July 19 will mark the groundbreaking for a 16,000 square foot Legacy Collections Center on WMU's Oakland Drive campus. When complete, the building will house the current holdings of WMU's Archives and Regional History, in addition to the complete archives of the Kalamazoo Gazette.
That collection currently includes historical records for all of Southwest Michigan and the University's archives. The new building will also shelve overflow books and serials from the University Libraries.
The current archives have been housed in the gymnasium East Hall for more than 20 years. The new building will become a permanent home for the collections—it will also be climate controlled and easily accessible to the public.
In addition to usage by students and faculty, the collections are regularly perused by community members interested in historical and genealogical research.
The new Legacy Collections Center, which was privately funded, will include a large reading room capable of being transformed into an event center, a two-story storage area, and ample public parking.
Work will begin July 23 and the facility is scheduled for completion next summer, 2013.
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WMU NEWS — WMU TO BREAK GROUND FOR LEGACY COLLECTIONS BUILDING