patricia Heyden toward the publication of her book Metta and R. E. Olds: Loves, Lives, and Labors in 1997. There are short essays and talks Mrs. Heyden presented, as well as photocopied material, family history information, and other documents in the collection.
The Hotel Kerns was built in 1909 and was a popular place with legislators and community groups in part because of its lively bar and cafeteria. It also served as Lansing's bus station until 1932. It caught fire just after 5am on December 11, 1934. Numerous people were injured, and 34 were killed. Five of the bodies were never identified.
The Hotel Kerns Fire collection contains materials from both before and after the fire in 1934. Business papers include documents relating to the running of the hotel and the management of the corporation's assets after its destruction. There is a small amount of material on the Kerns family's legal matters. Notes and a fire report map are included, as are images of the hotel before the fire. A large portion of the collecton consists of inquests and lawsuits following the fire.
This collection contains legal documentation, meeting minutes, club reports, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, year books and correspondence on the Ingham County Federation of Women's Clubs. It also contains the records of the Woman's Historical Club, located in Lansing.
A small group of materials from the J. W. Knapp department store in downtown Lansing, including issues of the "KnappSack" newsletter and information on the renovation and reopening of the building in 2014.
Cookbooks, mostly produced by social and religious organizations throughout Ingham County.
This is a collection of stationery letterheads from businesses and individuals in the Lansing area. Most of the stationery has been used for correspondence, but the collection is focused on the letterheads and their design rather than the contents. A representative selection is available online.
This is a collection of death notices from the Lansing State Republican newspaper for the years 1855 to 1872, which Forest Parke Library and Archives staff and volunteers extracted from the microfilm in 2011 and 2012, and again in 2015. Because there is no index to the Lansing State Republican, it is not known if this collection is a comprehensive representation of all death notices that appeared in those years.
The notices have been grouped into one PDF file for each year and are keyword searchable by name or subject terms. The date each notice appeared in the paper is included within the files. Some files are large and may take time to open or download.
This collection of subject and biographical material formerly made up the Lansing Local History Pamphlet Collection (LLHPC) which had the collection ID 20603. It was a mix of pamphlet type material, correspondence, ledgers, published books, photographs, ephemera, and many other items. In late 2014 and early 2015 the collection was overhauled to better group the types of material into ready-reference subject files in the Local History research room, weed out duplicates and irrelevant material, streamline the broad categories materials have been grouped into, and move books into the cataloged book collection.
Some materials fit into more than one category so it is best to check in several places. For example, an historic church might fall into Religion or Buildings. On each Series page (see links below), you can keyword search for a name or a subject term to see if we have a related file.
The series represented in this collection include:
Series 1: Biography
Series 2: Arts and Entertainment
Series 3: Buildings and Property
Series 4: Business
Series 5: Clubs and Organizations
Series 6: Education
Series 7: Environment and Natural Resources
Series 8: Government
Series 9: Healthcare
Series 10: History
Series 11: Military
Series 12: Religion
Series 13: Sports
Series 14: Tourism
Series 15: Transportation
This is a collection of digitized school yearbooks from the Lansing area, which will be added to periodically. It focuses primarily on the yearbooks from the Lansing School District high schools and junior highs. The yearbooks are in PDF format.
This is a collection of digitized name index cards compiled by library staff at the Lansing Public Library and Capital Area District Libraries' Forest Parke Library and Archives (Local History). Each card contains a personal name, followed by one or more citations to Local History books, magazines, newspapers, and other library materials, some not at the Capital Area District Libraries. The notices have been grouped into one PDF file for each letter of the alphabet (or sometimes 2-3 in a file with small quantities). One of the PDF files connected to this collection is a key to all of the citations used, and where to find the materials as of 2015.
This is an artificial collection of Mason local history materials assembled by CADL Mason library staff. It consists mostly of the "Anchora" yearbook from Mason High School, plus a few of the middle school yearbooks. There is also a small amount of clippings and photographic material about Mason history, and about the library. It is likely that more will be added.
This collection is housed in a staff area. Contact the Mason library staff for access.
The Charles H. Mead Collection contains 38 pencil and ink drawings, as well as some that possibly include watercolor. The drawings are primarily of scenes and buildings from the Lansing, Michigan, area, with a few from South Haven, Michigan. The drawings that are dated range from 1868 to 1878. Those undated are believed to have been done between 1865 and 1879. Many are glued to heavy card paper backing, and some have mat frames. Select images are included with the archive record, but all have been digitized.
