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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

History Grand Rapids by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission


Resources available at the Grand Rapids Public Library

  • The City of Grand Rapids: Sketches of the Principal Industries and Business Houses. B. F. Conrad & Co., 1889.
  • Baxter, Albert. History of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan (With an appendix--History of Lowell, Michigan). New York, Grand Rapids: Munsell & company, 1891.
  • Belknap, Charles E. The Yesterdays of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids: The Dean Hicks Co., 1922.
  • Carron, Christian G. Grand Rapids Furniture: The Story of America’s Furniture City. Grand Rapids, MI: Public Museum of Grand Rapids, 1998.
  • Chrysler, Don. The Story of Grand River. 1975.
  • Everett, Franklin. Memorials of the Grand River Valley. Chicago: Chicago Legal News Co., 1878. Grand Rapids Historical Society, 1984.
  • Fisher, Ernest B. Grand Rapids and Kent County, Michigan: Historical Account of Their Progress from First Settlement to the Present Time. Chicago: Robert O. Law Company, 1918.
  • Gillis, Edward V. Growing Up in Old Lithuanian Town. Grand Rapids Historical Commission, 2001.
  • Goss, Dwight. History of Grand Rapids and Its Industries. Chicago: C. F. Cooper, 1906.
  • Jelks, Randal Maurice. African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
  • Lydens, Z. Z. The Story of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1966.
  • Ransom, Frank Edward. The City Built on Wood: A History of the Furniture Industry in Grand Rapids, Michigan 1850-1950. Ann Arbor, Edwards Brothers, Inc., 1955.
  • Samuelson, Linda; Schrier, Andrew; et al. Heart & Soul: The Story of Grand Rapids Neighborhoods. Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities at the Grand Rapids Public Library, William B. Eerdmans, 2003.
  • Tuttle, Charles Richard. History of Grand Rapids: With Biographical Sketches. Grand Rapids: Black Letter Press, 1974, c1874
  • Baxter's History of Grand Rapids online
  • Clippings Files
  • Finding Aids


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