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What We Have
Materials in Special Collections and University Archives fall into three broad categories: Special Collections, University Archives, and Rare Books. Within each of these areas, we work to collect, care for, and preserve materials of continuing value and interest to our campus community. Materials preserved in Special Collections and University Archives are unique, fragile, and historically valuable. They do not circulate like other library materials, and can be used only in our onsite Reading Room in Seidman House or through our digital collections online.
Special Collections contains archival and manuscript collections of individuals, families, businesses and organizations related to:
- Regional history, art, and literature
- The United States Civil War and slavery
- Grand Valley State University founders and alumni
- Veterans history, especially WWII
...and much more!
Each collection may contain material in a variety of formats, including documents, diaries and correspondence, photographs and negatives, audiovisual media, and digital files.
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. 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.
Our Rare Books collections encompass many different collecting areas.
- Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, and Slavery
- History of Books and Printing
- History of Medicine
- Regional history
- Michigan in the Novel
- Independent presses
- Literature and genre fiction
...and much more!