21 August 2023

Research in the Great Lakes at the University of Wisconsin-Superior

Often times when researching the Great Lakes as a Michigander I am tempted to research only in Michigan because Michigan has borders on four of the five Great Lakes. If you do this you will be missing a lot of information that could be helpful. The states that border a Great Lake besides Michigan are New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Don't forget areas of Canada, too.

Wisconsin has a helpful resource in the Maritime Collection at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. The maritime collection has a wealth of information for those who would like to research maritime history.

The Maritime Collection at the University of Wisconsin, Superior is at the Jim Dan Hill library in Superior, Wisconsin. It's online presence is excellent and some research can be done online. Archivist contact information is included for further help.

What will you find in the Maritime Collection? Lots! Information on over 7000 ships, the shipping industry, ship blueprints, ports, shipping statistics, record books, ship log books, periodicals and newsletters, newspaper clipping files, publications, reports, manuscripts, and maritime links is available in the collection. The topic headings of each one of the above topics takes one to a separate page with more information.

The concentration of information is on Lake Superior, but there is a lot of information on the other four Great Lakes. The ports section has Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, Alpena, and even some Canadian ones, Sarnia, Windsor, and Collingwood to name a few. 

If you are researching Great Lake maritime history be sure to check out the resources at University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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