Michigan Historical Collections
Bentley Historical Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Michigan Historical Records Survey
Records, 1936-1942

Finding aid created by
Ann Flowers, Assistant Archivist, 1987-1989

Summary Information
Title: Michigan Historical Records Survey records
Creator: Michigan Historical Records Survey
Inclusive dates: 1936-1942
Extent: 47 linear feet and 68 microfilm rolls
Abstract:
Reports and administrative records of WPA project to survey historical records in Michigan; includes correspondence, drafts of guides to county archives, proceedings of county boards of supervisors, field reports of workers, and copies of land patents for some counties; also material relating to the history of Blacks in Michigan.

Call number: 86745 Ca 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The records of the Michigan Historical Records Survey (Donor Number 862) were received from the Works Progress Administartion in 1942.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright in the public domain.

Processing Information:

Much of the Michigan Historical Records Survey collection was microfilmed in 1989-1990. Only a portion of the Transcripts of County and Municipal Records were filmed: those which no longer exist anywhere else (whose unique status was discovered in a survey of county and municipal records conducted in 1987). After microfilming, most of the materials were discarded, but a portion of the collection was retained in hard copy: county maps, H.R.S. correspondence, selected W.P.A. project files, and the Inventory of Negro Manuscripts. Oversize architectural drawings, photographs, and non-unique transcripts of government records were not microfilmed. This is finding aid combines the microfilmed and original material. A summary contents list provides an overview of the portions that were filmed and those available only in the original. In the Detailed Contents List section of the finding aid, all microfilmed material is listed as part of a "Roll" and all original material is listed with a box number. In cases where both microfilm and originals are held by the library, the contents list describes the microfilm copy.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Michigan Historical Records Survey Microfilm, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

The Historical Records Survey (H.R.S.) was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.)(known as the Work Projects Administration as of July 1, 1939) from 1935 to 1942. The purpose of the survey was to make unpublished government records and important privately-owned historical materials accessible to government officials, historians, legal scholars, and the general public. It was the largest survey of public records ever conducted in the United States. Luther Evans, the organizer of the Historical Records Survey, stated to a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Education and Labor, on March 1, 1938, that the Survey's aim was to "build up a second library system in the nation, by making unpublished materials as widely known and readily available...as printed materials now are." He envisioned the H.R.S. being an important part of a "historical renaissance" in the United States and said, "American life will indeed achieve more dignity and richness as we study our past in the only way that it can be studied, that is, in the archives and other materials which the Historical Records Survey makes adequately accessible to us for the first time."

These lofty goals notwithstanding, in actual fact the Historical Records Survey was a Depression-era project to give jobs to unemployed white-collar workers - teachers, historians, clericals, and others - and, again in the words of Luther Evans, to "rehabilitate them, strengthen their moral fiber, give them renewed hope for the future." The projects upon which these people labored are described herein, followed by a description of the records themselves.

Although the Historical Records Survey was terminated before all the work that had been envisioned could be completed, what had been accomplished was significant. The program of the H.R.S. was quite broad, encompassing Federal Projects and State Projects. Federal Projects, sponsored and supervised by the H.R.S. at the national level from Washington D.C., included the Survey of Federal Archives (located in the states), Survey of County Records, Survey of Church Records, Manuscripts Survey, American Imprints Survey, Inventory of State Records, Inventory of Municipal Records, American Portraits Survey, Civilian Organizations Survey, Historical Buildings Survey, Maps Survey, Microfilm Survey of Public Records, Naturalization Records Survey, Newspapers Survey, Paintings and Statuaries Survey, Photographs Survey, School Records Survey, Emergency Disposition of Records Survey, and Vital Statistics Survey. State Projects included indexes (of newspapers, deeds, etc.), calendars of manuscript collections, subject-related surveys (e.g., in Michigan, the Inventory of Negro Manuscripts), and transcriptions of government and church records, especially vital statistics and county board of supervisors' minutes.

The Historical Records Survey was organized by Luther Evans toward the end of 1935. He served as its national director for about four years, until he became the director of the Library of Congress's Legislative Services Division. In 1940 he was succeeded by Sargent Child, who had been a field supervisor since the project's beginning. In Michigan the Survey began in 1936, directed by Assistant State Supervisor Dr. Milo Quaife, secretary and editor of the Detroit Public Library's Burton Historical Collection, and by Associate Supervisor William Jabine. Dr. Quaife retired from the Survey at the end of 1936 and Mr. Jabine became state director until 1939, when he was succeeded by Stuart Portner, who stayed on until the Historical Records Survey came to its premature end in 1942.

After Federal Project No. 1, of which the H.R.S. was one unit, lost its federal funding in 1939, the Historical Records Survey functioned as a nationwide series of locally-sponsored projects. In Michigan it was sponsored by the State Administrative Board, although the Federal government shared expenses.

The largest H.R.S. project in Michigan was the Survey of County Records, part of the W.P.A.'s Division of Professional and Service Projects. Field workers inventoried the public records of the counties by locating, describing, and classifying them for future ease of accessibility. In addition they compiled histories of the counties and descriptions of the organization and function of government units. These were to be published, together with the inventories, as guides for each of the 83 counties in Michigan. Although work was done on each county, only a dozen guides were ever published. All of the H.R.S. publications and most of the unpublished materials are housed in the Michigan Historical Collections, located at the Bentley Historical Library. Some other unpublished materials are at the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library (see a listing of their holdings in Appendix III of this finding aid).

The Manuscripts Survey was another important H.R.S. project. Margaret Sherburne was in charge on the national level and Dr. Bernhard Uhlendorf directed the Michigan survey. In 1940 the University of Michigan's Michigan Historical Collections became a cosponsor with the State Administrative Board for the statewide manuscripts survey and for the church records survey, both of whose publications are housed at the Bentley. A Guide to Manuscript Depositories in Michigan, published in 1940, was the first product of the Manuscripts Survey. The guide was produced under the auspices of the W.P.A.'s Division of Professional and Service Projects and included descriptions of the state's libraries, museums, and historical societies and their holdings. The inventory upon which the guide was based was a cooperative effort between Survey staff and the state's librarians and curators. Next came the Guide to Manuscript Collections in Michigan, prepared under the auspices of the W.P.A.'s Division of Community Service Programs (formerly the Division of Professional and Service Projects). Volume 1, an inventory of the Michigan Historical Collections, was issued in 1941 and Volume 2, an inventory of other University of Michigan collections, appeared in 1942. Calendars of two significant collections were published (filed under Historical Records Survey in the library's catalog of printed materials): Calendar of the Baptist Collection of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan and Calendar of the John C. Dancy Correspondence, 1898-1910 (these are also held by the Library of Michigan and by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - see Appendices II and IV. They also have Vol. 1 of the Guide to Manuscript Collections in Michigan.). Many other private collections never got beyond the inventory stage, but these inventories are also in the H.R.S. collection at the Bentley.

A significant subject-related manuscript survey was the Inventory of Negro Manuscripts, the brainchild of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The project was sometimes called the Negro Manuscripts Survey or, in Loretta Heffner's The WPA Historical Records Survey: A Guide to the Unpublished Inventories, Indexes, and Transcripts (Chicago: The Society of American Archivists, 1980), the Survey of Negro Historical Papers. In Michigan it was compiled by the Negro Manuscripts Unit of the Michigan H.R.S. as part of the W.P.A.'s Division of Community Service Programs. Under the direction of Dr. Bernhard Uhlendorf, director of the Manuscripts Survey, the project was organized by Christopher Alston in 1939 and run, after Mr. Alston moved on to other tasks, by historian Robert Hayden. The field workers (all Black) surveyed the Black community in the Detroit metropolitan area and the collections of the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library. They searched for original records and papers, both of organizations and of individuals, which would shed light on the social and political history of Blacks in America. In 1941, the Survey published the Calendar of the John C. Dancey Correspondence, 1898-1910. Two other Survey products went unpublished: an essay on Black history in Michigan, attributed to Robert Hayden by Mr. Alston, and a calendar of correspondence discovered in the survey. Copies of the essay and calendar were bound into one volume entitled History of the Negro in Michigan, which is in the Bentley Historical Library, along with the published Dancey calendar and all the unpublished material. Other material relating to Black history can be found in some of the county files, especially Cass County.

The work of the American Imprints Survey was to document the history of American printing. It was compiled from a survey of thousands of libraries in the U.S., as well as some private collections and historical societies. The survey aimed to list, on a state-by-state basis, all old publications in the United States: books, pamphlets, and broadsides. "Old" meant anything from the beginning of printing through 1876, when copyrighting was introduced (later, for the western states). The Michigan Imprints Survey published Preliminary Check List of Michigan Imprints, 1796-1850 in 1942 under the auspices of the W.P.A.'s Division of Community Service Programs. It is arranged chronologically by year of publication and includes for each Michigan publication a listing of author, title, place of publication, pagination, and locations anywhere in the United States as of the time the survey was conducted. The information gathered was cleared through the National Union Catalog and revealed the existence of many publications which had previously been unknown. Bibliographer Douglas McMurtrie was the national director and Jacques Jean Engerrand was the state supervisor for Michigan. The Bentley Library has the published volume (listed in the printed materials catalog), as well as seven linear feet of notes on all the items discovered in the survey, from which the publication was compiled. These notes are listed in the manuscripts catalog under Michigan Imprints Inventory and cover publications of the years 1796-1876 (note the longer time span).

The Federal Writers Project commenced in 1935 and operated in many of the counties of the nation. According to a Michigan Writers Project blurb put out by the WPA, the purpose of the project was to "interpret the life, the history, and the local setting of the community to the state and to the nation." This project produced many publications: state and local guides, tour books, folklore and ethnic studies, children's books, and almanacs, many of which are in the Bentley Library. The Michigan Writers Project was transferred to the State WPA in 1939 and writer Harold Titus became state supervisor. The Historical Records Survey was under the Federal Writers Project for a year, so some of their records were interfiled. The Bentley has a few Michigan Writers Project records in the H.R.S. collection.

The purpose of the WPA Statewide Museums Project was to establish, organize, operate, and improve local museums throughout the state of Michigan, with all that that entails. The main sponsor was the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan and cosponsors were the individual museums. Dorothy Myers was consultant and state supervisor of the Museums Project and Dr. Carl Guthe, director of museums at the university and a member of the project's advisory committee, was also very involved with it. Museums in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing, East Lansing, Port Huron, Alpena, Ann Arbor, and Detroit were all greatly assisted by the program. Although the museums project was separate from the H.R.S., the records that came from the University of Michigan were interfiled with the Michigan H.R.S. material.

In 1942, when there was no longer a need to provide "make-work" projects because of the "real" work needed for the war effort, the Historical Records Survey was terminated. In Michigan, most of the records of the H.R.S. were given, shortly thereafter, to the Michigan Historical Collections, which was the official cosponsor of the project and the official depository for the H.R.S.'s unpublished materials as well as its publications. Other records were given to the Detroit Public Library's Burton Historical Collection (see Appendix III): 2 boxes of correspondence and reports; 4 boxes of typescript drafts on the following counties: Charlevoix, Chippewa, Clare, Dickinson, Genesee (which did get published), Gogebic, Houghton, Huron, Keweenaw, Lapeer, Macomb, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Oakland, St. Clair, and Tuscola; and 22 boxes of correspondence and field forms for the Inventory of Church and Synagogue Archives in Michigan, whose publications, as already mentioned, are housed in the Bentley Historical Library. The State Library of Michigan, in Lansing, has most of the Historical Records Survey's publications (see Appendix II). The State Archives, also in Lansing, has indexes to vital records and listings of WPA enterprises (complete with costs and much other information, very useful for any researcher studying the WPA). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has microfilm copies of many of the H.R.S.'s publications (see Appendix IV). Loretta Hefner compiled The W.P.A. Historical Records Survey: A Guide to the Unpublished Inventories, Indexes, and Transcripts (published by the Society of American Archivists in 1980), which contains additional locations of H.R.S. materials throughout the nation. In addition, the National Archives in Washington D.C. contains a great deal of H.R.S. material, in Record Group 69 (see Appendix V). There is a related collection at the Bentley Library. Since the Michigan Historical Collections was official cosponsor and some of the WPA work was done in it s offices (as well as having some of its own work done by WPA workers), the Bentley Library also has WPA files in the "University of Michigan. Michigan Historical Collections." archival collection. These consist of correspondence, mostly, in connection with the Michigan Writers Project, the Historical Records Survey, and the Statewide Museums Project.

