Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Peter Schmitt

Second Advisor

Dr. Larry Massie

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis delineates the methodology for documenting the history of Michigan houses built between 1830 and 1930* Three major areas of documentation are discussed. They are record search, architectural style and physical examination, as well as the location of relevant material. Each type and kind of public and private records, written, cartographic and visual are explained as to their importance and use for house research.

A brief overview of architectural style is presented along with illustration. Within the architectural style is a discussion on the physical examination of a house.

The conclusions are presented as a case study complete with actual worksheets. A researcher following the procedures outlined in the thesis will be able to document a house to within two years of its construction date, and to provide a history of its occupants.