Oakland County Historical Resources

Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR) is an online consortium of libraries, museums and historical societies, who are making historical material from the Oakland County area searchable and accessible to the public. In an effort to share our collections with the community, the Rochester Hills Museum uploads archival photographs, documents, books, and newspapers related to the Greater Rochester area.

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Available Collections on Oakland County Historical Resources

The Rochester Hills Museum currently has items from the collections listed below uploaded to the Oakland County Historical Resources website. To browse the collections listed below, click the collection name or go to www.oaklandcountyhistory.org and type the collection name in quotation marks in the search bar.

Alice Serrell Collection
The Alice Serrell Collection documents life on the Van Hoosen Farm, events in the greater Rochester area, and the travels of Alice Serrell and Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones throughout the 1950s-1970s. The Van Hoosen Farm in Stoney Creek Village was home to the Taylor and Van Hoosen families, dating back to 1823. Alice Serrell was a close friend and employee of Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones, who managed her family’s farm from 1927 to 1952.

Alice Serrell Slide Collection
The Alice Serrell Slide Collection contains images of life on the Van Hoosen Farm, events in the greater Rochester area, and the travels of Alice Serrell and Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones throughout the 1950s-1970s.

Brooklands Fire Department Slide Collection
The Brooklands Fire Department Slide Collection contains images of the Brooklands Fire Department (BFD) in the 1970s. The BFD started out in the 1940s as the Brooklands Fire Association, a private fire department and non-profit. They provided fire protection to the area covering the Auburn Road corridor in Avon Township and Shelby Township. The Brooklands Fire Association was sold to Avon Township, now Rochester Hills.

Rochester Hills Building Department Sign Inspection Forms
The Rochester Hills Building Department Sign Inspection Forms were created by the Avon Township Building Department from the 1970s to 1990s. Each form includes a photo of a sign in Avon Township/Rochester Hills, the address, and inspection information.

Cookbook Collection
The Cookbook Collection contains a variety of cookbooks created by Rochester area organizations from the 1940s to 2000s. The cookbooks list the name of the member who contributed each recipe and several include advertisements from local businesses.

Jessie Stackhouse Scrapbook
The Jessie Stackhouse Scrapbook, compiled by the first female postmaster in Rochester, contains newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates, and other material related to the greater Rochester area with a focus on the construction of the Post Office at Walnut Blvd and Fourth Street in 1938.

Kathleen Wallace Hames Collection
The Kathleen Wallace Hames Collection consists of personal photos and documents of Kathleen Wallace Hames, as well as newspaper articles about the Van Hoosen Farm and Stoney Creek Village, as well as miscellaneous documents related to Avon Township.

Natalie Stevenson Photo Collection
The Natalie Stevenson Photo Collection contains photographs of the Rochester area from the early 1900s to the 1970s.

Richard Lohff Collection
The Richard Lohff Collection contains several items from Rochester High School, including programs for graduations and plays, dating back to the 1920s.

Rochester Community Schools Collection
The Rochester Community Schools Collections contains photographs, correspondence, ledgers, and other documents related to schools in Rochester, Michigan from 1885 to 1980.

Rochester ERA Newspapers
The Museum’s collection of Rochester ERA newspapers includes issues from 1873-1949. This collection, however, is not complete and does not contain every issue from the 1873-1949 time period. To learn how to search the newspapers, visit www.rochesterhills.org/newspapers.

Rochester Eccentric
The Museum’s collection of Rochester Eccentric and Rochester Clarion newspapers includes issues from 1950-1999. This collection, however, is not complete and does not contain every issue from the 1950-1999 time period. To learn how to search the newspapers, visit www.rochesterhills.org/newspapers.

Rochester Lens Collection
The Rochester Lens Collection contains issues of Lens, a local magazine dedicated to “picturing life in the Rochester Area.” It offers an incredible glimpse into what life was like in the  Rochester area in the late 1940s.

Rochester Ordinance Collection
The Rochester Ordinance Collection includes ordinance booklets for City of Rochester from 1930 and 1960.  

Spencer Park Development Slide Collection
The Spencer Park Development Slide Collection documents the development and early years of the Thelma Spencer Park on John R Road in Rochester Hills.

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