Due to its poor quality, much of the paper used in the Historical Records Survey has deteriorated badly over the years. In order to preserve the information contained therein, most of the collection has been microfilmed. Some materials have been preserved in their original form without being filmed and some have been retained after filming, but most of the papers that were filmed have been discarded. This is described in more detail in the following description of the records.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Historical Records Survey record group documents the activities and the product of the legions of depression era workers who inventoried the records held in county courthouses, municipal offices some private repositories. The records include correspondence, drafts of guides to county archives, proceedings of county boards of supervisors, field reports of workers, and copies of land patents for some counties; also material relating to the history of Blacks in Michigan.

Originally the H.R.S. records transferred to the Michigan Historical Collections measured about 121 linear feet. After processing, the collection consisted of 26 feet of records relating to the H.R.S. and 65 feet of transcripts of county and municipal records. Of the remaining 30 feet, 29.5 feet of duplicate, extraneous, or insignificant materials were discarded (described in more detail further on) and approximately half of a linear foot of printed material was transferred to the library's printed collection.

The H.R.S. material has been divided into the following series:

  1. Survey of County Records
  2. Survey of Municipal Records
  3. Survey of Federal Records
  4. Survey of State Records
  5. WPA Project Files
  6. Manuscripts Survey
  7. Inventory of Negro Manuscripts
  8. Transcripts of County Records
  9. Transcripts of Municipal Records
  10. Photographs
  11. Historical Records Survey Correspondence
  12. Survey Forms of 1987 Survey of Records in Counties and Municipalities.
Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


    Subjects:
    • African Americans--Michigan.
    • Alcona County (Mich.)
    • Alger County (Mich.)
    • Allegan County (Mich.)
    • Alpena (Mich.)
    • Alpena County (Mich.)
    • Antrim County (Mich.)
    • Architecture.
    • Archival surveys.
    • Arenac County (Mich.)
    • Baraga County (Mich.)
    • Barry County (Mich.)
    • Battle Creek (Mich.)
    • Bay City (Mich.)
    • Bay County (Mich.)
    • Benzie County (Mich.)
    • Berrien County (Mich.)
    • Branch County (Mich.)
    • Calhoun County (Mich.)
    • Cass County (Mich.)
    • Charlevoix County (Mich.)
    • Charlotte (Mich.)
    • Cheboygan (Mich.)
    • Cheboygan County (Mich.)
    • Chippewa County (Mich.)
    • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
    • Clare County (Mich.)
    • Clinton County (Mich.)
    • County government--Records and correspondence.
    • Crawford County (Mich.)
    • Delta County (Mich.)
    • Detroit (Mich.)
    • Detroit (Mich.). Recorder's Court.
    • Dickinson County (Mich.)
    • Eaton County (Mich.)
    • Emmet County (Mich.)
    • Escanaba (Mich.)
    • Flint (Mich.)
    • Genesee County (Mich.)
    • Gladwin County (Mich.)
    • Gogebic County (Mich.)
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)
    • Grand Traverse County (Mich.)
    • Gratiot County (Mich.)
    • Hamtramck (Mich.)
    • Hillsdale County (Mich.)
    • Houghton County (Mich.)
    • Huron County (Mich.)
    • Ingham County (Mich.)
    • Ionia County (Mich.)
    • Iosco County (Mich.)
    • Iron County (Mich.)
    • Isabella County (Mich.)
    • Jackson (Mich.)
    • Jackson County (Mich.)
    • Kalamazoo (Mich.)
    • Kalamazoo County (Mich.)
    • Kalkaska County (Mich.)
    • Kent County (Mich.)
    • Keweenaw County (Mich.)
    • Lake City (Mich.)
    • Lake County (Mich.)
    • Lapeer County (Mich.)
    • Leelanau County (Mich.)
    • Lenawee County (Mich.)
    • Livingston County (Mich.)
    • Luce County (Mich.)
    • Mackinac County (Mich.)
    • Macomb County (Mich.)
    • Manistee County (Mich.)
    • Marquette (Mich.)
    • Marquette County (Mich.)
    • Mason County (Mich.)
    • Mecosta County (Mich.)
    • Menominee (Mich.)
    • Menominee County (Mich.)
    • Michigan. Dept. of Conservation.
    • Michigan Historical Records Survey.
    • Michigan. Liquor Control Commission.
    • Michigan. Office of the Auditor General.
    • Michigan. State Board of Health.
    • Michigan State Library.
    • Michigan State Police.
    • Midland County (Mich.)
    • Missaukee County (Mich.)
    • Monroe County (Mich.)
    • Montcalm County (Mich.)
    • Montmorency County (Mich.)
    • Muskegon (Mich.)
    • Muskegon County (Mich.)
    • Newaygo County (Mich.)
    • Niles (Mich.)
    • Oakland County (Mich.)
    • Oceana County (Mich.)
    • Ogemaw County (Mich.)
    • Ontonagon County (Mich.)
    • Osceola County (Mich.)
    • Oscoda County (Mich.)
    • Otsego County (Mich.)
    • Ottawa County (Mich.)
    • Petoskey (Mich.)
    • Port Huron (Mich.)
    • Presque Isle County (Mich.)
    • Public records.
    • Roscommon County (Mich.)
    • Saginaw County (Mich.)
    • Saint Clair County (Mich.)
    • Saint Joseph County (Mich.)
    • Sanilac County (Mich.)
    • Schoolcraft County (Mich.)
    • Shiawassee County (Mich.)
    • Tuscola County (Mich.)
    • United States. Dept. of Agriculture.
    • United States. Dept. of Commerce.
    • United States. Dept. of Justice.
    • United States. Dept. of Labor.
    • United States. Farm Credit Administration. Production Credit Division.
    • United States. Navy Dept.
    • United States. Resettlement Administration.
    • United States. War Dept.
    • United States. Work Projects Administration.
    • Van Buren County (Mich.)
    • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
    • Wayne County (Mich.)
    • Wexford County (Mich.)
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Courthouses--Michigan.
    • Exhibitions.
    • Galleries and museums.
    • Guthe, Carl Eugen, 1893-
    • Photographs.
    • United States. Work Projects Administration.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Survey of County Records [series]:

    The Survey of County records series, comprising 15 linear feet of material, is arranged alphabetically by county. record types inventoried for each county may include some or all of the following: Correspondence; Historical Material; Historical Material - Government Organization; Inventory of Government Department Holdings; Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records (which deals with storage and arrangement); Maps (of the counties); and Inventory of Maps in the Counties. The records reflect the fact that the field workers fully researched some counties while paying scant attention to others.

    Correspondence between field workers in the counties and their supervisors in district offices or the state H.R.S. office contains descriptive and historical information about the counties as well as information concerning the workings of the H.R.S. project. In some areas the work went along quite smoothly, but in others the field workers faced numerous difficulties: getting permission to examine government records and to have a place to work, facing officials whose attitude ranged from indifference to outright hostility; attempting to inventory records which were poorly organized and stored in inaccessible places; and even obtaining adequate training and basic office supplies from the WPA Charles Johnson, a field worker in Ionia County, wrote articulately on the workings of the project and his letters make good reading (see roll 13). Three counties - Alger, Ingham, and Marquette - had H.R.S. district supervisors' offices, so their correspondence files contain information about whole regions as well as good descriptions of the project (letters which mentioned only one county have been transferred to that county's files). H.R.S. correspondence is also a source of information about county records. Sometimes it reveals what had happened to records which no longer existed when the survey was conducted and sometimes it is a source of inventory information - in the case of Ingham County the only source, since both the forms and the completed inventory (if there ever was one) are lost. Within each county, correspondence is arranged chronologically and anything of a routine or insignificant nature has been discarded. General instructions, issued to each field worker in the state, have not been retained for each county but only where they were first found in processing and so would tend to be concentrated at the beginning of the alphabetical listing of counties. Any researcher studying the H.R.S. project would want to consult all of the correspondence; therefore, in addition to each county's correspondence being microfilmed with its other material, all the correspondence has been preserved after filming and grouped together, arranged alphabetically by county.

    Historical information is divided into two broad categories: Historical Material for general information and Historical Material - Government Organization (what the H.R.S. called "legal research") for that relating to the government departments. For both, like information has been gathered together and arranged, for the most part, according to the organizational scheme in the H.R.S. published guides.

    For Historical Materials, broad-ranging essays or compilations of information are filed first, followed by specific topics: location, derivation of name, geography and geology, Indian occupation, French penetration, English succession, American emergence, the Territory of Michigan, creation of the county (including copies of early deeds and mortgages), the county seat of justice, first (and usually subsequent) county officers, politics, the circuit court, the courthouse(s) and other early county buildings, the townships, agriculture, the chief city or cities, prominent citizens, business and industry, education, arts, religion, population (including ethnic breakdowns as well as total numbers), special historic and scenic features, transportation (including routes as well as modes), and journalism. Sometimes, previously written guides or parts thereof were used as the basis for new ones, with revisions for the new guide made on a copy of the old one (e.g., Kalamazoo from Alger, Kent from Alger and Calhoun, and others).

    Discarded from the historical materials were: masses of duplicates, including such things as notes that were written up into essays (if the collection contains the essays), rough drafts of published essays (the most advanced draft of an essay was retained if it had not been published, and if duplicates had conflicting or overlapping information, all were saved), and carbon copies; library notes from published works which the Bentley Library has in its collection or which are readily obtained elsewhere, e.g., county histories, censuses, directories, atlases, laws, to name just a few (although if it was too time-consuming to locate the source or if the notes were extremely clear, these notes were retained); information that was irrelevant; and illegible notes.

    Government information was organized by the H.R.S. in two ways: in "legal research" files and in inventories of records held by the various government departments. Survey staff compiled the former in order to write the history of the government organization for each county and to show the workings of each government department. In the current arrangement of the collection, this type of information is called Historical Material - Government Organization. Luther Evans said to a U.S. Senate subcommittee, "It is necessary, if the reader is to understand the relation of each record to the government of the community and to other records, that he have a brief statement of the history, the organization, duties and function of each office of local government, and that he know what legal requirements exist for the keeping of records." The historical material on the government organization is filed separately from the inventory forms (as, indeed, the H.R.S. workers handled it, until it was brought together to produce a published guide), but both obviously cover the same departments: Board of Supervisors, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Superintendent of Abstracts/Abstract Department, Circuit Court, Circuit Court Commissioners, Friend of the Court, Jury Commission, Probation Officer, Probate Court, Probate Judge's Office, Juvenile Probation Officer, Sheriff, Concealed Weapon Licensing Board, Coroner, Prosecuting Attorney, Tax Allocation Board/Bureau of Taxation, County Treasurer, Controller, County Auditors, Sinking Fund, School Commissioner, Board of School Examiners, County Health Department/Board of Health, County Nurse, Superintendents of the Poor/Poor Commission, County Welfare Agent, Social Welfare Board/Department of Social Welfare/Bureau of Social Aid, Soldiers' Relief Commission, Board of Election Commissioners, Board of Canvassers, Road Commission, Drain Commissioner, County Plat Board, Surveyor, Board of Park Trustees/Parks Department, Sealer of Weights and Measures, Agricultural Agent, Humane Office, Dog Warden, and Game Warden. (n.b., no county had all of these departments, and sometimes there was historical information on a department but no inventory, or vice versa.)

    Inventories of Government Department Holdings were recorded on Volume and Unbound Record Forms (12-13HR). These provide a wealth of information about the records: the title of the record series, inclusive dates, location and storage conditions, labeling, quantity, contents, arrangement and indexing, physical description of volumes, and more. Field workers would fill out one form for each type of record found and send the forms to the central editorial board in Detroit, where archivists and historians directed the editing. In reviewing these forms, the editors frequently had questions or wanted more information. They wrote their questions and comments on "rejection slips", which they then attached to the forms in question and returned to the workers for correction or completion. For accuracy, everything was rechecked. Usually, new information was added to the original forms, making the rejection slips redundant. These slips have been discarded. But if the information was written on the rejection slip instead of the form, both have been saved. Along with superfluous rejection slips, other unneeded items have been discarded as well: blank forms, superceded forms, and duplicates. Sometimes two or even three workers conducted their own separate inventories of the same records and in these cases the most complete form has been saved for each record. When a typed form accompanied a handwritten one, the most legible one has been retained, usually the typed one. There is undoubtedly some duplication still, for sometimes copies of the same records were found in more than one department and were inventoried in both places (for example, numerous departments would file copies of certain records with the county clerk's office and still retain their originals).

