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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

Spring Acquisitions

Spring Acquisitions

April 18, 2016

Spring brought with it gifts and acquisitions to both our Wartime and Veterans Collection and our University Archives.

Rare Books

Rare Books

January 11, 2016

Special Collections received a large and significant gift of books from Anita M. Gilleo, Grand Rapids resident and granddaughter of the renowned Grand Rapids artist, Mathias Alten.

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This Month in History

Grand Valley Groundbreaking Image

Grand Valley Groundbreaking

August 28, 1962

The ground breaking ceremony for Grand Valley was held on August 28, 1962. When Governor John B. Swainson hit the button to trigger a dynamite blast to break the ground at the site of the first new...

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