To support our mission, the Lakeshore Museum Center (LMC) has an Archives department that maintains a reference and a two-dimensional collection containing items such as programs, broadsheets, diaries, organization and company records, dance cards, and ships logs. The Archives also maintains a large photography, negative and postcard collection, with over 10,000 images, detailing the people, places and events of Muskegon County. The Archivist is available to help residents of Muskegon County with historical research by appointment.
LMC welcomes research inquiries regarding archival collection items. In addition to a diverse collection, the museum also has staff members that can assist in your research request. Although the main use of the archival collection supports the Museum's mission of preserving and interpreting Muskegon's history, researchers are welcome to use the facility as well.
Types of research requests include:
- Photographs, tax records, plat maps and various directories help homeowners establish when their house was constructed and the owners at the time it was built.
- Records of businesses and organizations trace the individuals that operated them, the products they produced and the location of their operations.
- Family Research.
- Over 10,000 photographs also detail the events and people of Muskegon County and are a great tool for research.
- Aerial views and plat maps assist environmentalists in determining the historical use and changes made to designated properties.
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