    Both in the original survey and in its current form, arrangement was done at the folder level, with (in most cases) each government department having its own folder. The Survey workers assembled the forms for each department but usually did not put them in any particular order (that would come later, when it was time to publish the inventory). This original order has been retained. If there were very few inventory forms for a given county, they have all been placed in one folder and their departments not itemized in the contents list beyond the "Inventory of Government Department Holdings" listing.

    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records (or H.C.A.) was the heading the H.R.S. gave to their description if the storage and arrangement of records. It deals with the way the workers found the records or, if they were conscientious and industrious, the way they themselves organized them if the county officials gave them permission to improve their arrangement. Here the inventory was done by building and by room within a building, using Form 10HR, which was either the County Building Form or the Office or Vault Form. The County Building Form gives the address and location of the building, describes its physical attributes, and tells some of its history. The Office or Vault Form lists the government department to which the records belong; the location of the room within the building; storage conditions such as overcrowding, lighting, ventilation, and fire safety; and the quantity of bound and unbound records. Sometimes the County Building Form contains very detailed information about the buildings where the records were stored, both physical and historical, accompanied by diagrams of floor plans and building facades. An extreme example of this is Saginaw County, where even the fixtures in the bathrooms were described. Usually there was not much duplication, but if the information on the forms had been written into an essay, either published or unpublished, the forms have been discarded. Oversized floor plans and architectural drawings were not microfilmed and are filed alphabetically by county. Smaller ones have been retained in addition to being filmed and are interfiled with the others. Photographs of courthouses and some other early buildings have also been preserved. Researchers interested in the history or architecture of such buildings should consult these folders, the courthouse section of the Historical Material files, and the H.C.A. files. The transcripts of Board of Supervisors' minutes are another source of information on county buildings.

    There are two files dealing with maps. The first, Maps, consists of maps of the counties drawn by H.R.S. workers on letter-size paper in preparation for publication in the guide for each county. Oftentimes there is a map of Michigan with the given county highlighted to show its location, followed by several maps of that county in varying levels of detail, drawn with some care, frequently in color. The best representative sample of each has been retained, with all duplicates discarded. After filming, these maps have been preserved and grouped together, arranged alphabetically by county. In addition, there are a few maps, too large to microfilm or not really related to the H.R.S., which have been removed to the Bentley Library's map collection.

    The second file, Inventory of Maps in the County describes the maps that H.R.S. workers found in the counties. They used Form 15HR, the Maps and Photographs Form, to describe each map in some detail, noting features such as date, size, title or subject, area covered, scale, type of map, artist or author, publisher, place of publication, physical condition, location, and the name of the government department to which it belonged. H.R.S. workers inventoried an unusually large number of maps in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.

     
    Alcona County
    Roll   1  
    Correspondence
    Roll   1  
    Draft of Guide
    Roll   1  
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   1  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Alger County
    Roll   1  
    Correspondence
    Roll   1  
    Historical Material
    Roll   1  
    Maps
     
    Allegan County
    Roll   1  
    Correspondence
    Roll   1  
    Historical Material
    Roll   2  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   2  
    Maps
    Roll   2  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   2  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   2  
    County Clerk
    Roll   2  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   2  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   2  
    Probate Court
    Roll   2  
    Probate Judge's Office
    Roll   2  
    Sheriff
    Roll   2  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   2  
    Coroner
    Roll   2  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   2  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   2  
    Controller
    Roll   2  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   2  
    Board of School Examiners
    Roll   2  
    County Health Department
    Roll   2  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   2  
    Social Welfare Board
    Roll   2  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   2  
    Road Commission
    Roll   2  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   2  
    Agricultural Agent
    Roll   2  
    Board of Canvassers
     
    Alpena County
    Roll   3  
    Correspondence
    Roll   3  
    Historical Material
    Roll   3  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   3  
    Maps
     
    Antrim County
    Roll   3  
    Historical Material
    Roll   3  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   3  
    Maps
    Roll   3  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   3  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   3  
    County Clerk
    Roll   3  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   3  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   3  
    Probate Court
    Roll   3  
    Sheriff
    Roll   3  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   3  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   3  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   3  
    Board of School Examiners
    Roll   3  
    Election Commission
    Roll   3  
    Road Commission
    Roll   3  
    Surveyor
     
    Arenac County
    Roll   3  
    Correspondence
    Roll   3  
    Historical Material
    Roll   3  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   3  
    Maps
    Roll   3  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   3  
    County Clerk
    Roll   3  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   3  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   3  
    Judge of Probate
    Roll   3  
    Coroner
    Roll   4  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   4  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   4  
    Department of Health
    Roll   4  
    Welfare
    Roll   4  
    Road Commission
    Roll   4  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   4  
    Agricultural Agent
     
    Baraga County
    Roll   4  
    Correspondence
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material
    Roll   4  
    Maps
     
    Barry County
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material
    Roll   4  
    Maps
    Roll   4  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Bay County
    Roll   4  
    Correspondence
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material
    Roll   4  
    Maps
    Roll   4  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   4  
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
     
    Benzie County
    Roll   4  
    Correspondence
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   4  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   4  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Berrien County
    Roll   4  
    Correspondence
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material-Townships
    Roll   4  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   4  
    Maps
    Roll   4  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   5  
    Branch County
    Roll   5  
    Historical Material
    Roll   5  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   5  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   5  
    Surveyor
    Roll   5  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Calhoun County
    Roll   5  
    Correspondence
    Roll   5  
    Historical Material
    Roll   5  
    Maps
    Roll   5  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Township Government Holdings
    Roll   5  
    Athens
    Roll   5  
    Battle Creek
    Roll   5  
    Clarendon
    Roll   5  
    Eckford
    Roll   5  
    Fredonia
    Roll   5  
    Homer
    Roll   5  
    Marengo
    Roll   5  
    Newton
     
    Cass County
    Roll   5  
    Correspondence
    Roll   5  
    Historical Material
    Roll   5  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
    Roll   5  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   5  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Charlevoix County
    Roll   5  
    Historical Material
    Roll   5  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   5  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   5  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   5  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   5  
    Judge of Probate
    Roll   5  
    Probation Officer
    Roll   5  
    Tax Allocation Board
    Roll   5  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   5  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   5  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   5  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   5  
    Road Commission
    Roll   5  
    Surveyor
     
    Cheboygan County
    Roll   6  
    Correspondence
    Roll   6  
    Historical Material
    Roll   6  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   6  
    Maps
    Roll   6  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Chippewa County
    Roll   6  
    Correspondence
    Roll   6  
    Historical Material
    Roll   6  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   6  
    Maps
    Roll   6  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Clare County
    Roll   6  
    Correspondence
    Roll   6  
    Historical Material
    Roll   6  
    Maps
    Roll   6  
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
     
    Clinton County
    Roll   6  
    Correspondence
    Roll   6  
    Historical Material
    Roll   6  
    Maps
    Roll   6  
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
     
    Crawford County
    Roll   7  
    Correspondence
    Roll   7  
    Historical Material
    Roll   7  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   7  
    Maps
    Roll   7  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   7  
    Judge of Probate
    Roll   7  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Delta County
    Roll   7  
    Correspondence
    Roll   7  
    Historical Material
    Roll   7  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   7  
    Maps
     
    Dickinson County
    Roll   7  
    Correspondence
    Roll   7  
    Historical Material
    Roll   7  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   7  
    Maps
    Roll   7  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   8  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   8  
    County Clerk
    Roll   8  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   8  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   8  
    Judge of Probate
    Roll   8  
    Sheriff
    Roll   8  
    Coroner
    Roll   8  
    Tax Allocation Board
    Roll   8  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   8  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   8  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   8  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   8  
    Road Commission
    Roll   8  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   8  
    Agricultural Agent
    Roll   8  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Eaton County
    Roll   8  
    Correspondence
    Roll   8  
    Historical Material
    Roll   9  
    Historical Material (cont.)
    Roll   9  
    Maps
    Roll   9  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
     
    Emmet County
    Roll   9  
    Correspondence
    Roll   9  
    Historical Material
    Roll   10  
    Maps
    Roll   10  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   10  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
    Roll   10  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Genesee County
    Roll   10  
    Correspondence
    Roll   10  
    Historical Material
    Roll   10  
    Maps
    Roll   10  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Gladwin County
    Roll   10  
    Correspondence
    Roll   10  
    Historical Material
    Roll   10  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   10  
    Maps
    Roll   10  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Gogebic County
    Roll   11  
    Correspondence
    Roll   11  
    Historical Material
    Roll   11  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   11  
    Maps
    Roll   11  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Grand Traverse County
    Roll   11  
    Correspondence
    Roll   11  
    Historical Material
    Roll   11  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   11  
    Maps
    Roll   11  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   11  
    List of Offices and Field Forms for Each
    Roll   11  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   11  
    County Clerk
    Roll   11  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   11  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   11  
    Probate Court
    Roll   11  
    Sheriff
    Roll   11  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   11  
    Coroner
    Roll   11  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   11  
    Tax Allocation Board
    Roll   12  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   12  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   12  
    Poor Commissioner
    Roll   12  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   12  
    Road Commission
    Roll   12  
    Plat Board
    Roll   12  
    Surveyor
     
    Gratiot County
    Roll   12  
    Correspondence
    Roll   12  
    Historical Material-Circuit Court
    Roll   12  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   12  
    Register of Deeds
     
    Hillsdale County
    Roll   12  
    Correspondence
    Roll   12  
    Historical Material
    Roll   12  
    Maps
    Roll   12  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   12  
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings (Draft of Guide)
     
    Houghton County
    Roll   12  
    Historical Material
    Roll   12  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   12  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   12  
    County Clerk
    Roll   12  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   12  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   12  
    Probation Officer
    Roll   12  
    Sheriff
    Roll   12  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   12  
    Coroner
    Roll   12  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   12  
    Board of School Examiners
    Roll   12  
    Health Department
    Roll   12  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   12  
    Soldiers' Relief Commission
    Roll   12  
    Board of Election Commissioners
     
    Inventory of Maps
    Roll   12  
    Houghton County
    Roll   12  
    Houghton
    Roll   12  
    Ripley
    Roll   12  
    Calumet
    Roll   12  
    South Range
    Roll   12  
    Hancock
     
    Huron County
    Roll   13  
    Correspondence
    Roll   13  
    Historical Material
    Roll   13  
    Maps
    Roll   13  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   13  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   13  
    County Clerk
    Roll   13  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   13  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   13  
    Circuit Court Commissioners
    Roll   13  
    Probate Court
    Roll   13  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   13  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   13  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   13  
    Health Department
    Roll   13  
    Soldiers' Relief Commission
    Roll   13  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   13  
    Drain Commissioner
     
    Ingham County
    Roll   13  
    Correspondence
    Roll   13  
    Historical Material
    Roll   13  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
    Roll   13  
    Maps
     
    Ionia County
    Roll   13  
    Correspondence and N.Y.A. Workers
    Roll   13  
    Historical Material
    Roll   13  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   14  
    Maps
    Roll   14  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   14  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   14  
    County Clerk
    Roll   14  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   14  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   14  
    Friend of the Court
    Roll   14  
    Probate Court
    Roll   14  
    Probation Officer
    Roll   14  
    Sheriff
    Roll   14  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   14  
    Coroner
    Roll   14  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   14  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   14  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   14  
    Board of School Examiners
    Roll   14  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   14  
    County Welfare Agent
    Roll   14  
    Soldiers' Relief Commission
    Roll   14  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   14  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   14  
    Road Commission
    Roll   14  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   14  
    Surveyor
    Roll   14  
    Agricultural Agent
     
    Inventory of Township Government Department Holdings
    Roll   14  
    Boston
    Roll   14  
    Easton
    Roll   14  
    Keene
    Roll   14  
    Lyons
    Roll   14  
    North Plains
    Roll   14  
    Orleans
    Roll   14  
    Otisco
    Roll   14  
    Ronald
     
