The holdings of the University of Michigan archives document the founding of the university, its growth, the expansion of educational opportunities, and the struggle to provide an intellectual foundation for a diverse and rapidly changing culture. But the records do more--they breathe life into the events and personalities that highlight this important story. Examples of subjects documented in the university archives include:
- every president's administration
- the administrations of schools and colleges, institutes, departments, libraries, centers, and programs
- student life as represented in records of athletic events and teams, residential units, and student governance and cultural organizations
- faculty governance and extraordinary committees and commissions
- the contributions of individual faculty, staff, and alumni through holdings of personal papers
- the sights and sounds of the university, through photographs, posters, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials
Further information on the collections can be found by following the links below. For information on how to retrieve and use records in the university archives consult the Access and Reference Services page.
- University of Michigan online finding aids
- University Printed Materials
- Faculty Papers
- Image Database
- Digital Publications and Collections
Online box listings of University of Michigan manuscript, printed, and photograph collections
An introduction to the archives' collection of university publications, along with information about locating publications in MIRLYN.
Information about the archives' collection of University of Michigan faculty papers, including information on donating papers and tips for locating papers in MIRLYN.
A link to the library's image bank, which includes hundreds of digital images of university figures, events, and scenes.
Information on the growing number of digital publications and collections related to the history of the university, including the Encyclopedic Survey, the Board of Regents Proceedings, and the papers of former U-M president James J. Duderstadt.