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Archives and Collections

Monroe County Museums - Local History Division

2022 Museum Archives Hours

PLEASE NOTE as of January, 2022: The Archives and Collections room is limited to researchers by appointment only (see below). Emails and phone calls will be answered as soon as possible by staff, and obituary requests continue to be processed with payment. Thank you for your patience and support.

About the Local History Division
Located on the second floor of the museum, the Collections Division is responsible for the access, care and storage of the museum's documents and objects. The Collections Division also operates the museum's Research Room. The Research Room houses over 1,000 linear feet of over 7,000 archival and manuscript materials including maps, family papers, documents, over 33,900 photographs, and genealogy relating to Monroe County. Individual artifacts number over 29,000 in the Collection. Hundreds of students and researchers visit and use the Archives each year.  Genealogists will find vital record transcriptions, obituaries, genealogies, cemetery indexes and other items on Monroe County's people. Copying, professional research and other services are available for a fee.

Archives Research or Collections Artifact Donation

To schedule an appointment to use the Archives for a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, please call the Historian at 734.240.7784 or Registar at 734.240.7793. Space is limited to one visitor per appointment; appointments are also possible for first and third Saturdays. Please do not walk in at this time, thank you.

To make an archival or artifact donation to the Monroe County Museum, please contact the Registrar at 734.240.7793. Please wait for our contact and instructions before bringing your possible donation to the museum. We'd like to see photographs first by email if possible. Please do not anonymously drop off any item- we thank you.

Obituary Search
This site is maintained by the Local History Division of the Monroe County Museum System.  It is a "work in progress" as old and new obituaries are added on a weekly basis, and is an index to the obituary file housed at the Monroe County Museum. To use the search click on the link ONLINE SERVICES. (See above notice)

  • This file contains obituary notices dating back to the 1830s are gleaned mostly from Monroe County, Michigan newspapers.  Sometimes the reference is to a memorial card. Obituaries are not always very informative- some may be just a sentence stating someone has died!
  • The Monroe County Museum is not responsible for the accuracy or content of the obituaries nor for human error entering data. 
  • The spelling of some names has changed over the years or the newspaper may misspell them, therefore it is recommended that various spellings be researched. 
  • Although a lot of time has gone into this index and information has been checked and rechecked; death dates and dates of newspapers may also be inaccurate. 
  • Copies of obituaries can be purchased from the Monroe County Museum. Fees are $2.00 each for the first five obituaries and $1.00 each for additional obituary.

To obtain information on an obituary please contact the Local History Specialist by phone at 734.240.7794. Paid, mailed obituary orders with accompanying check on American funds only, made out to the "Monroe County Museum" will be processed first come, first served by staff. Payment is prior to research; local visitors can do their own obituary search during open business hours of the Archives.

2022 Collections Division Fee Schedule
Obituaries: $2 each for first five obituaries; $1 for every additional obituary.
Photocopies: 25 cents per page, black and white; 50 cents per page, color.
Scans - Personal: $15 per image - digital format only.
Scans - Commercial:       $50 per image - digital format only.
Research: $15 per hour + scans, photocopies, and shipping.

Genealogical Society of Monroe County
The GSMC Archives now has limited hours for visitors- see below.

For additional assistance with genealogy, we recommend contacting the Genealogical Society of Monroe County. The GSMC archives are on the second floor of the museum and open on Wednesdays from 11 am to about 3 pm. They close 12-1:00 p.m. for lunch.