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Looking for primary sources to use in the classroom, but don’t have the time to do a deep dive into Michiganology? Education staff Archives of Michigan did the hard work for you. We prepared standards based, curated sets of primary sources for an array of topics for you to use in the classroom.

Michigan Birds Eye Maps


Help students explore their community from the past. Birdseye maps show businesses, industries, and lanscapes.

A section of an illustrated map of Jonesville. The city is shown from a birds eye perspective. There a roads, buildings, and a train on the map.

Indigenous Lithographs


Hundreds of Indigenous delegates attended treaty negotiations in the 19th century. Students can compare and contrast the many people who attended treaty negotiations

Woman sitting in chair

War Letters


What did soldiers write home about? Have a look in these letters home.

Photograph shows three soldiers sitting on the ground with bedding, blankets, and rifles. One soldier is writing a letter and smoking, another looks toward the camera while behind them the other soldier is sleeping. Several white bell tents are in the background.

Michigan Experiences in the Civil War


Michigan contributed to the Civil War in significant ways. Students can see images and read about a few of the individuals who volunteered with Michigan troops.

Young boy in military uniform with drum

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