Michigan City Public Library
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      Michigan City History: Selected Books and Materials



 

General Histories | Atlases and Maps | Memoirs & Biographies | Washington Park, Lakeshore & Marina | Great Lakes Ships | Businesses | Churches | Police & Fire | Prison | Railroads/South Shore | Schools | In War


General Histories

Up Close and Personal: A History of La Porte County (2006)
by Arnold Bass
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 B293U

The Cruise of the Zoo Board (1938) - Includes photos and information about early Michigan City history
by the Washington Park Zoo Board
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 C888

A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of La Porte County, Indiana (1904)
E.D. Daniels
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 D2287

Early History of Michigan City, Indiana
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 EA76

History of La Porte County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages, and Townships: Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens: History of Indiana, Embracing Accounts of the Prehistoric Races, Aborigines, French, English, and American Conquests, and a General Review of Its Civil, Political, and Military History (1880) - available in Google Books
by C.C. Chapman
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 H629

The History of Pioneer La Porte County (1966)
Compiled by Gene McDonald
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 H6292

Historical Markers Project (1990)
by the Project Committee
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 H6293

Inventory of the County Archives of Indiana: La Porte (1939)
Prepared by the Indiana Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 IN8

Series of Articles Written for the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Michigan City, IN (1970-1971)
by James Landing
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 L246S

La Porte County Interim Report: Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory (1989) - available through IUPUI University Library Digital Archives
by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 L3178

A Little Bit of History Series: Books One-Six (1995)
by G.C. Calvert
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 L721

Michigan City: The First 150 Years (1983)
Layout and design by Joe Pixler and Thom Christman; production by Jerry Weiss
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 M582

Michigan City, Indiana (1975)
Produced for the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M5822

Michigan City Illustrated: Historical, Descriptive and Biographical: The Evening News' Review of a Half Century's Advance (1900)
Indiana Collection & Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M5824

Michigan City, Indiana Centennial Celebration: 1833-1933 (1933)
by Phil T. Sprague
Indiana Collection (in-library use only) Call Number: 977.291 M5826

Michigan City (2005)
by RoseAnna Mueller
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 M887M

History of the Trail Creek Region
by Elizabeth M. Munger
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M924H

Michigan City's First Hundred Years (1969)
by Elizabeth M. Munger
Indiana Collection & Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M924M

Michigan City, Indiana: The Life of a Town (1980)
by Gladys Bull Nicewarner
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 N514M

History of Michigan City, Indiana (1908) - available on Google Books
by Rollo B. Oglesbee and Albert Hale
Indiana Collection & Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 OG5H 1908

Our Heritage: The Making of a Community (1976) - full text on library web site
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 Ou

History of La Porte County, Indiana, and Its Townships, Towns and Cities (1876) - available on Google Books
by Jasper Packard
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 P123H7

Pictorial History of Michigan City, Indiana: 1675-1992 (1992)
Edited by Elwin G. Greening
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection & Genealogy Collection
Call Number: 977.291 P589

The Portable LaPorte County (1976) - full text on library web site
by Laurie Radke
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 P83

Then & Now: 100 Years of Trivia & Truth (1997)
by Michigan City Public Library
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 027.477291 M582T

Canada, Michigan City, Indiana: The Story of a Neighborhood (2008)
Researched and compiled by Gloria D. Arndt
Indiana Collection & Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 C16

Michigan City Beach Communities: Sheridan, Long Beach, Duneland, Michiana Shores (2003)
by Barbara Stodola
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 ST64M

See also: Indiana City/County/Area Histories on Microfilm


Atlases & Maps

Insurance Maps of La Porte, 1907: La Porte County, Indiana
Atlas Case, Insurance 1907 (in-library use only)

Combined Atlases of La Porte County, Indiana, 1874, 1892, 1907, 1921 and Plat Book, 1892
Atlas Case, La Porte (in-library use only)

An Illustrated Historical Atlas of LaPorte Co., Indiana (1874)
Compiled, Drawn & Published from Personal Examinations & Surveys by Higgins, Belden & Co., Chicago
Atlas Case, La Porte 1874 (in-library use only)

