Collections & archives

As part of our mission, the BCHA aims to collect and preserve items that tell the history of our county through its material culture and oral traditions.  Within our collections, we are home to a wide range of artifacts – from family photo albums to a 1700s bible to baby shoes.  Our vaults house the biggest and smallest stories of Berrien County just waiting to be told again.  To learn more about our collections, visit the links below!


Inside our collection vault are thousands of pieces of Berrien County’s material culture, including housewares, textiles, farming equipment, and even a few curiosities waiting to be discovered!

Learn more about the collections here.


Our archives have thousands of journals, pictures, books, and maps that let us explore the words of the county’s residents dating back to its founding.

Learn more about the archives here.


Our collections aren’t just for our exhibits!  Researchers looking to explore the many items in our archives and collections to help with research projects both professional and personal can reach out to us!

Learn more about research requests here.