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Clemetsen family images

Identifier: Collection 265


The Clemetsen family images contains approximately 70 images which include views of Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as other identified and unidentified people and locations. Most of the negatives are 5x7, with some 4x5 negatives.


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Biographical / Historical

Based upon U.S. Census records and a Citizens Historical Association biography located in departmental files, it appears that the images in this collection are from the Hans Clementsen (Clementson) family of Grand Rapids, Michigan, via his son Harold A. Clementsen and his grandson, also Harold A. Clemetsen.

Hans Clemetsen (b. 1862) was born in Norway, immigrating to the United States in 1883 with his wife, Augusta Berg Clementsen (d. 1896). Initially, they lived, studied and worked in Chicago, where by 1904 Hans was employed by the Commercial Furniture Company. By 1906 they had moved to Grand Rapids, where Hans became Vice President of the Valley City Desk Company. He continued in the furniture industry of Grand Rapids throughout his life. The couple had six children.

Harold A. Clemetsen (1895-1937) was their sixth child. He served in World War I and was unwed at the time of registration. He died in 1937. He and his wife had two children, Harold and Harley.

Little is known about Harold A. Clemetsen, Jr. who, along with his wife Betsy, donated these images to the Grand Rapids Public Library. They were living in East Lansing, Michigan at the time of donation. Betsy died in March of 2001.


0.96 Linear Feet (Five boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Harold and Betsy Clemetsen, accession number 1998.022.

Finding aid for the Clemetsen family images
including glass and film negatives
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Rapids History Center Repository

Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids Michigan 49503 USA