Newspapers and Indexes

Tools to find the information you need

Information Files

Biography and Portrait Files
Hundreds of files on West Michigan people.

Subject Files
A wealth of information on hundreds of local subjects.

Grand Rapids Homes and Architects
Index to articles and ephemera from over 2,800 houses and buildings

Carl Bajema Subject Index
Newspaper articles covering various topics from the 19th and 20th centuries, compiled by Carl Bajema.

Photograph Indexes*

Photograph index – people
A name index to photographs.

Photograph index – subjects
A subject index to photographs.

Robinson Studio Herald photos
Index to Robinson photos taken for the Grand Rapids Herald.

*Additional photographs can be located through our finding aids.

Map Indexes

City Plat Map Index
An index to the plat maps in Collection 240.

Master Map Index 
Maps held in the archives, including Collection 240.

Library of Michigan Digital Resources

Library of Michigan cardholders now have access to a large collection of digital resources, including the digitized Grand Rapids Press. The card is free for all Michigan residents. Learn more about the Library of Michigan’s databases or apply for your card today!

Digitized Newspapers

Grand Rapids Herald digitized (1894-1916)
Full microfilm copies of the publication are also available for viewing.

Grand Rapids Labor Newspaper Collection (1955-2015)
Search or browse our digitized collection of local labor newspapers.

The Morning Press (September 1890- December 1892)
Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Only available at the Main Library.

The Semi-Weekly Press (September 1858 – May 1859)
Available courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Only available at the Main Library

Indexes to Grand Rapids Newspapers and Magazines

Name Date Range Description
African American Bajema clippings 1830-1935 Newspaper clippings relating to African Americans in West Michigan
Women’s history Bajema clippings 1840s-1930s Newspaper clippings relating to women in West Michigan
Grand Rapids Enquirer index 1841-1844 Weekly newspaper beginning May 1841; became The Daily Enquirer in 1855
Civil War Index 1858-1943 Index to Civil War-related articles in local newspapers
Furniture and Business Periodical index 1883-1949 Indexes the Michigan Tradesman, Furniture Manufacturer/Artisan, Grand Rapids Furniture Record and Michigan Artisan
Lyden’s File Index 1880s-1956 Selected articles from local newspapers, mostly the Grand Rapids Press.
Arab American/Syrian clipping index 1905-1951 Articles relating to the Arab American/Syrian community in Grand Rapids
Grandville Avenue Record 1911-1918 Neighborhood newspaper
Peninsular Club Magazine index 1934-1971 Monthly magazine for members of the Peninsular Club
Urban Renewal index 1946-1975 Articles relating to development in downtown Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Magazine index 1964-1996 Articles center on newsworthy events in the Greater Grand Rapids area
Grand Rapids Press index 1982-2005 Select indexing of keywords, topics, and names

Web Resources

The Detroit News Index
Offered through the Archives of Michigan.

Digital Public Library of America
Search primary resources from across the country

Lowell Ledger
Browse or search KDL’s digital archive of The Lowell Ledger from 1870–2013.

The Michigan Tradesman
A weekly newspaper covering business news in Grand Rapids and beyond from 1883–1906 (provided by the Michigan State University Libraries).

Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal
Links to digitized newspapers from across Michigan.

Michigan Business Entity Search 
Search for records of companies registered to do business in the State of Michigan.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases 
Search over 400 digitized volumes, all published before 1923.

WMGS Databases
Thousands of local records including obituaries, marriages, funeral records, and more.