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Local History Room

The Buchanan District Library’s Local History Room endeavors to preserve, maintain and make accessible resources for the study of the history of the Buchanan area.

Our holdings include governmental and organizational records, personal manuscript collections, and a variety of books, newspapers, maps, photographs, artifacts, clippings, ephemera, and vertical files.

Visitors can use the LHR finding aids and request to see materials any time the Library is open.  Research questions, however, typically require special assistance and guidance.  The Volunteer Archivist is usually available in the LHR on Thursdays 5:45 - 8 pm and Saturdays 11 am - 2 pm -- but it would be prudent to email and make sure the Archivist will be in before planning a special trip. For assistance or to schedule an appointment please send an email to buchanan.library.archivist@gmail.com.

We invite you not only to make use of our resources, but also to consider donating your personal and family letters, emails, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera to help build our collections. Please help us preserve our community’s history!


The Preliminary Inventory of Holdings is a list of our collections and details about what is in them. The levels of description vary considerably but will, over time, be expanded so that eventually information about every folder and every volume will be found in either this summary document or in one of the finding aids that follow. Check back periodically for updates.

The library has started digitizing our historical newspaper collection and making it available online. Click here to view uploaded  issues of the Berrien County Record. The Berrien County Record for the years 1869-1935 are already available on three of the library's public computers.


Summary descriptions and inventories of the contents of each collection. Finding aids help researchers understand collections and get an idea of what can be found there.

The 30 Club Records, 1897-2015

Boyce Maternity Home Records

Buchanan College Club Records

General Collection: Newspapers

Redding-Hamilton Civil War Letters Collection, 1855, 1863-1865

Swartz Family Textbook Collection

Wallquist's "Old Photos from the Local Area" Digital Album

Newspaper Indexes and Guides

Click here for an index to select Buchanan-related content in the Berrien County Record, 1869-1882, with an emphasis on business, industry, infrastructure, homes, schools, and churches but excluding personal (genealogical) articles. A card catalog available in the Library provides an index of births, deaths, weddings and real estate transfers reported in the Berrien County Record for 1870-1883, 1895-1907, 1933-1935, and scattered years in between.

Local history researcher Robert D. Brown has written a guide to The Connector, 1997-2000, which includes a list of articles that relate to local history. It is available here.