Library and Archives

The Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Special Collections preserves and promotes research in Michigan philanthropy in partnership with GVSU Libraries. The collections support the study and research interests of visiting scholars, GVSU faculty, students in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, and the general public.


The Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership library page consolidates the latest information on all aspects of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership into one central location. Under the MPNL tab drop down search books in the Dorothy A. Johnson Collection on Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. Book titles can be accessed from your local library statewide through MelCat. 

Visit the Philanthropy Reading Room at the Steelcase Library on GVSU’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids (campus map) and browse non-circulating reference materials and publications.

Johnson Center staff and students can access in-house materials cataloged on LibraryThing.

Archives and Special Collections

Archives and special collections are housed at Grand Valley State University in physical and digital format.

Manage Your Organization’s Records

As important as your work is today, it has also implications for tomorrow. Documenting your organization’s goals and activities today will preserve a record that will offer researchers insight into its growth as an organization, its accomplishments, and its vision of the future. For this reason, we developed Managing Your Records to help you identify and preserve your organization’s historical records.

If you are interested in donating materials, please contact us.