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Grand Rapids (Mich.) -- History -- Photographs

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 50 Collections and/or Records:

An Historic Tour of Kent County collection

Identifier: Collection 223
Abstract This collection contains the Kent County Library’s book entitled “An Historic Tour of Kent County,” plus original photographs of various sites of the cities and townships of Kent County that were used to make the book. The book gives brief background information on the cities and townships represented in the book with pictures of various historic sites located in that area. It also gives a brief background history of the founding of Kent County. The book was published for the Bicentennial of...
Dates: 1975

Aurey Strohpaul negatives

Identifier: Collection 159
Abstract Contains negatives taken by Aurey Strohpaul (1904-1978) of events and people in Grand Rapids, Michigan as well as sport and outdoor topics from Upper Michigan. The chronologically arranged negatives date from 1938 through 1948, with a gap from 1942 through November 1946 during which time Strohpaul was a member of the United States Navy. Of note are his images of Harry S Truman's visit to Grand Rapids in 1946, the Interlochen National Music Camp, the Michigan National Guard 126th Infantry and...
Dates: 1938-1948, n.d.

Camera Shop photo album

Identifier: Collection 073
Abstract The Camera Shop was formed in 1908 by Walter K. Schmidt (1865-1938) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to provide photo supplies to the community. Schmidt, a pharmacist by training, used his knowledge of chemicals to run the Camera shop along side his drugstore until 1936. The photographs in this collection visually detail the commercial and industrial sector of the Grand Rapids economy in 1915. In addition, images of several substance abuse hospitals, business schools, colleges, public buildings...
Dates: 1915

Charles Merrill photo collection

Identifier: Collection 070

Charles Merrill was a Grand Rapids (Mich.) photographer. He worked in partnership with his father, Leonard Merrill, under the name C.L. Merrill and Co. This collection contains 37 original photographs with views of Grand Rapids circa 1887. The views are predominantly downtown scenes and buildings, particularly along Campau Square and Monroe Avenue, including North Monroe (then called Canal Street).

Dates: circa 1887

Charles Vandervelde glass negatives and photos collection

Identifier: Collection 069

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.).

Dates: 1895-1905

City of Grand Rapids photograph collection at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Identifier: Collection 100
Abstract This collection includes photographs generated by two departments in the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Public Service Department photos document efforts by the city smoke inspector to record air pollution and public works projects in the city. The Traffic Engineer's Department photos document various street, traffic and grade separations in the city's street system. The images include the widening of South Division Avenue in the 1920s, views of expressways and aerial views from the...
Dates: circa 1911-1971, n.d.

Clemetsen family images

Identifier: Collection 265

The Clemetsen family images contains approximately 70 images which include views of Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as other identified and unidentified people and locations. Most of the negatives are 5x7, with some 4x5 negatives.

Dates: no date

Copy photographs at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Identifier: Collection 185
Abstract The “Michigan Room” is a former name of the Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, at the Grand Rapids Public Library, Michigan, which holds this collection. Images focus on Grand Rapids and West Michigan views. Details of military actions in which Grand Rapids people took part, such as the Civil War, Mexican War and World War II, are included. Of note are the images of Grand Rapids people, scenes from Ada and Cascade, and a series of 1920s-era billboards. Beyond...
Dates: 1863-1980

Dale and Marius Rooks Studio collection

Identifier: Collection 230
Abstract Dale Rooks (1917-1954) was a photographer and journalist from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He worked for national publications and as a combat photographer in the US Coast Guard before returning to Grand Rapids to start his own business, Rooks Studio. This collection includes primarily original negatives created by Rooks and sometimes by his brother, Marius Rooks, or others who worked for the company. The clients of Rooks Studio included local furniture companies and other businesses. The...
Dates: circa 1947-1963

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

Identifier: Collection 323

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.

Dates: 1882-2005