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Alamo Township Schools Collection

Identifier: RH-A-4247

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of eighteen ledgers, documents, and photographs from Alamo Township schools from 1879 to 1954.

The ledgers and documents contained within this collection are linked to several schools throughout the township such as Tamarack, Hackley, Oak Grove, and Williams School. The ledgers contain material such as teacher contracts, student grades, and student attendance records.


  • Creation: 1879-1954

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Most collections must be retrieved by staff and can take up to thirty minutes to retrieve. Please make an appointment in order to have the materials ready when you arrive.

Biographical / Historical

Alamo Township was organized in 1835 and the first school in the township was built two years later in 1837 and was known as the Finch School. Eventually there would come to be a total of nine school throughout Alamo Township.


1.0 Cubic Feet

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Separated Materials

The photographs have been relocated to the RHC Photograph Collection (A-3608).

Physical Description

This collection is consists of eighteen ledgers and 1.0 cubic feet of documents related to various schools in Alamo Township. The material ranges from 1879 to 1954.

The ledgers are in mixed condition: ledgers 1, 6, 8, and 18 are in bad condition, the covers are stained and there is extensive damage on the covers and the spines.

The remaining ledgers are in good condition, all of the ledgers are written in ink and all of them are still legible. The ledgers range from 11”x9.5”x1.5” to 15”x10”x1”.

The documents range in size from 10”x 14” to 2.5”x 2.75” and they consist of material from various schools within Alamo Township.

Physical Access

Ledgers 1, 6, 8, and 18 are in poor condition and need to be handled with extreme care.


School material has been digitized by the Kalamazoo Public Library. See the following webpage for a list available material by school.


Detailed inventory located in donor file.

Processing Information

Ledgers are flagged with numbers which correspond to notes located in the donor file.

Alamo Township Schools Collection Finding Aid
Stephanie Chapman
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All materials are in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490