47 linear feet — 68 microfilms
The Historical Records Survey record group documents the activities and the product of the legions of depression era workers who inventoried the records held in county courthouses, municipal offices some private repositories. The records include correspondence, drafts of guides to county archives, proceedings of county boards of supervisors, field reports of workers, and copies of land patents for some counties; also material relating to the history of Blacks in Michigan.
Originally the H.R.S. records transferred to the Michigan Historical Collections measured about 121 linear feet. After processing, the collection consisted of 26 feet of records relating to the H.R.S. and 65 feet of transcripts of county and municipal records. Of the remaining 30 feet, 29.5 feet of duplicate, extraneous, or insignificant materials were discarded (described in more detail further on) and approximately half of a linear foot of printed material was transferred to the library's printed collection.
The H.R.S. material has been divided into the following series:
- Survey of County Records
- Survey of Municipal Records
- Survey of Federal Records
- Survey of State Records
- WPA Project Files
- Manuscripts Survey
- Inventory of Negro Manuscripts
- Transcripts of County Records
- Transcripts of Municipal Records
- Historical Records Survey Correspondence
- Survey Forms of 1987 Survey of Records in Counties and Municipalities.