An expansive bibliography of
published articles on Upper Peninsula history and culture is now available on
the Center for U.P. Studies website. Portals to the Past is a searchable
resource that covers diverse topics ranging from agriculture to mining to World
Magnaghi (History) had published the original bibliography in the late 1970s for his
“History of the Upper Peninsula” course syllabus and partially revised it two
decades later. Recognizing a major re-work was in order, he spent his fall 2010
sabbatical on the project. Magnaghi used the major libraries and archives of the
region to compile a list of printed material that could serve as primary or
secondary sources. Each entry includes the author’s name, book/article title and the publisher/publication.
“I set limits on what I included and avoided general titles and highly specific articles that did not provide a historical overview or connection with the Upper Peninsula,” wrote Magnaghi in the introduction. “The major result of this project is to allow students of Upper Peninsula heritage, history and other disciplines to have access to what has been written and published in the past.
“This will allow researchers to avoid topics that have been developed and published, or to realize that articles are dated and a new project can be profitably developed. It will also aid researchers with backup material for a project that they might be interested in pursuing. This bibliography has also kept college students and their instructors in mind so that both of these groups will be able to assess what has been done and what new directions they can pursue.”
To view Portals to the Past: A Bibliographical and Resource Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, click here.