Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now

The Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now is a collection of over 130 local history articles published in the Ann Arbor Observer over the past three decades. This database allows readers to browse articles by topics such as religion, food, architecture, and gardening, as well as browse through the image gallery. The site is also searchable if you’re looking for a particular topic.

The Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now is a great resource for those looking for a daily dose of local history, or for those looking to find out more about Ann Arbor’s recent past. To get you started, check out the images of AADL’s Traverwood branch being built and its grand opening in 2008.

To access the Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now, visit the research page, and select Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now from the Ann Arbor category.

The Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor News, established in 1835, was Washtenaw County’s leading newspaper for 174 years. Much of its content is available at Ann Arbor District Library in the microfilm collection, or on the Old News section of our website, but did you know that AADL also has an Ann Arbor News database containing all the issues of the newspaper from July, 2003 onward? It’s true! Browse through the issues day by day, look at an exact date, or search for a particular topic. Check the scores on that game you remember. Print off an obituary, graduation announcement or wedding notice. It’s all there. AADL cardholders can even do all this from the comfort of your own home.

Access to this database is available at every branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, as well as off-site provided you have a valid Ann Arbor District Library card. Log in to your aadl.org account to obtain full access to the Ann Arbor News.

Ann Arbor Architecture Archive

Curious about the history of the homes and buildings around us in Ann Arbor? Be sure to visit our beautiful Ann Arbor Architecture Archive. Packed with a gallery of images and text about Ann Arbor's historic structures, this reference resource includes the full text of Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor, Michigan by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg. Learn about old local breweries that were wiped out by prohibition, the Ann Arborites who had peacocks roaming their lawn in the 1800s, and so much more. For example, every year people from around the globe make pilgrimages to Rocco Desderide's grocery store here in Ann Arbor without even knowing it. If you have visited Zingerman's Deli on Detroit Street, then you've been to Rocco's too. Built back in 1902 by Italian immigrant Rocco Desderide, the iconic brick-veneered building, with bands of corbelled bricks fanning out above arched windows, served as the home of the Desderide grocery and confectionery business until 1921.

To access the Ann Arbor Architecture Archive, you can always go to the research page and select Ann Arbor Architecture Archive from the Ann Arbor category.

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Find a Recipe on Ann Arbor Cooks

Looking for ways to expand your culinary experience? Check out Ann Arbor Cooks, an online collection of heirloom recipes and cookbooks from Ann Arbor area community organizations, churches, and businesses. Browse or search recipes, or view cookbooks in their entirety. The robust database includes access to Repast, the acclaimed culinary history magazine.

This neophyte cook particularly enjoyed Mother's Roast Chicken recipe, a simple yet delightful dish from the fully searchable and browsable cookbook, Like Mama Used to Make. Or, if you want to try something quite out of the ordinary, check out these beverage recipes from the The Every-Day Cook-Book and Encyclopedia of Practical Recipes for Family Use.

To access the Ann Arbor Cooks database, you can always go to the research page and select the Ann Arbor Cooks from the Ann Arbor category.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index: Who Would You Like to Learn About?

The Biography and Genealogy Master Index offers a comprehensive index of current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

This database meets research needs by giving you access to an index of major biographical resources that have been published over the last 40 years as well as newly published biographical works. Source citations are included with each article to make your research projects even easier.

Here is a helpful tip for finding accurate search results in the database: several listings for the same individual, with slight name and date variations, may sometimes be found. In other words, a search for a particular biography may result with a variety of articles to choose from on the same person. Small differences in subject names may result in completely different search results. While searching, it is important to consider all possible forms under which a name may be listed. For example, stop to consider if the middle name, prefix, suffix, or initials of the person should be included. Such small adjustments can widely broaden database results.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access the Biography and Genealogy Master Index, go to the research page, and select the Biography and Genealogy Master Index from the History and Biography category.

Be Prepared for Flu Season!

It's that time of year again, and influenza is going around! You can educate yourself and your family about the flu, learn how to prevent getting the flu and even find a place near you to get a flu vaccination shot- all by using the resources found on the influenza section of AADL Select Sites. While you're at it, check out all the other topics for many valuable resources, selected for you by AADL staff!

Freeing John Sinclair Website

Check out our newest local history project, Freeing John Sinclair: The Day Legends Came To Town, a website chronicling part of Ann Arbor's countercultural past - from the John Sinclair Freedom Rally and free concerts in the city's parks, to the CIA Bombing Conspiracy and the history of the Hill Street commune. The site includes original interviews and essays; historical photographs; historical audio files; and newspaper articles. You can also search or browse the full run of the Ann Arbor Sun, the underground newspaper published by the White Panther Party and Rainbow People's Party in Ann Arbor circa 1968-1975.

This is just the beginning, with photographs and more interviews to come. If you also have information or memorabilia from this period of time in Ann Arbor's history, let us know!

Want to improve your grades?

AADL has all sorts of things to help you. Check the Homework Help page for the following:

Brainfuse Live Homework Help: Available 2-11 p.m. every day. Students can connect with tutors who can help with skill development and assist with specific homework needs.

Drop-in Homework Help: Resumes the week of January 22. Sunday tutoring will be available 3:00-5:00 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesday tutoring will be available 4:00-8:00 p.m.

AADL Databases for research projects for kids, high school papers, or even for preparing for those tough college entrance exams.

AADL Select Sites offer some of the best information resources on the Internet. Librarians have carefully selected these sites so you can trust the information found here for your research project.

Reading Skills need a boost? Scroll down at Homework Help. If you’re a beginning reader that needs to practice, click on one of the A-Z Levels links for a list of books available at the library. If you’re a reader that needs to improve your reading but find it hard to get excited about long boring books, check the HiLo Books list and click the links to find some books that you’ll enjoy.

Ancestry Library Edition: Gold Mine for Genealogists

Discover more about your family history by accessing the Ancestry Library Edition database. This huge database taps into a wide array of sources, including census reports, birth & death records, and immigration records. Expand on what you already know about your ancestors by locating newspaper articles, yearbook photos, and much more.

Whether your forebears are from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, or somewhere else, it's worth looking for information here. Current featured data collections are
Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 and United States Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940.

To access Ancestry Library Edition, you must be inside an Ann Arbor District library -- Downtown, West, Pittsfield, Traverwood, or Mallets Creek. Have fun finding information on your ancestors!

Your AADL Journal Research Database

Academic OneFile is a comprehensive database of journal articles that have been published from 1980 to 2011. These articles cover a vast array of academic genres which include history, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, theology, and literature. Specific journal titles include; "Journal of Communication", "Journal of Southern History", and the "Journal of Social Issues". Most of these journals can be viewed in full text, and are available in HTML and PDF formats.

A few other popular features of this database includes transcripts and podcasts from National Public Radio programs, and full text coverage of the "New York Times" back to 1995. You can also peruse popular news magazines such as "Newsweek" and "The Atlantic".

Access to this database is available at every branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, as well as off site provided you have a valid Ann Arbor District Library card. You just log in to your account to obtain full access to Academic OneFile. Another bonus is that this database is updated daily to keep you “in the know!"

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