Westland Shopping Center records: 1965-2005 (bulk 1990-2005)
Summary Information
Title: Westland Shopping Center records
Creator: Westland Shopping Center (Westland, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1965-2005
Bulk dates: 1990-2005
Extent: 1 linear foot
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Extent: 1 oversize volume
Extent: 1 framed photographs
Developed by the J.L. Hudson company as one of the first enclosed shopping centers in the United States. Originally built in Nankin Township, Michigan, the area would rename itself after the shopping center and become the city of Westland. Includes photographs of events held at the shopping center during the 1980s and 1990s, video histories of Hudson's, and printed brochures and pamphlets.
Call number: 2017028 Bb 2 UAl AC
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Devon Proudfoot in June 2017.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Amy Crumm (donor no. 11720) in May 2017.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open without restriction.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.


Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Westland Shopping Center records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. [URL]


The Westland Shopping Center was developed by the J.L. Hudson company in 1965 as one of the first enclosed shopping centers in the country. The Hudson company, looking to expand beyond their Northland and Eastland locations in Michigan, opened the new shopping center in Nankin Township. While the shopping center was originally going to be annexed by Livonia, a year after its opening, Nankin voted to incorporate the mall with the rest of the township, becoming the city of Westland.

Westland Shopping Center initially featured a four-story Hudson's Department Store, but would later become a Marshall Field's in 2001, and then Macy's in 2006. The shopping center went through major renovations in 2000 and 2013.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Westland Shopping Center collection primarily consists of the records of the mall during the 1990s and 2000s, although some material related to its opening date in the 1960s. Two VHS videocassettes, produced during the 1990s, provide a history of the J.L. Hudson company. Also included are pamphlets and brochures, certificates, and an issue of a magazine documenting the building and opening of the mall from 1965.

Photographs and photo albums from the 1990s and 2000s make up the bulk of the collection, depicting employees taking part in company events and performing typical job duties. The oversize volume contains photographs of staff members at Hudson company events, while an oversize framed item features a group staff photograph from the 1990s. The oversize folder houses posters with pictures of Christmas time at Westland Shopping Center which would always attract many visitors.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Photographs.
  • Videocassettes.
  • Westland (Mich.)
  • Shopping centers -- Michigan -- Westland.
  • Shopping centers -- Michigan -- Westland.
  • Shopping -- Michigan.
  • Westland Shopping Center (Westland, Mich.)
  • J.L. Hudson Company.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Westland Shopping Center records [series]
Box   1  
The History of Hudson's undated (1 videocassettes (VHS))
Box   1  
25 Year Club 1990 (1 videocassettes (VHS))
Box   1  
Printed Material 1965-2005
Box   1  
Photographs 1990s-2000s (2 volumes, 1 folder)
Oversize Folder   1  
Photographs 1990s-2000s (1 oversize folder)


Oversize Volume   1  
Photographs 1990s-2000s (1 oversize volume)


Oversize Frame   1  
Staff Photograph