The Holland Museum Archives & Research Library is housed in the lower level of the Holland
Museum at 31 West 10th Street in Holland, Michigan.
The Holland Museum Archives and Research Library is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Contact the Archivist for holiday hours and special appointments.
Using the Archives:
Walk-in access: The Archives and Research Library is fully accessible. No entry fee is
required. Museum reception staff will direct you to the archives.
Appointments: Appointments are not required for general research but are recommended
if short for time or if coming from out of town. Appointments are required when accessing CDs,
DVDs, films, video and audio recordings so that space and equipment can be reserved.
Requests for information or research can be made by email, mail or phone.
About the collections:
The Holland Museum Archives and Research Library contains a diverse collection of historic
documents, books, images and maps from the mid-1600s through today. Materials collected document
the people, places, activities and events that make up the past and unfolding history of the
Greater Holland, Michigan area. The Archives also seeks to build on the existing collection of
Dutch ethnographic material related to the early settlement and development of Holland, and to
document the area's cultural diversity.
The collections include newspapers, magazines, microfilm, record albums, audio and
video recordings, films, diaries, correspondence, Bibles and Bible-related commentaries, business
records and family documents, and subject, biography and business files. The Archives holds image
collections including negatives, photographs, postcards, maps, aerial views, lithographs, prints,
drawings and paintings. Records from several area townships and the City of Holland are deposited
with the Archives and Research Library as well.
Short list of research topics:
Local businesses and industries including:
Holland Furnace Co.
Home Furnace Co.
Limbert Furniture Co.
West Michigan Furniture Co.
Baker Furniture Co.
Holland Furniture Co.
Western Machine Tool Works
H.J. Heinz Co.
Local history including:
Early settlement of Holland and the surrounding area
George N. Smith and Old Wing Mission
Chief Waukazoo and the Native American community
Holland area involvement in the Civil War, World War I and World War II the National Guard and
Church histories and documents
Dutch culture and history including:
The collections of the Netherlands Information
Clothing, traditions, culture and customs of the Dutch
Dutch East and West
The immigrant experience including:
Dutch immigrants to Michigan
Dutch immigrants to
other states and countries such as Iowa, New York and Canada
Latino, Asian, and European
immigrants to the Holland area
Hispanic American and Black American migration to the Holland
Reproduction Fees and Charges:
Photocopies: 15 cents a copy, 30 cents, double sided.
Scans: $6.00 per scan, added charge
for disk - $5.00.
Publication and use fees, contact the Archivist for more information.
Online Request Form:
Video Courtesy of the Holland Sentinel
Archive Reading Room
Variety of Archived Materials On-Hand
The Joint Archives of Holland
Herrick District Library, Holland
Van Raalte Institute, Hope College,
Heritage Hall, Calvin College,
Grand Rapids Community
Archives and Research Center
Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor
Clarke Historical Library, Mt. Pleasant
Chicago Historical Society, Chicago
State Library, New York City
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Roosevelt Study Center, Middleburg, Netherlands
Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Image Courtesy of the Holland Sentinel