Central Upper Peninsula & Northern Michigan University Archives virtual tour.



ArchivesSpace is the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives collection management program. ArchivesSpace is your guide to our historical collections of personal papers, organizational records, and manuscripts. Our collections cover such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region. Search by Keyword, Name, Title, Subject, or Collecting Areas. The finding aids for our collections will give you an overview of the contents and information on where they are located

How to read an Archives Collection Finding Aid 

This page reviews the components of a standard archives collection finding aid and provides online tutorials for how to understand and use ArchivesSpace. 

Digital Primary Sources Available Online

Around the world, archives and libraries are creating and making available online digital surrogates of historical manuscripts and archival records at an almost exponential rate. This site provides a selected annotated list of credible websites that provide free digital primary sources from Michigan, North America, and around the World. Instructors will also find a useful guide on how to identify, find, and use online digital primary sources.

Lesson Plans & Instructional Resources

This site provides instructors with a set of ready-made lesson plans using primary source material. Instructors may use digital surrogates or arrange for arrange for students to engage with original records in the Archives reading room. Instructors will also find suggested resources for teaching with primary sources, guides to general research topics in the Archives, and a set of PowerPoint presentations on local and regional history. Instructors may request a course-specific lesson plan by completing this online form.

The Nuts and Bolts of Research in the Archives

Historical research in the Archives can be very demanding and complex, especially for undergraduate students unfamiliar with archives or primary sources. This site provides basic guidelines for how to develop a historical question and thesis; how to read an archives collection finding aid; how to do basic note-taking and citation; and how to decipher unfamiliar handwriting.

Archives 101 Tutorials

Studies have demonstrated that patrons of archives have greater success when they have a basic knowledge and understanding of archival management. This site provides links to information that explain the nature and purpose of archives and the methods of archival management. Instructors can keep up on what’s happening at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by visiting and following our website or the Archives’ blog The Northern Tradition.