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Archives

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

Interested in family history and genetic genealogy?

2024 Fall Family History Seminar on Saturday, November 16th

Save the date! Genetic genealogist Angie Bush is the featured speaker at the 2024 Michigan Genealogical Council Fall Family History Event on Saturday, November 16, 2024. This annual one-day event is co-sponsored by the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan and will be offered as a hybrid event. Join us onsite in Lansing or participate online from home.

To learn more, visit the Michigan Genealogical Council website.

Visiting the Archives of Michigan

PLEASE NOTE: The Archives of Michigan is closed Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth and Thursday, July 4, through Saturday, July 6, in observance of Independence Day. The Archives of Michigan will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 8, 2024.

Location

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

Email: Archives@Michigan.gov
Phone: 517-335-2576

Hours

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

  • Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. 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, 2023 - 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)

Admission

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

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

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