Kalamazoo College Archives

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Address and Contact Info

Address: Kalamazoo College Archives
Upjohn Library Commons, 3rd floor
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006 USA

Telephone & fax: tel: (269) 337-7151 fax: (269) 337-7143

Website: http://www.kzoo.edu/is/library/archives/index.html

Principal contacts for the collection: e-mail: archives@kzoo.edu

Hours and Usage Restrictions

Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm

Appointments are preferred.

Collection Summary

Some of the significant records and documents in the College Archives are:

  • Minutes, correspondence, memoranda and other records and documents of the faculty, administration, and trustees
  • Personal publications of faculty, alumni, and friends of the College
  • Records of student organizations
  • Yearbooks dating from 1896, literary magazines, and other student publications
  • The College newspaper (Kalamazoo College Index), dating back to 1877, and name indexes to the Index for the years 1877 to 1931
  • The Daily Bulletin dating from 1947 to 1949 and 1962 to the present, Who's New at Kalamazoo (a photographic yearbook of faculty and first-year students), and other student services publications
  • A large collection of scrapbooks prepared by alumni, friends, and College personnel, catalogued for subject access
  • Photographs
  • Miscellaneous mementos

The College Archives also contain the personal papers of many individuals who have had close associations with the College. Among the more extensive collections are those of T.Z.R. Jones, an early missionary preacher in Michigan and longtime financial agent of both the Michigan Baptist Convention and Kalamazoo College; E.J. Fish, a nineteenth-century Baptist minister who for many years was president of the Michigan Baptist Convention and a trustee of Kalamazoo College; Maynard Owen Williams, a 1910 graduate of Kalamazoo College who was chief of the foreign staff of National Geographic from 1930 to 1953; Luike J. Hemmes, a distinguished professor of philosophy at Kalamazoo College from 1925 to 1958; Raymond L. Hightower, a Kalamazoo College sociology professor from 1934 to 1971 who held leadership positions at the College as well as in many state and national organizations and who was a prominent local political figure; and Preston C. Hammer, a 1934 graduate of Kalamazoo College who was an important scholar in the field of applied mathematics and a pioneer in computer science education.

Usage Discussion


The Kalamazoo College Archives is open to students, staff, alumni, and interested researchers from the community. The Archivist and student workers staff the Archives approximately 20 hours a week during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Arrangements must be made with the Archivist or Reference Librarians for access at other times. The Archives is closed for public access during the summer.

Materials must be used in the Archives under supervised conditions. It is possible for materials to be left in the Reference Area for individuals who are unable to visit the Archives during open hours or who wish to continue their research beyond those times. The materials used under these circumstances are generally not of a confidential nature. Individuals must have made prior arrangements so that materials may be transferred from the Archives to the Reference Office. It is not the responsibility of the supervisor on duty to retrieve Archives materials. Materials used in the Reference Area should be returned to the supervisor on duty.


The Kalamazoo College Archives is committed to providing researchers with the material they need. However, due to the confidential nature of certain records, access to some materials may be limited. Restrictions are placed on the use of records in order to protect the rights to privacy of individuals and the institution. Researchers may be required to obtain permission from the office of origin before using unpublished materials.

The following materials may be consulted without restriction:

  • Audiocassettes
  • Baptist Collection
  • Blueprints
  • College publications (Index, yearbooks, alumni magazines, catalogs, etc.)
  • Memorabilia
  • Photographs
  • Other published materials
  • Videos
  • Materials available to the general College community at the time of their original distribution

See the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This has an impact on the use of Archives material.

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