Special Collections

Rare books, political papers, literary and historical manuscripts, maps and atlases, photographs and motion pictures, art and ephemera related to the interests of Grand Valley students, administrators, faculty, and outside researchers.  

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University Archives

Official and ancillary records, documents, and publications in all formats pertaining to more than 50 years of Grand Valley State University history. Ongoing support to Grand Valley for the management of the University’s inactive records.

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Digital Collections

Digital highlights of selected items from the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives. Easy to search photographs, publications, manuscripts, and oral history interviews of community members and organizations. 

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New Acquisitions

Rare Books

Rare Books

January 11, 2016

Special Collections received a large and significant gift of books from Anita M. Gilleo, Grand Rapids resident and granddaughter of the renowned Grand Rapids artist, Mathias Alten.

Fei Hu Films Records

Fei Hu Films Records

October 01, 2015

In 1999, GVSU faculty Frank Boring co-produced a documentary film: Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers. This collection contains filmmaking production records and research files.

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This Month in History

Zumberge Named First President Image

Zumberge Named First President

February 9, 1962

Dr. James H. Zumberge, professor of geology at University of Michigan, appointed first president of Grand Valley State College.

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