The Plymouth Historical
Museum Archives collects and preserves material relating to Plymouth history, genealogy, Civil War history, and Abraham Lincoln. No appointment is needed during the week, but an archivist must be present to access the collection. Archives hours are the same as the Museum hours during the week. If you would like to visit the archives on the weekend, you must make an appointment before the day you would like to visit, as the archives is only staffed by appointment on weekends.
You can call 734-455-8940 during open hours or email the archivist
If you can't visit the Archives, fill in the Archives Research Request Form
required for viewing) and we will do our best to help you find the material you are looking for. If our a
rchivist does your research, we request a minimum donation of $25 to the Plymouth Historical Museum for this service. There is no charge for researching in person, but you will be charged admission to enter the Museum.
- Images burned to CD: $5 each image for private use. Images for commercial use are $50 each. Images are also available in 600 dpi for $75 per image.
- Photocopies: 25 cents each.
Census population records for all of Wayne County (except Detroit):
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 Special Census
, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930; census mortality schedules for Plymouth for 1850
, 1860, 1870, and 1880
Genealogy material on Plymouth families from 1840 - present
Maps and Atlases of the Plymouth area; Wayne County Atlas for 1876 and 1893 (visit the online Museum Store to purchase the Land Ownership Atlases of Wayne County, Michigan, 1876-1925 CD)
Photographs relating to Plymouth and Michigan History (check out our new—and growing—Virtual Plymouth exhibit of Plymouth images)
Plymouth Mail newspaper, September 1887—December 1954
Civil War material relating to Plymouth and Michigan in the War—photographs, letters, diaries, and the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Series