Archives Collections

Archivist Bob Garrett assists researcher Geneva Keebler Wiskemann in the Reading Room of the Archives of Michigan in Lansing.

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.

View the Online Collection

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.

View the Archives of Michigan's Online Collection.

Collecting COVID-19

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.

If you have an item you would like to donate, please complete our Archives Donation Information form - fillable PDF, and email it to

Not sure what to donate? Here are some examples of items the archives may be interested in collecting:

  • Photographs of signs, empty streets, screening operations, quarantine rules, unique quarantine related family gatherings, online meetings, worship services, book clubs, etc.
  • Audio recordings of how you or your family or community are dealing with the COVID-19 quarantine rules or how you are affected by the pandemic.
  • Journals written by Michiganders documenting their experiences.
  • Correspondence (email or paper) between individuals or from small businesses.
  • Rules, guidelines or other small business documentation related to the COVID-19 event.

Visit the Collecting COVID-19 page for other opportunities to donate your story.

Donations to the Archives

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:

  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Records of private Michigan businesses and organizations
  • Photographs
  • Unpublished memoirs, manuscripts and notes
  • All forms of two-dimensional artwork—from rough sketches to finished drawings
  • Original tape recordings
  • Original musical scores
  • Original film and videotape footage
  • Architectural drawings

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 or telephone 517-335-2576.


Updated 04/06/2020