Peninsular Club collection
The Peninsular Club was a private social club in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1881 to 2010. This is a devised collection bringing together documents associated with the club from numerous accessions. In late 2008, the Peninsular Club donated many of their own historical files, images and publications to the Library. This collection includes correspondence, registers, ephemera, directories, yearbooks, the Peninsular Club magazine, scrapbooks and some photographs.
- circa 1880s-2000s
The 75th anniversary booklet, included in this collection, shows images and provides information on the three buildings which have been the Clubs home.
First in 1881, the Morton home served the group. It was at the corner of Ottawa and Pearl, then located up on a hill. This building was built by Daniel Ball in the 1850s of brick and stone, part of the old Prospect Hill site, before the grading to street level, that has existed for over 100 years. This building was demolished in 1888.
The second home, and the clubs first building, was built in 1883 on the same site as the current (1914) building, at the corner of Ottawa and Fountain St. The entrance was on Fountain Street at that time.
In 1913, during the construction of the Club's present home, the club took up residence in the Keeler Building on Division, while the old building was demolished and the new one constructed on the same site. The main entrance was on Ottawa street in the new building, but there was also an entrance from Fountain St. during much of the life of the building.
For additional historical information see the publication: Peninsular Club, 1881-1981 / Gordon Olson. GR : The Club ; GR : Turnwall-Palma Co., 1981.
20.4 Linear Feet (36 boxes)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gordon Olson, Peninsular Club, transfers from Local History book collection, and various/unknown donors.
Accession numbers include: 1986.158, 2005.024.1-2 and 2008.088.
- Finding aid for the Peninsular Club collection
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