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Grand Rapids (Mich.) -- History

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 355 Collections and/or Records:

339th Ambulance Company collection

Identifier: Collection 108
Overview 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
Overview 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

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

Amasa B. Watson Post #395 records

Identifier: Collection 007
Overview 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. It's 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
Overview 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 Studio...
Dates: 2005-2006

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

Identifier: Collection 296
Overview 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
Overview 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


Identifier: Collection 398
Overview ArtPrize was founded in 2009 by Amway heir Rick DeVos. ArtPrize was started as a art competition without any selection committees or curators. In the first year of ArtPrize any site in the downtown area of Grand Rapids could be listed as a venue for the competition. Also, there was an open call to all artists to compete in the ArtPrize competition. The materials in this collection were collected and gathered by Grand Rapids Public Library staff. These materials include artist, venue and...
Dates: 2009 - 2012

Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids oral history collection

Identifier: Collection 168
Overview The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids was a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. This collection contains ten interviews with participants instrumental in the formation and early years of the Council. These participants include: Tom Heywood, who served as executive director for 15 years; Ann Mulder, who served as president; Joan White Gillette, the first secretary; Ken and Marty Childs, both of whom served on the Mayor's Cultural...
Dates: 1992

Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids records

Identifier: Collection 402
Overview The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids was a nonprofit arts group in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Arts Council promoted the arts in Grand Rapids and supported local arts organizations through fundraising, grants, workshops and other services. Festival of the Arts was initially organized by Arts Council members and was operated under the Arts Council through 2002. The Arts Council closed in 2012 after a strategic plan found no compelling reason for the organization to continue. The collection...
Dates: 1967-2012