Genesee Historical Collections Center (Archives)

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The Genesee Historical Collections Center, a division of the University of Michigan-Flint Thompson Library, contains both published and unpublished material concerning the history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan, as well as the archives of the University of Michigan-Flint. It has existed since 1984, primarily serving UM-Flint students.

Significant collections held here relate to various subjects in Flint’s history, including labor (University of Michigan-Flint Labor History Project and UAW Local 599); civil rights (Olive Beasley, Edgar Holt, Peter Jacquette); Arab-Americans (Hani Bawardi, Anthony Mansour); industry (Flint Woolen Mills); service clubs (Flint Junior League, Rotary Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce);  and many others, both personal and organizational.  The papers of Sen. Donald Riegle and Congressman Dale Kildee are included among its political collections. The Center holds a microfilm copy of the papers of Henry H. Crapo, Flint governor, lumberman, and railroad executive, as well as papers of members of his family. Finding aids are available at the archives and online.

The Center holds a general reference collection relating to Michigan history, besides many books and pamphlets on Flint-area topics. Organizational newsletters, maps, sound recordings, and microfilm of Flint newspapers are among further holdings. Books, manuscript collections, and other items are cataloged on Library Catalog. Finding aids and databases are available on site.

There are two libraries at the Ann Arbor campus with extensive archival collections: the Clements Library and the Bentley Historical Library. For further Michigan history and labor history visit the Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit