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Donations to the Archives

Donations to the Archives

We are always seeking donations of original materials documenting Michigan history and culture. Here are examples of the types of materials we collect:

  • Letters and 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  • Unpublished memoirs, manuscripts and notes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, musical scores, film and video footage
  • Architectural drawings

Our collections cover many aspects of Michigan history. Subjects prominently represented include lumbering, mining, politics, the military and women and minorities. We continually works to strengthen our 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 email us at Archives@Michigan.gov or telephone 517-335-2576.

Collecting COVID-19

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.

Visit the Collecting COVID-19 page for more information.

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