The following are indexes to various materials located throughout the Local History department.
African American Newspaper Clippings - An index of newspaper articles covering a time period from 1830 to 1935. These articles come from various Michigan newspapers, and document the history of African Americans in the West Michigan area. These articles were compiled by Carl Bajema, a volunteer to the library, and indexed by the staff of the Grand Rapids Public Library's Local History and Special Collections department.
Arab American/Syrian clipping index - An index to articles in the Grand Rapids Press and Grand Rapids Herald relating to Arab Americans/Syrians in Grand Rapids. Created as part of archival Collection 353.
Civil War Index - An index to Civil War-related articles in local newspapers (updated December 2011).
The Detroit News Index - An index to The Detroit News offered through the Archives of Michigan.
Grand Rapids Enquirer Index - The Grand Rapids Enquirer was a weekly newspaper that began in May 1841 and continued until it became The Daily Enquirer in 1855. This ongoing index offers a glimpse into early Grand Rapids history (updated December 2015).
Early Grand Rapids Press Index (1893-1922) - An historical archive of the Grand Rapids Press available through NewsBank. Access to the full text articles are available at a fee, however, the search feature provides a helpful index for locating articles on microfilm in the Local History Department.
Grand Rapids Press Index (1982-2005) - This index, compiled by the staff of the Grand Rapids Public Library's Local History and Special Collections department, indexes the publication the Grand Rapids Press. Articles are indexed by subject, name or keyword.
Grand Rapids Herald digitized (1894-1916) - The Grand Rapids Herald 1894-1916 digital collection represents one of the city's primary source of news during the 19th century. The digitized version of the paper comes from the master films of the Grand Rapids Public Library. These master films were created in the 1940s and have been with the library ever since. If someone wishes to view the film they are located on the 4th Floor of the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Grandville Avenue Record (1911-1918) - An index to local topics covered by the Grandville Avenue Record from 1911-1918 (these are kept on microfilm).
Lowell Ledger - Browse or search KDL's digital archive of The Lowell Ledger from 1870–2013.
Lyden's File Index - Compiled by the research of local historian and newspaper editor Z.Z. Lydens. This research went on to form the basis for the book The Story of Grand Rapids. This index covers Historical topics on Grand Rapids for a majority of the 20th century.
Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal - Links to digitized newspapers from across Michigan, listed by county.
The Morning Press (1890-1892) - Digital copy of The Morning Press from September 1890 to December 1892, available courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Only available at the main library
The Semi-Weekly Press (1858-1859) - Digital copy of the Semi-Weekly Press from September 1858 to May 1849, available courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Only available at the main library
Urban Renewal Index - An index to Downtown Press clippings, September 1946 to March 1975.
Western Michigan Newspapers - An index to the Death Notices and Obituaries published in the Grand Rapids Press and Grand Rapids Herald from 1910 to today. It includes the listings of Engagements, Weddings and Anniversaries from the Saturday papers from today, going back in time to 1970.
Women's History Clippings - An index of newspapers articles covering a time period from the 1840s to the early 1930s. These articles come from various Michigan newspapers, and document the history of Women in the West Michigan area. These articles were compiled by Carl Bajema, a volunteer to the library, and indexed by the staff of the Grand Rapids Public Library's Local History and Special Collections department.
Furniture and Business Periodical Index Search (1883-1949) - An index of Furniture Manufacturer / Artisan, Grand Rapids Furniture Record, Michigan Artisan, and Michigan Tradesman (Also available are PDF versions of Furniture Manufacturer and Artisan index and Furniture Record index).
Grand Rapids Magazine Index (1964-1996) - Covers the years from 1964-1996. This index specifically indexes the publication the Grand Rapids Magazine. Articles for this publication center on any newsworthy events in the Greater Grand Rapids area.
Peninsular Club Magazine Index - An index to the Peninsular Club News and Magazine ranging from 1934-1971. Issues dating back to 1952 can be found on the shelves under historical periodicals, while earlier issues are kept in the archives under the Peninsular Club Collection (Coll. 366).
PERSI - The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) is a wide-ranging index to historical and genealogical periodicals that allows you to search by people, places, and periodicals by title. Access to PERSI from outside of the library requires your library card number.
- Local History & Genealogy -- A list of magazines located on the Fourth Floor.
- To search all of our current subscriptions and older retention, use the Periodical Retention List.
Bajema Clippings Subject Index - Cabinets in the GRHSC department containing folders of newspaper clippings in chronological order by topic.
Biography and Portrait File - Cabinets containing hundreds of files on the area's most notable men and women.
Grand Rapids City Cemeteries Index - Search for individuals buried in the cemeteries of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Homes and Architects - The GRHSC Architectural Database contains information on over 2800 properties in the metropolitan area. It spans the years 1907 to 1942 and includes a wide variety of residential, commercial and institutional locations. This information has been compiled and indexed by the staff of the Grand Rapids Public Library's Local History and Special Collections department.
Pamphlet & Article Files - Cabinets in the GRHSC containing a wealth of information on hundreds of local subjects.
Photograph index - people - A name index to photographs in our archival collections.
Photograph index - subjects - A subject index to photographs in our archival collections.
Robinson Studio Collection Index - A partial index to the large photographic collection of the Robinson Photographic Studio (Coll. 125).
St. Mary's cemetery records at Mt. Calvary Cemetery index - An A to Z index for the cemetery records of St. Mary's for Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Women's Defense Unit Index An index to the Women's Committee of the Council on National Defense, Grand Rapids Unit Records (Coll. 174) that consists of a large group of note cards containing data about women who registered for home front service during World War I.
City Plat Map Index - An index to the plat maps in Collection 240.
Master Map Index - A master index to the maps held in the archives, including Collection 240 and others.