MSU Libraries publish guide to state government documents

03/20/2014 9:47 am

The Michigan State University Libraries have published Michigan State Government Documents: A Researcher’s Guide to Indexes, Finding Aids, and Reference Tools.

Librarians, archivists, and scholars now have a convenient, comprehensive resource to identify more than 550 access tools for Michigan documents, both print and electronic, dating back to the first territorial government in 1805. Customers may purchase a printed copy or use the book online for free. Especially valuable is the inclusion of indexes which are themselves unpublished, existing only as typescripts or cardfiles in a single location. With this guide in hand, researchers of Michigan and Great Lakes history, and the librarians and archivists assisting them, are likely to discover many sources previously unknown to them.

 The author is LeRoy G. Barnett, a longtime scholar of Michigan history. He also served for many years as a reference specialist at the Archives of Michigan. The publication may be purchased online at ($13.00) or may be downloaded at no cost as a pdf from MSU Libraries:

For more information, contact Ruth Ann Jones, Michigan State University Libraries: 517-884-0910, Website: