The ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°┬áArchives is located ┬áat Factory One in Flint.┬áThe focus at the┬áarchives┬áis to preserve and provide access to the history of ┬á░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°, the automotive industry and Flint.
The Special Collections and University┬áArchives was established in 1974, largely through the vision and research interests of Richard P. Scharchburg and members of the UniversityÔÇÖs Alumni Foundation.┬áThe nexus of the collection was the acquisition of the William C. ÔÇťBillyÔÇŁ Durant Collection from DurantÔÇÖs widow, and has grown into a collection in excess of 4,500 linear feet of documents (manuscripts and photographs, mainly), plus several hundred books and other ÔÇťartifacts.ÔÇŁ
The emphasis of the collection documents the early history of the automobile industryÔÇönot surprisingly, given the early history of the University itself. Because of this, however, the collection is also an excellent source for the history of Flint and the history of ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═° itself; the three are inexorably intertwined.
The collection also documents the administrative, academic and social life of ░─├┼┴¨║¤▓╩╣┘═°. Beginning with the papers of Major Albert Sobey, the┬áarchives┬áis the home of the records kept by his successors as well as many other offices of the University. The┬áarchives┬áhas also collected copies of The Reflector, the yearbook published by the student body, and other student organizations, as wellÔÇöand the┬áarchives┬áis always looking to add more of those kinds of records.┬á
The Charles F. Kettering Collection is one of the largest collections in the archives and has been used by scholars worldwide. The archivesÔÇÖ digital photo collection now exceeds 100,000 images. A partial online catalog along with digitized photos can be found on the┬áarchives website.
The Humanities Art Center is located on the fourth floor of the Academic Building on campus. The gallery features world-class exhibits and collections that exemplify the craftsmanship of local and national artists. A variety of media are represented including paintings, photographs, sculpture┬áand ceramics. The center also holds a permanent collection of over 500 pieces.