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

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 50 Collections and/or Records:

Grand Rapids Public Library stereo card collection

Identifier: Collection 076

The Grand Rapids Public Library Stereo Card Collection contains many early views of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The majority of these identify Schuyler C. Baldwin, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan, as the photographer. Included are views of late nineteenth century Grand Rapids, the United States Centennial celebration in Grand Rapids and the Historic Furniture Exhibit in 1928.

Dates: circa 1880-1928

Grand Rapids Public Library urban renewal pictorials

Identifier: Collection 118
Abstract This collection contains approximately 160 images of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan during a period of urban renewal. During 1979 and 1980 staff members from the Grand Rapids Public Library's Audio-Visual Department set about to visually document the urban renewal landscape. The images were photographed, and 4x5 negatives were provided. Subsequently, 8x10 photographic prints or contact prints were made from these negatives. The images depict the downtown area, buildings being...
Dates: 1979-1980

Grand Rapids Sesquicentennial images

Identifier: Collection 419

The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan celebrated its sesquicentennial (150th) birthday on April 5, 1988. A week-long celebration was held, including programs, exhibitions, an antique car show, a 5k run/walk, children's games, an old-style fashion show and dedication of a sesquicentennial tree. This collection includes approximately 60 images taken during the celebration. The images are snapshots and show events as well as billboards and signs posted around the city.

Dates: 1988

Greater Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Center collection

Identifier: Collection 288
Abstract This collection contains material from the Grand Rapids, Michigan convention and visitor's bureau. The organization has been known as the Grand Rapids Convention Bureau, the Greater Grand Rapids Convention and Vistors Center, the Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Experience Grand Rapids. Included are photographs and slides showing Grand Rapids views, primarily the downtown area. These images were used for publications and presentations and given to the archives when...
Dates: circa 1930-2004

Guy Johnston photo collection

Identifier: Collection 066
Abstract This collection consists of 106 photographs made by Guy Johnston (1875-1947), a lifelong resident of Grand Rapids (Mich.). Johnston was an amateur photographer. Most or all of this work is believed to be copies of photographs or drawings originally created by others, though no documentation exists in many cases to verify the original source or photographer. The images depict Grand Rapids from the 1850s through the 1890s, as well as the flood of 1904 and a few photographs from...
Dates: 1855-1904, 1926

Harry P. Symes pictorials and advertising collection

Identifier: Collection 202
Abstract Harry P. Symes (1918-1997) was the owner of an advertising firm and publisher of the Grand Rapids Visitor. This collection includes images that Symes appears to have collected, as well as images relating to his advertising work. The 88 glass negatives depict scenes of Grand Rapids, Michigan during the first two decades of the 20th century. Additionally, 21 postcards give views of such locations as John Ball Park, Monroe Avenue, North Park, hospitals and the post office. Also, 32 oversized...
Dates: 1900-1920, circa 1974-1980

Haskelite Papers and Smedley Family Photographs

Identifier: Collection 441
Dates: Majority of material found within 1918-1919; 1913 to 1919

Hero D. Bratt Grand Rapids images

Identifier: Collection 372
Abstract Hero D. Bratt (1900-1977) worked in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan during the urban renewal period in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As an amateur photographer, Bratt documented the buildings and streetscapes before the changes, as well as the demolition and new construction processes. The collection includes over 1,500 color slides, each converted into a print. Because of the comprehensiveness and quality of the images, they are an invaluable record of modern change in downtown Grand...
Dates: 1961-1973, no date

James Bayne Company negatives

Identifier: Collection 165
Abstract The James Bayne Company was a photography and printing business in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This collection includes 198 film negatives and 73 glass plate negatives. The images depict furniture, the interior of the Bayne Company and Grand Rapids area parks and buildings. The views include Fallasburg Park, Aman Park, Veteran's Park, Caledonia Park, Chief Hazy Cloud Park, Burton School, Sunshine Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, Furniture Capital Air Service and the Consumer's Power Company Croton...
Dates: circa 1900-1920

James R. Hooper photograph collection

Identifier: Collection 059

The James R. Hooper collection contains copy photographs collected by Hooper in the 1940s. The images document the history of Grand Rapids (Mich.), from as early as 1836 to about 1940. Hooper originally collected the photographs for use in a window display at the Michigan National Bank in the summer of 1944. He displayed photographs of old Grand Rapids and invited the public to bring additional photographs and to help identify the early views.

Dates: 1836-1940