About the Archive
Libraries in the Suburban Library Cooperative have had a long history of making historical materials available to patrons. For several years, they have wanted to have an online archive to make materials available to patrons 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Once the Suburban Library Cooperative selected Sirsi as its online vendor, we were able to gain access to a product called Portfolio (Digital Assets) that would allow us to reach this goal.
This project began in January 2003 with four libraries: Mount Clemens Public Library, St. Clair Shores Public Library, Sterling Heights Public Library, and the Troy History Museum (which falls under the direction of the Troy Public Library). The archive went online in August 2003. Since that time, three more libraries have begun adding materials to the archive: Fraser Public Library, MacDonald Public Library, and Roseville Public Library. As of January 2005, there are more than 2500 photos, documents, and maps in the archive, with more being added weekly.
The archive is designed to take a regional approach to history. Libraries have listed their own local history materials, but they are also working together to provide collections on regional transportation (railroads, highways, etc.), regional waterways (Clinton River, Lake St. Clair, etc.), and regional military affairs (Selfridge ANG Base, TACOM, Nike Missile sites, etc.).
We are very proud to offer this resource to you!