The Archives of Michigan is responsible for preserving the records of Michigan government and other public institutions. The collections also include documents, maps, photographs and film from private individuals and organizations.
Seeking Michigan is the online platform for the Michigan History Center. It includes Archives of Michigan research guides and indexes, as well as access to more than three million state and local government records and private manuscripts, maps and photographs.
There is no question that the coronavirus emergency that is so deeply affecting all our lives is a significant history-making time. The Michigan History Center is collecting the stories of diverse Michiganders so that the record we preserve in 2020 will help future generations understand what it felt like to live through this time.
Not sure what to donate? Here are some examples of items the archives may be interested in collecting:
Visit the Collecting COVID-19 page for other opportunities to donate your story.
The Archives of Michigan seeks donations of original materials documenting Michigan history and culture. Here are examples of the types of materials that the archives collects:
Our collections cover many aspects of Michigan history. Subjects prominently represented include lumbering, mining, politics, the military and women and minorities. The Archives of Michigan continually works to strengthen its holdings in these traditional areas, while also branching out into new ones, such as architecture and popular culture. We'll neglect no part of our state's heritage.
If you're interested in donating items—or know of any possible donations—then please e-mail us at Archives@Michigan.gov or telephone 517-335-2576.