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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Local History Collection

With so many wonderful items in the library’s local history collection it is very difficult to make everything as obvious on the website as we would like, but the information you need is right there if you know where to look. Links to details about our books, magazines, newspapers, microfilm, and files can all be found on the Local History Collection page (links from the navigation on the right side of each local history page)....

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