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

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 50 Collections and/or Records:

Roger Patterson photographs

Identifier: Collection 392

The collection consists of images owned by librarian Roger Patterson who worked in the Grand Rapids Public library from the 1960s through the 1980s. The presence of descriptive tags for some of the photos as well as construction paper lettering imply the images were used in displays in branches of the Grand Rapids Public Library. The images are primarily of Grand Rapid's West Side and include churches, parks, bridges, and private and public buildings.

Dates: 1885-1980s

Stephen Deming Stover glass negatives

Identifier: Collection 128
Abstract Stephen Deming Stover was a printer and an amateur photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This collection contains 75 glass plate negatives for images from 1900 through 1906, taken by Stover. They depict various scenes from Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, Mich. and Chicago, IL., including churches, street scenes, people, social events and parades. Of note are the views of labor parades, baseball teams, bicycle racing, ice cutting on the Grand River, the Norton Indian mounds and Grand Haven...
Dates: 1900-1906

Stolorow parking lot images

Identifier: Collection 407
Abstract Aaron H. Stolorow (1908-1986) operated automobile parking lots in Grand Rapids, Michigan from the 1930s through the 1980s. He ran the parking lots under both his own name and under Outdoor Parking Co. This collection contains 24 black and white images of parking lots that were owned or leased by Stolorow in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Detroit. The Grand Rapids images show parking lots in the downtown area, circa 1940s and 1950s. The photographs show many views that are now significantly...
Dates: circa 1940s-1950s

Sundbeck Family Photos and Ephemera Collection

Identifier: Collection 443

This collection contains a number of identified photos of the Sundbeck family, the Keck boarding house, the Lindberg family, and Stocking School. Also included are a few pieces of local ephemera.

Dates: 1883 - 1920

The Sara Kinglsey Smith and Isaac Platt Powell Collection

Identifier: Collection 436
Abstract This collection is made up primarily of the personal papers and photographs of Sara Kinglsey Smith (1872-1963), daughter of former Grand Rapids Mayor, Henry S. Smith, and Isaac Platt Powell (1838-1903) spanning the years from 1884-1935. Issac Powell married Helen Griffith Smith, Henry Smith's second wife and stepmother of Sarah Smith, in 1890 following Henry's death. Most notably the collection contains a photo album that includes photos of Sara Smith's family, including her father, the D.A....
Dates: 1880-1935

Thomas glass plate negatives

Identifier: Collection 136

The Thomas glass plate negatives contain 269 historical glass negative images from the first decade of the twentieth century, plus one original photo. The plates seem to have been taken by Mr. Thomas and his daughter. The images depict Thomas family members, houses, house interiors and various Grand Rapids views such as the flood of 1904, the Grand River, John Ball Park and workers. Also included are views from Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon, Michigan.

Dates: circa 1900-1910

William F. Drueke photographs

Identifier: Collection 212
Abstract William F. Drueke, Jr. (1912-2000) was a Grand Rapids, Michigan businessman. He headed the family business, the Drueke Game Company. This collection contains photographs he took of various scenes in Grand Rapids from 1958 to 1979. The images depict urban renewal, including demolition of buildings. A large portion of the collection documents the construction of Interstate 96 through Grand Rapids. Also shown are many scenes of downtown Grand Rapids and the Grand River, including building...
Dates: 1958-1996

William L. Bennett collection

Identifier: Collection 298
Abstract William L. Bennett (1912-2006) was an historian from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. This collection includes historical materials he collected or created, primarily including photographs taken from albums, but also scrapbooks, ephemera and reference documents. Also included is a copy of his publication “Memories of East Grand Rapids, 1834-1982.” The bulk of this collection are the photographs. Bennett was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Rapids, among his other activities. His...
Dates: no date

Women's City Club records

Identifier: Collection 454
Abstract The Women's City Club was founded January 4th, 1924 by the presidents of the various women's organizations of Grand Rapids. After the first meeting in November of 1923 the Women's City Club became a private social club where women of the city could meet socially and enjoy the companionship of other women through common and varied interests in Grand Rapids and the State of Michigan, and would then attempt to further the good in Grand Rapids. Throughout the following years, membership grew by...
Dates: 1900-2012

Zane Studio photographs

Identifier: Collection 518

Zane (Zanon) Burniewicz (1901-1977) was a Lithuanian immigrant and local photographer in Grand Rapids, MI. This collection, which represents a small portion of his work, includes portraits and wedding photographs of local people of mostly Polish and Lithuanian descent. Patrons interested in local photographers or those researching their family history are likely to find this collection particularly useful.

Dates: 1935-1977