Overview

While CADL's general collection brings the world to the Greater Lansing community, our local history holdings bring the Greater Lansing community to the world.

Whether you are discovering history or making history, CADL has resources and expertise to support you.

Search our Online Collections

We are working every day to bring a wide variety of material from the Forest Parke Library & Archives collections to the web.

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Conduct Research in Person

Explore our holdings in person and consult with local experts.

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Make History

Users can reformat their older materials such as VHS or slides to digital at the Forest Parke Library & Archives Digital History Station.

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Contribute

Forest Parke Library & Archives is always looking to add new archival materials to our collections, in accordance with the Library's Materials Selection policy (SER101). Examples of items we seek are photographs, audio or video recordings (including film), personal papers, business or organization records, posters and flyers, and more. We accept many formats including digital photography and audio. Our collecting focus is on Ingham County and Greater Lansing, and we are particularly interested in material that documents rural communities, marginalized groups, subcultures, and other non-mainstream subjects.

Please speak to the Local History Specialist if you would like to learn more about the types of materials we collect and preserve, and to help determine whether your materials would be a good fit in the Forest Parke Library & Archives.

Our standard Deed of Gift form must be completed and included with any donation of materials you wish to make.

While we do not charge for access to any of our collections and services, monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.

 

Have old books?

Your Old Books

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has prepared a guide about old books, to help understand their value and whether they would be suitable to donate to a library. If you have books you would like to donate, read this guide first. Your books may be suited for Local History, but if not, consider donating to one of CADL's used book sales operations.

Looking for Conservation Help?

MSU Libraries Conservation Referral List

The Michigan State University Libraries maintains an online Conservation Referral List of people and businesses in Michigan that do conservation and restoration of historical materials.

The Henry Ford Conservation Department

The Henry Ford provides a one-on-one consultation service with staff conservators, who are available to provide conservation advice and referrals to local conservators. Note that The Henry Ford’s conservation laboratory does not carry out conservation treatment work for individuals. For more information, contact research.center@thehenryford.org.

Find us on Social Media

Forest Parke Library & Archives is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also have a Local History video playlist on the CADL YouTube channel. Follow us!


Contact Us

For local history inquiries contact the Forest Parke Library & Archives at:

517-367-6313 or localhistory@cadl.org


Upcoming History Events

Welcome to the Graveyard (Teens & Adults)

Friday Sep 27, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm Stockbridge Brenda Sullivan of the Gravestone Girls will lead a virtual tour of cemetery art, history and symbolism, from colonial burial grounds to the 21st century. Read More

Meet Author Joe Grimm (Adults)

Wednesday Oct 2, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm Downtown Lansing The Faygo Book presents the history of the immigrant-founded Faygo Company and the soda that every Michiganian and Detroiter loves. Author and MSU journalism professor Joe Grimm will share the story as well as delicious samples. Books will be available for sale and signing. Read More
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