Special Collections

Rare books, political papers, literary and historical manuscripts, maps and atlases, photographs and motion pictures, art and ephemera related to the interests of Grand Valley students, administrators, faculty, and outside researchers.  

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University Archives

Official and ancillary records, documents, and publications in all formats pertaining to more than 50 years of Grand Valley State University history. Ongoing support to Grand Valley for the management of the University’s inactive records.

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Digital Collections

Digital highlights of selected items from the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives. Easy to search photographs, publications, manuscripts, and oral history interviews of community members and organizations. 

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New Acquisitions

Journals and diaries of William Welsh (1835-1912)

Journals and diaries of William Welsh (1835-1912)

February 20, 2015

Civil War veteran (4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and 19th U.S. Colored Troops), covering the years 1855-1858, 1876-1882, 1884-1890, and 1900-1908

Denis Diderot, Encyclopédie (1751-1772)

Denis Diderot, Encyclopédie (1751-1772)

February 12, 2015

The crowning achievement of the Age of Enlightenment, Diderots magnum opus was suppressed by the French government and placed on the Index of forbidden books by the Vatican because it promoted dangerous ideas, such as freedom of thought and religious

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This Month in History

Mary Idema Pew Library Opens Image

Mary Idema Pew Library Opens

June 24, 2013

On June 24, 2013 the Mary Idema Pew Library opened at GVSU. It was built to seat 15,000 people (triple the capacity of Zumberge Library), and hold 150,000 books on open shelves, with 600,000 more library...

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