Archives and Collection

The Lakeshore Museum Center collection contains around 70,000 items pertinent to the natural and cultural history of Muskegon County. Our changing exhibits cover a variety of themes. We welcome research inquiries on Muskegon history topics. Please contact our Archivist to place a research request.

The Lakeshore Museum Center Collection includes:
  1. Social History and Demographic Material: Tax records, plat maps, and various directories help researchers find information about who lived in Muskegon County and where they worked and lived. Artifacts illustrate the material culture of the inhabitants of Muskegon County through history.
  2. Company and Organizational History Material: Records and objects associated with businesses and organizations help researchers study the economic and social history of Muskegon County.
  3. Image Collection: Over 10,000 photographs illustrate events, places, and people who shaped Muskegon County.

For more donation information or questions:
Email Archivist

Finding aids to some of our larger archival collections are available and may help you identify materials for a research appointment.

Use our Finding Aid Topic PDFs (to the right) to assist in narrowing your search.


Image Archive Resources

The Lakeshore Museum Center and Hackley Public Library created the Muskegon Images Historic Picture Collection. This website contains a small sampling of the over 10,000 images in the Lakeshore Museum Center collection as well as images from the Hackley Public Library collection, covering commonly researched topics. Images from the Lakeshore Museum Center collection are identified with a watermark and a Repository Number.  Please refer to this Repository Number when requesting access to these images.

The Lakeshore Museum Center reserves the right to decline to reproduce copyrighted or otherwise protected materials. Any materials obtained from the Lakeshore Museum Center must be cited and the collection referred to upon publication of scans or photographs of collection objects.

» View Muskegon Images Online

Interested in donating artifacts and archival materials?

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