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 “Gazette,” “Telegraph” & more

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Working at the local history desk I am often reminded how wonderful it is to have a large local school yearbook collection. They are certainly among the most popular items in the history room – and is it any wonder? Who doesn’t enjoy looking at their old yearbooks? But the funny thing is, it doesn’t have to be your own yearbook to get enjoyment from it. Any yearbook from the time period you were in school has the ability to transport you back to that time, even if you don’t know any of the people in it. Hair, clothing, sports uniforms, furniture, and even fonts and graphics look familiar....

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