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Western Michigan University Zhang Legacy Collections Center

Western Michigan University Zhang Legacy Collections Center
Western Michigan University Zhang Legacy Collections Center

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Western Michigan University Zhang Legacy Collections Center
Affiliated Library
Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University
DescriptionThe Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections consists of historical University, regional, and local governmental records. The holdings total over 28,000 cubic feet, making the Zhang Legacy Collections Center the largest facility of its type in southwestern Michigan and one of the largest in the state. Detailed finding aids exist for the manuscript collections. In addition to the manuscript collections, the unit has oral histories, census records, a research collection of books, magazines, and newspapers, and several large photographic collections.
Contact Name: Jonathan Kirkwood
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 269-387-8490
Address: 1650 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5307 United States
Postal code: 49008-5307
Web site URL:
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Year opened: 2013
Total Personnel: 5
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes):
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet): 16500
Current volume count: 187,811

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemCaiaSoft
Date Implemented2017
Previous IMSGFA Library Archival System
Date Implemented2013

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
Shelving Height (max): 32
Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
Target operating temperature: 60 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 50 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
Max travel distance (miles):