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.

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

Reminisce Group--Bluegrass Petting Zoo (Adults)

Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm Aurelius Our group meets monthly for reminiscing, fellowship and refreshments. Today: Hear some bluegrass music from Lafferty Pike, a mother and four-daughter band hailing from the Appalachia region of Ohio. Then try out the instruments yourself!
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Redlining-496 & Lansing's African American Community (Adults)

Saturday Jul 27, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm South Lansing MSU Professor John Aerni-Flessner will tell the stories of homeowners affected by 'urban renewal' and the process of redlining in Lansing, focusing on the construction of Interstate 496 from 1963-1970.   Read More
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