A Century of Knowledge
Ever thought about exploring your genealogy or local history? Interested in finding information about Western Michigan University you can't find in a yearbook? Did you know WMU Archives and Regional History contains all of that—and is open for the general public?
WMU Archives and Regional History has holdings that total over 28,000 cubic feet – making it the largest facility of its kind in southwestern Michigan and one of the largest in the nation. More than a century’s worth of knowledge is housed in the WMU Archives that allows the Western and Kalamazoo communities to research, learn and discover a plethora of new information daily.
For example, there are public records of a dozen counties in southwest Michigan, as well as letters, diaries, business and organizational records that allow patrons to learn about local and regional history. If you’re more interested in the history of WMU beyond yearbooks, take a look at the University Archives and Oral History collections. There are photographs, alumni publications, scrapbooks, and an oral history section dedicated to the WMU Centennial.
In addition to these extensive, original sources, WMU Archives utilizes technology to extend the reach of their material and resources. Yearbooks from 1906-1987, access to Ancestry Library Edition, over 500 images, and a collection dedicated to soldiers in the Civil War with connections to Michigan and the Midwest— are all available online.
The next time you think about taking a look to the past, go to the WMU Archives & Regional History to utilize resources that may literally in your backyard!
To learn more about what the WMU Archives has to offer, please follow the link below:
WMICH.EDU—WMU ARCHIVES & REGIONAL HISTORY