    Inventory of Municipal Government Department Holdings
    Roll   14  
    Belding
    Roll   14  
    Hubbardston
    Roll   14  
    Ionia
    Roll   14  
    Lyons
    Roll   14  
    Muir
    Roll   14  
    Pewamo
    Roll   14  
    Inventory of Maps in County
    Roll   14  
    Inventory of Artifacts in County
     
    Iosco County
    Roll   15  
    Historical Material
    Roll   15  
    Maps
    Roll   15  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Iron County
    Roll   15  
    Correspondence
    Roll   15  
    Historical Material
    Roll   15  
    Maps
    Roll   15  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   15  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Isabella County
    Roll   15  
    Historical Material
    Roll   15  
    Maps
    Roll   15  
    Inventory of Maps in County
    Roll   15  
    Inventory of Newspapers in County
     
    Jackson County
    Roll   15  
    Correspondence
    Roll   15  
    Historical Material
    Roll   15  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   15  
    Maps
    Roll   15  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Kalamazoo County
    Roll   15  
    Correspondence
    Roll   15  
    Historical Material
    Roll   15  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   15  
    Maps
    Roll   15  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
    Roll   15  
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
     
    Other County Records
    Roll   15  
    Salaries of County Officers,  1834-1940
    Roll   15  
    Assessments,  1839-1939
     
    Kalkaska County
    Roll   16  
    Correspondence
    Roll   16  
    Historical Material
    Roll   16  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   16  
    Maps
    Roll   16  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Kent County
    Roll   16  
    Correspondence
    Roll   16  
    Historical Material
    Roll   16  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   17  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
    Roll   17  
    Maps
     
    Keweenaw County
    Roll   17  
    Correspondence
    Roll   17  
    Historical Material
    Roll   17  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   17  
    Maps
    Roll   17  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   17  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Lake County
    Roll   18  
    Correspondence
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material
    Roll   18  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   18  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   18  
    County Clerk
    Roll   18  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   18  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   18  
    Probate Court
    Roll   18  
    Sheriff
    Roll   18  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   18  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   18  
    Road Commission
    Roll   18  
    Plat Board
    Roll   18  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Lapeer County
    Roll   18  
    Correspondence
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   18  
    Maps
     
    Leelanau County
    Roll   18  
    Correspondence
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   18  
    Maps
    Roll   18  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Lenawee County
    Roll   18  
    Correspondence
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material
    Roll   18  
    Draft of Guide
    Roll   18  
    Maps
     
    Livingston County
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material
    Roll   18  
    Maps
    Roll   18  
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings (Draft of Guide)
     
    Luce County
    Roll   18  
    Historical Material
    Roll   18  
    Maps
     
    Mackinac County
    Roll   19  
    Correspondence
    Roll   19  
    Historical Material
    Roll   19  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   19  
    Maps
    Roll   19  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Macomb County
    Roll   19  
    Historical Material
    Roll   19  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   19  
    County Clerk
    Roll   19  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   19  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   19  
    Friend of the Court
    Roll   19  
    Probate Court
    Roll   19  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   19  
    Coroner
    Roll   19  
    Treasurer
    Roll   19  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   19  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   19  
    Soldiers' Relief Commission
    Roll   19  
    Road Commission
    Roll   19  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   19  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Manistee County
    Roll   19  
    Historical Material
    Roll   19  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   19  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   19  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   19  
    County Clerk
    Roll   19  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   19  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   19  
    Probate Court
    Roll   19  
    Sheriff
    Roll   19  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   19  
    Coroner
    Roll   19  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   19  
    Treasurer
    Roll   19  
    School Commission
    Roll   19  
    County Health Department
    Roll   19  
    Poor Commission
    Roll   19  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   19  
    Road Commission
    Roll   19  
    Drain Commission
    Roll   19  
    County Plat Board
    Roll   19  
    Agricultural Agent
     
    Marquette County
    Roll   20  
    Correspondence
    Roll   20  
    Historical Material
    Roll   20  
    Maps
     
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   20  
    County
     
    Townships
    Roll   20  
    Champion
    Roll   20  
    Chocolay
    Roll   20  
    Ely
    Roll   20  
    Ewing
    Roll   20  
    Forsyth
    Roll   20  
    Humboldt
    Roll   20  
    Michigamme
    Roll   20  
    Negaunee
    Roll   20  
    Powell
    Roll   20  
    Sands
    Roll   20  
    Skandia
    Roll   20  
    Tilden
    Roll   20  
    Turin
    Roll   20  
    West Branch
     
    Municipalities
    Roll   20  
    Marquette
    Roll   20  
    Ishpeming
    Roll   20  
    Negaunee
     
    Mason County
    Roll   20  
    Correspondence
    Roll   20  
    Historical Material
    Roll   20  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
    Roll   20  
    Maps
    Roll   20  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Mecosta County
    Roll   20  
    Correspondence
    Roll   20  
    Historical Material
    Roll   20  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   20  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   20  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   20  
    County Clerk
    Roll   20  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   20  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   21  
    Probate Court
    Roll   21  
    Sheriff
    Roll   21  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   21  
    Coroner
    Roll   21  
    Treasurer
    Roll   21  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   21  
    Board of School Examiners
    Roll   21  
    County Health Department
    Roll   21  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   21  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   21  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   21  
    Road Commission
    Roll   21  
    Drain Commission
    Roll   21  
    Surveyor
    Roll   21  
    Agricultural Agent
     
    Menominee County
    Roll   21  
    Correspondence
    Roll   21  
    Draft of Guide-Historical
    Roll   21  
    Historical Material
    Roll   21  
    Draft of Guide-Government Organization
    Roll   21  
    Maps
    Roll   21  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Midland County
    Roll   21  
    Historical Material
    Roll   21  
    Maps
     
    Missaukee County
    Roll   21  
    Correspondence
    Roll   21  
    Historical Material
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   22  
    Maps
    Roll   22  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Monroe County
    Roll   22  
    Correspondence
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   22  
    Maps
    Roll   22  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Montcalm County
    Roll   22  
    Correspondence
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   22  
    Maps
    Roll   22  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Montmorency County
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   22  
    Maps
     
    Muskegon County
    Roll   22  
    Correspondence
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material
    Roll   22  
    Maps
    Roll   22  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Newaygo County
    Roll   22  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   22  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   22  
    County Clerk
    Roll   22  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   22  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   22  
    Probate Court
    Roll   22  
    Sheriff
    Roll   22  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   22  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   22  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   22  
    Board of School Examiners
    Roll   22  
    County Health Department
    Roll   22  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   22  
    Soldiers' Relief Commission
    Roll   22  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   22  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   22  
    Surveyor
     
    Oakland County
    Roll   22  
    Correspondence
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material
    Roll   22  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   22  
    Maps
     
    Oceana County
    Roll   23  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   23  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   23  
    County Clerk
    Roll   23  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   23  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   23  
    Probate Court
    Roll   23  
    Coroner
    Roll   23  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   23  
    Board of Election Commissioners
     
    Ogemaw County
    Roll   23  
    Historical Material
    Roll   23  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   23  
    Maps
    Roll   23  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Ontonagon County
    Roll   23  
    Historical Material
    Roll   23  
    Maps
    Roll   23  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   23  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   23  
    County Clerk
    Roll   23  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   23  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   23  
    Probate Court
    Roll   23  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   23  
    Coroner
    Roll   23  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   23  
    Treasurer
    Roll   23  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   23  
    Superintendent of the Poor
    Roll   23  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   23  
    Road Commission
    Roll   23  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   23  
    Surveyor
     
    Osceola County
    Roll   23  
    Correspondence
    Roll   23  
    Historical Material
    Roll   23  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   23  
    Maps
    Roll   23  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Oscoda County
    Roll   24  
    Historical Material
    Roll   24  
    Maps
    Roll   24  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   24  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   24  
    County Clerk
    Roll   24  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   24  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   24  
    Circuit Court Commissioners
    Roll   24  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing board
    Roll   24  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   24  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   24  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   24  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   24  
    Road Commission
     
    Otsego County
    Roll   24  
    Correspondence
    Roll   24  
    Historical Material
    Roll   24  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   24  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   24  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   24  
    County Clerk
    Roll   24  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   24  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   24  
    Probate Court
    Roll   24  
    Sheriff
    Roll   24  
    Concealed Weapon Licensing Board
    Roll   24  
    Coroner
    Roll   24  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   24  
    Tax Allocation Board
    Roll   24  
    Treasurer
    Roll   24  
    Sinking Fund
    Roll   24  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   24  
    Board of School Examiners
    Roll   24  
    Department of Social Welfare
    Roll   24  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   24  
    Road Commission
    Roll   24  
    Agricultural Agent
    Roll   24  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Ottawa County
    Roll   24  
    Historical Material
    Roll   24  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   24  
    Maps
    Roll   24  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   24  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   24  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Presque Isle County
    Roll   25  
    Historical Material
    Roll   25  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   25  
    Maps
    Roll   25  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   25  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   25  
    County Clerk
    Roll   25  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   25  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   25  
    Probate Court
    Roll   25  
    Sheriff
    Roll   25  
    Coroner
    Roll   25  
    Treasurer
    Roll   25  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   25  
    Superintendent of the Poor
    Roll   25  
    Road Commission
     
    Roscommon County
    Roll   25  
    Correspondence
    Roll   25  
    Historical Material
    Roll   25  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   25  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   25  
    County Clerk
    Roll   25  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   25  
    Probate Court
    Roll   25  
    Sheriff
    Roll   25  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   25  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   25  
    Road Commission
     
    Saginaw County
    Roll   25  
    Correspondence
    Roll   25  
    Draft of Guide-Historical
    Roll   25  
    Historical Material
    Roll   26  
    Historical Material (cont.)
    Roll   26  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   26  
    Maps
    Roll   26  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
    Roll   26  
    Inventory of Maps
     
    St. Clair County
    Roll   26  
    Historical Material
    Roll   26  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   26  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   26  
    County Clerk
    Roll   26  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   26  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   26  
    Probate Court
    Roll   26  
    Probation Officer
    Roll   26  
    Sheriff
    Roll   26  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   26  
    Superintendent of the Poor
    Roll   26  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   26  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   26  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    St. Joseph County
    Roll   26  
    Historical Material
    Roll   26  
    Maps
    Roll   26  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Sanilac County
    Roll   27  
    Correspondence
    Roll   27  
    Historical Material
    Roll   27  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   27  
    Maps
    Roll   27  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Schoolcraft County
    Roll   27  
    Historical Material
    Roll   27  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   27  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   27  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   27  
    County Clerk
    Roll   27  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   27  
    Probate Court
    Roll   27  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   27  
    School Commission
    Roll   27  
    County Health Department
    Roll   27  
    Superintendent of the Poor
    Roll   27  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Shiawassee County
    Roll   27  
    Draft of Guide
    Roll   27  
    Historical Material
    Roll   27  
    Maps
     
    Tuscola County
    Roll   27  
    Correspondence
    Roll   27  
    Historical Material
    Roll   28  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   28  
    Maps
    Roll   28  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   28  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   28  
    County Clerk
    Roll   28  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   28  
    Probate Court
    Roll   28  
    County Treasurer
     
    Van Buren County
    Roll   28  
    Correspondence
    Roll   28  
    Historical Material
    Roll   28  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   28  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   28  
    County Clerk
    Roll   28  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   28  
    Probate Court
    Roll   28  
    Tax Allocation Board
    Roll   28  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   28  
    School Commissioner
    Roll   28  
    Superintendent of the Poor
    Roll   28  
    Road Commission
    Roll   28  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   28  
    Agricultural Agent
    Roll   28  
    Inventory of Maps in County
     
    Washtenaw County
    Roll   28  
    Correspondence
    Roll   28  
    Historical Material
    Roll   28  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   28  
    Maps
    Roll   28  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   28  
    County Clerk
    Roll   28  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   28  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   28  
    Sheriff
    Roll   28  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   28  
    Poor Commission
    Roll   28  
    Road Commission
     
