Sloan Museum Archives
Sloan Museum Archives have moved inside Sloan Museum of Discovery and will reopen to the public in Spring 2022. Until then, we will take research requests and conduct research on behalf of researchers. Make a research request to get your regional history questions answered!
The Sloan Museum Archives are a repository of all things Flint and Genesee County. With more than 150 years of history, our collection is quite diverse! The archives house a wide array of photographs, records and objects chronicling the people and history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan.
About the Archives
In addition to an extensive museum collection of nearly 50,000 objects including more than 130 historic vehicles, the Sloan Museum also houses robust archives. 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, Sloan Museum 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. The Museum's goals are to preserve and steward this extensive collection, to provide stronger access for patrons, and to develop new and innovative methods of caring for the collection.
Flint’s automotive heritage is well represented in the Sloan Museum Collection. The archives include automotive materials spanning 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.Learn More
Buick Gallery is permanently closed
Visit over 30 automobiles representing a cross-section of Sloan Museum's Vehicle Collection, 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. Buick Gallery is permanently closed. A new Vehicle City Gallery will open inside Sloan Museum in the Flint Cultural Center in Spring 2022.Plan Your Visit
Sloan Museum's Vehicle Collection totals over 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.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.