Our research libraries are more than books. The WMU Libraries' digitization goal is to bring patrons unique items through our online digital collections. These include historically significant items from the WMU collections: diaries, photographs, maps, manuscripts, artwork, presidential letters, blueprints, and more. They are selected from WMU Libraries’ collections including: Archives and Regional History Collections, Rare Books, Map Collection, WMU departments, and regional partners. All collections can be browsed, and most are searchable.
These special digital collections are designed with classroom support, and community collaboration in mind. They are available under 'Fair Use' guidelines - see copyright information Collections can also be found in: Library Search - WMU library catalog, MeLCat - Michigan elibrary catalog, and WorldCat - world library catalog.
African American History Book
"Michigan Manual of Freedmen's Progress" book, 1915 edition, fully digitized including photographs, charts, and searchable text in pdf format.
Beer, Food, and Home Comfort: Domestic Collections at WMU
Selections of recipes and directions for brewing and cooking for the home, from the 18th century through early 20th century. The collection includes both early published works and original, handwritten home cookbooks.
Caroline Bartlett Crane Everyman's House Collection
Items include a mix of blueprints, letters, photos and a book from the nationally recognized home design built in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by Caroline Bartlett Crane. All images have comprehensive metadata, and the capability to zoom in on details.
Cistercian Liturgical Research Resources from the Cistercian Studies Collection at WMU
Contains the full run of Liturgy O.S.C.O, the journal edited by Father Chrysogonus Waddell of Gethsemani Abbey; Cistercian Liturgy Series; and selections from the Chrysogonous Waddell Archive.
Cistercian Reference Works
The Cistercian Reference works collection provides digital access to important and hard-to-find works on the Cistercian Order and will eventually include works such as biliographies, dictionaries, biographical and geographical material and indexes.
Costume History Collection
This collection is currently comprised of four books housed in the Special Collections and Rare Books Room of Waldo Library. Each of these books illustrates aspects of dress from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century.
Kalamazoo’s longest continuously produced newspaper reporting on news of interest to the African-American community, 1968 - 1982.
Instructional Image Catalog
Digital images gathered from the Visual Resources Library collection of slides and digital images for instruction and research. This collection is restricted to WMU students, faculty, and staff.
Index Map Collection
Index maps for map series and sets, such as AMS (Army Map Service), visually annotated to show local WMU Libraries holdings.
Medieval Document Collection
A selection of Cistercian and other materials: antiphonary, glossed Bible pages, legal scroll, etc. For information about digitization possibilities, see: medieval document digitization services.
Medieval Manuscript Variants in Aelfric of Eynsham's Catholic Homilies
A project intended to make available and preserve the results of many years of compilation activity by Professors Peter Clemoes and Malcolm Godden, two scholars engaged in the study of Aelfric of Eynsham's Catholic Homilies. Now available as a pilot project are one homily from each of the two series (I.17 and II.23), I.17 being a homily for the 2nd Sunday after Easter and II.23 a homily for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. Also included is a digitized version of WMU's copy of A Testimonie of Antiqvitie of 1566?, the earliest edition of one of the Catholic Homilies.
Performances from the WMU School of Music
This collection contains selected concerts and recitals from the WMU School of Music from the 1970s to the present, primarily graduate recitals and concerts by student ensembles. Concert programs are available for public viewing but digitized recordings are restricted to on-campus use only.
QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) Demo
Example of an African beaded necklace produced as a QTVR movie from 72 separate photographs of the item.
Relaçión general de Álvar Nv'ñez Cabeça de Vaca
Comentarios de Álvar Nv'ñez Cabeça de Vaca
(Early Americas, Medieval Spanish Documents)
A Spanish Department collaborative grant project which includes two Cabeza de Vaca transcriptions of 16th century manuscripts at the Early Americas Digital Archive.
ScholarWorks at WMU
A digital showcase of the research, scholarly, and creative output of members of the Western Michigan University community. The repository is administered by WMU Libraries and serves as a permanent digital archive for these materials.
Selected Examples of Print Images
Depicting a history of print methods with analysis and technical information.
South Asia Map Collection
This collection is made up of intermediate scale maps published by the Army Map Service primarily in the 1940s and 1950s. It covers Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Burma.
South Haven Michigan Lighthouse Logs
Lighthouse keeper logs for the South Pierhead Light, South Haven, Michigan, from 1872 to 1880. The bulk of the logs were recorded by James S. Donahue who served as the keeper of the South Haven station for most of the period from 1872 to 1887.
United States Civil War Collection
Diaries and more from the mid-1860s, with full transcriptions, extensive metadata, and categories for browsing.
Western Herald Archive
The Western Herald is the longest continuous publication on Western’s campus. The digitized Western Herald Archive includes a largely complete run of the newspaper from 1916 to 2009.
WMU Libraries Portfolio Collection
Images of diverse items demonstrating Digitization Center services. The collection contains copyrighted materials.
World War I and World War II: Personal Narratives
Photograph albums, scrapbooks, postcards and letters detailing the soldier’s experience in WWI and WWII.
World War II Propaganda Collections
The Howard Mowen Collection and the Edwin W. Polk Collection are two significant donations that now form a unified collection of Nazi German and Allies publications, photographs, and ephemera known as the N.S.D.A.P. Collection.
Ward Morgan Photography Collection
A collection of commercial photographs showing mid-20th century culture in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area. View in CONTENTdm, the Ward Morgan categories of photos in Making of Modern Michigan Web interface or LUNA image databases.
Yearbooks of Western Michigan University
Yearbooks from 1906 through 1975 available in digital form as searchable pdf files (some pdf files are very large).