    Wayne County
    Roll   28  
    Correspondence
    Roll   28  
    Historical Material
    Roll   28  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   28  
    Maps
    Roll   28  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   28  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   28  
    County Clerk
    Roll   29  
    County Clerk (cont.)
    Roll   29  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   29  
    Abstract Department
    Roll   29  
    Circuit Court (including Old Territorial Court, Old County Court, Old Superior Court of Detroit, Old Justice Court, and Common Pleas Court)
    Roll   29  
    Circuit Court Commissioners
    Roll   29  
    Friend of the Court
    Roll   29  
    Jury Commission
    Roll   29  
    Probate Court
    Roll   29  
    Sheriff
    Roll   29  
    Coroner
    Roll   29  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   29  
    Bureau of Taxation
    Roll   29  
    Tax Allocation Board
    Roll   29  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   29  
    County Auditors
    Roll   30  
    County Auditors (cont.)
    Roll   30  
    Controllers
    Roll   30  
    Sinking Fund Commission
    Roll   30  
    Superintendent of Schools
    Roll   30  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   30  
    Social Welfare Department-County Agent
    Roll   30  
    Wayne County Training School
    Roll   30  
    Soldiers' Relief Commission
    Roll   30  
    Board of Election Commissioners
    Roll   30  
    Board of Canvassers
    Roll   30  
    Road Commission
    Roll   30  
    Port of Detroit Authority
    Roll   30  
    Drain Commissioner
    Roll   30  
    Surveyor
    Roll   30  
    Library Commission
    Roll   30  
    Agricultural Agent
     
    Wexford County
    Roll   31  
    Correspondence
    Roll   31  
    Historical Material
    Roll   31  
    Maps
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   31  
    Board of Supervisors
    Roll   31  
    County Clerk
    Roll   31  
    Register of Deeds
    Roll   31  
    Circuit Court
    Roll   31  
    Sheriff
    Roll   31  
    Concealed Weapons Licensing board
    Roll   31  
    Prosecuting Attorney
    Roll   31  
    County Treasurer
    Roll   31  
    School Commission
    Roll   31  
    Superintendents of the Poor
    Roll   31  
    Road Commission
    Roll   31  
    Drain Commissioner
     
    Survey of Municipal Records [series]:

    The Survey of municipal Records (a little over six linear feet of material) covers the same types of information as that of the counties, with the exception of maps; there were no special maps drawn and none inventoried. The offices of county government have their counterparts at the municipal level, with some differences. Those offices for which inventories are available include: Mayor, City Manager, Common Council, City Clerk, Recorder, Recorder's Court, Justices of the Peace, City/Municipal Court, Common Pleas Court, Probate Court, Treasurer, Comptroller/Controller, Sinking Fund Commission, Corporation Counsel, Police Department, Fire Department, Department/Board of Public Works, Water Department, Department of Building Safety and Engineering, Plumbing Inspector, Electric Light Inspector, Public Lighting Commission, City Assessors/Board of Assessors, Auditor General, Board of Health/Health Department, City Attorney, Board of Education, City Surveyor, Public Library, Sealer of Weights and Measures, Department of Parks and Recreation/Board of Park Commissioners/Department of Parks and Boulevards, Street Department/Superintendent of Streets, Department of Street Railways, City Engineer, Purchasing Agent/Department, Planning Commission, Election Commission, Welfare Department, Civil Service Commission, City Chemist, Ways and Means Commission, Board of Review, Board of Estimates, and Bridge Commission. The original order of these records has been retained, except for some relating to Detroit. Forms for old records of the Detroit City Clerk's Office, Controller's Office, Treasurer's Office, Common Council, and Department of Public Works were filed by H.R.S. workers under "Municipal Garage", where they had been stored and subsequently inventoried. Many of the records were later sent to the Detroit Public Library or destroyed. Their inventory forms have now been filed according to the departments which created them.

    Only a few municipalities were researched as separate entities, beyond the "chief city" requirements for the county files: Alpena, Battle Creek, Bay City, Charlotte, Cheboygan, Detroit, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Menominee, Muskegon, and Port Huron. The criteria for saving or discarding materials were the same as for the county files. Researchers interested in a particular city should check the county files as well as these. They should also consult the transcripts of municipal records, which include council proceedings, local ordinances, and some other types of records (see contents list).

     
    Alpena
    Roll   31  
    Correspondence
    Roll   31  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   31  
    Common Council
    Roll   31  
    City Clerk
    Roll   31  
    Justice of the Peace
    Roll   31  
    Police Department
    Roll   31  
    City Treasurer
    Roll   31  
    Board of Education
    Roll   31  
    Health Department
    Roll   31  
    Water Department
     
    Battle Creek
    Roll   31  
    Correspondence
    Roll   31  
    Historical Material
    Roll   31  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   31  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   31  
    Recorder
    Roll   31  
    Municipal Court
    Roll   31  
    Sealer of Weights and Measures
    Roll   31  
    Treasurer
    Roll   31  
    City Assessor
    Roll   31  
    Comptroller
    Roll   31  
    Fire Department
    Roll   31  
    Health Department
    Roll   31  
    Department of Public Works
     
    Bay City
    Roll   31  
    Historical Material
    Roll   32  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   32  
    Mayor
    Roll   32  
    City Manager
    Roll   32  
    City Clerk
    Roll   32  
    City Recorder
    Roll   32  
    Recorder's Court
    Roll   32  
    Treasurer
    Roll   32  
    Comptroller
    Roll   32  
    Police Department
    Roll   32  
    Fire Department
    Roll   32  
    Board of Public Works
    Roll   32  
    City Assessors
    Roll   32  
    Board of Health
    Roll   32  
    Water Department
    Roll   32  
    Plumbing Inspector
    Roll   33  
    Electric Light Department
    Roll   33  
    City Attorney
    Roll   33  
    Board of Education
    Roll   33  
    City Surveyor
    Roll   33  
    Board of Park Commissioners
    Roll   33  
    Street Department
    Roll   33  
    Purchasing Department
    Roll   33  
    City Engineer
    Roll   33  
    City Chemist
    Roll   33  
    Board of Review
    Roll   33  
    Ways and Means Committee
    Roll   33  
    Board of Estimates
    Roll   33  
    Bridge Commission
     
    Charlotte
    Roll   33  
    Correspondence
    Roll   33  
    Historical Material
    Roll   33  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   33  
    City Clerk
     
    Cheboygan
    Roll   33  
    Historical Material
    Roll   33  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Detroit
    Roll   33  
    Correspondence
    Roll   33  
    Historical Material
    Roll   33  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   34  
    Historical-Govt. Org.-Department of Public Welfare
    Roll   34  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Inventory of Government Department Holdings
    Roll   34  
    Board of Assessors
    Roll   34  
    Auditor General
    Roll   34  
    Dept. of Building Safety and Engineering
    Roll   34  
    City Clerk
    Roll   35  
    Civil Service Commission
    Roll   35  
    Common Council
    Roll   35  
    Common Pleas Court
    Roll   35  
    Controller's Office
    Roll   36  
    Controller's Office (cont.)
    Roll   36  
    Corporation Counsel
    Roll   36  
    Board of Education
    Roll   36  
    Election Commission
    Roll   36  
    Board of Estimates
    Roll   36  
    Fire Commission and Department
    Roll   36  
    Board of Health
    Roll   36  
    Public Library
    Roll   36  
    Public Lighting Commission
    Roll   37  
    Public Lighting Commission (cont.)
    Roll   37  
    Mayor's Office
    Roll   37  
    Department of Parks and Boulevards
    Roll   37  
    City Planning Commission
    Roll   37  
    Police Department
    Roll   37  
    Probate Court (including County Agent and Juvenile Court)
    Roll   37  
    Department of Purchases and Supplies
    Roll   37  
    Recorder's Court
    Roll   37  
    Recorder's Court-Psychopathic Clinic
    Roll   37  
    Sinking Fund Commission
    Roll   37  
    Department of Street Railways
    Roll   38  
    Department of Street Railways (cont.)
    Roll   38  
    City Treasurer
    Roll   38  
    Department of Water Supply
    Roll   39  
    Department of Water Supply (cont.)
    Roll   39  
    Department of Public Welfare
    Roll   39  
    Department of Public Works
    Roll   40  
    Department of Public Works (cont.)
    Roll   40  
    City Engineer's Office
    Roll   41  
    City Engineer's Office (cont.)
    Roll   41  
    Sewage Treatment Plant
     
    Escanaba
    Roll   41  
    Correspondence
    Roll   41  
    Historical Material
    Roll   42  
    Historical Material (cont.)
    Roll   42  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   42  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Grand Rapids
    Roll   42  
    Historical Material
    Roll   42  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Hamtramck
    Roll   42  
    Correspondence
    Roll   42  
    Historical Material
    Roll   42  
    Service Organizations
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   43  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Jackson
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Kalamazoo
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Marquette
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   43  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Menominee
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Muskegon
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
     
    Port Huron
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material
    Roll   43  
    Historical Material-Government Organization
    Roll   43  
    Housing, Care, and Accessibility of Records
     
    Survey of Federal Records [series]:

    The Survey of Federal Records series is a tiny part of the H.R.S. collection, consisting of only two categories of unpublished records (and a couple of inches of linear shelf space): Field Agencies of the Federal Government and Directory of Buildings and Rooms Containing Federal Archives. The former gives brief profiles of agencies and their records, but does not include inventories. Several inventories had been published and are in the Bentley Library's printed collection. Volumes on the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the Works Progress Administration, and the Post Office had been prepared for publication; these have been bound and treated as separate entities in the printed collection. The Directory of Buildings and Rooms Containing Federal Archives was also ready for publication, but is now so outdated that it would no longer be accurate and so has been microfilmed but not bound.

    Roll   44  
    Field Agencies of the Federal Government
    Roll   44  
    Directory of Buildings and Rooms containing Federal Archives
     
    Survey of State Records [series]:

    The Survey of State Records series is also very small (less than a linear foot), containing the histories and/or inventories of only six agencies: Administrative Board, Auditor General, Conservation Department, State Board of Health, Judicial Circuits, and Liquor Control Commission. As with historical information in the county and municipal files, notes from sources readily available or better consulted elsewhere have been discarded. Only the most advanced form of an essay has been retained and the original order of the inventory forms has been preserved.

    Roll   44  
    Administrative Board (history and inventory)
    Roll   44  
    Auditor General (history)
    Roll   44  
    Conservation Department (inventory)
    Roll   44  
    State Board of Health (inventory)
    Roll   44  
    Judicial Circuits (history)
    Roll   44  
    Liquor Control Commission (history)
     
    WPA Project Files [series]:

    The WPA Project Files comprise about one and one-half linear feet of material and consist of correspondence, official bulletins, descriptions of projects, instructions to workers, lists of workers, project proposals, work reports, and lists of publications for the following projects (though not all for each): Historical Records Survey, Statewide Museums Project, National Youth Administration (whose workers assisted in both of these projects), Art Program, American Imprints Inventory of Michigan, and Michigan Writers Project. Also included are the files of the Survey of Civilian Organizations in Ann Arbor, which consists of forms filled out on each of the large number of groups that were active then. Much was discarded in the processing of the WPA Project Files: insignificant or routine correspondence, trivial work reports, and the ever-present duplicates. A few items relating to the Historical Records Survey and the Statewide Museums Project have been retained but not microfilmed (see contents list).

