Scope and ContentDivisions represented in this collection include the Bureau of Elections, Bureau of History, Executive Office, and Office of the Great Seal.
AgencyMichigan Department of State
Type of Resource
System of arrangementRecords are organized by division. Individual files can be found at the Record Group level.
Technical Access Note
Fathers Given Name
Fathers Family Name
Mothers Given Name
Mothers Family Name
Location of OriginalsArchives of Michigan
Use RestrictionsPlease contact the Archives of Michigan for permission to publish.
Access RestrictionsTo preserve the original items, this collection is only available online.
Biography or Historical NoteThe office of the Secretary of State was established in the 1835 Michigan Constitution. It called for the Secretary of State to be appointed by the governor to two-year terms. The Constitution of 1850 changed the Secretary of State from an appointed office to an elected office. The 1963 Michigan Constitution changed the term for Secretary of State from two to four years and established the Department of State as a major executive department.