Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:
Identifier: Collection 154
Overview Bethuel Church (1784-1859) was an early resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan area. His diary describes his daily life, contains weather reports, and mentions current events. Written in the final years of his life, the diary begins on July 2, 1854 and ends on May 30, 1858. It discusses his family, including his first wife Lydia, second wife Mary Ann and son Melvin. His siblings mentioned are sister A. Boot and brother C.C. The diary notes Bethuel's occupations variously as handyman, delivery man,...
Identifier: Collection 217
Overview Forming the bulk of this collection are the diaries of Dorothea Sophia Rector Spring, generally known as Dora Spring. She was a Michigan farm woman, recording her daily life from 1867 to 1928 in the documents found here. Also included are letters to her husband, Albert Jared Spring, and other correspondence. Some additional manuscript items include copies of death certificates, birth announcements, and newspaper clippings. Subjects of the original photographs, and copies of photographs, include...
Identifier: Collection 211
Overview M. Clay Church (1877-1966) was a businessman from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He worked for his father's company, the Couple Gear Co., which produced the worlds first truck trailers and designed a truck with a motor for each wheel. Church lived in Massachusetts from the late 1920s through the early 1960s, operating the Church Motor Company. Later, he worked as an insurance executive. A majority of his diary entries relate to his business dealings: what happened at the factory, who he...
Identifier: Collection 094
Overview The Richmond family was one of Grand Rapid's early pioneering families, settling in Western Michigan in the 1830s. The bulk of the collection is the William Almy Richmond (1809-1871) papers, dealing with Indian Affairs, 1845-1849. Richmond was Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Michigan and Wisconsin and in this position made treaty payments to the Indians at La Pointe on Lake Superior. Also included in this collection are the significant Civil War era diaries primarily of his...
Dates: 1825-1923, n.d.
Identifier: Collection 463
Overview This collection of dairies are mainly those of Robert B. Loomis (1832-1907). Born in Maine, he moved with his family to Boston, Massachusetts at the age of six. He married Emily Goodhue with whom he fathered four children. From 1862 to 1866, he lived in Washington D.C. and then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he ran his own business and was involved in church, civic, and state affairs. He died in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1907. His diaries document his business activities, personal life...
Dates: 1852 - 1906
Identifier: Collection 387
Overview The Schenck family were early settlers and pioneers in Ada Township, Michigan. Jacob Schenck purchased land in Ada Township in 1845, with his father John and brother William following in the next few years. Jacob was a farmer and John and William were primarily carpenters, although they also farmed. The collection includes diaries and account books kept by Jacob Schenck and his son Fred, and by John Schenck. Also included are dockets from Yates County, New York and from Ada Township. The...
Dates: 1828-1945; Majority of material found within 1875 - 1892
Identifier: Collection 085
Overview Sluman S. Bailey (1821-1907) was a native of Somerset New York and later lived in Paris Township, Kent County, Michigan. He began writing journals in 1842, at 21 years old. His family moved to Michigan in 1846 and purchased a farm in Paris Township, Kent County. Bailey was one of the founders of the Kent County Agricultural Society. The journals cover his day-to-day activities, most notably when he was Sheriff of Grand Rapids and an Internal Revenue collector. His journals also cover the...
Dates: 1842-1907, n.d.
Identifier: Collection 172
Overview The Swift family diaries were written by a mother and daughter, Lucy and Genevieve Swift, from 1908-1963. Lucy wrote some, Genevieve wrote others and they both shared space in a third set. The diaries tell about animals in the Swift's yard, the weather, trips to the medical doctor and dentist and their daily routines. Some diaries give lists of garden prices, and others give lists of travel expenses. They talk about the various clubs the Swifts attended and their other forms of recreation. Some...