    Roll   44  
    Official bulletins, memoranda, etc. relating to administration, personnel, projects
    Roll   45  
    Correspondence of the State Advisory Committee for Community Service Programs,  1941-1942
     
    Correspondence relating to projects,  1937-1941
    Roll   45  
    Manuscripts Survey
    Roll   45  
    Michigan Imprints Survey
    Roll   45  
    Church Survey
    Roll   45  
    Historical Records Survey
     
    Historical Records Survey
    Roll   45  
    Descriptions of the project
    Box   46  
    HRS brochure     (not microfilmed) 
    Roll   45  
    Instructions to workers
     
    WPA forms and instructions
    Roll   45  
    10HR: County Buildings
    Roll   45  
    10HR: Offices or Vaults
    Roll   45  
    12-13HR: Volumes and Unbound Records
    Roll   45  
    14HR: Newspapers
    Roll   45  
    15HR: Maps and Photographs
    Roll   45  
    16HR: Art Objects
    Roll   45  
    17HR: Manuscript Collections
    Roll   45  
    19HR: Individual Manuscripts
    Roll   45  
    21HR: Manuscript Depositories
    Roll   45  
    23HR: Vital Statistics Records
    Roll   45  
    27HR: Institutions (willing to accept deposits)
    Roll   45  
    28HR: Buildings
    Roll   45  
    29HR: Rooms or Vaults
    Roll   45  
    30HR: Institutions (desiring to remove materials)
    Roll   45  
    Outlines for workers to follow and sources of information
    Roll   45  
    Critiques on Guides in progress
    Roll   45  
    Retired inventories of the HRS collection
     
    Statewide Museums Project
    Roll   45  
    Descriptions of the project, lists of workers
    Roll   45  
    Correspondence within Michigan,  1938-1941
    Roll   46  
    Correspondence within Michigan,  1942
    Roll   46  
    Correspondence with other states,  1939-1941
    Roll   46  
    Project proposals
     
    Progress reports
    Roll   46  
    Quarterly reports of the project,  1939-1942
     
    Monthly reports of the museums and units
     
    District 2
    Roll   46  
    Kalamazoo,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Battle Creek,  1939
    Roll   46  
    Holland,  1938-1939
     
    Grand Rapids
    Roll   46  
    Art Gallery,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Public Museum,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Map Construction,  1938-1939
     
    District 3
     
    Lansing
    Roll   46  
    Pioneer Museum,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    School for the Blind,  1938-1939
     
    East Lansing, Michigan State College
    Roll   46  
    Home Economics,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Conservation Institute,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Library Museum,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Agricultural Engineering Dept.,  1939
    Roll   46  
    Geology and Geography,  1939
    Roll   46  
    Port Huron,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Alpena,  1939
     
    Ann Arbor
    Roll   46  
    University Museums,  1939-1942
    Roll   46  
    Source Unit,  1939
     
    District 4
     
    Detroit
    Roll   46  
    Children's Museum,  1938-1939
    Roll   46  
    Detroit Historical Museum,  1939
    Roll   46  
    Detroit Historical Society,  1939
    Roll   46  
    Diorama Construction,  1939
    Roll   46  
    WPA Building (University of Michigan Archaeological Laboratories Project),  1941-1942
    Roll   46  
    Miscellaneous reports
    Box   46  
    Brochures and newspaper clippings     (not microfilmed) 
     
    Photographs     (not microfilmed) 
    Roll   46  
    National Youth Administration
    Roll   46  
    Art Program: descriptions and letters concerning proposed merger with Museums Project
     
    American Imprints Inventory-Michigan
    Roll   46  
    Descriptions of the project
    Roll   46  
    Procedures
    Roll   46  
    Forms returned from libraries
    Roll   47  
    Correspondence,  1938-1941
     
    Michigan Writers Project
    Roll   47  
    Descriptions of the project
    Roll   47  
    Instructions to workers
     
    Lists of publications
    Roll   47  
    Michigan Writers Project
    Roll   47  
    Federal Writers Project
    Roll   47  
    Correspondence,  1940-1942
    Roll   47  
    Land Acquisition Study
    Roll   47  
    Study of history of logging in Michigan
    Roll   47  
    Workers' applications and writing samples
    Roll   47  
    Survey of Civilian Organizations in Ann Arbor
     
    Manuscript Survey [series]:

    The Manuscripts Survey series consists is organized into two subseries: Survey of Manuscript Depositories in Michigan and Survey of Private Collections.

     
    Survey of Manuscript Depositories in Michigan [subseries]:

    The Survey of Manuscripts Depositories in Michigan, comprising less than half of a linear foot, is arranged alphabetically by city and consists of descriptions of the depositories, correspondence, and inventories. This unpublished group of records supplements the published Guide to Manuscript Depositories in the United States - Michigan, issued by the H.R.S. in 1940. Material discarded from this subseries included duplicates, routine correspondence, trivial reports, and illegible notes.

     
    Adrian
    Roll   47  
    Adrian College Library
    Roll   47  
    Adrian Public Library
     
    Albion
    Roll   47  
    Alumni Hall, Albion College
    Roll   47  
    Albion College Library
    Roll   47  
    Albion Public Library
     
    Allegan
    Roll   47  
    Allegan Public Library
     
    Ann Arbor
    Roll   47  
    Michigan Historical Collections, University of Michigan
     
    Bay City
    Roll   47  
    Bay County Historical Association Museum
     
    Benton Harbor
    Roll   47  
    Benton Harbor Public Library
     
    Detroit
    Roll   47  
    Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
     
    Flint
    Roll   47  
    Flint Public Library
     
    Flushing
    Roll   47  
    Flushing Township Public Library
     
    Grand Haven
    Roll   47  
    Grand Haven Public Library
     
    Grand Rapids
    Roll   47  
    Ryerson Library
    Roll   47  
    Grand Rapids Public Museum
     
    Grayling
    Roll   47  
    Hartwick Pines Memorial Park
     
    Hartland
    Roll   47  
    Cromaine Hall, Waldenwoods
    Roll   47  
    Cromaine Library
    Roll   47  
    Hartland Music Hall
     
    Hastings
    Roll   47  
    Barry County Museum, Charlton Park
     
    Hillsdale
    Roll   47  
    Mitchell Public Library
     
    Holland
    Roll   47  
    Museum of the Netherlands
    Roll   47  
    Graves Library, Hope College
     
    Houghton
    Roll   47  
    Keweenaw Historical Society
     
    Hudson
    Roll   47  
    Hudson Library
     
    Ithaca
    Roll   47  
    Thompson Home Library
     
    Jackson
    Roll   47  
    Jackson City Library
     
    Kalamazoo
    Roll   47  
    Ladies' Library Association
    Roll   48  
    Minnie Mandelle Library, Kalamazoo College
    Roll   48  
    Kalamazoo Public Library
    Roll   48  
    Kalamazoo Public Library Museum
     
    Lansing
    Roll   48  
    Michigan Historical Commission
    Roll   48  
    Michigan State Library
    Roll   48  
    Secretary of State, Compiling Division
     
    Mackinac Island
    Roll   48  
    Astor House Association
     
    Marquette
    Roll   48  
    Marquette County Historical Society
     
    Marshall
    Roll   48  
    Marshall Historical Society
     
    Mason
    Roll   48  
    Historical Museum
     
    Menominee
    Roll   48  
    Menominee High School
     
    Nazareth
    Roll   48  
    Nazareth College Library
     
    Niles
    Roll   48  
    Fort St. Joseph Historical Museum
     
    Pontiac
    Roll   48  
    Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
     
    Port Huron
    Roll   48  
    Port Huron Public Library
     
    Saginaw
    Roll   48  
    Hoyt Public Library
     
    Sault Ste. Marie
    Roll   48  
    Carnegie Public Library
     
    South Haven
    Roll   48  
    Zachariah Chandler Post, G.A.R.
    Roll   48  
    Three Oaks
    Roll   48  
    Chamberlain Memorial Museum
     
    Three Rivers
    Roll   48  
    Three Rivers Public Library
     
    Traverse City
    Roll   48  
    Traverse City Museum
     
    Survey of Private Collections [subseries]:

    The Survey of Private Collections subseries, comprising two linear feet of material, consists of inventories (and sometimes transcripts and/or translations) of manuscripts, genealogies, newspapers, printed material, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings, deeds, birth records, and army discharges - a genealogical gold mine. These records had been arranged roughly by type and then by county within that classification, but with a lot of overlapping. During processing, this arrangement scheme was changed so that all types of records are now grouped together by county.

    Roll   48  
    Alcona County
    Roll   48  
    Allegan County
    Roll   48  
    Alpena County
    Roll   48  
    Baraga County
    Roll   48  
    Barry County
    Roll   48  
    Bay County
    Roll   48  
    Berrien County
    Roll   49  
    Branch County
    Roll   49  
    Calhoun County
    Roll   49  
    Cass County
    Roll   50  
    Charlevoix County
    Roll   50  
    Chippewa County
    Roll   50  
    Crawford County
    Roll   50  
    Delta County
    Roll   50  
    Dickinson County
    Roll   50  
    Eaton County
    Roll   50  
    Emmet County
    Roll   50  
    Genesee County
    Roll   50  
    Grand Traverse County
    Roll   50  
    Gratiot County
    Roll   50  
    Hillsdale County
    Roll   50  
    Huron County
    Roll   50  
    Ingham County
    Roll   50  
    Iosco County
    Roll   50  
    Iron County
    Roll   50  
    Isabella County
    Roll   50  
    Jackson County
    Roll   50  
    Kalamazoo County
    Roll   51  
    Kalamazoo County (cont.)
    Roll   51  
    Kent County
    Roll   51  
    Keweenaw County
    Roll   51  
    Lapeer County
    Roll   51  
    Leelanau County
    Roll   51  
    Lenawee County
    Roll   51  
    Livingston County
    Roll   51  
    Mackinac County
    Roll   51  
    Macomb County
    Roll   51  
    Manistee County
    Roll   51  
    Marquette County
    Roll   51  
    Menominee County
    Roll   51  
    Midland County
    Roll   51  
    Missaukee County
    Roll   51  
    Monroe County
    Roll   51  
    Oakland County
    Roll   51  
    Ottawa County
    Roll   51  
    Saginaw County
    Roll   51  
    St. Clair County
    Roll   51  
    St. Joseph County
    Roll   51  
    Shiawassee County
    Roll   51  
    Tuscola County
    Roll   51  
    Van Buren County
    Roll   51  
    Washtenaw County
     
    Inventory of Negro manuscript [series]:

    The Inventory of Negro Manuscripts (comprising less than a linear foot of material) also contains a great deal of genealogical information. There are biographies (see the contents list for itemization) and inventories of private collections (sometimes with transcripts), including manuscripts, books, photographs, newspaper articles, and talks given. The H.R.S. workers sometimes filed these materials according to who produced them and sometimes according to who owned them at the time of the inventory, a system that might lead to some confusion but which has been retained.

    The biographies and the inventories of collections make up the bulk of this record subgroup, but in addition there are descriptions of the survey project; a bibliography; an essay entitled "History of the Negro in Michigan", attributed to Robert Hayden and similar to the one bound into the unpublished volume of the same name mentioned earlier; and transcripts of papers, complementing those published in the calendar section of that book. Discarded were duplicates and early drafts of essays, drafts of the published Calendar of the John C. Dancy Correspondence, 1898-1910 and the unpublished calendar, inventory forms for items listed in the calendar, and library notes taken from standard biographical sources. The Inventory of Negro Manuscripts has been preserved in manuscript form as well as on microfilm. (see Box 45 for original documents)

    Roll   52  
    Description of the Project
    Roll   52  
    Bibliography
    Roll   52  
    "History of the Negro in Michigan"     (essay similar to that which was published in the Historical Records Survey's book of that name; both attributed to Robert Hayden) 
    Roll   52  
    Transcripts of Papers     (not used in the published calendar, but complementing those that were) 
     
    Biographies
    Roll   52  
    Dancy, John C.
    Roll   52  
    Ferguson, William
    Roll   52  
    Finney, Seymour
    Roll   52  
    Harvard, Claude
    Roll   52  
    Lambert, William
    Roll   52  
    Loomis, Lloyd
    Roll   52  
    McCoy, Elijah
    Roll   52  
    Morris, Henry
    Roll   52  
    Sheley, Alanson
    Roll   52  
    Shewcraft, Richard Turner
    Roll   52  
    Straker, D. Augustus
    Roll   52  
    Ward, Willis
    Roll   52  
    Washington, Booker T.
    Roll   52  
    Willis, Robert
    Roll   52  
    Willoughby, Benjamin
    Roll   52  
    Wilson, Alfred W.
    Roll   52  
    Wilson, William Henry
    Roll   52  
    Miscellaneous
     
