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Charles Vandervelde glass negatives and photos collection

Identifier: Collection 069

Scope and Contents

This collection provides visual documentation of the turn of the century circa 1900 (range circa 1895-1905), including images of some significant local events, such as a Spanish-American War rally in Campau Square, and the flood of 1904 (largest set, 17 items), which involved many of Grand Rapids citizens. The second largest set of 16 items includes street views for several central streets in the downtown area, while a set of 7 images documents the water reservoir break.

There are a total of 99 views, of which 40 appear to be duplications. The views include a unique set of street views from the near northeast side of downtown. Also included are views from three other Grand Rapids area communities, Jenison, Plainfield and Ada.


  • 1895-1905


Biographical / Historical

Charles Vandervelde (1867-1941) was a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He worked as the treasurer of the Grand Rapids Builders and Trades Exchange. He was an amateur photographer and charter member of the Grand Rapids Camera Club. An image of Mr. Vandervelde himself is included in the collection.


0.21 Linear Feet (One box)

Language of Materials



Charles Vandervelde (1867-1941) was a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids (Mich.) and an amateur photographer. This collection contains 99 items, including several duplicate images, of the greater Grand Rapids area, circa 1895-1905. The images include a unique set of street views from the near northeast side of downtown, a Spanish-American War rally, the flood of 1904 and the water reservoir break. Also included are a few photographs each of Ada, Jenison and Plainfield (Mich.).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown, accession number 1986.395

Added entry index

Bond Street View - folder 22

Bridge Street View - folder 8

Bridges - folders 2, 8

Broadway Street View - folder 8

Butcher - folder 19

Campau Square View - folder 21

Circuses - folder 19

City Hall - folder 22

City Mission - folder 22

Cook Wagon - folder 19

Covered Bridges - folders 2, 8

Crescent Street View - folder 22

Division Street View - folder 22

Ferries - folder 16

Fires - folder 20

Floods - folders 8, 23

Flour Mills - folder 5

Fountain Street View - folder 22

Hotels - folders 7, 22

Imperial Hotel - folder 22

Ionia Street View - folder 22

Leonard Street Covered Bridge - folder 8

Leonard Street View - folder 8

Logging - folder 10

Lumber Mills - folder 14

Lyon Street View - folder 22

Market Street View - folder 22

Mills - folders 5, 14

Monroe Center View - folder 22

North Park (Mich.) - folder 8

North Park Pavilion - folder 8

Ottawa Street View - folder 22

Pharmacies - folder 25

Swimming - folder 24

Taverns - folder 7

Trading Posts - folder 13

United States Federal Building - folder 6

Watson Street View - folder 8

West Michigan Fairgrounds - folder 8

Finding aid for the Charles Vandervelde glass negatives and photos collection
May 1988
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Rapids History Center Repository

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