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Digital Resources

Bloomfield Hills

Bloomfield Hills, settled in 1819 by Amasa Bagley, was known as Bagley’s Corners and Bloomfield Center until the present name was adopted in the 1890s.

Bloomfield Blossoms

Bloomfield Blossoms – Glimpses into the history of Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills, MI. by Kay Smith.

Bloomfield Historical Society

Check out the resources of the Bloomfield Historical Society

Digital Detroit

The Detroit Historical Society has a number of pictures of Detroit from the 1960s and 1970s.

Library of Congress Sanborn Map Collection


The State of Michigan, through the Michigan Electronic Library, has wonderful digital resources to explore about local history and genealogy.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases

Check out this resource containing digitized County sources from before 1924.

Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal

Access to either digitized versions of newspapers or links to digitized newspapers made available from a variety of sources.  Among these links are papers held by the Clarke Historical Library and also Michigan newspapers found in Chronicling America, a database maintained by the Library of Congress.

Michigan in the Civil War

Check out this website for more information on Michigan’s participation in Civil War history.

Oakland County Historical Resources

Oakland County Historical Resources, a full-text, searchable database

Unknown No Longer

Unknown No Longer, originally published by the Virginia Historical Society and now available through the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Untold: African American Narrative, provides users with various resources for researching African American history in Virginia.

Buildings of Historical Interest

Buildings of Historical Interest

Affleck House (or Gregor S. and Elizabeth B. Affleck House)

925 Bloomfield Woods, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan  48302. Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering. Architect, builder, or engineer: Wright, Frank LLoyd. Architectural Style: Other.

National Register of Historical Places

Detroit Area Art Deco Society

Bagley Inn

101 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. The Inn’s history pre-dates the Civil War – when Michigan was a territory, Andrew Jackson was President, and Woodward Avenue was an Indian passage called the “Saginaw Trail.”

Century Houses

This material was prepared by members of the Bloomfield Historical Society (BHS) to document the status of historic houses in Bloomfield Township as it existed in 2006.

History Next Door

Woodcrest Lakes Residential Association

Library Resources

Genealogy Databases and Websites

Click here to access the library’s genealogy and website resources.


Yearbooks are kept in the closed stacks in the Local History Room.  You may make an appointment with the Adult Services staff to view them.  You can call us at 248-642-5800 ext. #171.

Academy of the Sacred Heart. 1977-1980

Newspapers & Magazines

The Afterglow- January 1927 Edition

The Afterglow – The Afterglow magazine was published in the years 1925, 1926, and 1927.  It primarily covered the Bloomfield and Birmingham areas on such topics as country homes and estates, society, book reviews, and local sports.

Birmingham Bloomfield Eagle – The Bloomfield Township Public Library has copies of this paper from January 21, 2004 until the present in our Local History Collection. You may make an  appointment with an Adult Services librarian. Please call 248-642-5800, ext. # 171.

Eccentric -Browsable Digitized edition of the Bloomfield-Birmingham Eccentric Newspaper from 1882 to 1963.

Genealogy Programs

Interested in genealogy?  You might want to attend the programs of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research or the Oakland County Genealogical Society.