LaPorte County, Indiana: Geo. A. Ogle & Co's Standard Atlas (1921)
Compiled and Published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Atlas Case, La Porte 1921 (in-library use only)

LaPorte County, Indiana Plat Book - Years 1958, 1969-70, 1971, 1973, 1978, 1978-9, 1984, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2007, and 2009
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 L3179

Official Street Index Book of La Porte County
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 OF2

Michigan City Indiana Directory Including Taxpayers for La Porte County and LaPorte Indiana City Directory Including LaPorte County Taxpayers (click here for holdings)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)

Map of Long Beach (1921)
Atlas Case (in-library use only)

Michigan City, Indiana, January 1884 (Sanborn Insurance Map)
Atlas Case, Insurance 1884 (in-library use only)

Index to Atlas of Michigan City, Indiana
Atlas Case, Michigan City (in-library use only)

Index to Atlas of Michigan City & Suburbs, Indiana (1960)
Michigan City Real Estate Board, Inc.
Atlas Case, Michigan City 1960 (in-library use only)

Index to La Porte County (IN) Tract Book (1987)
Compiled by Fern Eddy Schultz
Genealogy Collection, LaPorte County Index (in-library use only)

LaPorte - Winamac Land Office Entries, 1833-1855
Tract Books Transcribed by Barbara S. Wolfe; Data Compiled by Helen Morrison
Genealogy Collection, LaPorte County LaPorte (in-library use only)

See also: Land Records, Sanborn Maps, and City Directories

Memoirs & Biographies

Michigan City Historical Society, Inc., Biographies (2007)
Genealogy Room (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City Michigan

A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of La Porte County, Indiana (1904) - available in Google Books
E.D. Daniels
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 D2287

History of La Porte County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages, and Townships: Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens: History of Indiana, Embracing Accounts of the Prehistoric Races, Aborigines, French, English, and American Conquests, and a General Review of Its Civil, Political, and Military History (1880) - available in Google Books
by C.C. Chapman
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 H629

Michigan City Illustrated: Historical, Descriptive and Biographical: The Evening News' Review of a Half Century's Advance (1900)
Indiana Collection & Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M5824

An Illustrated Historical Atlas of LaPorte Co., Indiana. (1874) - includes brief biographies of early settlers
by Higgins, Belden & Co., Chicago.
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Atlas Case, La Porte 1874

Hemp: The Life and Times of Rhinehart C. Fedder (2003)
Narrated by Stewart McDonnell
Nonfiction DVDs
Call Number: 977.291 H377

Michigan City in 1836: Western Travel of Harriet Martineau...
by Harriet Martineau
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M366M

Never a Dull Moment: Memoirs of Youth (1991)
by Carter H. Manny
Indiana Collection (in-library use online)
977.291 M316N

Reminiscences of a Small Town Curmudgeon: or, My Home Town (1969)
by Carter Hugh Manny
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M316R

Oral History of Carter Manny (1995)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 929.2 OR1

From Oak Hill to the Patch: Memoirs (2005)
by Charles Wise
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 W754F

See also: Oral History Collection and Pamphlet Files


Washington Park, Lakeshore & Marina

Michigan City's Washington Park (2010)
by Jonita Davis
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 D294MI

The Cruise of the Zoo Board (1938)
by the Washington Park Zoo Board
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 C888

Michigan City Lighthouse: Guardians of Lake Michigan (2001)
by Steven D. Elve
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 EL86M

Old Lighthouse Museum News (1975-2010)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 OL1

Logbooks of Harriet Colfax: Lighthouse Keeper, 9 March 1861-13 October, 1904: Lighthouse Station, Michigan City
by Harriet Colfax
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 387.155 C68L

Michigan City Marinas (2009)
by Jonita Davis
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 D294M

Harbors, Michigan City, Indiana, and St. Joseph, Michigan: Letter from the Secretary of War (1838)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 386.8 H214

Michigan City's Washington Park (2010)
by Jonita Davis
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 D294MI

