Grand Rapids: Visual Materials
Postcard of a grotto in Grand Rapids' John Ball Park, 1930 (Postcard Collection, Box 6, Grand Rapids Parks)
Beach, William Edward.
- William Edward Beach photograph collection 1931-1948.
- 1.4 linear ft.
Howell, Michigan photographer.
Photonegatives of buildings, monuments, people, and events in Howell and numerous other Michigan cities including Grand Rapids.
Belen, Elizabeth L.
- Elizabeth L. Belen papers 1935-1969.
- .4 linear ft.
State legislator and Democratic Party leader from Lansing, Michigan.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and campaign material concerning Belen's political career; and material concerning activities of other members of the Belen family. Correspondents include: James A. Farley, January 12, 1940, Murray D. Van Wagoner, January 13, 1937 and November 8, 1940. Family photographs; photos of Democratic Party groups, Grand Rapids women's suffrage parade, and 1944 Lansing Democratic Party headquarters.
Bentley Historical Library
- Postcard collection 1890s-[ongoing].
- 9.5 linear feet (12 boxes) and 1 oversize folder.
Postcard views of Michigan scenes, including Grand Rapids.
Bradley, Harriet Wyman.
- Harriet Wyman Bradley painting collection 1800s?
- 1 envelope.
Watercolor entitled, "Ohio Landing, Grand Rapids, Michigan," by K. L. B.
- Lillian Gill papers 1950s-2007.
- 6 linear feet.
African American businesswoman from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lillian Gill was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and in African American Baptist Church organizations, particularly New Hope Baptist Church of Grand Rapids.
The Lillian Gill collections is comprised of the following series: Biographical and personal; Business career; Political and community interests; Order of Eastern Star, Free and Accepted Masons; New Hope Baptist Church and other Baptist organizations; and Photographs. The great bulk of the collection details her Masonic responsibilities and her activities with her church and with her denomination's regional bulletins, brochures, programs, announcements, and the like. A smaller portion of the collection relates to her varied business endeavors as an insurance underwriter and as a salesperson with Amway. Photographs documenting her activities within the Order of the Eastern Star and as a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Grand Rapids; also photos of Amway meetings.
Grand Rapids Urban League.
- Grand Rapids Urban League records 1941-1986.
- 4 linear ft.
Affiliate of the National Urban League.
Historical information file, administrative files, topical files, and photographs. Photos of activities of the Grand Rapids Urban League, especially its activities with children (ca. 1950), later activities of the League, and portraits of its secretary, Paul Phillips.
Grand Rapids Young Lawyers Section.
- Say something [videorecording] / created and produced by David C. Sarnacki, Mary McCafferty Douglass [1991?].
- 1 videocassette (25 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan, discuss the meaning of freedom of speech.
Greene, Perry W.
- Perry W. Greene papers 1918-1974.
- .3 linear ft.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, pharmacist, city commissioner (1934-1944), and Republican State Senator (1944-1962).
Scrapbook of photographs and memorabilia relating to his service during World War I; notebook of pharmaceutical formulas; newspaper clippings and other materials relating to his legislative career; and photographs. Photographs of World War I Europe showing death and devastation; photographs of Grand Rapids, Michigan, civic events (1930s) and Greene drugstore; also photographs of Michigan political figures (1950-1970).
Institute for Global Education.
- Institute for Global Education records 1971-2008.
- 5 linear feet.
Grand Rapids, Michigan organization working to achieve peace and social justice through education and outreach events and programs.
The organization's records document the development and programs of a peace and justice community organization. The series include: Administrative and Related Records; Events; Publications; Affiliated Groups and Committees; Photographs; and scrapbooks. Photographs of events, social gatherings, demonstrations, and organization leadership; also snapshots of the Wagbo Peace Center in East Jordan, Michigan; and photo of civil rights activist Walter Bergman.
- JJR Inc. photographic slides. 1960s-1990s.
- 35 linear feet.
Ann Arbor, Mich. based national landscape architectural firm noted for urban design, campus planning, environmental analyses, community development, and historic preservation.
Photographic slide collection documenting Michigan projects only. Included are project slides, site plans, conceptual drawings, etc. Many of the projects relate to projects at colleges and universities, especially the University of Michigan. There are projects from throughout the state, but especially from Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw.
- Albertine Loomis photograph collection 1890s.
- 1 envelope.
Photographs relating to Grand Rapids, Michigan; include exterior of Western Union Telegraph Office, photo of a telephone switchboard, and photo of parade in downtown Grand Rapids during the Spanish-American War.
- Emil Lorch photograph series 1870-1950s.
