The Center has three primary collections: Flint Labor History, Civil Rights, and Community Organizations such as the UAW Local 599. The local archives also contain the most definitive collection of materials on Flint area community development. The construction of I-475 through the heart of Flint was part of the disastrous urban renewal program that wiped out Flint's Floral Park and St. John Street neighborhoods. Memories of those African-American neighborhoods are found in a collection of recorded oral histories about the people, families, and culture.
The Genesee Historical Center has recently developed a history collection about the COVID pandemic and protests.
The public can visit and listen to some local history collections online by going to the University of Michigan-Flint Library website.
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I am the archivist at the University of Michigan Flint. I am a native Michigander hailing from Detroit. I received a degree in History from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in the Science of Information/Archival studies from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. In my work in Flint, I focus on community outreach and the diversity of the collection. My research involved archives as locus of community memory and shared trauma.