Zhang Legacy Collections Center

Welcome to the Archives and Regional History Collections

The Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections consists of historical University, regional, and local governmental records. The holdings total over 28,000 cubic feet, making the Zhang Legacy Collections Center the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan and one of the largest in the state. Detailed finding aids exist for the manuscript collections. In addition to the manuscript collections, the unit has oral histories, census records, a research collection of books, magazines, and newspapers, and several large photographic collections. 

Location and Parking

The Archives and Regional History Collections are located in the Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center. Please see the location and parking page for details for your visit.

Library guides

Class Visits

Faculty and instructors are invited to bring students for a hands-on experience using the records, manuscripts and other materials in our archives and regional history collections. We can help you create an educational opportunity for your students that will encourage them to think critically about sources and ask new questions. To schedule a class visit, fill out our Class Visit Request form and we will contact you as soon as we can.


See current and upcoming hours for Archives and Regional History Collections at Zhang Legacy Collections Center. If you are traveling from a distance, please call to verify open hours.

General parameters for open hours:

  • During Fall semester (Sept. - Dec.) - closed Mondays, but open on Saturdays - Closed for Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas and the week through New Year's Day
  • Spring Semester (Jan. - April) - closed Mondays, but open on Saturdays
  • Closed for MLK Day in January and University closures for severe weather
  • Summer (late April - Aug.) open Monday - Friday but closed on Saturday

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