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

Joseph Olexa WWII Memoir and Letters

Joseph Olexa WWII Memoir and Letters

August 26, 2015

Original World War II memoir and letters home from Joseph Olexa, soldier in the U.S. Army, 26th Infantry, Co. "L".

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

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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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