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Archives of Michigan

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.

Learn about the collections at the Archives

2024 Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar on May 10 - 11, 2024

Save the date! The 11th Annual Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar is scheduled for Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, 2024. This two-day program is hosted by the Archives of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Genealogical Council and is offered as a hybrid event. Plan to join us onsite in Lansing or online from home.

Registration information will be available in February 2024.

PLEASE NOTE: The Archives of Michigan is closed Saturday, May 25, 2024, through Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day. The Archives of Michigan will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.


The Archives of Michigan is located on the 2nd floor of the Michigan Library and Historical Center:
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48915

Phone: 517-335-2576


The Archives of Michigan is open to the public six days a week and closed on Sundays.

  • Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Closing Schedule

The Archives of Michigan is closed on official state holidays and several other days throughout the year. The Archives is closed on Sundays. Please call 517-335-2573 to confirm dates.

Friday - Monday, December 22, 20230 - January 1, 2024 (Christmas to New Year)

Saturday - Monday, January 13 - 15, 2024 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Saturday - Monday, February 17 - 19, 2024 (Presidents’ Day)

Saturday - Monday, May 25 - 27, 2024 (Memorial Day)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 (Juneteenth)

Thursday - Saturday, July 4 - 6, 2024 (Independence Day)

Saturday - Monday, August 31 - September 2, 2024 (Labor Day)

Tuesday, November 5, 2024 (Election Day)

Saturday - Monday, November 9 - 11, 2024 (Veterans Day)

Thursday - Saturday, November 28 - 30, 2024 (Thanksgiving)

Tuesday - Wednesday, December 24, 2024 - January 1, 2025 (Christmas to New Year)


There is no fee or admission charge for entering the Archives of Michigan. Please stop at the museum admissions desk on your way in to let them know you are visiting the archives. The staff will be glad to direct you to the reading room.

Public Access

Collections at the Archives of Michigan include probate files, naturalization records, tax rolls, cemetery transcripts, local histories, circuit court case files, prison registries and other helpful records. Providing access to the public is a core function of the Archives of Michigan.

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Michiganology is the online platform for the Archives of Michigan research guides and indexes, plus educator resources and more.