Search Our Collections

Special Collections and University Archives has materials available for research, both on-site and online. To search all of our collections, use our archival finding aids. Still confused? Try our Research Support guide. Contact Leigh Rupinski at rupinskl@gvsu.edu to schedule a research appointment, or visit us to access materials.


Search Archival Finding Aids

This database contains descriptions of archival records and personal papers that can be accessed in our Reading Room. A finding aid may include information about the collection’s creator(s), scope and contents, access restrictions or technical requirements, physical or digital size, and inventories of the boxes and files of papers, photographs, media, or other materials.

archival boxes


Search Digital Collections

Digital Collections includes highlights from Special Collections & University Archives holdings, as well as resources collected or created by other University entities in partnership with University Libraries. Collections are selected and included based on anticipated research use.

Students entering Lake Superior Hall


Search University Publications

Search or browse through 50 years of Grand Valley history in the digitized and full-text searchable publications available in ScholarWorks@GVSU. The collection includes student newspapers like the Lanthorn, the Grand Valley Forum newsletter, Grand Valley Magazine, Press Releases, Course Catalogs, and more.

GVSU Course Catalogs


Search Rare Books

Special Collections and University Archives contains a number of special book collections. Though these books do not circulate and cannot be checked out, they may be read and studied in our Reading Room in Seidman House. Portions of our book collections have been digitized and are available in our Digital Collections.

Rare Books


Search GVSU Web Archives

Beginning in January 2017, the University Archives teamed up with the Internet Archive's Archive-It program to collect and preserve Grand Valley's internet history. Use the link above to explore previous versions of Grand Valley's website, collected by the University Archives. For earlier versions, search the Wayback Machine.

Web archives