The Oakland University Archives is the official depository of materials relating to the history of Oakland University from its founding to the present. Its primary purpose is to document the history of the University and its impact in Oakland County, Michigan, and beyond. The Archives provide source material to administrators, alumnae, students, and faculty, as well as to outside researchers.
We are happy to accommodate appointments with researchers at any time during the week, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Whether they plan to visit the Archives or just have a question, we ask that all users of the Archives fill out the access request form to ensure that materials are readily available. All materials will be retrieved and handled by the Archives staff.
In person access to Special Collections and University Archives is by appointment. Drop-ins will be accommodated whenever possible but will not be guaranteed service. To guarantee fast and convenient access, please make an appointment through the access request form.
Visitors to the Archives are requested to become familiar with procedures for handling archival materials, as summarized in the Archives use form.
Patrons can request photocopies or digital scans of materials, provided the condition of the materials allows it. Duplication is free, except for high quality scans (over 300 dpi) and photocopies for non OU-employees (see details of services and fees).
The Oakland University Archives is looking for documents relating to the University's history. According to the Official Archives Policy, this includes items such as official records, personal papers, reports, minutes, publications, photographs, flyers, maps, etc.
Particularly desirable items include:
Please contact Dominique Daniel or Shirley Paquette if you have items to donate so we can determine if they are needed or are duplicates of items we already have. If you wish to retain the item, we can make a copy for archives.
For university offices: Fill out a University Archives Transmittal/Inventory Form. Send the Transmittal Form and a brief inventory along with the materials to the Archives, Attention: Archives.
Coordinator of Special Collections and Archives
Room 129, Kresge library
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