The Friends of the Library are now taking donations for their annual book sale! Books can be dropped off at the library.


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We are currently adding our Finding Aids to our online database to make them more searchable. What is a Finding Aid? A Finding Aid is a document created to describe an archival collection. These documents describe the history of the collection and the arrangement of material to help the researcher navigate the contents of the collection. Think of it as a Google search of our papers, photographs, business records, and family collections.



Discover an extensive range of digitized materials encompassing over 4,500 items exhibiting the diversity of content housed within the George R. and Edith Angell Cook Special Collections Department. The Digitial Collections include photographs, text, and oral histories, all of which align with the department’s mission. Our digital archives are continually expanding to present the rich history of our Michigan region.


City Directories- digitally available directories from 1884 to 1920. 1924 to present are located in the Alpena History Room.
Geography & Maps- view a selection of local maps and regional surveys ranging from 1880 to 1970s

Regional Newspapers

Digitally Available:

Microfilm Available in Alpena History Room

  • Alpena County, Mich

    • Alpena Argus – 1893–1909
    • Alpena Argus Pioneer – 1909–1917
    • Alpena Frolic – 1875–1880
    • Alpena Weekly Argus – 1871–1893
    • Labor Journal – 1887–1892
    • Michigan Labor Journal – 1884–1887
    • The Alpena News – 1914–Current
    • The Alpena Pioneer – 1890
    • The Evening Echo – 1890
  • Montmorency County, Mich

    • Lewiston Journal – April 28, 1898
    • Montmorency County Tribune (Atlanta, MI) – 1914–1994
  • Cheboygan County, Mich

    • Cheboygan Tribune – 1886–1887
  • Presque Isle County, Mich

    • Onaway Outlook – 1900–1960
    • Onaway Interlake – 1902–1905

Michigan History

Regional History

Indigenous History and Genealogy

Click this link to learn more about the long history of indigenous use and settlement of the area and reach out to our staff!