M.L.S, M.A., M.A.





Dan Harrison is a historian and librarian at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, and a consulting maritime archaeologist for the Detroit Historical Society and Cranbrook Institute of Science.

In over thirty years of diving and sailing the Great Lakes, Dan has developed a love of maritime history and lore.  Dan is the first North American to earn a NAS II certification and was awarded the NAS “Grand Traverse Prize” in 2009 for his survey of a War of 1812 site.  He is presently pursuing his doctorate in Anthropology at Wayne State University.


  • 1972:  B.A., University of Michigan (English)
  • 1975:  M.L.S., University of Michigan (Library Science)
  • 1987:  M.A., OaklandUniversity (History)
  • 2012:   M.A., Wayne State University (Anthropology)
  • 2017:   Ph.D., Wayne State University (Anthropology, anticipated)


Teaching Credentials:

1976 – present:  Bibliographic Instruction (Texas A&M University; Oakland University; Henry Ford Community College)

2008:  NAS Tutor Training, Traverse City, Michigan

2010, 2011:  NAS-III “Social History of Ships,” NASInternationalFieldSchool

2012:  NAS-III “Documentary Research,” NAS International Field School

Additional Training

NAS Level I and II and Tutor certifications

PADI AOW, NAUI Rescue Diver


2009   Corduroy Road Remnant near Brownstown, Michigan (NAS-II survey; Grand Traverse Award)

2012    “Let it be Well Done:” Community Archaeology on Michigan’s First Road (MA Essay).

2012    “‘They had won their battle, too:’ an Odawa narrative from the War of

1812.”  In Border Crossings: the Detroit River region in the War of 1812.

Detroit Historical Society (recipient of Historical Society of Michigan’s

State History Award, Publications: Private Printing category).

2015     “Frontier Arms Race:  Historical and Archaeological Analysis of an Assemblage of 18th-century Cannon recovered from the Detroit River and Lake Erie”           Historical Archaeology (forthcoming).


2012  “The Case of the Corroded Cannon,”  Cranbrook Institute of Science

(conservation of 18th-century British cannon from Detroit River)

Awards, Honors 

2006  REI “Steward of the Environment” ($20,000 award)

2009  Nautical Archaeology Society “Grand Traverse Prize” for excellence in survey work on Hull’s Road corduroy remnant.

2012  Historical Society of Michigan, State History Award (Preservation & Conservation category), for Hull’s Road corduroy remnant.

2013  Faculty Lectureship award, Henry Ford Community College.

2013  Historical Society of Michigan, State History Award (Publications: Private Printing category) for contribution to Border Crossings.

2014  Michigan Mountain Biking Hall of Fame (Trail Design & Construction).

Research Interests

Underwater and maritime archaeology of the Great Lakes region; Management and interpretation of submerged cultural resources; Maritime heritage; Native American studies; Recreational land use planning.