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Flint & Local History: A Guide to Library Research


This is a guide to researching various topics of Flint's history. The researcher should be aware that as the geographic area or topic becomes more specific, the number of published or online sources declines, which is why a visit to the Genesee Historical Collection Center on the 2nd floor of the Frances Willson Thompson Library to visit primary source documents is a great idea. Check out the archives website to search finding aids for historic materials. 

Books on Flint History

The following books are good general histories of Genesee County and Flint from its early years to the modern era.

UM-Flint Student Papers and Dissertations

The Genesee Historical Collections Center (GHCC) holds numerous student papers and dissertations relating to Flint as well as sociological studies dating from as early as the 1940s. Most of the master's theses done by students in the Master of Liberal Studies and Master of Public Administration programs which relate to Flint are also in the collection. These may provide useful sources for aspects of Flint's history.