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Ypsilanti Historical Museum Archives

The Ypsilanti Historical Museum Fletcher-White Archives has a collection of published and unpublished materials that highlight the importance of Ypsilanti and southeast Michigan in the Underground Railroad. The Ypsilanti Historical Society, est. 1961, opened a museum and archives in a historic 1860 house that is a stop on the NTF-listed Underground Railroad (UGRR) "Journey to Freedom Tours." In the museum's refurbished (elevator-accessible) basement, the Fletcher-White Archives offers general primary source materials such as historical maps, city directories and county atlases and dedicates half its file space to the Albert P. Marshall [Eastern Michigan University Professor] Black History Collection. The Archives' Family files house original letters, deeds, photographs and papers, including those of documented UGRR participants such as Aray, Preston and Harwood [see NPS Network to Freedom listed W. W. Harwood Farmstead, Saline]. The Archives strives to provide broad public access with a searchable online collections database; a University of Michigan partnership to digitize its 5,000 photographs; publication of quarterly newsletter "The Gleanings," featuring historical articles and reminiscences; and links to historical and genealogical organizations.


Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 220 North Huron Street, Ypsilanti,, 48197

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Ypsilanti Historical Society

Location Type: Facility

UGRR Operatives: Asher Aray,Roswell Preston,William Webb Harwood