Kalamazoo County

Basic Information

County Seat: Kalamazoo

Origin of Name: The name supposedly means "the mirage or reflecting river" and the original Indian name was "Kikalamazoo"

Set Off: Information unavailable

Organized: 1830

Population in 1990: 223,411

Material Available

For many counties the number of items listed is quite long. Navigational buttons are located only at the end of the list. This list of material represents the library's holdings as of July 1997. Be sure to check with us for any additional items we may now have either by contacting the library or by pressing the " Centra-Libraries Catalog" link to the left.

Argus. January 1, 1976-September 25, 1985. (Galesburg).

Balls, Ethel. Living in Kalamazoo. n.p., 1958.

Brown, Ebenezer L. Autobiographical Notes [of His Life in Schoolcraft, Michigan and Travels Through the Southern Part of the State]. Schoolcraft, MI: 1905.

Centennial Celebration at Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 4th, 1876. [Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Publishing Co.], 1876.

Chaney, Elsket B. The Story of Portage. [Onekama, MI: 1960].

Commercial Club, Kalamazoo, MI. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Its Location, Climate, and Water Supply; Its Manufacturing, Commercial and Educational Advantages. n.p., 1909.

Compendium of History and Biography of Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Chicago, IL: A.W. Bowen, 1906.

Comstock Bicentennial Committee. Comstock Bicentennial, 1776-1976. Comstock, MI: Bicentennial Committee, 1976.

Crose, Mary. Prairie Pioneer: The Life and Times of Judge Bazel Harrison. Allegan Forest, MI: Priscilla Press, 1994.

The Daily Gazette. March 28-December 31, 1876; July 24, 1877-December 30, 1900. (Kalamazoo).

Dunbar, Willis F. The First Twenty-Five Years; The Kalamazoo Kiwanis Club, 1917-1942. n.p., 1942.

Dunbar, Willis F. Kalamazoo and How it Grew. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University, 1959.

Engel, Leonard. Medicine Makers of Kalamazoo. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1961.

Fiftieth Anniversary 1924-1974 of Parchment United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo, MI: 1974.

Galesburg Area Centennial, 1869-1969. [n.p., 1969].

Greater Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI: Lily Press, [1904].

Hager, David C. Next Stop Kalamazoo: A History of Railroading in Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Public Museum, [1976].

Hawkins, Mabel H. Glimpses of a 19th Century Village: 1830-1900, Vicksburg, Michigan. Vicksburg, MI: Vicksburg Publications, 1990.

Hendry, Fay L. Outdoor Sculpture in Kalamazoo. Okemos, MI: Iota Press, 1980.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1976.

History of the Kalamazoo Fire Department, Containing Historical Information Carefully Gleaned. . . Kalamazoo, MI: The Association, 1900.

Hodgman, F. Early Days in Climax, Reminiscences by F. Hodgman. n.p., 1905.

Houvener, Helen. How Dear to Our Hearts. n.p., 1976. (Augusta).

Kalamazoo Centennial Program and a Historical Review, 1829-1929. Kalamazoo, MI: Centennial Committee, 1929.

Kalamazoo County Directory with a History of the County from its Earliest Settlement. . . 1869 and 1870. Kalamazoo, MI: Stone Brothers, 1869.

Kalamazoo County. . .Michigan. Livonia, MI: Swenk Publications, 1977.

Kalamazoo Gazette. January 23, 1837-October 13, 1843; May 15, 1846-November 7, 1862; September 23, 1870- March 29, 1878; April 2, 1880-December 31, 1886; January 1-June 15, 1888; July 5, 1889-December 30, 1892; January 4, 1895-December 31, 1897.

Kalamazoo Illustrated. Kalamazoo, MI: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1892.

Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ladies' Library Association. Quarter Centennial Celebration of the Settlement of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo, MI: Gazette Print, 1855.

Kalamazoo, MI: St. Luke's Church. The Story of a Century, 1837-1937. Kalamazoo, MI: St. Luke's Church, 1937.

Kalamazoo Tour Guide: Yesterday, Today. Kalamazoo, MI: Department of Planning, City of Kalamazoo, 1971.

Kedzie, Robert C. The Cholera in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Public Museum, 1961.

Kekic, Nick. A Fine Place for a City: Titus Bronson and the Founding of Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI: Oak Opening Press, 1984.

King, Sam S. The Role of Elites in the Quality of Life in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. Ph.D. Dissertation, Western Michigan University, 1995.

Labadie's Souvenir of Picturesque Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI: E.E. Labadie, 1909.

