Local History

The Library has a special collection of books and other printed material focused on Michigan history, with a special emphasis on local authors and works about the Saugatuck-Douglas area. Most of the collection is searchable in our Library Catalog or feel free to come in and browse our shelves. Many of the items circulate, but for preservation purposes, some are reserved for in-library-use only.

Saugatuck-Douglas History Center
Our local history center provides professional staff, informative programs, exhibits, and digital resources.

Commercial Record Online
You can browse our scanned collection by year from 1868 to 1977, or conduct a search for specific names, places or other details.

History of the Library
A brief history of our building.
Allegan County Historical Society and Old Jail Museum
Visit this museum and history center to take advantage of the collections and exhibits.

Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal
Hosted by the Clarke Historical Library on the campus of Central Michigan University, this free online tool provides access to a large number of small town newspapers throughout the state.

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