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Online Research and Databases

Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives

Explore Grand Rapids and west Michigan history with The Grand Rapids Press Collection. This authoritative source for local information includes birth, marriage and death notices, and all photographs and advertising. Browse or search full text from 1893 through the present.

History Reference Center

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

Michigan History Magazine

Published by the Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan History is geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike. Read about the state’s diverse history through feature articles and special sections. Coverage runs from January 1, 1998 through May 1, 2009.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

United Methodist Community House Senior Histories

Oral histories of volunteers, business owners, church members, community leaders and primarily indigenous seniors in Kent County. This project, posted to Biblioboard, resulted from a partnership between Kent District Library and United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids.