Windmill Point
Grosse Pointe Historical Society
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The Alfred B. Moran and Ruth S. Resource Center

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Finding Aids - Keys to Collections and Materials

Archive Procedures for the General Public

The Grosse Pointe Historical Society maintains a Resource Center for reference purposes. Its collections do not circulate, and are generally not loaned.

Please help to preserve Grosse Pointe’s history by agreeing to use the collection according to approved procedures. Archival items – especially manuscripts and photographs – are very fragile things. Careful human handling and proper environmental conditions must be maintained if the complex relationship of their chemical and physical components is to remain unaltered.

  • Society Resource Center hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • All materials are to be used only in the Resource Center. Handling of damaged or fragile items is at the discretion of the Curator.

  • Items should be handled with care. Be sure that hands are clean and dry. Always place folders on a flat, clean surface. Items should be supported from the back at all times to prevent folding and bending.

  • One folder should be used at a time. The exact order and arrangement of materials must be maintained. If any item should require attention, either because of error or condition, please notify the Curator. Do not remove, rearrange or correct the item yourself.

  • Only pencils may be used when working with the collections.

  • Smoking, gum chewing, eating and drinking are not permitted in the Society Resource Center.

  • For items to be copied, please consult the Curator.

  • Credits for materials used in publications or exhibitions should include:
    "Courtesy of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society"

  • It is the researcher's responsibility to obtain permission to publish materials in the collection and to adhere to Copyright and Literary Property Rights law.


The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the copyright law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions states that furnished photocopies or other reproductions are not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violations of copyright law. If a user makes a request for, or at a later date, uses a photocopy or other reproduction for purposes contrary to the law, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.