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RHC. Regional and Historical Collections

 Record Group
Identifier: RHC
Collections related to a variety of topics and individuals of interest due to regional or historical significance.

Found in 116 Collections and/or Records:

19th and 20th century literary correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-46
Collection Description Collection of 19th and early 20th century correspondence and autographs from American authors. Includes personal and official routine correspondence primarily to and from American writers, including Louisa May Alcott, Christopher Morley, H.L. Mencken, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sandburg, Upton Sinclair, and Erle Stanley Garnder. Collected by Harvey E. Lemmen.

Abraham Lincoln glass plate copy negative

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-78
Collection Description An 8 X 10 glass plate copy negative of the photographic portrait, taken by an unknown photographer, from the portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Matthew Brady in 1862. A digital scan and digital print reproduction from the image is also included.

Abraham Lincoln postage stamp collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-130
Scope and Contents The collection consists of materials, compiled by collector Harvey E. Lemmen, as part of his extensive book, manuscript, ephemera and art collection on the life and death of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The collection contains postage stamps, both used and unused, as well as decorative envelopes and assorted ephemera featuring Abraham Lincoln or commemmorating the events of Lincoln's life, death, and the United States Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln scrapbooks and ephemera

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-67
Collection Description The collection consists of materials, compiled by collector Harvey E. Lemmen, as part of his extensive book, manuscript, ephemera and art collection on the life and death of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Three large scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and articles from local and national press are titled, v. 1 Lincolniana: his assassination and funeral; v.2 Lincoln in pictures; v. 3 Lincoln in advertising. The boxes contain additional scrapbooks and loose scrapbook ...

Alabastine Company collection

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.625.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-100
Content Description Collection contains ephemera and realia of the Alabastine Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The collection primarily contains 70 issues of Brush & Pail, a monthly publication produced by the Alabastine Company. Issues range in date from 1909 to 1926. Collection also includes catalogs, brochures, and other printed materials, as well as a paint sample kit. The materials range in date from 1895 to 1948.

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League interviews

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.484.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-58
Collection Description Videotaped interviews and transcripts of the former players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The collection consists of interviews conducted by Grand Valley State University faculty and associates at reunions and other league events. Interviewees discuss their experience in the league and their lives after the league ceased to exist.

Mathias J. Alten papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-28
Collection Description The Mathias J. Alten papers document the personal life and career of the West Michigan painter. The collection includes biographical information, business records, exhibit catalogs, and newspaper clippings collected by family members.

American picture postcard collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-103
Content Description This artificially created collection contains approximately 660 picture picture postcards, dating from 1895 to 1970, with the bulk of the cards dating between 1900 and 1920. The collection contains illustrated postcards, real photo postcards, advertising postcards, and occasional postcards, addressed to a variety of individuals.

D.J. Angus photographs and films

 Collection — Box 1-70: [aspace.r.437.Box.1-70]
Identifier: RHC-04
Scope and Contents The D. J. Angus photograph collection consists of over 10,000 negatives and prints from ca. 1900-1960s. They were taken by Angus in his birth place of Wisconsin; his home in Grand Haven, Michigan; his places of work Indianapolis, Indiana, and Lansing, Michigan (Michigan Agricultural College); and on recreational trips throughout the southwest, south, and Mexico.

Angus family papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-60
Collection Description This collection of family papers contains family history information, marriage certificates, deeds, a friendship book belonging to Alice Griffin, and correspondence between Alice, her friends and family and her future husband J.J. Angus. Routine correspondence and the friendship book includes mention of women’s rights, abolition, Quakers, and the Sodus Bay Phalanx utopian community. Patents of J.J. Angus and schoolwork of D.J. Angus are included in the family papers.

Correspondence ...

Daniel M. Arbour papers

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.539.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-92
Collection Description Collection contains papers relating to Daniel M. Arbour of Redford, Michigan, spanning from 1845 to 1874. Includes five letters to his daughter in Michigan, dated 1861-1864; two envelopes are Wells, Fargo & Co. covers, one with three stamps; two letters announcing his death, another regarding his property, a lock of dark brown hair, and miscellaneous papers including poetry, a Detroit marriage certificate, an invitation to a ball and an obituary.

Diary of David M. Austin

 Series — Box 1: [aspace.r.489.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-63
Collection Description Handwritten diary maintained by David M. Austin of Elsie, Michigan. The diary is written in a day book. Entries begin on January 1, 1913 and conclude on December 31st 1916. Austin records the details of his everyday life including the weather, his work around the farm and jobs he is hired to do, and details of friends and family.

Inserted in the diary are a newspaper article, a poem, and a program from a Merchant of Venice performance.

Ralph Belknap Baldwin papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-07
Collection Description Includes technical correspondence, primarily astronomical; correspondence concerning the publication of the book, "The Deadly Fuze" articles, general correspondence, speeches, copies of personal papers and an autobiography called "The Life of Ralph Baldwin" for which supplements were added annually.

