Historical Newspapers & Regional Publications

This Week in Kalamazoo History

“A Street Railway”

It is likely Kalamazoo will shortly have a street railroad. Messrs. Devlin and Styles of Jackson have been looking the matter over, and at their request a public meeting was held at corporation hall to discuss the question. Hon. T.R. Sherwood presided, and Prof. W.F. Parsons, was secretary. After discussing the feasibility of the scheme, the meeting voted such a step would be in the interest of the village. A subscription paper was gotten up and $7,000 in stock subscribed, Messrs. Devlin and Styles taking $4,000, and D.B. Merrill, Leroy Cahill and Payton Ranney, each taking $1,000. This looks as if Kalamazoo will shortly be listening to the music of the car bell.”

— Kalamazoo Gazette, 22 October 1882

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Kalamazoo Public Library now provides access to historic issues of the Kalamazoo Gazette via a custom collection of select titles from the “America’s Historical Newspapers” collection, powered by NewsBank.

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The Historical Newspapers & Regional Publications database is designed to allow online keyword search of historic newspapers, photographs, and other Kalamazoo Public Library holdings that were previously only available on microfilm. Additional publications will be added as resources allow.


The Historical Newspapers & Regional Publications database includes the library’s holdings of: 

  • Kalamazoo Telegraph (1844-1916)
  • Miscellaneous Kalamazoo Publications (1864-1922)
  • (Kalamazoo) Progressive Herald (1912-13)
  • Allegan County Record (1869-71)
  • Augusta Beacon (1902-1952)
  • Climax Cereal (1900-1912)
  • Climax Crescent (1913-2012)
  • Otsego Union (1897-1922)
  • Otsego Weekly Union (1875-1888)
  • Scotts Cereal (1905-06)

...and more.

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Local Information Database »

KPL’s Local Information Database combines indexing of local newspapers, magazines, historical photos, and other Local History resources, including the Kalamazoo Gazette. Library staff add new records to this rich resource of more than one million items every day. Visit the Local Information Database.


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