Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
Manuscripts & Archival Materials
HCGL's holdings in this area total more than 2,000 linear feet and approximately 450 collections. In addition to materials generated by private individuals, organizations, and companies, the HCGL has an extensive microfilm collection of American and Canadian government documents relating to the enrollment and registration of Great Lakes vessels. Major collections include the Lake Carriers' Association, American Ship Building Company, the Wilson Marine Transit Company, Loudon G. Wilson, John E. Poole, the Richard J. Wright Marine Collection, and the archives of the International Ship Masters' Association. The Subject Guide to Manuscript Collections provides access by general research areas, while our Checklist of Processed Collections includes information about all our processed collections.