Welcome to Traverse Area District Library Local History Collection Online Database

This collection was formerly curated by the Traverse Area Historical Society, and was acquired by TADL in 2016.

Traverse Area District Library Local History Collection includes over 28000 images, 4000 manuscripts, and a number of artifacts, maps, and ephemera. The Collection is housed in the Woodmere Branch, and resides in closed stacks for security purposes. A Reference Staff member will be available to assist in retrieving the items you require, at the 2nd Floor Reference Desk.

To make the most of your research time and ensure we have the staff on hand available to assist you, we request advance notice. The Online Database you are currently viewing can assist you with beginning your research. Look for the Object ID Number or the Catalog Number. These two unique identifiers can be provided to staff prior to your arrival, so we can have the items pulled and ready for you. Please contact us with further questions, or to advise us on your visit:

Adult Services
Traverse Area District Library
610 Woodmere Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686
231-932-8502
ask@tadl.org

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.