Save Michigan History grant program awards $4,449 to three Michigan libraries and museums.

Aug. 27, 2019

top of a mid-20th century slider viewer box made by Argus Camera of Ann Arbor.The Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board announces the 2019 recipients of the Save Michigan History grant program.

The board awarded $4,449 to three organizations for a variety of projects that will increase availability of historical records around the state.

The Argus Museum in Ann Arbor will digitize and provide online access to photographs, company records, and publications from Argus Camera, Inc., which manufactured cameras and radio equipment in Ann Arbor from 1931-1980.

The St. Clair County Library will digitize and provide online access to a ledger listing residents of the county poor home from 1857-1893.

The Lapeer District Library will enter items in a handwritten inventory of a collection from local author Marguerite de Angeli into a searchable database, making the collection easier for researchers and librarians to use.

“The diverse stories of Michigan are not saved in one museum or archives, but in hundreds of organizations and institutions across the state,” said Mark Harvey, state archivist of Michigan. “There is an expectation that historical records be available, but few people understand the challenges in finding funding to preserve and provide public access to records.”

A man looks at a historical photograph in an archival folder.The Save Michigan History grant program, a partnership between the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, awards smaller Michigan historical organizations and institutions with funding to preserve archival records. Eligible applicants can receive up to $2,000 to preserve records and make them available to the public.

The Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board, appointed by the governor, serves as a central advisory body for historical records planning and for National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded projects in the state.

The board works in conjunction with the Archives of Michigan to facilitate cooperation and communication among historical records repositories and information agencies within the state.

For more information about the Save Michigan History grant program, visit the Save Michigan History website or contact the Archives of Michigan at Archives@Michigan.gov or 517-335-2576.