    Private Collections     (Inventories and/or transcripts of papers; books; photographs; newspaper articles; talks given (sometimes filed under who owned them, sometimes according to the person who was their subject) 
    Roll   52  
    Ames, James W. (Dr.)
    Roll   52  
    Barnes, Robert Christopher
    Roll   52  
    Barrat, Alice
    Roll   52  
    Booker T. Washington Trade Association
    Roll   52  
    Burton Historical Collection
    Roll   52  
    Carroll, Leona Gardner
    Roll   52  
    Cayne, Irene Davis
    Roll   52  
    Chandler, Arthur D.
    Roll   52  
    Christian, Thomas H.
    Roll   52  
    Crosby, Carie May
    Roll   52  
    Dancy, John C.
    Roll   52  
    Greene, Mrs. John
    Roll   52  
    Grimes, William H.
    Roll   52  
    Jeffrey, Romaina W. J.
    Roll   52  
    Junior, Hamilton
    Roll   52  
    Lambert, Benjamin Willoughby
    Roll   52  
    League of Catholic Women
    Roll   52  
    Lewis, Ada
    Roll   52  
    Merriweather, William T.
    Roll   52  
    Mumford, Orville
    Roll   52  
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Youth Council
    Roll   52  
    Negro Nationalist Society of Michigan
    Roll   52  
    Pullman Porters Club
    Roll   52  
    Ridley, Florida R.
    Roll   53  
    St. Matthew's Protestant Episcopal Church
    Roll   53  
    Scott, Bertha J. Stewart
    Roll   53  
    Scott, Minnie Anthony Hicklin
    Roll   53  
    Shewcraft, Richard
    Roll   53  
    Straker, Julius
    Roll   53  
    Turner, A. L. (Dr.)
    Roll   53  
    Urban League, Detroit Branch
    Roll   53  
    Webb, Charles R.
    Roll   53  
    Willing Workers
    Roll   53  
    Wilson, Alfred White
    Roll   53  
    Woods, Julia Watson
     
    Transcripts of County Records [series]:

    The Transcripts of County Records series consists of transcripts and abstracts of county board of supervisors minutes and of selected village/city council minutes, with the addition, in a few cases, of other types of records as well. Sometimes, there was more than one chronology of what was essentially the same thing, transcribed or abstracted slightly differently by different field workers. Only a portion of the transcribed county records have been microfilmed. A complete listing of all the transcripts, both on microfilm and hard copy, follows the listing of the contents of roll 68

     
    Alcona County
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   54  
    Vol. 1,   July 1869-October 1871,   January-February 1876,   June 1881-December 1894
    Roll   54  
    Vol. 2,  April 1895-January 1917
    Roll   54  
    Vol. 3,   February 1917-June 1938
    Roll   54  
    Vol. 4,   October 1938-June 1940
    Box   1  
    Allegan County,  1836-1843
    Boxes   1-2  
    Alpena County,  1871-1919 and  1937
    Box   2  
    Antrim County,  1863-1890
    Box   2  
    Arenac County,  1883-1890
     
    Bay County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   55  
     1858-1918
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   55  
    Liber A   July 1858-May 1869
    Roll   55  
    Liber B   July 1869-October 1874
    Roll   55  
    Liber C   October 1874-October 1879
    Roll   55  
    Liber D   October 1879-October 1881
    Boxes   2-3  
    Benzie County,  1869-1920
     
    Benzonia Township Highway Commissioners Record,  1871-1901
     
    Crystal Lake Township Record of Roads,  1880-1911
     
    Laws Concerning Keeping of Records (arranged by government department)
    Boxes   3-5  
    Berrien County,  1832-1941
    Box   5  
    Calhoun County,  1834-1940
    Box   5  
    Cass County,  1831-1867
    Box   5  
    Charlevoix County,  1936
     
    Cheboygan County
    Box   5  
    Motions of Board of Supervisors,  1855-1936
     
    Chippewa County
    Box   5  
     1831-1887,  1937,  1938
    Box   5  
    St. Marie Township Board Meeting Minutes,  1836-1848
    Boxes   5-6  
    Clare County,  1871-1925,  1940
     
    Crawford County
    Roll   56  
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   56  
     1879-1902
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   56  
    Vol. 1   April 1879-January 1887
    Roll   56  
    Vol. 2   January 1887-October 1887
     
    Emmet County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   56  
      October 1857-January 1902
    Roll   56  
      October 1936-March 1939
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   56  
    Vol. 1,   November 1855-January 1863
    Roll   56  
    Vol. 2,  1863-July 1873
    Roll   57  
    Vol. 3   October 1874-October 1893
    Roll   57  
    Vol. 4   October 1894-January 1902
    Roll   57  
    Vol. 5   June 1902-October 1908
    Roll   58  
    Vol. 5   June 1902-October 1908 (cont.)
    Roll   58  
    Vol. 6   January 1909-April 1914
    Roll   59  
    Vol. 6   January 1909-April 1914 (cont.)
    Roll   59  
    Vol. 7   June 1914-November 1918
    Roll   60  
    Vol. 8   November 1918-October 1921
    Roll   60  
    Vol. 9   October 1921-June 1925
    Roll   61  
    Vol. 9   October 1921-June 1925 (cont.)
    Roll   61  
    Vol. 10   October 1925-May 1928
    Roll   62  
    Vol. 11   October 1928-October 1929
    Boxes   8-9  
    Genesee County,  1836-1895
    Boxes   8-10  
    Gladwin County
     
     1875-1921
     
     1935-1936
     
     1940
    Box   10  
    Gogebic County,
    Box   10  
     1887-1895
    Box   10  
    Budget,  1940-1941
    Box   10  
    Grand Traverse County,  1853-1855
     
    Gratiot County
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   62  
    Liber 1  January 1856-January 1858
    Roll   62  
    Liber 2  October 1858-October 1866
    Roll   62  
    Liber 3  January 1867-January 1872
    Roll   62  
    Liber 4  October 1872-June 1879
    Roll   63  
    Liber 5   October 1879-January 1885
    Roll   63  
    Liber 6   October 1885-January 1890
    Roll   63  
    Liber 7   October 1897-October 1900
     
    Houghton County
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   63  
    Vol. 1   August 1846-August 1861
     
    Ingham County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   63  
      October 1838-October 1865
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   63  
    Vol. 1   October 1838-April 1847
    Roll   63  
    Salaries  1939-1940
    Roll   63  
     1940-1941
     
    Ionia County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   64  
      June 1846-April 1853
    Roll   64  
      October 1905-January 1913
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   64  
      April 1837-October 1857
     
    Miscellaneous Accounts
    Roll   64  
     1838-1842
    Box   11  
    Isabella County,  1859-1863
    Boxes   11-12  
    Jackson County,  1837-1885
     
    Kalamazoo County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   64  
      October 1834-October 1899
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   64  
      October 1834-October 1857
    Box   12  
    Kalkaska County,  1861-1941
    Boxes   13-14  
    Kent County,  1845-1888
    Box   14  
    Keweenaw County,  1861-1883
    Box   14  
    Lake County,  1869-1921
    Box   15  
    Leelanau County,  1863-1919
     
    Lenawee County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   64  
      April 1852-March 1938
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   64  
      April 1852-October 1855
    Roll   64  
      April 1852-April 1916
    Roll   65  
      April 1852-April 1916 (cont.)
     
    First Canvass
    Roll   65  
      November 1852
    Box   15  
    Luce County,  1936
    Box   15  
    Mackinac County,  1859-1884
     
    Macomb County
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   65  
      July 1827-October 1838
    Roll   65  
      October 1856-February 1860
    Box   15  
    Manistee County,  1855-1876
    Box   15  
    Marquette County,  1852-1883
    Box   16  
    Mason County,  1855-1909
    Box   16  
    Mecosta County,  1859-1900
    Box   17  
    Menominee County,  1863-1881
    Box   17  
    Midland County,  1855-1875
    Box   17  
    Missaukee County,  1871-1938
    Box   17  
    Montcalm County,  1850-1939
     
    Montmorency County
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   65  
      June 1881-October 1887
    Roll   65  
      January 1887-May 1887
    Box   17  
    Newaygo County,  1852-1893
     
    Oakland County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   65  
      April 1828-October 1852
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   65  
      July 1827-March 1837
    Roll   65  
      July 1827-October 1849
    Box   17  
    Oceana County,  1855-1925
     
    Ogemaw County
    Roll   66  
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   66  
    Vol. 1,   April 1876-March 1879,  October ? 1876-January 1882,   April 1880-October 1882,   April 1879-January 1885
    Roll   66  
    Vol. 2,   June 1885-January 1892,   October 1897
    Box   18  
    Ontonagon County,  1853-1864,  1881-1924,  1938
    Box   18  
    Osceola County,  1869-1941
    Box   18  
    Oscoda County,  1881-1907
    Box   19  
    Otsego County,  1875-1941
    Box   20  
    Ottawa County,  1838-1854,  1937-1939
    Box   20  
    Presque Isle County,  1871-1881
    Box   20  
    Roscommon County,  1875-1940
     
    Saginaw County
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   67  
    Vol. A,   October 1835-November 1842
    Roll   67  
    Vol. B,   August 1858-July 1866
     
    St. Clair County
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   67  
    Vol. 1,   March 1833-May 1839
     
    Sanilac County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   67  
      October 1850-December 1926
    Box   20  
    Schoolcraft County,  1871-1890
    Box   20  
    Shiawassee County,  1838-1860
     
    Tuscola County
     
    Abstract of Supervisors' Proceedings
    Roll   67  
      January 1851-January 1933
     
    Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors
    Roll   67  
    Vol. 1,   November 1850-November 1860
    Roll   67  
    Vol. 2,   June 1856-October 1859
     
    Washtenaw County,
    Box   20  
     1835
    Box   20  
     1867-1872
    Box   20  
     1901
     
    Assessment Rolls
    Box   20  
     1865-1937
    Box   20  
    Wexford County,
     
     1869-1892
    Box   20  
     1939
     
    Transcripts of Municipal Records [series]:     (These transcripts have been microfilmed; a complete listing of all the transcripts, both on microfilm and hard copy, follows the listing of the contents of roll 68.) 
    Box   21  
    Alpena,  1871-1874
    Box   21  
    Battle Creek,  1859-1865,  1940
     
    Bay City
     
    Council Proceedings
    Roll   68  
    Vol. A,  April 1878
     
    Cheboygan,
    Box   21  
    City Charter
     
    Ordinances
    Box   21  
     1871
    Box   21  
     1882
    Box   21  
     1888
    Box   21  
     1891
    Box   21  
     1917
    Box   22  
    Detroit,  1894-1934
     
    Escanaba
     
    Council Proceedings (Published in "Iron Port")
    Roll   68  
      April 1883-February 1889
     
    Council Proceedings
    Roll   68  
      April 1889
     
    Abstract of Proceedings
    Roll   68  
      July 1901-February 1905
    Roll   68  
    Ordinances 1-22 (missing 16 and 20)
    Boxes   22-24  
    Grand Rapids,  1838-1873
     
    Hamtramck
    Box   24  
     1901-1910
    Box   25  
     1911-1915
    Box   26  
     1915-1918
    Box   27  
     1919-1921
    Box   28  
     1921-1923
    Box   29  
     1923
    Box   30  
     1923-1924
    Box   31  
     1924-1925
    Box   32  
     1925-1926
    Box   33  
     1926-1927
    Box   35  
     1927-1928
    Box   35  
     1929-1930
    Box   36  
     1930-1931
    Box   37  
     1931-1932
    Box   38  
     1932-1933
    Box   39  
     1933-1934
    Box   40  
     1934-1935
    Box   41  
     1935-1936
    Box   43  
     1936-1937
    Box   43  
     1937-1938
     
    Jackson
    Box   44  
     1857-1858
    Box   44  
    Ordinances,  1857
    Box   44  
    Marquette
    Box   44  
     1868-1874
    Box   44  
    Laws of Michigan relating to Marquette,  1859-1907
    Box   44  
    Menominee,  1883-1885
    Box   44  
    Muskegon,  1861-1862
     
    Negaunee
    Box   44  
     1866-1873
    Box   44  
    Negaunee Township,  1858-1873
     
    Niles
     
    Miscellaneous Records
    Roll   68  
      May 1838-April 1865
     
    Standing Rules for Common Council 1-27
     
    Port Huron
    Box   44  
     1849-1850
    Box   44  
     1891
    Box   44  
    Ordinances,  1849-1941
     
    Maps, [series]:

    The series Maps, consists of maps of the counties drawn by H.R.S. workers on letter-size paper in preparation for publication in the guide for each county. Oftentimes there is a map of Michigan with the given county highlighted to show its location, followed by several maps of that county in varying levels of detail, drawn with some care, frequently in color. The best representative sample of each has been retained, with all duplicates discarded. After filming, these maps have been preserved and grouped together, arranged alphabetically by county. In addition, there are a few maps, too large to microfilm or not really related to the H.R.S., which have been removed to the Bentley Library's map collection.

    Box   46  
    Maps
     
    Architectural drawings [series]:

    Architectural Drawings consist of floor plans and/or elevations of city and county buildings. The drawings are arranged alphabetically by county. On the whole the drawings were not microfilmed, although drawings from some of the HCA files, which were filmed, have been added to this series.)

