The Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Special Collections preserves and promotes research in Michigan philanthropy in partnership with GVSU Libraries.
Our archives and special collections include a library, archives, and reference resources. The collections provide researchers with a scholarly resource of materials related to philanthropy and philanthropists in Michigan. The collections support the study and research interests of visiting scholars, GVSU faculty, students in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, and the general public.
We have archives and special collections in various different formats, all house at Grand Valley in a physical or digital format.
Digital Collections: Our digital collections houses interviews with Michigan philanthropists and highlights of collections from the Johnson Center Archives of philanthropy and philanthropists in the State of Michigan.
Collections and Reference Resources: The collection guides (also known as finding aids) consist of primary and secondary source and unique reference materials are used to find, understand, and locate archival resources.
GVSU Library: Students, faculty, researchers, and the community are invited to visit the Philanthropy Reading Room at the Steelcase Library on GVSU's Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids (campus map) and browse non-circulating reference materials and publications. View over 4,000 items in the collection. Titles are also accessible at local libraries statewide through MelCat.
For information about preserving and maintaining your organization's records, please refer to this guide: Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives: Managing Your Records
Donating Materials to the Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives
If you wish to discuss donating materials, pleast contact: Pat Nanzer at 616-331-7593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The S.O.U.L. (Sharing Our Ucommon Legacy) of Philanthropy project collection holds raw material interviews with area philanthropists at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Clips of interviews are featured in a documentary about philanthropy and community building in Grand Rapids, "The Gift of All, a Community of Givers."
Learning to Give provides creative educator resources for grades 6-12 that guide learners to create their own stories of giving. Briefing papers summarize the life and philanthropy of the individuals highlighted in the S.O.U.L. of Philanthropy documentary.
The Library of Congress produced a video guide to Archiving Digital Audio with instructions about preservation of specific information in May 2010.
Johnson Center staff and students may access in-house library materials onsite. A list of books and reports is online at LibraryThing www.librarything.com/catalog/johnsoncenter.