In 1828 the territorial council realized the need to collect, compile and store Michigan territorial laws and other important documents. Consequentially, Henry Schoolcraft introduced a resolution to appoint a librarian for the council library, which consisted of 131 law books and documents used by the governor and legislators.
On June 16, 1828, the resolution was approved by Governor Cass. Schoolcraft and fellow council member Wolcott Lawrence of Monroe County formed the first library committee for the territory of Michigan.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
The Library of Michigan‘s birth certificate 🎂 – “An Act to provide for the appointment of a Librarian, June 16, 1828.”
📙: ‘Laws of the Territory of Michigan, Vol. II, 1874, p. 670.’ KFM4230 1805-35 .A43 v.2