Perry Archives: Closed until further notice
Because physical modifications are difficult in this space, in-person research appointments will be suspended while social distancing and mask use are required.
The Perry Archives is Sloan Museum’s repository of all things Flint and Genesee County. With more than 150 years of history, our collection is quite diverse! The Perry Archives house a wide array of photographs, records and objects chronicling the people and history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan. The archive is currently open to the public by appointment only, on Wednesdays. Researchers must call 810-237-3421 or email Collections@SloanLongway.org to arrange an appointment with Collections staff. Emails are encouraged.
For research inquiries, please call 810-237-3421 or email Collections@SloanLongway.org.
303 Walnut St.
Flint, MI 48503
Closed to the public until further notice.
About the Archive
In addition to an extensive museum collection of nearly 50,000 objects including more than 130 historic vehicles, the Sloan Museum also houses a robust archive. The archival collection includes more than 800 linear feet of personal papers and records from Flint and Genesee County dating back to the early 19th century and more than 1,200 linear feet of automotive records from Buick Motor Company. Of particular interest is the 35,000-image photograph collection, representing the history of Flint and Genesee County from its earliest residents through the present.
In addition to a 3,000-reel film collection from WJRT-TV12, the Sloan Museum archives also houses the archive for the Flint Journal, including more than 1,200 linear feet of newspaper clipping files and more than 600 linear feet of photographs, as well as complete editions of the paper on microfilm from 1878-2011.
The archive is one of the hidden gems of the Sloan Museum. Our goal is to preserve and steward this extensive collection, and to not only provide stronger access for patrons, but also to develop new and innovative methods of caring for the collection.
Flint’s automotive heritage is well represented in the Sloan Museum Collection. In the Perry Archives, our automotive materials span Buick Motor Company’s history from 1902 to 1999, as well as literature, manuals, press packets, and photographs. Chevrolet and Durant Motors materials are also available. Although we do not have materials for every car made, we have information to assist restorers, collectors, and enthusiasts alike. Visit our Automotive Research page for more details.Automotive Research
Vehicles on display at Courtland Center Mall
Buick Gallery is permanently closed. A new Vehicle City Gallery will open inside Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center when the renovation is complete in late 2021. Over 30 automobiles representing a cross-section of Sloan Museum's Vehicle Collection are currently on exhibition at Sloan Museum's Courtland Center Mall location. A variety of automobiles are on display, including concept cars, trucks, and classic cars dating from the early 1900s to the late 1980s. Click the Learn More button to find visitor information for Sloan Museum's Courtland Center Mall location.Plan Your Visit
Sloan Museum's Vehicle Collection totals 100 cars, trucks and carriages, which are acquired through donations and occasional purchases made possible by the Sloan Museum Auto Fair, our largest annual fundraiser. Over 30 of these vehicles are currently on display at Sloan Museum's Courtland Center Mall location. Click the button to learn more about select vehicles in our collection.Learn More
Together, Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium serve more than 60,000 schoolchildren annually, providing standards-based classes in science and history. Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium are funded in part by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work.