AADL Productions

AADL Productions is a special department of the Ann Arbor District Library devoted to the creation of digital collections that support the cultural, recreational, and informational interests of the Ann Arbor community. Our collections range from family photos to historic newspapers to local recipes; the thread that links them all is that they tell us something about our community, where we’ve been and who we are.

The local community is the key to all of our digital collections. Through partnerships with individuals, nonprofit groups, businesses, and educational institutions, AADL Productions provides access to photographs, documents, maps, and newspapers. We pair our experience and technological know-how with the collections and knowledge about those collections held within the people and organizations in our community. These partnerships range from the AADL providing a place for people to upload and share their photos to the design of indexed databases created with the input of multiple community groups. Take a look at the Content Distribution Agreement we use with all of our partners.

AADL has a commitment to free access to ideas and this extends to our digital collections. AADL Productions creates collections that are free for use by any visitor to our libraries or our website. A key part of free access is not only making information available but making it easy to find. All of our collections are browsable and searchable to assist everyone whether they are trying to zero in on specific information or just explore. And most of the items in our digital collections are covered by a Creative Commons license that allows people to share what they've found and build upon it to create a richer experience for those who follow.

If you are interested in working with us, email the AADL Productions department at: productions@aadl.org.


Some of Our Collections:


Ann Arbor Architecture Archive Ann Arbor Architecture Archive
The significance of many of Ann Arbor's historic structures is explored in this online collection of photos of the historic buildings around us. Each photo includes text describing the building and its place in Ann Arbor History. Includes the full text of Historic Buildings Ann Arbor, Michigan by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg.

Ann Arbor Cooks
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. Indexed by type of recipe for easier access. Includes access to Repast, the acclaimed Ann Arbor-based culinary history magazine.
Ann Arbor Cooks

Ann Arbor Police Department Exhibit Online
Ann Arbor Police Department History
An online exhibit of the history of the Ann Arbor Police Department including full-text of True Crimes and the History of the AAPD, The History of the Outdoor Range and hundreds of photographs and images of memorabilia collected by the department since 1847.

Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Program
Our online tour the permanent sidewalk exhibits at sixteen landmark sites throughout downtown Ann Arbor. Includes full-text and keyword access to an image database of hundreds of images from each location. This set of themed exhibits on various aspects of Ann Arbor history is the result of the collaboration of hundreds of people and has won state and international awards.
Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Program

Making of Ann Arbor
Making of Ann Arbor
Discover the history of the Ann Arbor through full-text access to several books and several image collections. Includes a collection of postcards, historic buildings, advertisements, and maps of early Ann Arbor. This collection is a partnership between the AADL, the Bentley Historical Libray, and the University of Michigan's Digital Library Production Services.

pictureAnnArbor
Our online photo collection of Ann Arbor past and present. Search for images of Ann Arbor, browse the albums of one of our users, and add some of your own. Anyone can create an album with a website login and add as many photos as they like. If your photos aren't digital, we can help you scan them in and get them up where you can share them with everyone, no matter how far away they are.
pictureAnnArbor
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