Library and Archives

The Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Special Collections preserves and promotes research in Michigan philanthropy in partnership with GVSU Libraries. The collections support the study and research interests of visiting scholars, GVSU faculty, students in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, and the general public.


Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Library

The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership library page consolidates the latest information on all aspects of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership into one central location. Check out the MPNL tab drop down menu for books, databases, Johnson Philanthropy Collection, and relevant news, websites, and blog feeds. Book titles can be accessed from your local library statewide through MelCat. 

Visit the Philanthropy Reading Room at the Steelcase Library on GVSU’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids (campus map) and browse non-circulating reference materials and publications.

Johnson Center staff and students can access in-house materials cataloged on LibraryThing.


Philanthropy Archives and Special Collections

Archives and special collections are housed at Grand Valley State University in physical and digital format.

Digital collections include interviews with Michigan philanthropists and collection highlights.

Finding aids help understand and locate primary and secondary resources and unique reference materials.

Recent Acquisition: Dyer-Ives Foundation Records (August 2016)
The collection contains the records of the Dyer-Ives Foundation, with materials dating from the organization’s founding in 1960 until its closure in 2016. The records document the administration, finances, and grant making operations of the foundation — and illustrate the impact the foundation had on the City of Grand Rapids, its economy, social and cultural institutions, and local environment.


Manage Your Organization’s Records

As important as your work is today, it has also implications for tomorrow. Documenting your organization’s goals and activities today will preserve a record that will offer researchers insight into its growth as an organization, its accomplishments, and its vision of the future. For this reason, we developed Managing Your Records to help you identify and preserve your organization’s historical records.

If you are interested in donating materials, please contact us.