Local History


Resources and programs to understand and appreciate local history


Resources, tools, and programs to explore and understand family histories


Online access to digitized local history collections  


Locally focused programs to understand the culture unique to Kalamazoo

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Discover Your Family Roots

Staff-selected resources, databases & websites

Digitized Newspapers
Digitized Newspapers

Historical & Regional Publications

Search the “Kalamazoo Telegraph” & more

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Mapping Everything

We recently received a new (old) map, and as I prepared it for the history room, I was reminded once again that we have a wonderful, interesting collection of maps of Kalamazoo. The new map is a 1908 birds-eye view map of the city, and it joins two others, 1874 and 1883. These maps are called birds-eye view because they give a panoramic view of the city and include drawings of individual houses and buildings. They are wonderful resources for house and building history research....

New Materials
New Materials

KPL's Local History Collection

Browse the latest books in the collection

Local History Online
Local History Online

Catalogs, Newspapers, Photos and more

Digitized materials from the Local History collection