University Archives

The Grand Valley State University Archives is the repository for official and supplemental historical records created by the University's administration, academic departments, faculty, students, and campus organizations. It exists to help meet the University's legal responsibility to preserve and make its records available in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and to assist the University community's effort to document its actions and decisions. The University Archives collects paper and digital records, photographs and negatives, audio, video, and digital media that document and support the university's mission to contribute to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.

Search Finding Aids

Materials described in archival finding aids are available for research within our Reading Room in Seidman House. Contact Leigh Rupinski at or (616) 331-8726 to schedule a research appointment, or visit us to access materials.

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GVSU Photographs

Lake Superior Hall. Students in beanies walking up the steps

View GVSU Photographs

Digitized historical images of the people, places, and events of Grand Valley State University from its founding in 1960 as a 4-year college in western Michigan. Additional photographs and negatives are stored in the University Archives.


GVSU Publications

Browse University Publications Online

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 Web Archives

Visit the 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.

1969 Grand Valley State College Promotional Video

Go back in time with this GVSU promotional video from 1969. The film was remastered by GVSU Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.