The Mead Family collection consists of photographs, historical documents and artifacts pertaining to Azel Mead (1784 to 1871), his descendents, and other relatives. The materials cover various aspects of the family's lives from 1833 to approximately 1960.
This collection can be found in Local History Online here.
One ledger of membership and other accounting of Lansing's Spirit No. 11 unit of the Metropolitan Club of America. Members included Firemen, Policemen, Mailmen, Postal Department workers, and Honorary Members. The ledger includes accounting for 1929 to 1938.
This collection contains information on the Mobile Meals program which was a project of the College Women's Volunteer Service in greater Lansing, Michigan. Included are annual reports, Board of Directors lists, by-laws and policies, and other information. It was in existence for 40 years, ending service in December 2004.
This collection consists of two scrapbooks, one covering the years 1866 to 1900, and the other 1910 to 1917. Although it is unclear whether the scrapbooks were assembled by J. H. Moores, due to the nature of the organization and the hand-written dates in the margins, it is strongly believed that these were created by Moores himself to document his professional career. The materials consist primarily of newspaper clippings, promotional materials, and correspondence.
A scrapbook of newspaper clippings and memorabilia about Lansing's famous Morlok Quadruplets, born in 1930. The materials were assembled and donated by Sarah Morlok Cotton, one of the quads.
Donated to the Mason Library in 2006 by Eugene G. Wanger in memory of the donor's father-in-law, Leslie Dana Morris and mother-in-law, Mabel Rebecca Morris. This collection comprises the majority of Eugene G. Wanger's personal library of books, manuscripts and ephemera pertaining to the history of Ingham County, Michigan.
This collection can be found on the library's web site here.
Forgotten for decades in a file cabinet, this collection from RE Olds Anderson is the last known cache of business and personal documents and photographs from Oldsmobile founder Ransom Eli Olds.
Every item in this collection has been digitized and is available on the library web site here.
This collection includes approximately 300 3" x 5" color snapshots of the Oldsmobile Centennial Parade that was held on August 23, 1997, in Lansing, Michigan.
World War II-era correspondence of Jack Osgood, a native of East Lansing.
The Photographs of Old Stockbridge collection contains approximately 180 photographs grouped into 19 subject categories. It is part of the Making of Modern Michigan project from 2003. The collaborative project, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), includes content from 56 participating libraries throughout the state of Michigan.
A collection of Stockbridge local history materials assembled and maintained by CADL Stockbridge staff. Several themes and types of materials are represented, including family histories, business history, church and cemetery information, general local history topics, the proposed Superconducting Supercollider (1980s), the Waterloo area, and other regional history. In the collection, there are photocopied newspaper articles and documents, as well as some original clippings. There is a large group of telephone directories for the area. Published family, church, and business histories, and newsletters of several area organizations, are also in the collection, as are some maps and local/state government reports and studies.
A collection of primarily photographs, particularly Ralph Sweeney's personal albums of travel with the US Military and for leisure. A boat slip in downtown Lansing was named for Sweeney following his years of service as a city engineer and a board member of Friends of the Rivers.
Family papers and memorabilia beginning with Dr. Henry Palmer (1827-1895), a Civil War surgeon and later Wisconsin surgeon general. The collection was assembled by Martha Mongeau Taylor, the second wife of Dr. Palmer's grandson Frederick Hoyt Taylor. It includes photographs, letters, memorials, news clippings, textile fragments, and other items.
A collection generated by Lansing publisher and sports enthusiast Virgil Vandenburg, primaril during the time he worked on the Lansing Labor News and the Capitol Bulletin, though issues of those publications are not included. A large part of the collection consists of advertising-related correspondence and samples, as well as automotive-industry promotional material, information on local, state, and federal labor/civil service issues, information on local clubs and organizations, and some personal material. Vandenburg's involvement with recreation-league athletics and chess activities is represented in the collection. Alphabetical subject and correspondence files, and a small group of portrait photographs are also included.
A collection of REO Motor Car Company advertisements, photographs, ephemera and small artifacts from the private collection of Eugene G. Wanger. Most illustrated covers or full documents have been digitized and are being added to Local History Online.
This collection can be found on the library's web site here.
This small collection, created by Blanche Mabel Wood (1882-1966), includes newspaper clippings about her, Mary L. "Minnie" Sherman, and John and Charlotte Broad. The broads owned a home at 424 North Cedar Street in Lansing, and Minnie was Charlotte's daughter from a first marriage. Mabel's mother died when she was five, and her father brought her to live with the Broads, who were his distant cousins. Also in the collection is correspondence, samples of poetry and other writing, notebooks from Minnie's club activities, and other biographical information.