Michigan Historical Records Survey records: 1936-1942
Summary Information
Title: Michigan Historical Records Survey records
Creator: Michigan Historical Records Survey.
Inclusive dates: 1936-1942
Extent: 47 linear feet
Extent: 68 microfilms
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
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/
Finding aid created by Ann Flowers, Assistant Archivist, 1987-1989

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

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

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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 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.


  • 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.)
  • Clare County (Mich.)
  • Clinton County (Mich.)
  • County government -- Records and correspondence.
  • Crawford County (Mich.)
  • Delta County (Mich.)
  • Detroit (Mich.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • Van Buren County (Mich.)
  • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
  • Wayne County (Mich.)
  • Wexford County (Mich.)
  • Courthouses -- Michigan.
  • Exhibitions.
  • Galleries and museums.
  • Photographs.
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
  • Detroit (Mich.). Recorder's Court.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Guthe, Carl E. (Carl Eugen), 1893-1974.
  • United States. Work Projects Administration.
Contents List
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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, superseded 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  
Hol 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
Box   1  
Alpena County 1871-1919, 1937
Box   2  
Alpena County 1871-1919, 1937

(continued)

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
 
Benzie County 1869-1920
Box   2  
Benzonia Township Highway Commissioners Record 1871-1901
Box   3  
Crystal Lake Township Record of Roads 1880-1911
Box   3  
Laws Concerning Keeping of Records (arranged by government department)
Box   3  
Berrien County 1832-1941
Box   4  
Berrien County 1832-1941

(continued)

Box   5  
Berrien County 1832-1941

(continued)

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
Box   5  
Clare County 1871-1925, 1940
Box   6  
Clare County 1871-1925, 1940

(continued)

 
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
Box   7  
Eaton County 1838-1930
Box   8  
Eaton County 1838-1930

(continued)

 
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 (cont.) June 1902-October 1908
Roll   58  
Vol. 6 January 1909-April 1914
Roll   59  
Vol. 6 (cont.) January 1909-April 1914
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 (cont.) October 1921-June 1925
Roll   61  
Vol. 10 October 1925-May 1928
Roll   62  
Vol. 11 October 1928-October 1929
Box   8  
Genesee County 1836-1895
Box   9  
Genesee County 1836-1895

(continued)

 
Gladwin County
Box   8  
1875-1921
Box   9  
1935-1936
Box   10  
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
Box   11  
Jackson County 1837-1885
Box   12  
Jackson County 1837-1885

(continued)

 
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
Box   13  
Kent County 1845-1888
Box   14  
Kent County 1845-1888

(continued)

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, circa 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)
Box   22  
Grand Rapids 1838-1873
Box   23  
Grand Rapids 1838-1873

(continued)

Box   24  
Grand Rapids 1838-1873

(continued)

 
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   34  
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   42  
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   45  
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  
Site of present city hall, Saginaw (present as of ca. 1940) 1849
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
Box   47  
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
    • Alcona, 1876-
    • Allegan, 1926-
    • Alpena, 1871-
    • Antrim, 1863-
    • Arenac, 1883-
    • Bay, 1874-1883, 1887-1908, 1938-
    • Benzie, 1869-
    • Berrien, 1832-
    • Calhoun, all
    • Cass, 1933- (State Archives, 1831-1868, 1880-1955, available on microfilm)
    • Cheboygan, 1855-
    • Chippewa, all
    • Clare, 1871-
    • Crawford, 1895-
    • Delta, all
    • Dickinson, all
    • Eaton, 1838-
    • Emmet, 1859-1873, 1885-1922, 1925-
    • Genesee, 1948- (published, 1901-) (State Archives, 1835-1972, available on microfilm)
    • Gladwin, 1875-
    • Gogebic, 1887-
    • Grand Traverse, 1853-
    • Gratiot, 1856- (except Libers 5 & 6)
    • Houghton, mid 1880's-
    • Ingham, 1888- (State Archives, 1838-1931, available on microfilm)
    • Ionia, 1838-
    • Isabella, 1859-
    • Jackson, 1833-
    • Kalamazoo, 1842- (State Archives, 1864-1869, 1897-1948)
    • Kalkaska, late 1800's-
    • Kent, 1845-
    • Keweenaw, 1861-
    • Lake, 1871-
    • Leelanau, 1863-
    • Lenawee, 1929-
    • Mackinac, 1859-
    • Macomb, 1909-
    • Manistee, 1855-
    • Marquette, 1852-
    • Mason, 1855-
    • Mecosta, 1859-
    • Menominee, 1863-
    • Midland, 1959- (State Archives, 1855-1958, available on microfilm)
    • Missaukee, 1871-
    • Montcalm, 1850-
    • Montmorency, 1963-
    • Muskegon, ? (State Archives, 1859-1936, available on microfilm)
    • Oakland, 1942-
    • Oceana, 1855-
    • Ogemaw, 1885-
    • Ontonagon, 1853-1863, 1881-
    • Osceola, 1869-
    • Oscoda, 1881-
    • Otsego, 1875-
    • Ottawa, 1838-
    • Presque Isle, 1871-
    • Roscommon, 1875-
    • Saginaw, 1845?-
    • St. Clair, 1961- (State Archives, 1833-1961, available on microfilm)
    • Sanilac, 1885-
    • Schoolcraft, 1871-
    • Shiawassee, 1838-
    • Tuscola, 1851-
    • Washtenaw, 1835-
    • Wayne, ? (State Archives, 1869-1872, 1879-1944, 1946-1947)
    • Wexford, 1869-
  2. Municipal Records
    • Alpena, 1871-
    • Battle Creek, 1850, 1859-
    • Bay City, 1897-
    • Escanaba, 1889-
    • Grand Rapids, 1838-
    • Hamtramck, 1901-1909, 1914-
    • Jackson, 1856-
    • Marquette, 1868-
    • Menominee, 1883-
    • Muskegon, 1861-
    • Negaunee, 1858-
    • Niles, 1867-
State Library of Michigan

