Sloan Museum Archives

A local hub for historical research

Archival research, the Flint Journal Archive, and VIN documentation services will be temporarily unavailable beginning January 4, 2021, as the archives move to their new home inside Sloan Museum of Discovery. Please pardon the interruption until we return in Summer 2021!

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sloan Museum Archives are closed to all in-person historical research. Therefore, we will be reviewing inquiries and conducting research on behalf of researchers. 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 difficult time. For research inquiries, please contact the Archivist at Collections@SloanLongway.org or (810) 237-3421. Emails are encouraged.

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CONTACT
For research inquiries, please contact the Archivist at Collections@SloanLongway.org or (810) 237-3421. Emails are encouraged.

Archival research, the Flint Journal Archive, and VIN documentation services will be temporarily unavailable beginning January 4, 2021, as the archives move to their new home inside Sloan Museum of Discovery. Please pardon the interruption until we return in Summer 2021!

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.

Automotive Research

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.

Automotive Research

Local History Research

We are proud to maintain a large variety of materials pertaining to the people and culture of Flint and Genesee County. Business records, school posters, photos of Saginaw Street—we have something for every interest!

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Vehicle Exhibits at Courtland Center Mall

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 when the renovation is complete.

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Sloan Museum's Vehicle Collection

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.

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