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Grand Rapids (Mich.) -- History

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 384 Collections and/or Records:

339th Ambulance Company collection

Identifier: Collection 108
Abstract The 339th Ambulance Co. served in France during World War I. The collection documents the history of the company during World War I, from their formation in Grand Rapids as Red Cross Ambulance Unit No. 15, through Camp Custer as 339th Ambulance Co., and to France for active duty, 1917-19. In 1938 the group held a formal reunion and decided to continue meeting on a yearly basis thereafter. The collection contains scrapbooks, reunion announcements, correspondence, photographs and postcards. Of...
Dates: 1917-1988, n.d.

Albert Builders collection

Identifier: Collection 322

The Albert Builders collection was received from J. Brock Albert in 1989. It is a large collection with the bulk of the material being drawings of single family homes that were designed by Albert Builders from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s. Also included are abstracts for Paris Township for the 1950s.

Dates: 1936-1967

Alberta Massingill papers

Identifier: Collection 514
Abstract Alberta Massingill (1914-2005) was the director of the Grand Rapids Public Library, in Grand Rapids, MI from 1972-1979. During her tenure she was instrumental in establishing remedial reading programs and school libraries, the opening of additional library branches and the founding of the Lakeland Library Cooperative.Newspaper clippings, correspondence and photographs make up the majority of her papers and could be used by those researching Massingill herself, the history of the...
Dates: 1941 - 1979

Aldrich and Ledyard Cashbook Collection

Identifier: Collection 425
Scope and Contents

The material within the Aldrich and Ledyard Cashbook collection consists of 1 cash account book. The book records the cash transactions for this firm from 1866-1870. These transactions record business transactions in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Dates: 1866 - 1870

Alice Newport Rowe papers

Identifier: Collection 521
Abstract Alice Estelle Newport (1877-1947) was born in Meriden, Connecticut. She attended the U.B.A. Hospital Training School for Nurses, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating in 1902. In addition to personal photographs and correspondence, this small collection contains material related to Alice's education at the U.B.A. Hospital Training School for Nurses and would be of interest to anyone researching the nursing school or nursing at the turn of the 20th Century. Alice married Dr. William E. Rowe...
Dates: 1901 - 1923

Amasa B. Watson Post #395 records

Identifier: Collection 007
Abstract The Amasa B. Watson Post #395 records include minutes, membership documents and adjutant or quartermaster records. The Watson Post was one of five Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) posts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Made up of Civil War veterans, the GAR was an advocacy group. Its records were created after the war and are not official government documents. The Michigan Watson post was chartered on November 15, 1888 with 27 members. The records in this collection detail the social...
Dates: 1888-1936

Archives: Sampling the Past collection, from the Grand Rapids Public Library exhibit

Identifier: Collection 356
Abstract The Archives: Sampling the Past collection was created from the facsimiles used in the exhibit held at the Grand Rapids Public Library from June 2005 to December 2006; part of this exhibit remained on display with another exhibit. The exhibit illustrated a variety of material types, such as photographs, maps, serials/magazines, postcards, furniture catalogs, etc. Items selected represent only a portion of the 350-plus collections in the archives. One photo panel focused on the Robinson...
Dates: 2005-2006

Arthur Fayette Shaw papers

Identifier: Collection 489
Abstract Arthur F. Shaw was born to Solomon Benjamin Shaw and Etta Salder Shaw in 1884. His papers cover almost a sixty year span of his life, from letters he wrote as a boy and young adult to notes he made as a city commissioner and a superior court judge. Shaw served in both world wars and was a member of the American Legion and the Grand Encampment I.O.O.F. of Michigan. Proceedings from both of these organizations can be found in this collection. Shaw’s mother, Etta Sadler Shaw, was a national...
Dates: 1894 - 1945

Arthur Ormsbee and the graphic and printing industry in Grand Rapids collection

Identifier: Collection 296
Abstract Arthur E. Ormsbee (1887-1971) was the owner of Commonwealth Printing Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a leader in the printing industry. He was active in local, regional and national professional organizations and was an advocate for graphic arts education. His 1936 publication, "This Printing Business" has been referred to as the 'Gettysburg address of printing' and has been widely reprinted. This collection includes Ormsbee's speeches and writings, as well as a few photographs, trade...
Dates: 1930s-1980s

Arthur W. Weber Jr. papers

Identifier: Collection 169
Abstract The Arthur J. Weber, Jr. papers cover a thirty year period in the life of Weber (1922-1979), primarily through documents related to his military experience. As such, many of the items in the collection document locations other than Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lived much of his life. Most of the material is related to his World War II years, including several newspapers, magazines, news clippings, postcards and personal photographs from that era. Other military materials contained in the...
Dates: 1937-1969