Historical Collections

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The Michigan Room in the Charlevoix Public Library
serves patrons who are interested in material of literary, cultural, scientific, and historical significance to northern Michigan. We have:

Rare and out-of-print books relevant to this area of Northern Michigan

Yearbooks from Charlevoix High School and Northwest Academy

Great Lakes nautical charts

Local Charlevoix newspapers from their inception on microfilm:
Charlevoix Centinal 1869-1934
Charlevoix Journal 1883-1890
Charlevoix Courier 1908-2016

Local interest clippings file

1901 plat map

Original blueprints of the 1927 school that was later turned into this library:

Lower Level
Main Level
Upper Level


We also have collections of information on local Charlevoix icons:

EARL A. YOUNG: 1889 - 1975
Earl Young, an artist and builder in Charlevoix, Michigan, designed dozens of unique structures, using native stone. These buildings annually draw many visitors to the community.

Included are interviews with local veterans, community activists, summer residents and business owners, videographed in 2007 by Pierpont Productions.  This collection is available online or the DVD's can be checked out at the library. 

JIM ANNIS: 1923 - 2010
Jim Annis, artist, painted numerous scenes of Charlevoix, Michigan, as well as game fish and ducks, earning several awards. His nostalgic works of theatres, ballparks and depots are known world wide. 

ROBERT C. MILES: 1902 - 1986 
Bob Miles, photographer and historian, gave Charlevoix Michigan the irreplaceable gift of photos of its people and events. This legacy is carried on by the collaboration of the Library and the Charlevoix Historical Society. 


In 1958 longtime resident artist Rosa Nettleton died at age 89. A native of London, England, she came to Canada as a young woman and to Charlevoix in 1891. Her artistic works included oil paintings of early Charlevoix harbor scenes, beautifully costumed Victorian women, still lifes and portraits.

She also wrote poetry. In the 1920s and '30s she gathered a group of local women to meet as the Tuesday Study Club to discuss current topics and to prepare programs. Their presentation of the history of costumes, dressed in period pieces, was legendary.

She handcrafted and painted over 100 wooden figures depicting the history of fashion. These little statues were on display at the library for 27 years and were transferred to the Charlevoix Historical Society in 2000. 

Civil War Historians, Re-enactors, Enthusiasts!
The Charlevoix Public Library houses the complete collection of the War of Rebellion Official Records of the Union & Confederate Armies. 
This collection includes:

53 volumes in Series I – the official records
7 volumes in Series II – prisoners of war
 5 volumes in Series III – Union correspondence
3 volumes in Series IV – Confederate correspondence; plus an index

In addition, we have 8 volumes of the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, including index and supplement. 
Plan a trip to Charlevoix to take advantage of doing primary research using this wonderful collection of Civil War documents.