While CADL's general collection brings the world to the Greater Lansing community, our local history holdings bring the Greater Lansing community to the world.

Whether you are discovering history or making history, CADL has resources and expertise to support you.

Search our Online Collections

We are working every day to bring a wide variety of material from the Forest Parke Library & Archives collections to the web.

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Conduct Research in Person

Explore our holdings in person and consult with local experts.

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Make History

Users can reformat their older materials such as VHS or slides to digital at the Forest Parke Library & Archives Digital History Station.

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Forest Parke Library & Archives is always looking to add new archival materials to our collections, in accordance with the Library's Materials Selection policy (SER101). Examples of items we seek are photographs, audio or video recordings (including film), personal papers, business or organization records, posters and flyers, and more. We accept many formats including digital photography and audio.

Please speak to the Local History Specialist if you would like to learn more about the types of materials we collect and preserve, and to help determine whether your materials would be a good fit in the Forest Parke Library & Archives.

Our standard Deed of Gift form must be completed and included with any donation of materials you wish to make.

While we do not charge for access to any of our collections and services, monetary donations are also gratefully accepted.


Looking for Conservation Help?

The Michigan State University Libraries maintains an online Conservation Referral List of people and businesses in Michigan that do conservation and restoration of historical materials.


Find us on Social Media

Forest Parke Library & Archives is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also have a Local History video playlist on the CADL YouTube channel. Follow us!

Contact Us

For local history inquiries contact the Forest Parke Library & Archives at:

517-367-6313 or localhistory@cadl.org

Upcoming History Events

Walking Wednesday (Adults)

Wednesday May 1, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm Downtown Lansing We're teaming up with the City of Lansing and the Greater Lansing Historical Society to deliver a fascinating walking tour, beginning at the library and continuing with other buildings of historical interest in the downtown area.  Read More

Japanese-American Experience-Internment Camps of World War II (Adults)

Wednesday May 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm Stockbridge Help us mark Asian-Pacific Heritage Month with this presentation on Japanese-Americans trying to make their lives as normal as possible while imprisoned. Presented by Carlos Villegas-Castaneda, an instructor of Spanish language, literature and culture at Adrian College.   Read More
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