Digitized Collections

Our research libraries are more than books. The WMU Libraries' digitization goal is to bring patrons unique items through our online digital collections. These include diaries, photographs, maps, manuscripts, artwork, presidential letters, blueprints, and more. All collections are searchable, and most are browsable.

  • Historically significant resources from:

            • Archives and Regional History Collections
            • Special Collections
            • Visual Resources
            • Map Collection
            • University departments
            • Regional partners

  • Classroom support
  • Community collaboration
  • Designed for faculty and student Internet access
  • Under 'Fair Use' guidelines - see copyright information
  • Collections can be found in:

African American History Book
"Michigan Manual of Freedmen's Progress" book, 1915 edition, fully digitized including photographs, charts, and searchable text in pdf format.

Caroline Bartlett Crane Everyman's House Collection
Items include a mix of blueprints, letters, photos and a book from the nationally recognized home design built in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by Caroline Bartlett Crane. All images have comprehensive metadata, and the capability to zoom in on details.

Cistercian Liturgical Research Resources from the Cistercian Studies Collection at WMU
Contains the full run of Liturgy O.S.C.O, the journal edited by Father Chrysogonus Waddell of Gethsemani Abbey; Cistercian Liturgy Series; and selections from the Chrysogonous Waddell Archive.

CONTENTdm Collections at WMU
Access to WMU collections on the CONTENTdm image database platform. For CONTENTdm hosted collections from other organizations see the: CONTENTdm Collection of Collections

Costume History Collection
This collection is currently comprised of four books housed in the Special Collections and Rare Books Room of Waldo Library. Each of these books illustrates aspects of dress from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century.

Instructional Image Catalog
Digital images gathered from the Visual Resources Library collection of slides and digital images for instruction and research. This collection is restricted to WMU students, faculty, and staff.

Index Map Collection
Index maps for map series and sets, such as AMS (Army Map Service), visually annotated to show local WMU Libraries holdings.

LUNA Insight Collections at WMU
Access to all the WMU collections on the LUNA image database platform. For collections hosted on the LUNA platform from other organizations see: LUNA commons.org

Medieval Document Collection
A selection of Cistercian and other materials: antiphonary, glossed Bible pages, legal scroll, etc. For information about digitization possibilities, see: medieval document digitization services.

QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) Demo
Example of an African beaded necklace produced as a QTVR movie from 72 separate photographs of the item.

Relaçión general Commentarios de Álvar Nv'ñez Cabeça de Vaca
(Early Americas, Medieval Spanish Documents) A Spanish Department collaborative grant project which includes two Cabeza de Vaca transcriptions of 16th century manuscripts at the Early Americas Digital Archive.

ScholarWorks at WMU
A digital showcase of the research, scholarly, and creative output of members of the Western Michigan University community. The repository is administered by WMU Libraries and serves as a permanent digital archive for these materials.

Selected Examples of Print Images
Depicting a history of print methods with analysis and technical information.

South Asia Map Collection
This collection is made up of intermediate scale maps published by the Army Map Service primarily in the 1940s and 1950s. It covers Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Burma.

United States Civil War Collection
Diaries and more from the mid-1860s, with full transcriptions, extensive metadata, and categories for browsing.

WMU Libraries Portfolio Collection
Images of diverse items demonstrating Digitization Center services. The collection contains copyrighted materials.

World War II Propaganda Collections
The Howard Mowen Collection and the Edwin W. Polk Collection are two significant donations that now form a unified collection of Nazi German and Allies publications, photographs, and ephemera known as the N.S.D.A.P. Collection.

Ward Morgan Photography Collection
A collection of commercial photographs showing mid-20th century culture in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area. View in CONTENTdm, the Ward Morgan categories of photos in Making of Modern Michigan web interface or LUNA image databases.

Yearbooks of Western Michigan University
Yearbooks from 1906 through 1975 available in digital form as searchable pdf files (some pdf files are very large).