The Canton Historical Society Archives includes hundreds of artifacts on the history of the Canton community, such as photographs, genealogical materials, historical documents, notes, newspaper articles, Civil War pension records and/or military records, township tax records, and historic artifacts, such as clothing, kitchen items, and more. When researching Canton's history, please consider some of our publications that we have available for sale.

 The Archives are located at the Bartlett-Travis House on Preservation Park. Our records are available by appointment only. To access our collections, please contact the Society by phone at 734-397-0088 or by e-mail at

Our Archives is still a work in progress; but it is in progress! Thanks for your patience!

More of Our Artifacts
Objects that represent the material culture of Canton's residents are on display in the Museum. Exhibits change throughout the year to highlight a specific theme. Exhibited items often include clothing, jewelry, personal care, books, tools, toys, furniture and furnishings, kitchen goods, and textiles. The CHS Pole Barn on Preservation Park contains historic farming-related equipment. This agricultural exhibition is on display on selected days from June through September.

Collections in our archives include:
  • The Bart Berg Collection (Canton government)
  • Buildings
  • Businesses
  • Cemeteries
  • Census Records
  • Churches and Temples
  • The Marie Cox Collection (Canton Center School)
  • The David L. Curtis Collection of Civil War Pension Records (Adopt a Soldier)
  • Events
  • Families (by surname)
  • Farms
  • Government
  • History
  • Houses
  • Maps
  • Media
  • Newspapers
  • Oral Histories (audio, video, and transcripts)
  • Organizations
  • The James Poole Collection (Canton government)
  • Schools
  • Settlements
  • Tax Records
  • Transportation

A more detailed finding aid is available at the Archives. The information on this page is subject to change at any time.