Department Resources

Northern Michigan University

  • Lydia Olson Library
    • Holocaust Collection
      The Holocaust Collection of the Lydia M. Olson Library consists of books, journals, audio-visual materials and documents relating to the Holocaust.
  • NMU Archives
    The Archives serves as the final repository for the historical records of Northern Michigan University and the five-county region of the central Upper Peninsula.

Marquette Area

  • Fayette Historic Townsite
    Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations, growing up around two blast furnaces, a large dock and several charcoal kilns aftern the Civil War. Nearly five hundred residents-many immigrating from Canada, the British Isles and northern Europe-lived in or near the town that existed to make pig iron. As the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. Attractions include a visitor center, exhibits, a twenty-six-station walking tour and a scale model of the original townsite.
  • Bishop Baraga Association and Diocesan Archives
    The archival collection contains nearly 2000 letters of Frederic Baraga's correspondence and several artifacts which belonged to our first Bishop. Also Office of Indian Affairs Records including maps and treaties, French Fur Company Papers, Henry R. Schoolcraft papers, Mackinac Agency, Chief Blackbird and numerous records.
  • Marquette County Historical Society
    The Longyear Library is a private library open to the public. A fee of $2.00 is assessed per research project for NMU students to access the materials and work one-on-one with librarians. The collection specializes in local history, and also contains material covering the entire Great Lakes region. Library materials include, but are not limited to:
    • ore docks
    • Presque Isle Park
    • iron ore discovery
    • shipwrecks
    • Marquette Branch Prison
    • education in Marquette County
    • historic buildings
    • ethnic groups
    • maps & photographs
  • US National Ski Hall of Fame
    Along with housing the Hall of Fame and Museum, the building includes a theater, library, gift shop, offices and plenty of storage space for archive material and collections.
  • Copper Harbor Lighthouse
    Since 1849, twelve years before the Civil War, the Copper Harbor Light Station has marked the entrance to one of Michigan's northernmost harbors. Today, interactive exhibits, period rooms and interpretive trails tell of the dangers of Lake Superior shipping and the duties and homelife of lightkeepers' and their families.

Additional Resources

  • Michigan Department of State's Michigan Historical Center
    The Center is the offical state agency for historical programs and activities that are the responsibility of the State of Michigan. The purpose of the Center is to preserve, protect, chronicle, interpret and present the history of Michigan to its people. The Center offers services and education to the public through five sections: museums, archaeology, archives, publications, and historic preservation.
  • Michigan Iron Industry Museum
    Museum exhibits, audiovisual programs and outdoor interpretive paths depict the Michigan iron industry that flourished for 125 years and still produces nearly one-quarter of the iron ore mined in the United States.
  • Archives of Michigan
    Records in the State Archives are particularly useful for tracing genealogy, legislative history/intent, land surveys, military service, and governmental policy on mental health, public health, education, labor, welfare and corrections.