Michigan City Beach Communities: Sheridan, Long Beach, Duneland, Michiana Shores (2003)
by Barbara Stodola
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 ST64M

The Sand Dunes of Indiana: The Story of an American Wonderland Told by Camera and Pen (1924) - available on Google Books
by E. Stillman Bailey
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.29 B152S

The Indiana Sand Dunes and Shore Lines of the Lake Michigan Basin (1928)
by George Babcock Cressey
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.29 C864I

See also: Historic Slide Collection

Great Lakes Ships

Ships of the Great Lakes: 300 Years of Navigation (1973)
by James P. Barry
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 386.50977 B279S

Ships of the Great Lakes: An Inside Look at the World's Largest Inland Fleet (2011)
by Patrick D. Lapinksi
Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number: 386.50977 L314S

Great Lakes Ships We Remember (1984)
Peter J. Van der Linden, Editor
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 387.24 G798

Great Lakes Ships We Remember II (1984)
Peter J. Van der Linden, Editor
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 387.24 G7982

Superships of the Great Lakes: Thousand-Foot Ships on the Great Lakes (2011)
by Raymond A. Bawal, Jr.
Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number: 387.2450977 B329S

Great Lakes' First Submarine: L.D. Phillips' "Fool Killer" (2010)
by Patricia A. Gruse Harris
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 623.81 H243G

Lakers: Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes (1988)
by Peter David Altobello
Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number: 910.452 AL79L

The Sinking of the Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy (2004)
by Jay Bonansinga
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 910.452 B64S

Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes (1984)
by Dwight Boyer
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 910.452 B695G

Ships and Men of the Great Lakes (1977)
by Dwight Boyer
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 910.452 B695S

The L.C. Woodruff: Lake Michigan's Ghost Ship Returns (1977)
by Pete Caesar
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 910.452 C116L

SOS, CQD: Four Ships in Trouble (1977)
by Pete Caesar
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 910.452 C116S

Great Lakes Shipwreck Disasters [videorecording] (2001)
Non-Fiction DVDs
Call Number: 910.452 G7982

Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals (1994)
by William Ratigan
Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number: 910.452 R189G

Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan: [videorecording] 1912-1958 (2001)
Non-Fiction DVDs
Call Number: 910.452 SH64

Lake Michigan's Aircraft Carriers (2003)
by Paul M. Somers
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 940.544973 SO54L

See also: Historic Slide Collection


Businesses

Michigan City Illustrated: Historical, Descriptive and Biographical: The Evening News' Review of a Half Century's Advance (1900)
Indiana Collection & Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M5824

Michigan City Paper Box Company: 1904-2004 (2004)
Compiled by Arlene Tarasick
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 338.761676 M582

The History of the Waterford Inn: Coolspring Township, La Porte County, Indiana (1992)
by Matthew Kubik
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 K961H

The Old Mills of La Porte County: Grain and Sawmills (1968)
by Gene McDonald
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 M145O


Churches

First Congregational Church, Michigan City, Indiana, Directory (1978)
Compiled by John P. Schlarb
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City First

First United Methodist Church, Michigan City, Indiana: Sesquicentennial Edition 1832-1984
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City First

Golden Jubilee of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Michigan City, Indiana (1927)
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City Golden

St. John's United Church of Christ History: Dated from Its Beginning 1856 to the Year 1968
Facts assembled and compiled by Ralph E. Schacht
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City Schacht

St. Mary's of the Immaculate Conception Church, 1867-1992
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City St. Mary's

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Michigan City, Indiana (1985)
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City St. Paul

The Treasures of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Michigan City, IN (2010)
Researched and compiled by Patricia Gruse Harris
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City Treasures

Yearbook and Church Directory, Calvary Baptist Church, Michigan City, Indiana (1927)
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City Yearbook

A Goodly Heritage, 1876-1962
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 277.7291 G619

See also: Church Records and Historic Slide Collection


Police & Fire

High Constables & City Marshals: City of Michigan City, La Porte Co., IN: 1835-1879 (2005)
by Patricia A. Gruse Harris
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 363.2 H537

Rules: Metropolitan Police Force, Michigan City, Indiana (1915)
by The Force
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 363.2 R861

