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The Archives & Collections

The Wyandotte Museum maintains an archives and research room pertaining to the history and development of the City of Wyandotte, Michigan and the surrounding area. The archives comprises of information from the early Native American inhabitants to the present day. Business, industry, people, homes, clubs and organizations are all represented in the collection. Highlights from the archives include:

WYANDOTTE SHIPBUILDING
Over 200 ships were built in Wyandotte from the 1870's until the 1920's. Some of the more famous ships include the "Columbia" and "Tashmoo." The Museum maintains plans and pictures of most of these vessels; also, artifacts and memorabilia from these once great, Great Lakes ships.




WYANDOTTE CHEMICAL CO.
MICHIGAN ALKALI CO.
The Michigan Aklali Co., later Wyandotte Chemicals was established in the late 1800's and has, over the years, produced a variety of chemical products. Today, now BASF, the company continues its production. The Museum has payroll
ledgers, photographs, documents and other important
resources from this company.

WYANDOTTE TOY COMPANY
The All-Metal-Products Company, better known as the Wyandotte Toy Co., produced metal guns, cars, planes and boats from the 1920's to the 1950's. Shipped world-wide these toys are now a highly sought after collector's item. The Wyandotte Museum has many fine examples of these toys and various documents from the company.




WYANDOT INDIANS

The Wyandot's were located along the banks of the Detroit River at the village of Maquaqua until 1818 when treaties forced them to Ohio, then Kansas and finally Oklahoma. The Museum has a variety of information pertaining to these native peoples.

OTHER ARCHIVAL
COLLECTIONS
Biographies of Wyandotte Citizens
Early Tax Records
Houses and Housing in Wyandotte
Maps of the City and area from the 1870's to present day
Clubs & Organizations
City Directories

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Email: wymuseum@ili.net