Local Research

Sloan Museum's Perry Archives hold an extensive Flint and Genesee County, Michigan history collection. The archive includes, but is not limited to, local cemetery and funeral home records, city directories, flyers, letters, photographs and postcards. With more than 400,000 artifacts, the Sloan Museum has a little of everything!

Due to Sloan Museum's renovation project, the staff time needed for research is limited. Therefore we are only able to review inquiries and set up appointments on Wednesdays. Additionally, we are unable to quickly process VIN requests. Please allow at least two to four weeks to process VIN reports.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this time of transition.  For research inquiries and appointments, please contact the Curatorial Assistant at Collections@sloanlongway.org or (810) 237-3421. Emails are encouraged.

Make An Appointment

To schedule a research appointment, call 810-237-3421 or email Collections@SloanLongway.org.

303 Walnut St.
Flint, MI 48503

Wednesdays, by appointment only

Visiting Perry Archives

When visiting the archive, please keep in mind:

  • Only paper, pencils, and laptop computers may be used for note taking. Scanners and cameras are not permitted.
  • Briefcases, pocketbooks, bags, and other personal items must be stored below the research tables and not accessed while archival materials are out. Cellphones must be set on silent mode; any calls must be taken out of the research room.
  • Eating and drinking are not permitted in the research room.

Research Fees

Photographs Scans (600 dpi): $10 per image
More than a century of Flint and Genesee County is represented in the Sloan Museum photograph collection. Local businesses, streets, and events are common requests. Images are scanned at 600dpi and emailed to the researcher. Images are for personal use only and may not be published in print or online.

Up to 50 copies: $0.20 per page
50+ copies: $10 for first 50, and $15 per half hour for staff assistance.
Researchers may make photocopies of materials. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to photocopy complete manuals or booklets.
Please note that Flint Journal images require additional paperwork. Due to the amount of paperwork required for Flint Journal photograph copies, staff time will begin upon processing.

Staff Research: $15 per half hour
For researchers who are unable to visit the archive in person, we also provide local history research services for a fee. Please contact Collections staff for more information. For genealogical research, please see the Flint Genealogical Society information below.

Flint Genealogical Society

Members of the Flint Genealogical Society are available on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:00 p.m. to assist researchers with obituaries, cemetery records, and other genealogical research. You can contact volunteers with the Society at info@flintgenealogy.org. For more information on the various holdings of the FGS, please visit their website:
Flint Genealogical Society's Website
Flint Genealogical Society's Facebook Page

Visit the State of Michigan's Archive for more information on genealogical research in Michigan.

The Flint Journal Archive

Sloan Museum's Perry Archives also house the Flint Journal Archive. Due to the size and breadth of this collection, appointments are required to view the materials. Please note that the collection is not digitized and it does take time to locate information for requests. Same-day appointments are not available at this time. We are unable to accommodate rush requests for this collection.

Appointments may be made by emailing FlintJournal@SloanLongway.org. Due to a major project Sloan Museum has undertaken at Courtland Center Mall, the staff time needed for research is limited. Therefore we are only able to review inquiries and set up appointments on Wednesdays.

The Flint Journal Archive consists of:
Microfilm - The Flint Journal is available on microfilm from its inception to 2006, however, the index is available for 1963 to 1983 only. Due to a limited number of microfilm readers, appointments must be made to view the microfilm. Please note that our microfilm readers do not print. Microfilm researchers may also be interested in utilizing secondary copies of the Journal's microfilm available at the Flint Public Library.

Photographs - Typically ranging from the mid-1950s through the early 1990s, photographs are organized by name or subject. The same $10 per image fee applies for personal use only. Any online or publication permissions must be obtained through MLive.

Clippings - Archivists at The Flint Journal maintained clipping files on people and subjects. Collections staff is in the process of inventorying this material to make a searchable list available to researchers. These are clipped articles from printed editions of The Flint Journal with dates varying from the mid-1950s to mid-1990s.

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