Michigan History: Documents & Collections of Records

The documents below were important milestones in the history of Michigan. See the right column for more info about this website.

Historic Documents

“An Act to Divide the Indiana Territory into Two Separate Governments”

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In an Act approved on January 11, 1805, Congress detached Wayne County from Indiana Territory and made it into the Michigan Territory.

Northern Boundary of Ohio, and Admission of Michigan into the Union

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U.S. Congressional Act, March 2, 1836.

Constitution of the State of Michigan 1835

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Michigan History: Documents & Collections

Constitution of Michigan of 1835

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Constitution of the State of Michigan 1850

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“Land Grant from the Ottawa and Chippewa Nations May 15, 1786”

Michigan Historical Collections Vol. 24 (1894): pp 27-29

Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission
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Ottawas and Chippewas ceded land from the Detroit River to the Canard River, including Bois Blanc Island. Includes the pictographs or totems of five chiefs.

Michigan History: Documents & Collections


The Polar Bear Expedition …

Ann Arbor: Michigan Historical Collections, University of Michigan 1988
Coombs, Leonard A., comp.Go to Book

(title continued) ” … American Intervention in Northern Russia, 1918-1919; A Guide to the Resources in the Michigan Historical Collections”

In late 1918 about 5,000 troops from units of the U.S. Army’s 85th Division, which was composed largely of men from Michigan and Wisconsin, were shipped from England to Archangel, Russia. There they joined an international force commanded by the British that were fighting the Bolsheviks, who had taken power in Moscow and St. Petersburg the previous winter. For many years the Michigan Historical Collections actively collected the personal papers of officers and enlisted men who participated in that intervention. This is a guide to papers, photos, maps and printed materials in the collection.

Michigan Primary Source Set

Library of Congress TPS-Barat
Library of CongressGo to Collection

Digitized primary sources that includes images, maps, sheet music, books and articles, newspapers, more. TPS-Barat: The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program works with an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries, and foundations. The mission of the Primary Source Nexus is to serve as an online community support resource for the TPS-Barat program.

Guide to Manuscripts in the Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan 1976
Powers, Thomas E. and McNitt, WilliamGo to Book

This is a guide to the University of Michigan’s collection of records, papers and printed materials related to the University of Michigan and to the history of the State of Michigan. As of the date of this guide, that collection included 20 million manuscript items, 30,000 printed items, and 200,000 photographs.

The Territorial Papers of the United States

Washington: National Archives 1934 – 1975
Carter, Clarence Edwin and Bloom, John Porter, eds.Go to Book

Volumes for the Great Lakes region are:

Vol 1. General
Vol 2. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803
Vol 3. The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, 1787-1803 continued
Vol 7. The Territory of Indiana 1800-1810
Vol 8. The Territory of Indiana 1810-1816
Vol 10. The Territory of Michigan 1805-1820
Vol 11. The Territory of Michigan 1820-1829
Vol 12. The Territory of Michigan 1829-1837
Vol 16. The Territory of Illinois 1809-1814
Vol 17. The Territory of Illinois 1814-1818
Vol 27. The Territory of Wisconsin, Executive Journal, 1836-1848; Papers, 1836-1839
Vol 28. The Territory of Wisconsin 1839-1848

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