Balinese palm-leaf manuscript

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-72
Collection Description Balinese palm-leaf manuscript (lontar). Manuscript is made from dried palm leaves and bound between wood blocks by a cord running through the middle of the blocks and each leaf. A coin is tied to the cord. Translation of this document, conducted in 1973, speculates that this may not be authentic to the period (prior to the 19th century when printing presses were introduced), and may have been created for commercial purposes. The first 27 pages are lists of words seeming to bear no relationship ...

Gertrude Barrette photograph album

 Item
Identifier: RHC-127
Content Description One photograph album, 233 x 319 cm. 37 leaves. Dark blue embossed cloth over thin boards with "Photographs" embossed in gold on cover. Contains 256 black-and-white photographs of various sizes, the majority identified with dates, places, and names. All are attached to the album leaves with corner mounts, although there are a number of photographs which had been removed before acquisition.

The majority of the photographs were taken in West Warwick, Rhode Island and Fall River, ...

F.W. Beasecker papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-29
Collection Description These military records and personal papers document the career and personal life of Lt. (later Capt.) F.W. Beasecker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Military records include diaries, correspondence, orders, blueprints and plans, manuals, and correspondence. Other military records include publications, artifacts and memorabilia. Photographs of training at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts; visit to the Gibbon Boat Works in New Orleans, manufacturer of parts for the LCVP; housing in Carabelle, Florida; ...

Victor Belmonte letters to Emma Simila

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-107
Content Description Collection contains 59 letters, cards, and envelopes addressed to Emma Simila, her mother Maria, and her sister Elma from a variety of correspondents, dated from July 1939 to February 1975. Correspondents include Victor Belmonte (see biography above) who is responsible for bulk of the items, 1941-1943.

Other identified writers are:

Ernest Eino Mytty (1912-1954) was born in Michigan to parents of Finnish heritage; he was a machine operator in a Muskegon factory and ...

Correspondence and diaries of Civil War surgeon, John Bennitt

 Collection — Box 1-2: [aspace.r.470.Box.1-2]
Identifier: RHC-43
Collection Description The collection consists of over 200 letters from John Bennitt to his wife and daughters. In them he shared his life as a student at the University of Michigan and detailed observations of army life, including dramatic battles, his medical trials in the field and army hospitals, and character sketches of his regimental comrades, captured Confederates, and local southern citizens.

Three diaries accompany the correspondence. The first volume (Sept. 1, 1863-Jan. 26, 1864) details ...

Harry A. Berne letters

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-119
Scope and Contents In the collection are 292 letters and envelopes. 207 were written by Harry Berne and sent to his parents and sister in St. Louis, dating from 29 January 1947 to 11 September 1949, with a few significant gaps. 49 letters were written to Harry by his sister, Marie Berne, dating from 30 January to 19 April 1947; 17 letters were written to Harry by his parents, Henry and Marigold Berne, dating from 5 February to 15 April 1947. Finally, there are 19 letters written to Harry and other relatives ...

Biddle, Harry A. letters

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-105
Content Description Collection contains 33 letters written by Harry A. Biddle, Carpenters Mate, 2nd Class, 61st Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees), Company C, 2nd Platoon, to his wife Mary. 14 April 1943 to 9 January 1944. She was living at 2067 Nereid Avenue, Apt. 66, Bronx, New York through 1943, and relocated to Cos Cob, Connecticut in January 1944.

Contents generally describe conditions in and around the 61st N.C.B. stationed at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, although the location is ...

Grace Bedell Billings correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-74
Collection Description Correspondence to Grace Bedell Billings from friends, family, and from individuals requesting autographs and information about the letter she sent to Lincoln, 1925-1928.

James E. Boring papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-90
Collection Description Collection contains the business and personal papers of James Boring, spanning from 1949 to 1986. The business files primarily document Boring's activities as the Director of Ground Transportation Division of Air Asia Company Limited in Taipei, Taiwan in the 1960s and early 1970s. Also included in the collection are personal papers, including documentation of Boring's employment history, moving records, personal correspondence.

Judson T. Bradford papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-41
Collection Description Collection documents the involvement of Judson Bradford and other residents of Holland, Michigan in the founding of Grand Valley State University. Materials include Citizen Advisory Council records, correspondence with L. William Seidman and others, GVSC publications and promotional materials, notices and invitations, and newspaper articles. Also includes interview conducted in 2011 by President's Office for Grand Valley's 50th Anniversary and an employee stock ownership advocacy notebook ...

Cass County Underground Railroad research collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-34
Collection Description The collection consists of photocopies of original documents and articles, and newspaper clippings ca. 1841-2008, related to the Underground Railroad, and genealogies of Underground Railroad operatives, free African Americans, and fugitives seeking freedom and their descendents.

Elizabeth Cecil writings and correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-21
Collection Description The Elizabeth Cecil collection documents the work of Ms. Cecil written under the pseudonym Clarence Conway. Her correspondence with acquaintances and publishers document her efforts to publish her work. Writings include short stories, plays, poems, songs, short essays and scenarios for movies.