- 1.2 linear ft. and 1 outsize folder.
Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Michigan.
Photographs of buildings in many areas of Michigan, especially Ann Arbor, Detroit, Fort Wilkins, and Mackinac Island, but also Grand Rapids; also an album of the work of George DeWitt Mason and a watercolor by Lorch.
McKay, Frank D.
- Frank D. McKay papers 1909-1965.
- 3 linear ft. and 2 v.
Republican politician and Michigan state treasurer, 1925-1931.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks concerning Republican politics (particularly the elections of 1940, 1952 and 1958) and the activities of the Republican National Committee, 1940-1944; also miscellaneous business and financial papers; and photographs. Correspondents include: Sherman Adams, D. Hale Brake, Wilber M. Brucker, William A. Comstock, Thomas E. Dewey, Luren D. Dickinson, James A. Farley, Frank D. Fitzgerald, Alexander J. Groesbeck, Philip A. Hart, Clare E. Hoffman, Guy Jenkins, Lyndon B. Johnson, Carl E. Mapes, Joseph W. Martin, Chase S. Osborn, Arthur E. Summerfield, Arthur H. Vandenberg, and Wendell Willkie. Photographs of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan (1880s and 1920s); and albums of photographs of guests and activities at Bal Harbor Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida (1955-1959).
Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
- Michigan Bell Telephone Company photograph collection 1949-1983.
- ca. 63 linear ft. (92 boxes).
Photographs (positive and negative), slides, and transparencies taken by the company's photographers to document company activities, products, services, employees at work and at leisure, company exhibits and commemorations, and the response of the company to natural disasters and civil disturbances. Includes images of Grand Rapids.
Parks, Lyman S.
- Lyman S. Parks papers 1962-1977.
- 4 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Pastor of the Grand Rapids A. M. E. First Community Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, city commissioner, acting mayor, and later mayor, 1971-1975
Mayoralty files, political materials, scrapbooks of career activities, and photographs. In photograph series: portraits; photographs of Parks with various public figures, and of Parks at numerous official functions, including Mayor Exchange days at Warren, Southfield, and Saginaw, Michigan.
- Penrod/Hiawatha Company postcard collection 1950s-1998.
- 5.5 linear ft. (ca. 5000 postcards and 1 linear ft.).
Business established by John Penrod, a photographer from Berrien Springs, Michigan, for the production of Michigan postcards and other photographic items for tourists.
Postcards manufactured by Penrod/Hiawatha and other postcard companies purchased by John Penrod, including Michigan tourist views and attractions, main street views of various Michigan cities (including Grand Rapids), and postcards of commercial firms such as motels and restaurants; also collection of tourist brochures, calendars, and other items using photographic images.
Peterson, Merle R.
- Merle R. Peterson photograph collection 1910-1930.
- 1 envelope.
Son of a cook at Camp Bogardus (later renamed Camp Davis), the summer engineering camp of the University of Michigan.
Group portraits of staff and students, and views of the camp; also photos of the construction of Hardy Dam on the Muskegon River, near Oxbow, Michigan; and photo of a parade and Liberty Bond rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Stoner, Claude Thomas.
- Claude Thomas Stoner photograph series 1870s-1972.
- 7 linear ft. (11 boxes).
Dexter, Michigan, collector of materials relating to the history of railroading in Michigan.
Photographs of locomotives, railroad stations, train wrecks, car ferries, street railroads, logging railroads, railroad and tunnel construction, and other subjects related to railroads; also views of Frankfort, Michigan and other Michigan cities and towns. Includes photos of Grand Rapids railroads.
Uhl, Edwin Fuller.
- Edwin Fuller Uhl papers 1878-1917.
- .3 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Grand Rapids, Michigan businessman, Ambassador to Germany, and U.S. Undersecretary of State.
Correspondence of Uhl, his wife, and his son Marshall, including eleven letters from Grover Cleveland and sixty-three telegrams of condolence upon the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Uhl; also guest book, notebook, manuscript address, biographical sketch, resolutions, legal papers, and photographs.
Williams, Gardner Stewart.
- Gardner S. Williams photograph series ca. 1900-1945.
- 3 linear ft.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, construction engineer specializing in hydraulics and water power.
Albums and other photographs of dam construction projects in Michigan and elsewhere, especially the Argo, Barton, French Landing, Geddes, and Superior Dams on the Huron River, but also Grand Rapids; photos of rivers and riverside areas as they existed before dam construction began; and portraits of Williams.
Farewell to G.R. Battalion, Scene on Campau Square, Tuesday April 26, 1898 (Vertical File, Albertine Loomis)