Michigan/Ypsilanti Heritage Room
The Michigan/Ypsilanti Heritage Room is located on the second floor of YDL-Whittaker, near the Reference Desk, and is open whenever the library is open. The collection consists of books, maps, photographs, documents, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings related to the history of the State of Michigan and the Ypsilanti area. Some of the books and photographs have been in the library since the Ypsilanti Ladies Library on North Huron Street was founded in 1868. The collection includes microfilm reels of the many versions of the local Ypsilanti newspapers from 1864 to the present, a microfilm reader/printer and a computer with access to all the library’s databases (including Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest), Microsoft Office software, and the Internet. New materials are added to the collection both by purchase and from donations.
All the material in the Michigan/Ypsilanti Heritage Room must be used in the library only, but may be photocopied in black and white or in color on public photocopiers in the library. The room has a study table, two wing-back reading chairs, three glass cases to show changing displays of local residents’ collections related to Ypsilanti or Michigan, and a beautiful view of the woods behind the library through ceiling to floor windows. The room also has a small collection of oral histories on cassette tape; a tape player and headphones may be borrowed from the Reference Desk staff.
Eastern Michigan University's Historic Preservation Program has created a web site about the South Adams Street neighborhood. Click here to access the site http://southadamstreet1900.wordpress.com/
The library is an active partner in the Veterans' History Project started by the Library of Congress. Copies on DVD of interviews with local veterans are fully cataloged and available to watch in the Michigan/Ypsilanti Room. Search 'veterans history project' in our catalog by General Keyword to bring up a list of the currently available interviews; this number is always increasing as new interviews are completed. The Ypsilanti Rotary Club recruits and trains volunteers to interview local residents, sends a copy of each interview to the Library of Congress archived collection, transfers the interviews to DVDs and then gives the DVDs, along with photos, letters, diaries and other memorabilia donated by the veterans, to the Ypsilanti District Library. The Rotary Club also donated a DVD player to the Michigan/Ypsilanti Room so the DVDs may be watched and listened to in the library. You may also go to the SE Michigan Veterans' History Project page or to the Internet Archive page to listen to the interviews online.
Ypsilanti Gleanings, the newsletter of the Ypsilanti Historical Society, may be browsed and searched online by clicking here.
YDL Staff are not able to send out obituaries, and we do not maintain an active obituary file. For local sources with obituary files, please check our local links page.
Click here to see MeL Michigana, the state's Michigan history page.