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

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 50 Collections and/or Records:

George E. Fitch photographs collection

Identifier: Collection 018
Abstract The George E. Fitch Photographs Collection contains images of the Grand Rapids and Kent County, Michigan area. The images are mostly copy photos collected by George Everett Fitch, a local historian and amateur photographer. A few original family photos are also included. The images depict Grand Rapids scenes from the 1850s into the 1920s. Though most are second generation images, they are believed to be closest to first generation that are extant in some cases. George Everett Fitch...
Dates: 1857-1925

Godfrey J. Anderson photograph collection

Identifier: Collection 033
Abstract Godfrey J. Anderson (1895-1981), a native of Sparta, Mich., was a local historian and amateur photographer. This collection contains original and copy photographs owned and believed to be taken by Anderson, as well as several manuscripts. The photographs constitute a pictorial history of Grand Rapids, Michigan from the 1850s to the 1970s and Sparta, Michigan from 1960-1972. Also included are history and photographs of bridges along the Grand River, covering the entire length of the river....
Dates: 1850-1972

Gordon E. Harrington collection

Identifier: Collection 194
Abstract The Gordon E. Harrington collection includes documents, photographs, negatives, lantern slides and glass negatives, newspaper page layout negatives, and postcards reflecting Harrington's interest in Grand Rapids, Michigan history. Depicted is turn-of-the-century Grand Rapids, including the Powers Theater, Redmond Opera House, 1904 flood and ice jams, area businesses and homes and paddle and steamboats. The page layouts are for Harrington’s column, “Those Good Old Days,” written...
Dates: 1880-1986

Grand Rapids Camera Club collection

Identifier: Collection 139
Abstract The Camera Club was organized in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1898. This collection includes 251 glass plate negatives, circa 1898-1910. Many of the images depict Grand Rapids area views, while others detail various turn-of-the-century (19th) Michigan towns, including Ada, Bay City, Delton, Holland, Middleville, and Spring Lake. The Grand Rapids views include buildings, street scenes and transportation, waterways, landscapes, events and many scenes including groups of people. Of note are the...
Dates: 1899-1931

Grand Rapids Illustrated collection

Identifier: Collection 091
Abstract The Grand Rapids Illustrated collection contains three pictorial publications with images that depict Grand Rapids, Michigan. The views include buildings, streets, schools, parks, houses, hospitals and so forth. The three publications are: Grand Rapids Illustrated by E.B. Fisher, 1888; Art Work of Grand Rapids, Michigan by L.G. Stuart, 1896 and Grand Rapids Then and Now, 1988. Grand Rapids Then and Now presents sixty-two views from the 1888 Grand Rapids Illustrated compared with new views...
Dates: 1888-1988

Grand Rapids: Past, Present and Future publication photographs

Identifier: Collection 272
Abstract This is a small collection containing photographs used in the book "Grand Rapids: Past, Present and Future." The book, edited by Gordon Olson, was published as a result of several Grand Rapids, Michigan citizens coming together to discuss changes in the city, resulting in the formation of a group called Urban Concern, Inc. in 1979. The photographs included in this collection are primarily from 1981 and were commissioned for the book. The photographers include Wes Morton, Michael Green, Gary...
Dates: 1981

Grand Rapids Public Library color images collection

Identifier: Collection 325

This is a devised collection that attempts to bring together by format various small accessions of color photographs. As an open collection, new images may be added. The collection includes images of scenes and of people.

Dates: circa 1950-

Grand Rapids Public Library cyanotype collection

Identifier: Collection 087

The Grand Rapids Public Library cyanotypes collection is a devised collection containing cyanotype images. The images include views of Grand Rapids, Michigan, houses, house interiors, John Ball Park and the 1900 break in the city's water reservoir. The collection also contains a set of 56 images of vehicles manufactured by the Couple Gear Company.

Dates: circa 1880-1900

Grand Rapids Public Library laser and digital images collection

Identifier: Collection 227

This collection includes reproductions of images produced on plain paper as a laser photocopy or a digital print. The images are reproductions of material loaned to the library or held in other collections. The images are generally limited to the geographic areas of Grand Rapids and Kent County, Michigan.

Dates: 1837-present

Grand Rapids Public Library photograph collection

Identifier: Collection 054

The Grand Rapids Public Library has been collecting photographs since the early 1920s. This is a devised collection of photographs focusing on the Grand Rapids (Mich.) area. The geographic scope is usually limited to Grand Rapids, Kent County and counties contiguous to Kent County. The collection contains a wide variety of images, including people, scenes and buildings. It is strong on Grand Rapids history, as well as lumbering, social activities and parades.

Dates: circa 1837-2011