Lane, Kit. Built on the Banks of the Kalamazoo. Douglas, MI: Pavilion Press, 1993.

Lincoln in Kalamazoo [videorecording]. [Kalamazoo, MI: Tom M. George, 1993].

Lull Carriage Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo Views, 1913. [Kalamazoo, MI: Ihling Brothers], 1913.

McCarthy, Mary B. A Covenant with Stones: Historical Reminiscences on the Fiftieth Anniversary: 1889-1939 of the Foundation of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Michigan. Nazareth, MI: Sisters of St. Joseph, 1939. (Nazareth).

McCowen, Emeline. Potawatomi Indians in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University, [1968].

McKean, Eugene C. Richland, from its Prairie Beginnings. Richland, MI: Richland Community Library, 1981.

McNair, Rush. Medical Memoirs of 50 Years in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI: 1938.

Massie, Larry B. Kalamazoo, the Place Behind the Product: An Illustrated History. Woodland Hills, CA: Windsor Publication, 1981.

Mayer, Elizabeth M. Yes, There were Germans in Kalamazoo: A Short Study of the German Element and its Influence in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1830-1978. Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo County Historical Society, 1979.

Molineaux, Grace. Water Over the Dam, Vicksburg Then and Now. [Vicksburg, MI: Vicksburg Historical Society, 1972].

One Hundredth Anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church, 1849-1949. [Kalamazoo, MI: Centennial Committee, 1949]. (Kalamazoo).

Our Church: It's [sic] History, it's [sic] Structure, it's [sic] Service. First Congregational Church. Kalamazoo, MI: First Congregational Church, 1928.

Parchment: The Paper City. [Parchment, MI:] 1976.

Peters, Bernard C. Early American Impressions and Evaluations of the Landscape of Inner Michigan with Emphasis on Kalamazoo County. Ph.D. Thesis, Michigan State University, 1970.

Picturesque Kalamazoo. Chicago, IL: J.P. Craig, [1890].

Portrait and Biographical Album of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren Counties, Michigan. . . Chicago, IL: Chapman Brothers, 1892.

Potts, Grace J. Kalamazoo Long Ago. [n.p., n.d.].

Potts, Grace J. Portage and its Past. Portage, MI: Portage Public Schools, [1976].

Potts, Grace J. Women with a Vision. Kalamazoo, MI: Ladies' Library Association, 1979.

Quarter Centennial Celebration of the Settlement of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Published by the order of the Board of Directors of the Ladies' Library Association. Kalamazoo, MI: Gazette Print, 1855.

Rowe, Ford F., comp. Kalamazoo, 1823 to 1939. [Kalamazoo, MI: Ford F. Rowe, 1939].

Rowe, Ford F. Kalamazoo, the Debt-Free City:. . .the Reason Why. [Kalamazoo, MI:] Ford F. Rowe, 1939.

Schebeck, Will. Football, We Love You: The Faces of Football in Galesburg-Augusta, Michigan. Jericho, NY: Exposition, 1974.

Schmitt, Peter J. Kalamazoo: Nineteenth Century Homes in a Midwestern Village. Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo City Historical Commission, 1976.

Selden, Paul. The Complete Kalamazoo: A Guide to Entertainment, Dining, Sports, Local History, Survival, and Sundry Sources of Amusement. [Kalamazoo, MI: 1976].

Smith, Harold T. The Position of the Paper Industry in the Economy of Kalamazoo County Michigan in 1954. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 1958.

Souvenir of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Establishment of Liberal Christianity in Kalamazoo, and Directory of the People's Church, 1906. [Kalamazoo, MI: C.M. Barnes, 1906]. (Kalamazoo).

Stoddard, Susan W. Kalama-Who? A Kalamazoo Quiz Book. Kalamazoo, MI: 1982.

Stone, James H. A Biographical Sketch of Judge Bazel Harrison, the First White Settler in Kalamazoo County. . . Kalamazoo, MI: Ihling Bros., 1874.

Taylor, Harold C. Kalamazoo in 1975. Talks Given by Harold C. Taylor and Samuel V. Bennett to the Council of Social Agencies, Kalamazoo. . . 1958. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute, [1958].

Trumble, Oscar S. A Century of Presbyterianism in Kalamazoo, 1835-1935. [Kalamazoo, MI: Barnes Printing Co., 1935].

Vicksburg Bird's Eye View. Map, 1880.

Welch, Richard W. Sun Pictures in Kalamazoo: A History of Daguerreotype Photography in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1839-1860. Kalamazoo, MI: Kalamazoo Public Museum, 1974.​