(From the Library of Michigan publication "Genealogy Update" November, 1988)

General

  1. Calendar of the Baptist collection of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1940.
    • Mich. Oversize CD3301 M5 No. 2
  2. Calendar of the John C. Dancy correspondence, 1898-1910. 1941.
    • Mich. CD3301 M5 No. 3
  3. Cemetery records, Jackson County, Michigan. 1936;
    • Mich. F572.J2 C45, 1936
  4. Directory of churches and religious organizations: Greater Detroit. 1941
    • Mich. BR360 D4 M5 1941
  5. Early land transfers, Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. 1936-1940
    • Mich. F372.W4 E37 1936
  6. Early land transfers, Ingham County, Michigan, 1835-1953. 1947-1962
    • Mich. F572.13 E13 1947
  7. Guide to manuscript collections in Michigan, Vol. I -Detroit. 194 1
    • Mich. CD 3301 M5 No. 4
  8. Guide to manuscripts depositories In the United States, Michigan. 1940.
    • Mich. CD3301 M5 No. 1
  9. Inventory of federal archives in the states, No. 21, Michigan. 1938?
    • Mich. CD3301 J58 (copy 1)
  10. Jackson County directory of 1858. 1936
    • Mich. F572.J2 J343 1936
  11. Land records, grantors, Kent County, Michigan. 1940
    • Mich. F572.K3 L35 1940
  12. Master index to records in volumes ABC Ll, briefed from Wayne County records of Register of Deeds, volumes A to 104 (inclusive). 1940
    • Mich. F572.W4 E37 1936. Index
  13. Probate records from archives of Wayne County, Michigan. 1936
    • Mich. F572.W4 F76 1936

Inventory of Church & Synagogue Archives

  1. African Methodist Episcopal Church, Michigan Conference. 1940
    • Mich. BX8441.M3 M5 1940
  2. Church of the Nazarene, Michigan District Assembly. 1942
    • Mich. BX8699.N3 M5 1942
  3. Churches of God, Michigan Assemblies, 1941.
    • Mich. BX7095.C7 M5 1941
  4. Dearborn churches. 1940.
    • Mich. BR560.D37 M5 1940
  5. Evangelical and Reformed Church. 1941.
    • Mich. Bx7517,M5 M5 1941
  6. Evangelical Church, Michigan Conference1941.
    • Mich. BX7517.M5 M5 1941
  7. Jewish bodies. 1940.
    • Mich. BM223.M5 M5 1940
  8. Pilgrim Holiness Church, Michigan District. 1942.
    • Mich. BX5918.P3 M5 1942
  9. Presbyterian Church In U.S.A., Presbytery of Flint. 1941.
    • Mich. BX921 LF7 M5 1941
  10. Protestant Episcopal bodies, diocese of Michigan. 1940.
    • Mich. BX5917.M5 M5 1940
  11. Protestant Episcopal church, diocese of Northern Michigan. 1940.
    • Mich. BX3918 N93 M5 1940
  12. Protestant Episcopal church, diocese of Western Michigan. 1940.
    • Mich. BX5918.W46 M5 1940
  13. Roman Catholic church, archdiocese of Detroit. 1941.
    • Mich. BX 141 LM5 M5 1941
  14. Salvation army in Michigan. 1942.
    • Mich. BX9716.M3 1942

Inventory of County Archives

  1. Alger County (Munising). 194 1.
    • Mich. CD3307 A25 A434 1941
  2. Alpena County (Alpena). 1942.
    • Mich. CD3307 A4 A46 1942
  3. Baraga County (L'Anse). 1937.
    • Mich. CD3307 B 15 B37 1937
  4. Bay County (Bay City). 1940.
    • Mich. CD3307 B3 B39 1940
  5. Calhoun County (Marshall). 1941.
    • Mich. CD3307 C2 C34 1941
  6. Cheboygan County (Cheboygan). 1938.
    • Mich. CD3307 C3 C474 1938
  7. Delta County. 1949.
    • Mich. CD3307 D4 D44 1949
    • Genesee County (Flint). 1940.
    • Mich. CD3307 Q3 G43 1941
  8. Iosco County (Tawas City). 1938
    • Mich. CD3307 .163 1338 1938
  9. Iron County (Crystal Falls). 1938.
    • Mich. CD3307 .I66 I33 1938
    • Jackson County (Jackson). 1941.
    • Mich. CD3307 J2 J325 1941
  10. Marquette County (Marquette). 1940
    • Mich. CD3307 A33 M37 1940
  11. Muskegon County (Muskegon). 1941
    • Mich. CD3307 A9 M88

Vital Records

  1. Birth records from the archives of Wayne County, Michigan. 1936.
    • Mich. F572 W4 B57 1936
  2. Death records, Detroit Board of Health. 1936.
    • Mich. F574. D4 D439 1936
  3. Death records, Elmwood Cemetery. 1936.
    • Mich. F574.D4 D4392 1936
  4. Death records, Kent County, Michigan.1940.
    • Mich. F572. K3 D43 1940
  5. Death Records, Mount Elliott Cemetery. 1937.
    • Mich. F372 W4 D45 1937
  6. Kent County, Michigan, marriage records. 1936-1938.
    • Mich. F572 A3 K43 1936
  7. Jackson County (Michigan) marriages 18331870: as recorded in the County Clerk's office. 1936.
    • Mich. 572 J2 J3252 1936
  8. Livingston County, Michigan, marriages. 1934-1937.
    • Mich. F572.L8 L38 1934
  9. Marriage records from archives of Wayne County, Michigan. 1936.
    • Mich. F572.W4 M37 1936
  10. Procedures for obtaining birth records, United States and territories. 1942. Gene. C342.7 M5 1942
  11. Vital Records from the Detroit free press. 1831-1846 - 1866-1868. 1939.
    • Mich. CD3307 W5 M5 1942
Burton Historical Collections, Detroit Public Library

Michigan Historical Records Survey

  1. Reports and Correspondence
  2. County Guides
    • Charlevoix, Chippewa
    • Clare Dickinson, Genesee, Gogebic, Houghton, Huron
    • Keweenaw, Lapeer, Macomb, Memominee, Midland, Oakland, St. Clair, Tuscola
    • Missaukee
  3. Adventists - Assemblies of God
  4. Christian Missionary Alliance - Baptists
  5. Baptists (2 folders)
  6. Church of Christ (Scientist) - Church of the Nazarene
  7. Church of the Nazarene (Historical) -
  8. Congregational and Christian Churches (3 folders)
  9. Orthodox-Romanian (Eastern)
  10. Orthodox-Russian (Eastern
  11. Methodist Churches (4 folders)
  12. Methodist Free Churches - Presbytery of Saginaw
  13. United Presbyterian Churches - Roman Catholic Churches
  14. Roman Catholic Churches
    • Diocese of Lansing
    • Diocese of Saginaw
    • Salvation Army
  15. Salvation Army - Volunteers of America
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Compilations of the Historical Records Survey of Michigan

  1. Vital Statistics Holdings of Church Archives in Michigan, Wayne County
  2. Vital Records from the Detroit Free Press
  3. Procedures for Obtaining Birth Records, United States and Territories
  4. Birth Records from the Archives of Wayne County, Michigan
  5. Marriage Records from Archives of Wayne County, Michigan
  6. Livingston County, Michigan, Marriages
  7. Jackson County (Michigan) Marriages 1833-1870: As Recorded in the County Clerk is Office
  8. Kent County, Michigan, Marriage Records
  9. Death Records, Mount Elliott Cemetery
  10. Death Records, Kent County, Michigan
  11. Death Records, Elmwood Cemetery
  12. Death Records, Detroit Board of Health
  13. Calendar of the Baptist Collection of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  14. Calendar of the John C. Dancy Correspondence, 1898-1910
  15. Cemetery Records, Jackson County, Michigan
  16. Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations: Greater Detroit, 1941
  17. Land Records, Grantors, Kent County, Michigan
  18. Master Index to Records in Volumes ABC - LI, Briefed from Wayne County Records of Register of Deeds, volumes A to 104
  19. Probate Records from Archives of Wayne County, Michigan
  20. Alger County
  21. Alpena County
  22. Baraga County
  23. Bay County
  24. Calhoun County
  25. Cheboygan County
  26. Delta County
  27. Genesee County
  28. Iosco County
  29. Iron County
  30. Jackson County
  31. Marquette County
  32. Muskegon County
  33. African Methodist Episcopal Church, Michigan Conference
  34. Church of the Nazarene, Michigan District Assembly
  35. Protestant Episcopal Bodies, Diocese of Michigan
  36. Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Northern Michigan
  37. Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Western Michigan
  38. The Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Detroit
  39. Salvation Army in Michigan