Special Collections and University Archives is open by appointment to GVSU community members only.

Request an Appointment Online.

We encourage all researchers to send reference questions to rupinskl@gvsu.edu.

Class Visits

Special Collections & University Archives encourages the use of archival collections in teaching at GVSU. We offer a variety of services for Grand Valley State University instructors to integrate primary source materials into the curriculum. Our staff can help students learn to conduct archival research, analyze primary sources, and engage critically in the research process. Instruction sessions are tailored to meet the goals of the class. We work collaboratively with instructors to identify appropriate materials and develop activities and/or research assignments that will benefit student learning. We are prepared to assist with or conduct a variety of instruction sessions ranging from general introduction to resources to an in-depth presentation on specific materials and their historical contexts.

Instruction sessions at Special Collections & University Archives provide an active learning experience for students and build skills in evaluating bias, understanding authenticity and representation, and constructing arguments with source-based evidence.


Please contact Leigh Rupinski, Archivist for Public Services and Community Engagement at rupinskl@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-8726 to schedule a visit.

A class engages with primary source materials in Seidman House

Classes that have visited the Special Collections & University Archives include:

  • ART 366/367
  • ART 425
  • CPH 266
  • HNRS 274
  • HSC 201
  • HST 103
  • HST 290
  • WRT 150
  • WGS 300
  • WGS 395