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Britton High School: the classes of 1893-1975 / prepared by Ronald D. Miller and Nancy Downing Cecil
RM 977.431 BRI (Historical Room copy)

Summary: Our goal and intentions were only to document the vital photographic and historical information about all graduates and to preserve the memories


Lenawee County
 by Brenda L. Burkett

RM 977.431 BUR (Historical Room copy)
977.431 BUR (Circulating copy)

Summary: In 1822, Gov. Lewis Cass defined the boundaries of six counties, including Lenawee. The Pottawattamies inhabited Lenawee County before settlers, many of Quaker descent, migrated from eastern states, predominantly New York. Abundant forests, prairies, hills, lakes, and streams surrounded by uncultivated fruit, berries, nuts, and wild game had enabled the county to lead the state in agricultural and industrial wealth by 1900. This early success is also partially owed to the establishment of the Grange by George B. Horton in 1873. Lenawee led the state with 34 Granges and more than 3,500 members by the turn of the century. Adrian would become known as the fence capital of the world, while Tecumseh was referred to as the celery capital. Michigan's first cheese factories began in Fairfield Township in 1866, with Samuel Horton creating a new form of soft cheese. Recognition of the historical significance of this area is shown throughout the region today with landmarks that pay tribute to the pioneers.

Tecumseh: images of the past
by historian collector Ashley E. Chase

RM 977.431 CHA (Historical Room copy)
977.431 CHA (Circulating copy)

Summary: "For those who enjoy looking at scenes from the past, Tecumseh, Michigan historian and collector Ashley E. Chase has published a book of photos and images he’s collected for the past 40 years, most of which have never been seen by the general public.  The 160-page book, Tecumseh: Images of the Past, features more than 275 photos, ranging in time from 1860 to 2017.  Accompanying the photos are captions that provide information researched by Chase."  

Clara Waldron Historical Room ​

In 1974, the library created the first Clara Waldron Historical Room, which was located in a small room in the basement of the library.  The room was named in honor of Clara Waldron, author of One Hundred Years A Country Town, a history of Tecumseh from 1824 to 1924.
In 1977, the library received a gift from the Tecumseh Community Fund Foundation and brought the collection up to archival standards of preservation.
 In Summer 2010, the Clara Waldron Historical Room moved to its present location on the library's main floor.
Click Here for a PowerPoint Presentation Overview of the Room.
Click Here for PDF format Overview of the Room.  

Baseball in Tecumseh
One of the photographs from the Historical Room collection.

Scope of Historical Room Collection
  • Blueprints
  • Business and legal ledgers
  • Cemetery records
  • Census records
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School annuals
  • Meyers Airport collection
  • Microfilmed issues of the Tecumseh Herald
  • Microfilmed issues of the Tecumseh News
  • Newsletters
  • Oral History videotapes
  • Pamphlet Files
  • Perry Hayden Diary collection
  • Photographs
  • Sports
  • Tax rolls
  • Tecumseh and Lenawee County atlases and maps
  • Tecumseh and Lenawee County directories
  • Tecumseh Herald Births, Marriages and Deaths Index
Tecumseh High School Class Play

Another photograph from Tecumseh's past from the collection.

Genealogy Web Resources

General Genealogy Websites


Immigration and Emigration

Local Links

Genealogy and History in Michigan






Library staff and volunteers are available to assist you in your genealogy and local history research. 




The Historical Room non-circulating collection includes microfilmed copies of the Tecumseh Herald dating back to 1850, tax assessment rolls, city directories, club and local business records, high school yearbooks, public school documents and pamphlet file resources.




Historical Room volunteers have indexed births, marriages and deaths from the Tecumseh Herald for the years 1850 to 1920.




Researchers and genealogists who wish to do their own research are welcome to use the Historical Room during normal library operating hours.  A microfilm reader/printer and photocopier are available, and prints cost 20 cents per page.




Tecumseh District Library hours are:




Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.




Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (October through April)




Recognizing that many genealogists and local history researchers live outside the Tecumseh District Library service area, library staff and volunteers will correspond to out-of-town requests for a fee.










All obituary requests must be prepaid. 




The following fees will apply for each obituary requested:
Photocopy from a year covered by library's index......$5.00
(Approximate year must be included with request)
Photocopy if EXACT date is known but is not indexed......$5.00
If the month and year of death is known but not the day, we can search through one month of microfilm for a charge......$8.00




Fees include postage, photocopying and handling.




If you do not have an exact date for the years not covered by our indexes, library staff will NOT be able to search for you because this would involve going through a whole year of newspapers week by week.

Tecumseh District Library cannot guarantee that an obituary/death notice will be located.

Please allow at least three weeks for staff to respond to your request.








Library staff and volunteers will research your local history topics for a fee of $15.  Please include in your correspondence the name of the event or person and the date and location of the event if known.  Each individual request is $15.  




All local history requests must be prepaid. 


Fees include postage, photocopying and handling.




Tecumseh District Library cannot guarantee that your topic will covered in the Historical Room collection.




Please allow at least three weeks for staff to respond to your request.







Make your check or money order payable to Tecumseh District Library.


Payment in U.S. funds only.