Clara Waldron Historical Room

Image of Clara Waldron

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

An old photograph of baseball players
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 - Click here to view Tecumseh High School Yearbooks from 1919 to 2016-2017.  Click here to view the Tecumseh Middle School Yearbook collection. 
  • Meyers Airport collection
  • Microfilmed issues of the Tecumseh Herald. Click here to view the Tecumseh Herald newspapers from 1940-1979.
  • 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

Holland-America Passenger List
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild



Korean War Project
Medal of Honor - Korean War


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 2018.

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.