Blackman School picnic, 1903 TADL Local History Collection
In addition to the new website, the Traverse Area District Library has launched the all-new Local History Collection. This digital collection is built from hundreds of photographs held by libraries throughout the TADL district. The photographs span the late-1800s to the present, covering the economic and social development of the region. Noteworthy images include unique photographs of prominent families and businesses. In addition to searching and browsing the collection, the images are also tagged, which makes finding images on a specific topic quick and easy. 

The Kingsley Friends of the Library were instrumental in getting this project off the ground when they contracted with local archivist and records management specialist, Amy Barritt. Utilizing Barritt's  experience, the library was able to digitize and preserve photographs and develop practices for collection development and processing, management of prospective growth and solicitation of future acquisitions. The new Local History Collection is the result of Barritt's work. Barritt now serves as a reference librarian in adult services at TADL's Main Branch.
 
Currently, the Floyd Milton Webster collection, donated by Kingsley historian Floyd Webster, dominates the site. In the near future, library users can look forward to viewing the prized postcard collection of Peninsula Community Library, as well as a selection of unique images from the unexplored Woodmere Branch archives. Check the Local History Collection page frequently for updates.