Harvey Colburn was the author of the 1923 The Story of Ypsilanti city history written for the centennial celebration of Ypsilanti.


Harvey Colburn served as minister of First Congregational until August 1, 1937. During his ministry the Church celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding. Colburn would live to deliver the sermon at the 75th anniversary service. It was a few years later when he announced he had “finally retired.” Between 1937 and 1957, he was the Chaplain of Ypsilanti State Hospital. Oberlin granted him an Honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1930. In 1947 the First Congregational Church of Ypsilanti named him Minister Emeritus. He filled in for then minister Gordon Speer and officiated at weddings and funerals.


  • Colburn, Harvey C. The Story of Ypsilanti. 1923. OCLC 9235035