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Our digital collections

Browse through historically significant items from photographs and artwork to diaries and manuscripts that have been digitized and made available to you online.

  • Projects that use technology and traditional humanities disciplines to create dynamic, interactive scholarship.

    Digital Humanities

  • 100,000+ digital images from historical photographs of WMU to illustrations of mid-18th-century dress.


  • Index maps and intermediate scale maps published by the Army Map Service.


  • Monastic and medieval documents, manuscripts and more.

    Monastic and Medieval

  • Past issues of WMU-related and Kalamazoo-area newspapers.


  • Images and documents that reflect the people and places of southwest Michigan.

    Regional History

  • Digital showcase of the research, scholarly and creative output of members of the WMU community


  • Photographs, diaries and other writings of World War I and II soldiers.

    War: Military Experience

  • Images, recordings, yearbooks and more that document the history of WMU.

    WMU History

Our physical collections

  • Items that document the history of southwest Michigan and Western Michigan University.

    Archives and Regional History

  • Materials to support the study and research of education.


  • Non-traditional library items that can be borrowed, including electronics and household items.

    Equipment Library

  • U.S. government materials, including paper documents, microfiche, CDs and DVDs.

    Government Documents

  • Maps and other geographic materials to support the research needs of our community.


  • Materials to support the study and research of music and dance.

    Music and Dance

  • Free vegetable, flower and herb seeds for aspiring or experienced gardeners.

    Seed Library

  • More than 43,000 unique items available for research, creative and academic projects.

    Special Collections

  • Materials produced by members of the Western Michigan University community.

    WMU Authors

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