     
    Alcona
    Box   46  
    Alcona County Courthouse
     
    Alpena
    Box   46  
    Alpena County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    Alpena City Hall
     
    Arenac
    Box   46  
    Arenac County Courthouse
     
    Baraga
    Box   46  
    Baraga County Courthouse
     
    Bay
    Box   46  
    Bay County Building
     
    Benzie
    Box   46  
    Benzie County Courthouse
     
    Berrien
    Box   46  
    St. Joseph City Hall
     
    Calhoun
    Box   46  
    Calhoun County Courthouse
     
    Cheboygan
    Box   46  
    Cheboygan County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    County Jail
    Box   46  
    Mackinaw City Hall
    Box   46  
    Cheboygan City Hall
     
    Chippewa
    Box   46  
    Chippewa County Courthouse
     
    Crawford
    Box   46  
    Crawford County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    Crawford County Jail
     
    Delta
    Box   46  
    Delta County Road Commission
    Box   46  
    Escanaba City Hall
     
    Dickinson
    Box   46  
    Dickinson County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    Social Welfare Bureau in County Health Building
    Box   46  
    County Jail
     
    Eaton
    Box   46  
    Eaton County Courthouse
     
    Emmet
    Box   46  
    Emmet County Courthouse
     
    Gogebic
    Box   46  
    Gogebic County Courthouse
     
    Grand Traverse
    Box   46  
    Grand Traverse County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    County Jail
    Box   46  
    County Clerk's Vault
    Box   46  
    Leach Building
     
    Huron
    Box   46  
    Bad Axe Courthouse
     
    Ionia
    Box   46  
    Ionia County Courthouse
     
    Iosco
    Box   46  
    Iosco County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    County Jail
    Box   46  
    Iron
    Box   46  
    Iron County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    Plat of courthouse block
    Box   46  
    H.C.A. files
     
    Isabella
    Box   46  
    Isabella County Courthouse
     
    Kalamazoo
    Box   46  
    Kalamazoo County Courthouse
     
    Kalkaska
    Box   46  
    Kalkaska County Courthouse
     
    Kent
    Box   46  
    Kent County Courthouse
     
    Keweenaw
    Box   46  
    Keweenaw County Courthouse
     
    Leelanau
    Box   46  
    Leelanau County Courthouse
     
    Livingston
    Box   46  
    Livingston County Courthouse
     
    Luce
    Box   46  
    Luce County Courthouse
     
    Mackinac
    Box   46  
    Mackinac County Courthouse
     
    Marquette
    Box   46  
    Marquette County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    Marquette City Hall
    Box   46  
    Ishpeming City Hall
    Box   46  
    Negaunee City Hall
     
    Mason
    Box   46  
    Mason County Courthouse
     
    Menominee
    Box   46  
    Menominee County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    County Road Commission
     
    Midland
    Box   46  
    Midland County Courthouse
     
    Missaukee
    Box   46  
    Missaukee County Courthouse
     
    Monroe
    Box   46  
    Monroe County Courthouse
     
    Montmorency
    Box   46  
    Montmorency County Courthouse
     
    Muskegon
    Box   46  
    Muskegon County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    Administration Building for Muskegon County
     
    Osceola
    Box   46  
    Osceola County Courthouse
     
    Oscoda
    Box   46  
    Oscoda County Courthouse
     
    Otsego
    Box   46  
    Otsego County Courthouse
     
    Ottawa
    Box   46  
    Ottawa County Courthouse
     
    Presque Isle
    Box   46  
    Presque Isle County Courthouse
     
    Saginaw
    Box   46  
    Saginaw County Courthouse
     
    St. Clair
    Box   46  
    City Hall and Courthouse, Port Huron
    Box   46  
    Seal of the City of Port Huron
     
    St. Joseph
    Box   46  
    St. Joseph County Courthouse
     
    Sanilac
    Box   46  
    Sanilac County Building
     
    Schoolcraft
    Box   46  
    Schoolcraft County Jail
     
    Van Buren
    Box   46  
    Van Buren County Courthouse
     
    Washtenaw
    Box   46  
    Washtenaw County Road Commission
     
    Wayne
    Box   46  
    Wayne County Building
    Box   46  
    Detroit City Hall
    Box   46  
    Municipal Garage
    Box   46  
    Department of Water Supply
    Box   46  
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck Municipal Building
    Box   46  
    Seal of the City of Hamtramck
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck Welfare Department Day Nursery
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck Justice Courts
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck City Attorney
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck City Engineer's Building
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck Board of Health
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck Library
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck Recreation Center
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck City Physician
    Box   46  
    Hamtramck Welfare Unemployment Office
     
    Photographs [series]:

    The small Photographs series is primarily images of government buildings (courthouses, city halls, jails etc.) with a few images of local events or activities. The photos are arranged by county. The photographs were not microfilmed

     
    Crawford
    Box   46  
    Crawford County Courthouse, Grayling
     
    Eaton
    Box   46  
    Christian Missionary Alliance, Central Church
     
    Emmet
    Box   46  
    Emmet County Courthouse
    Box   46  
    Jackson County Courthouses
     
    Kalamazoo
    Box   46  
    Kalamazoo County Courthouse
     
    Keweenaw
    Box   46  
    Keweenaw County Courthouse, Eagle River
     
    Marquette
    Box   46  
    City Hall, Marquette
    Box   46  
    Peter White Public Library, Marquette
    Box   46  
    Forsyth Township Hall, Gwinn
    Box   46  
    West Branch Township Halls
    Box   46  
    Turin Township Hall
     
    Midland
    Box   46  
    Midland County Courthouse
     
    Muskegon
    Box   46  
    Site of first county offices, Muskegon
    Box   46  
    Muskegon County Courthouses, Muskegon
     
    Ogemaw
    Box   46  
    Ogemaw County Courthouse and Jail, West Branch
     
    Osceola
    Box   46  
    Osceola County Courthouse, Hersey (when that was the county seat)
    Box   46  
    First school in county, Evart
     
    Ottawa
    Box   46  
    Ottawa County Courthouses
     
    Saginaw
    Box   46  
    Saginaw County Courthouse
    Box   46  
     1849 site of present city hall, Saginaw (present as of ca. 1940)
    Box   46  
    The old "Academy", first schoolhouse in East Saginaw
    Box   46  
    Lumberjacks at work
     
    Tuscola
    Box   46  
    Tuscola County Courthouses
     
    Wayne
    Box   46  
    Wayne County Building, Detroit
     
    Wexford
    Box   46  
    Viking Water Festival floats, Cadillac
     
    Historical Records Survey Correspondence [series]:

    The Historical Records Survey Correspondence series consists of correspondence between field workers in the counties and their supervisors in district offices or the state H.R.S. office contains descriptive and historical information about the counties as well as information concerning the workings of the H.R.S. project. In some areas the work went along quite smoothly, but in others the field workers faced numerous difficulties: getting permission to examine government records and to have a place to work, facing officials whose attitude ranged from indifference to outright hostility; attempting to inventory records which were poorly organized and stored in inaccessible places; and even obtaining adequate training and basic office supplies from the W.P.A. Charles Johnson, a field worker in Ionia County, wrote articulately on the workings of the project and his letters make good reading (see Roll 13). Three counties - Alger, Ingham, and Marquette - had H.R.S. district supervisors' offices, so their correspondence files contain information about whole regions as well as good descriptions of the project (letters which mentioned only one county have been transferred to that county's files). H.R.S. correspondence is also a source of information about county records. Sometimes it reveals what had happened to records which no longer existed when the survey was conducted and sometimes it is a source of inventory information - in the case of Ingham County the only source, since both the forms and the completed inventory (if there ever was one) are lost. Within each county, correspondence is arranged chronologically and anything of a routine or insignificant nature has been discarded. General instructions, issued to each field worker in the state, have not been retained for each county but only where they were first found in processing and so would tend to be concentrated at the beginning of the alphabetical listing of counties. Any researcher studying the H.R.S. project would want to consult all of the correspondence; therefore, in addition to each county's correspondence being microfilmed with its other material, all the correspondence has been preserved after filming and grouped together, arranged alphabetically by county.

    Box   47  
    County
    Box   47  
    Municipals
     
    Survey forms of 1987 Survey of Records in Counties and Municipalities [series]:     (arranged in two alphabetical sequences, by county and then by municipality). The survey revealed the dates and condition of the records held by the respective governments, any transfer or microfilming of records, and quality of storage facilities.) 
    Box   47  
    County Surveys
     
    Municipal Surveys
    Additional Descriptive Data

    1987 Survey of Records of Records in Counties and Municipalities

    In 1987 the Bentley Library conducted a survey of the counties and municipalities whose transcripts of government records were included in the H.R.S. collection. It revealed that most of the originals still exist in their home locales, but some have been lost, burned, or discarded, leaving the library with probably the only extant copies of those records. Although the bulk of the transcripts (55 linear feet of material in 44 Paige boxes) will remain as they are, the unique ones (10 linear feet) have been microfilmed. Most of the counties of Michigan are represented, as well as fifteen municipalities (see contents list). All are valuable sources of historical information.

    1. COUNTY RECORDS
      1. Alcona, 1876-
      2. Allegan, 1926-
      3. Alpena, 1871-
      4. Antrim, 1863-
      5. Arenac, 1883-
      6. Bay, 1874-1883, 1887-1908, 1938-
      7. Benzie, 1869-
      8. Berrien, 1832-
      9. Calhoun, all
      10. Cass, 1933- (State Archives, 1831-1868, 1880-1955, available on microfilm)
      11. Cheboygan, 1855-
      12. Chippewa, all
      13. Clare, 1871-
      14. Crawford, 1895-
      15. Delta, all
      16. Dickinson, all
      17. Eaton, 1838-
      18. Emmet, 1859-1873, 1885-1922, 1925-
      19. Genesee, 1948- (published, 1901-) (State Archives, 1835-1972, available on microfilm)
      20. Gladwin, 1875-
      21. Gogebic, 1887-
      22. Grand Traverse, 1853-
      23. Gratiot, 1856- (except Libers 5 & 6)
      24. Houghton, mid 1880's-
      25. Ingham, 1888- (State Archives, 1838-1931, available on microfilm)
      26. Ionia, 1838-
      27. Isabella, 1859-
      28. Jackson, 1833-
      29. Kalamazoo, 1842- (State Archives, 1864-1869, 1897-1948)
      30. Kalkaska, late 1800's-
      31. Kent, 1845-
      32. Keweenaw, 1861-
      33. Lake, 1871-
      34. Leelanau, 1863-
      35. Lenawee, 1929-
      36. Mackinac, 1859-
      37. Macomb, 1909-
      38. Manistee, 1855-
      39. Marquette, 1852-
      40. Mason, 1855-
      41. Mecosta, 1859-
      42. Menominee, 1863-
      43. Midland, 1959- (State Archives, 1855-1958, available on microfilm)
      44. Missaukee, 1871-
      45. Montcalm, 1850-
      46. Montmorency, 1963-
      47. Muskegon, ? (State Archives, 1859-1936, available on microfilm)
      48. Oakland, 1942-
      49. Oceana, 1855-
      50. Ogemaw, 1885-
      51. Ontonagon, 1853-1863, 1881-
      52. Osceola, 1869-
      53. Oscoda, 1881-
      54. Otsego, 1875-
      55. Ottawa, 1838-
      56. Presque Isle, 1871-
      57. Roscommon, 1875-
      58. Saginaw, 1845?-
      59. St. Clair, 1961- (State Archives, 1833-1961, available on microfilm)
      60. Sanilac, 1885-
      61. Schoolcraft, 1871-
      62. Shiawassee, 1838-
      63. Tuscola, 1851-
      64. Washtenaw, 1835-
      65. Wayne, ? (State Archives, 1869-1872, 1879-1944, 1946-1947)
      66. Wexford, 1869-
    2. Municipal Records
      1. Alpena, 1871-
      2. Battle Creek, 1850, 1859-
      3. Bay City, 1897-
      4. Escanaba, 1889-
      5. Grand Rapids, 1838-
      6. Hamtramck, 1901-1909, 1914-
      7. Jackson, 1856-
      8. Marquette, 1868-
      9. Menominee, 1883-
      10. Muskegon, 1861-
      11. Negaunee, 1858-
      12. Niles, 1867-

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