Clarence L. Miller Family Local History Room

stained glass window

Original library window now on display outside the Local History Room.

Location, Phone

Hours

  • Monday - Thursday 9 am - 9 pm
  • Thursday (Summer) 9 am - 6 pm
  • Friday 9 am - 6 pm
  • Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm
  • Sunday (Summer) Closed

Local History Collection

The History Room maintains an extensive collection of materials about all aspects of the history of Kalamazoo County, including businesses, institutions, buildings, and biographical and genealogical information about county residents. To a lesser extent, we also collect information about Michigan, and the areas from which Kalamazoo drew its original settlers. In addition, KPL's award-winning Local Information Database combines indexing of local newspapers, magazines and historical materials. A separate database, KPL's Local Organizations Directory, provides information about human service agencies and non-profit organizations.

No library card is necessary to use our services. No History Room materials can be checked out, but photocopy machines are available. The staff will answer brief mail and telephone inquiries. We do charge for copying and postage. For questions requiring additional research, we will provide a list of persons who will do research for a fee.

The Local History Fund

The Clarence L. Miller Family Local History Fund was established in memory of Clarence L. Miller, his wife Frances Anna Miller, and their daughters Mary Frances and Katheryn, for the purpose of enhancing interest in historical documents of the county and in aiding in their preservation. Mr. Miller, the second city manager of Kalamazoo, devoted the major portion of his life to service in city and county government. He was a descendant of the Reverend Leonard Slater, pioneer missionary to the Ottawa Indians in this area. Mrs. Miller was a church leader and businesswoman, Mary Frances a university professor, and Katheryn an artist and teacher.

The fund was dedicated in 1987, during the sesquicentennial celebration of Michigan's statehood, by Mary Frances Miller Patton and her husband, Major General John S. Patton.