Historical Research Resources

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This page has been set up to document resources we've found useful for historical research.

Polk's Directories at the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Lbrary
Early research using the Sanborn Maps at the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Pubic Library


Burton Historical Collection at Detroit Public Library

  • Polk City Directories (research by address or name)
  • Sanborn Maps (tax maps of the area)
  • Historical City Atlases
  • Address Change Directory (behind librarian's desk) Required for looking up addresses prior to 1920 change.
  • Archived newspapers (online at Burton - some accessible on microfiche, some digitized online)
  • Reading Room File

Online Information

Old photo achives:

Other Resources:

See Also