Special Collections & University Archives: Home

An introduction to conducting research at GVSU's Special Collections & University Archives

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Welcome to the Subject Guide for Special Collections & University Archives! You can find information here on how to access our resources online, how to conduct research at the Archives, the differences between primary and secondary sources, and more. Still have questions? Send me a message! I'm happy to help. 

What is Special Collections and University Archives?

GVSU’s Special Collections and University Archives department is a resource center dedicated to providing access to unique and historic materials. We support students, faculty, staff, and other researchers in a multitude of activities including:

  • Designing class assignments
  • Completing research papers and projects
  • Investigating the history of Grand Valley State University
  • Pursuing scholarly research

Special Collections includes rare books, political papers, literary and historical manuscripts, maps and atlases, photographs and media, art, artifacts and ephemera on a variety of topics.

University Archives consists of Institutional records, documents, and publications pertaining to more than 50 years of Grand Valley State University history

Our Mission

Special Collections & University archives collects, preserves, makes accessible, and promotes institutional records, manuscripts and documents, rare and unique book collections, photographs, media, art and artifacts in support of the teaching, research, and service mission of Grand Valley State University.

Hours and Location

Seidman House exterior

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Need a Quiet Place to Study?

Seidman House features a large quiet study area for students with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the wooded ravines, open work tables, and comfortable seating!

Subjects: History, Other Guides
  • Last Updated: May 1, 2024 12:35 PM
  • URL: https://libguides.gvsu.edu/archives