The Archives of Michigan Offering Virtual Appointments

Ed Note: This information is direct from the Michigan History Center and published as an interest for our genealogical and history researchers.

Archivist of Michigan Files

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Archives of Michigan closed to the public on March 13, 2020. Staff is working to develop safety processes and protocols that will enable reopening to the public, but an opening date has yet to be determined.

Throughout the shutdown, staff archivists have provided assistance to researchers over the phone and by email. The Archives of Michigan is now pleased to announce a new video conferencing service. During one-on-one appointments, researchers can speak with an archivist to ask questions or request particular records. 

About the Archives of Michigan

The Archives of Michigan is responsible for preserving the records of the Michigan government and other public institutions. In addition, after review, the Archives of Michigan also accepts papers from private individuals and organizations.

A growing number of materials in the Archives of Michigan is available online at the new Michiganology website. It includes Archives of Michigan research guides and indexes, a blog, and educator resources – all from Michigan History Center staff.

There are more than 3 million records on Michiganology and new material is added frequently. There are a number of collections ranging from pre-statehood to the late 1960s, and these include letters, diaries, photographs, postcards, and video. 

The Archives of Michigan includes a substantial family research library and other materials that are not digitized and available online. You must call or visit the Archives to access these materials, including naturalization records, military records, and more than 50,000 cartographic images and over a million photographs.

Scheduling an Appointment With an Archivist

If you would like to schedule a virtual appointment to talk with an archivist about your needs or request documents and services, visit our online reservation system appointment online or call (517) 335-2576.  

For the latest information on building opening and closures, please visit the DNR COVID-19 Information page. We also will share specific information about the Archives of Michigan website and the Michigan History Center Facebook page once it has been determined.

About The Michigan History Center

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