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Digital photo prints and files collection at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Identifier: Collection 323

Scope and Contents

This collection is currently defined as containing only Fuji Pictograph processing prints.

Other digital process prints are also being added to various archival collections. One large set of photoprints, presumed now to be made using digital processes, are those images being purchased from the Grand Rapids Press and added to Coll. 297.

Scans are sometimes made from existing photographic prints in the archival collections. But usually, the Fuji photo print created is the only positive version of the image made from an original negative or copy negatives available within the archival collections. Since the media and support used for these copy photo prints are different from traditional photo prints, the decision has been made to form a separate collection, for monitoring purposes, and to clarify the medium of production of the prints for the researcher. The exception to this is collection is the separate storage and documentation of Fuji photo prints for the Robinson Studio Collection, which are maintained there in separate boxes from those prints produced by a traditional photographic method. In any case, a reference to the originating item is given. In some cases, the images may be the only version of new holdings available in the Archives, with the image created from a print or negative borrowed from the donor. In this latter case, the accession number will be found with the item, rather than a reference to the native image elsewhere in the collections.


  • 1882-2005


1.5 Linear Feet (Three boxes)

Language of Materials



This is a devised collection containing copy photographs or digital prints made in house at the Grand Rapids Public Library. As such, it is a 21st century collection of items, although the images depicted may be those copied from any time in the past.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various and Grand Rapids Public Library

Related Materials

Coll. 054, the Grand Rapids Public Library Photographs Collection is the primary general collection for photographic prints. It may contain prints created using a digital process, if the data on the method of production is unknown to the processor. However, for the most part it contains historical photographic prints created by traditional pre-digital methods. Those prints may be the original or first generation create, or a later copy print. Items date from the later half of the 19th century through the end of the 20th century.

Finding aid for the digital photo prints and files collection at the Grand Rapids Public Library
R. Mayne
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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