Great Lakes Maritime Collection Archive

A black and white photo of a ship
Historic image of sanctuary shipwreck Norman, c. 1890.
Photo: Great Lakes Maritime Collection, Alpena County Library

The Great Lakes Maritime Collection is a unique public archival collection dedicated to Great Lakes maritime history. The initial collection was donated by C. Patrick Labadie and June Perry in 2003. The collection was amassed over more than 40 years by C. Patrick Labadie, long-time director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Canal Park Museum, and former researcher and historian for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The collection has grown through additional donations through the years and includes a web-accessible digital database. The sanctuary continues to co-manage the Labadie collection through a partnership with the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library funded in part through the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

ant to know more about the collection or are you interested in donating archival materials (photographs, charts, documents, etc.) with Great Lakes maritime heritage connections? Contact the special collections archivist at the library: or (989) 356-6188