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Historical Primary Sources: Local History

Local Archives

If you are looking for primary sources on local history, Heritage Hall makes available the records of Calvin College, Calvin Seminary, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. In addition the collection holds the personal papers of the college and seminary faculty and staff, ministers in the denomination, and letters detailing the Dutch migration and the impact of this migration on North America.


The Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Center, located in the Grand Rapids Public Library, also contains primary sources of local interest and significance.

Michigan History

For links to online resources and other archival collections in Michigan, check out the MeL (Michigan electronic Library) Michigana page.

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