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Among the collections curated by the library at SHMS is the Seminary Archives. The archive contains faculty committee records, class photos, ephemera, and the student publication, The Gothic, among other documents. We do not maintain student or personnel records for the seminary. The SHMS Archives are a private collection of documents pertaining to the business, financial, and academic operations of Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Records formats collected are primarily paper documents, but do include a limited amount of photographs, yearbooks, blueprints, and miscellaneous artwork and liturgy-related items.
While the Archive Collection is not generally available to the public, use of the Archive Collection is possible with approval of the Rector and close adherence to the Archive Usage Policy.
The Library at SHMS receives frequent inquiries regarding Genealogical research using our Archive or Library collections. It is important to note that SHMS does not own any genealogical material or records for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Anyone pursuing this type of research should contact the official archive of the Archdiocese of Detroit.