Michigan City Fire Department: Ever-Alert: Active Hose No. 3 (1973)
by the Michigan City Fire Department
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 363.37 M582



Prison

Indiana State Prison: One Hundred and Five Years of Penal Progress (1960s)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 IN2

Indiana State Prison Cemetery Burials: June 10, 1927 - September 1989
by Ron Hyer
Genealogy Collection, Michigan City Hyer (in-library use only)

Annual Report of the Indiana State Prison, Michigan City, Indiana (1968?)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 AN78

An Eye for an Eye: Four Inmates on the Crime of American Prisons Today (1970)
by H. Jack Griswold [et al]
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 365.9772 EY311

The Big House of Mystery: A Physician-Psychiatrist Looks at Ten Thousand Crimes and Criminals (1938)
Patrick H. Weeks
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 365.977291 W418B

Encourager (1963)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 EN17

Prison Letters of Thomas Crowder, Indiana State Prison: 3 Years in Solitary (1973)
by Thomas Crowder
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Biography, Crowder

Camerado, I Give You My Hand: How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars (2013)
by Maura Poston Zagrans
Adult Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number: Biography, Link


Railroads/South Shore

Railroads of Indiana (1997)
by Richard S. Simons and Francis H. Parker
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.09772 SI57R

Ghost Railroads of Indiana (1998)
by Elmer G. Sulzer
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.09772 SU59G

Monon Route (1978)
by George W. Hilton
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.24 H564M

Railroad Depots of Northern Indiana (2007)
by David E. Longest
Adult Non-Fiction Collection & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 385.314 L858R

Northern Indiana Railway (1998)
by George K. Bradley
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 B728N

Dedication Day: October 23, 1982, Michigan City, Indiana: Program
by NICTD
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 D36

Six Decades Service on the South Shore Line: Oral History with C. Edward Hedstrom (1991)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 H78S

Duneland Electric: South Shore Line in Transition (1984)
by Donald R. Kaplan
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 K141D

The Insull Chicago Interurbans: CA&E-CNS&M-CSS&SB: In Color (1996)
by Gordon E. Lloyd
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 L776I

Electric Railroads of Indiana (1959)
by Jerry Marlette
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 M343E

Michigan City, Indiana Railroad Relocation Study (1973)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 M582

The Interurban Era (1961)
by William D. Middleton
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 M584I

South Shore: The Last Interurban (1999)
by William D. Middleton
Adult Non-Fiction Collection & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 385.5 M584S

Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (1998)
Edited by Ronald D. Cohen and Stephen G. McShane
Adult Non-Fiction Collection & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 385.5 M779

Along the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Rail Line (2012)
by Cynthia L. Ogorek
Adult Non-Fiction Collection & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 385.5 OG6A

North Shore, South Shore (1999)
by Russ Porter
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 385.5 P835N

Spirit of the South Shore (1984)
by William A. Raia
Adult Non-Fiction Collection & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 385.5 R13S

Headlight: Chicago, Ill., 1894: Niagara Falls Route, Chicago to New York (1894)
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 977.291 H344

See also: Historic Slide Collection



Schools

A History of Central School, Michigan City, Indiana (1951)
by Darlene Hammon
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 379.77291 H185H

Centennial History of Catholic Education: Michigan City, Indiana 1886-1986
by Patricia Gruse Harris
Indiana Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: 371.07 H243C

Hey, We're Red Devils: The History of Red Devil Basketball, 1958-1984
by Dennis Edgington
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 796.32362 ED37H

Sports Pictorial of Elston High School and Michigan City High School (1995)
by Bill Allen, Sports history editor
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 796.042 SP67

See also: Yearbooks and Historic Slide Collection


In War

Camp Anderson, 1863-1864: Michigan City's Civil War Camp (2008)
by RoseAnna Mueller
Adult Non-Fiction & Indiana Collection
Call Number: 977.291 M887M

Michigan City Residents Killed in Action, Vietnam (1970s)
Genealogy Collection (in-library use only)
Call Number: Michigan City Michigan

See also: Military records