University Archives and Special Collections

Alumnus partners with GVSU Veterans History Project to share interviews, providing significant addition to collection

The collection of stories provides a wealth of information for a variety of users.

Jun 17, 2021

GVSU Special Collections to house PFAS stories gathered by writing faculty member

Dani DeVasto is collecting personal accounts of those affected by PFAS contamination.

Jun 14, 2021

Through 'Untold Stories,' GVSU will celebrate 60 years

GVSU turns 60 this year and the campus community will celebrate throughout the academic year by learning about the university's history from leaders and unsung heroes.

Oct 26, 2020

COVID-19 journaling project seeks to preserve history

The way we currently live has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and our present reality will be examined by historians for many years to come. One staff member is taking the lead on documenting the personal experiences of the Grand Valley community during this historic time.

Apr 13, 2020

University Libraries benefactor dies

Harvey Lemmen, a longtime benefactor to University Libraries, died July 25 at age 96. 

Jul 29, 2019

Library exhibit celebrates history of the Young Lords

A new exhibit at Grand Valley honors the 50th anniversary of the Young Lords organization - a street gang that transformed into a political human rights movement in 1968 when their founder José Jiménez came to the realization that the group was capable of bringing about positive social change. "Puerto Rico in My Heart: 50 Years of Young Lords" will be on display in the Mary Idema Pew Library through November 14.

Oct 1, 2018

New GVSU podcast spotlights historical letters and the stories behind the people who wrote them

"To the Letter: A Podcast from Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives" is a new, episodic podcast that was created to provide more exposure to the various historical collections owned by the university. The initial episodes will spotlight a correspondence of letters between a member of the U.S. Army 26th Infantry Division and his sweetheart during World War II. Grand Valley students have been tapped as voice actors who will portray the authors of the letters during each episode.

Sep 8, 2017