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

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 50 Collections and/or Records:

John A. Suchowolec images

Identifier: Collection 140
Abstract John A. Suchowolec, Sr. (1927-1989) was a photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Suchowolec images consists of negatives, photographs, and newspaper photocopies of articles from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, featuring Suchowolec's photographs. The majority of the images were taken in West Michigan, though some national images, such as the U.S. Capitol and the Golden Gate Bridge are included. The views depict local events, clothing styles, military personnel and their equipment and Grand...
Dates: circa 1940-1960

John Douglas Images Collection

Identifier: Collection 226

John A. Douglas is a Grand Rapids, Michigan filmmaker and film critic. This collection contains primarily slides and negatives as well as 16mm films. The images depict buildings and scenes around Grand Rapids, primarily the downtown area. The films appear to be promotional films from companies in the Grand Rapids area.

Dates: 1969-1990s

John Whalen McGee collection of church history publications, photographs and genealogical research

Identifier: Collection 088
Abstract The John Whalen McGee Collection consists of pictorials used in his book The Catholic Church in the Grand River Valley. A copy of the book is included with the collection. The views depict prominent people in the Catholic Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and also include church buildings, such as interior and exterior views of St. Andrews Cathedral. Several images are associated with Louis Campau, who is credited as the founder of Grand Rapids. In May 2003, genealogical...
Dates: circa 1950-1976

Laura Lorenson photographs

Identifier: Collection 093
Abstract The Laura Lorenson photographs contains images which primarily document architecture and buildings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Included are 464 photographs and 8 photo postcards depicting views of various houses, churches, businesses and public buildings. Most of the images are black and white snapshots, but occasional color images are found. The images were taken in the late 1950s, but most of the houses date to the construction period of 1850-1920 and represent examples of various styles...
Dates: 1955-1961

Louise VanderVelden photo album

Identifier: Collection 487
Abstract Louise VanderVelden was born in Bessemer, Michigan in 1891 to John K. VanderVelden and Christina (Warners) VanderVelden. In 1911 Louise married Omer A. Forrester. They moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and lived for a few years at 40 Benjamin Ave. Louise's photo album contains interior photographs of the house. In or around 1917 Louise and Omer divorced and she returned to Detroit. Louise married John Shumaker in 1933 and died in January of 1981.Louise's brother Fred Warners, who...
Dates: 1911 - 1946

Marius Rooks old City Hall images

Identifier: Collection 231
Abstract Marius Rooks was a commercial photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This collection contains 25 color images of the interior of the 1888 City Hall building in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The images were taken shortly before its destruction during urban renewal in 1969. Also included are photographs of the circa 1885 architectural drawings by the architect, E.E. Myers (see collection 222 for the blueprints). The demolition of this building, near the end of the urban renewal phase in...
Dates: 1969

Morris photo collection

Identifier: Collection 043

Murch S. Morris (1880-1963) was a photographer for the Grand Rapids Herald. This collection contains over 400 photographs of Grand Rapids (Mich.), believed to have been compiled by Morris. The images date primarily from 1924 to 1931 and concentrate on churches, streetcars, veterans, Veterans Park, the 1928 state gubernatorial campaign, the Grand Rapids Centennial celebration, the flood of 1926 and fires in the Grand Rapids area.

Dates: 1891-1931; Majority of material found within 1924 - 1931

Nellie Fuller Rice Boer Roberts Collection

Identifier: Collection 423

This collection consists of much information on Grace Episcopal Church, the Boer family, John L. Boer - former City Clerk, and many other photos and postcards of West Michigan.

Dates: 1901-1946; Majority of material found within 1913 - 1919

On the Town photographs

Identifier: Collection 520

On the Town is a free publication highlighting arts and entertainment in the Greater Grand Rapids area. It began in 1982 as Downtown magazine, changed its name in 1984 to On the Town, and is now part of the MLive Media Group. Donated by Joanne N. Bailey, former editor of On the Town magazine, this collection of negatives and contact sheets were produced in the 1980s for On the Town.

Dates: 1982 - 1999

Pictorial History of Grand Rapids

Identifier: Collection 138
Abstract A Pictorial History of Grand Rapids is a book published by Lynn G. Mapes and Anthony Travis in 1976. The book details the social history and development of Grand Rapids, Michigan. This collection includes photographs copied from various sources that document the metropolitan Grand Rapids area. Included are views of the city from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as images taken in 1975. The images depict street scenes, activities, churches, trucks, streetcars, theaters and churches. They focus on...
Dates: 1870-1975, n.d.