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Welcome to the Spring Arbor University Archives. Since 1973, there has been a concentrated effort to preserve and make available the rich history of Spring Arbor University as well as other areas of research within its scope. Please feel free to explore

Welcome

Welcome to the Spring Arbor University Archives.  Since 1973, there has been a concentrated effort to preserve and make available the rich history of Spring Arbor University as well as other areas of research within its scope. This research guide is a work in progress.  Please check back for updates.

HOURS OF OPERATION 

Weekday: By Appointment Only 

TOURS AND CLASS VISITS ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT

Please contact Susan M. Panak at susan.panak@arbor.edu or 517-750-6434 to make an appointment.

Mailing Address:

SAU White Library

106 E. Main Street – ST 7

Spring Arbor,  MI 49283

Physical Address (for GPS purposes):

The SAU White Library is across from 126 Ogle Avenue, Spring Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

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Collections

UNIVERSITY COLLECTION

Records of the Spring Arbor University departments are restricted. Researchers may access these records by permission of the office of origin. Other items readily available for research include: photographs, yearbooks, Journal (alumni publication), student newspapers, alumni collections, catalogs, honor theses, faculty dissertations, chapel recordings, scrapbooks, and diaries.

DIGITAL COLLECTION

(Access the Collection here)

This digital image collection enhances the campus archival repository.  Collections consist of images of primary source materials.  These include the Spring Arbor University Campus dedications and placement of plaques; Bob Pohl's historical post cards of Spring Arbor, Michigan; samples of Spring Arbor medical records from early 20th century, yearbooks, athletic trophies and plaques, early 20th century student scrapbook, and a transcribed diary of a 19th c. Free Methodist Minister.  

SOUTHERN MICHIGAN CONFERENCE - FREE METHODIST CHURCH

The Spring Arbor University Archives is the official repository for the Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church.  This collection contains miscellaneous church and minister files, annual meeting minutes, Superintendents' messages, and photographs spanning the centuries.  There are over 350 published works including Missions, Holiness Authors, Conference Histories, Disciplines, and writings by Free Methodist authors.  The archives also houses Yearbooks, The Free Methodist, and a hymnal collection.

BEVERLY "BECKY" CUNNINGHAM LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTION

Donated by the Spring Arbor local historian, Becky Cunningham, this collection contains local and regional history documents. These documents include photographs, correspondence, family papers, business and organizational records, abstracts, maps, books, and pamphlets.

 

RESEARCH TIP

EASY ANSWERS

The answer to your historical question may be found in the SAU history book.  Click below to download a searchable .pdf:

Digital Images

Boys Dormitory and Chapel 1884

Students c.1880s

Boys Dormitory and Chapel

Boys Dormitory and Chapel

Students 1890s

Class of 1896

Campus 1911

Administration Hall Postcard 1911

Girls Hall c.1913

Aerial View 1940s

Aerial View 1951

Aerial View 1950s

Aerial View 2016

Aerial View 2016