Answered By: Paul Streby
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016     Views: 84

For historical research on Flint and Genesee County, the Genesee Historical Collections Center (the archives) is the best place to go. Most books on Flint held by the Thompson Library are held in the archives and can't be checked out; a few are in the Main Collection or in Reference.

The Flint Journal is available in print for the last few months, online 1898-1922 and 3/5/1995-present, and on microfilm from 1935 to the present. The last week's editions are on the 3rd floor newspaper racks, previous months' paper copies are on third floor shelves, and microfilm copies are in the 1st floor Microforms section. There are indexes in print to the Flint Journal on the third floor covering the years 1912-1935** and 1971-1983.

Additionally, you might find some Flint-related stories in the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. The Detroit News Index covers 1982 to the present, and is also available on the third floor.

The United States Census Bureau is a good source of data for cities and counties.


** You can search online for words and phrases in the Index to Annual Chronologies of the Flint Journal, 1912-1935, and use the page numbers that come up to find more information in the print edition.

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