Citizen Bee records

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-30
Collection Description This collection includes organizational records, contest materials, photographs, and videos of Michigan and national competitions.

Civil War and slavery collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-45
Collection Description Personal and official documents and correspondence related to the American Civil War and to the institution of slavery, collected by Harvey E. Lemmen. A selection of documents from 10 states related to the ownership of slaves and abolition, 1805-1864; and correspondence and documents of the soldiers who fought in the War to and from family members and officials. Further includes 1914 letter from Robert Lincoln and accounts written after the War, as late as 1943, related to Abraham Lincoln and ...

Civil War era cartes-de-visite album

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-84
Collection Description Civil War era cartes-de-visite family album of unknown origin. Identified images only of Stonewall Jackson, and Gen. G. T. Beauregard and commercial prints of Com. Hollis and carte-de-visite of plant. Leather-bound carte-de-visite album with brass clasp. Oval or rectangular cut-out pages include hand painted Stars and Bars Confederate flag in first page; 9 full-portrait carte-de-visites of 3 men, 4 women, and 2 pairs; 16 head shots of 10 men and 6 women. Also included are 9 tintypes in ...

Civil War patriotic envelopes

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-49
Collection Description The patriotic envelope was a war-time propaganda phenomenon produced by both the North and the South during the Civil War. This collection of primarily Union patriotic envelopes depicts battles, flags, eagles, political satire, and caricatures of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Gen. McClellan, Col. Elmore Ellsworth, and other political heroes. Envelopes often have mottos and verses. They were first made for the mails and then as souvenirs.

Roy Kinsley Cronkhite diaries

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.442.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-10
Collection Description The collection consists of seven handwritten bound diaries maintained from October 23, 1906 to July 30, 1957. Diaries were maintained routinely throughout this time with gaps from 1918 to 1922, 1936 to 1944, and from 1949 to 1953 indicating that some volumes may be missing. He writes about his work, the weather, and his family. Mr. Cronkhite traveled as far as New York and Colorado for his work. He mentions creating drawings of turpentine stills for the C.W. Thomas turpentine refinery in Nolan, ...

Robert DeMott research collection on Jim Harrison

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-42
Collection Description The collection of research, interviews, and writing by Robert DeMott; and the collection of published writings by and writings about Michigan writer Jim Harrison were compiled by Robert DeMott while writing Conversations with Jim Harrison. The collection contains a notebook compiled by DeMott, interviews conducted and edited by DeMott and Patrick Smith, correspondence with Harrison, a chronology of interviews, and other materials collected by DeMott. The collection of published poetry, ...

Mary Harrison Dumsch papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-33
Collection Description The Mary Harrison Dumsch papers consist of personal records and published writings collected by Dumsch by and about the life and work of Michigan-born writer Jim Harrison. The Dumsch collection, in part, duplicates materials found in the Jim Harrison papers, but also includes many unique items.

The collection includes handwritten correspondence by Harrison, primarily to his mother, one early letter to his sister Judy; promotional materials from publishers, producers, and event ...

Irene Louise Fassbender Sparhawk scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-121
Scope and Contents One scrapbook, 275 x 396 cm. with 47 leaves (8 blank).

Contents generally document Irene Fassbender's educational and social life at Graveraet High School (611 N. Front Street) in Marquette, Michigan. Included are programs from class plays; presentations from the Graveraet Dramatic Club; football and basketball schedules and programs; band, orchestra, and choral concert programs; dance cards; hall passes; graduation invitations and programs; and certificates, letters, poems, and ...

Fei Hu Films research and production files

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-88
Collection Description Collection contains production records, research files, and audiovisual materials created and collected by Fei Hu Films in the development and production of documentary films about the history of the American Volunteer Group, "Flying Tigers," and the Civil Air Transport airline, later named Air America. The materials span in date from the early 1940s to 2007, and are organized in four series.

Series 1. Fei Hu: the Story of the Flying Tigers ...

General 19th and early 20th century correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RHC-47
Collection Description Artificial collection of personal papers, official documents, and correspondence from the 19th and 20th centuries, collected by Harvey E. Lemmen and others. Correspondents include a variety of individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the United States.

Archibald K. Gibson print sample scrapbook

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-71
Collection Description Samples of fine printing collected by A.K. Gibson of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The collection is mounted on blank pages in a volume with the cover from Twenty famous naval battles by Edward Kirk Rawson, 1899. The scrapbook contains correspondence to Gibson from publishers and book sellers on letterhead, sketches, bookplates, announcements, and illustrated catalogs.

Edward V. Gillis Native American publication collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-14
Collection Description The Edward V. Gillis collection includes magazines posters, maps, other published and some unpublished materials on different aspects of human culture and anthropology, with an emphasis on Native American people, events, organizations, and activities in Michigan and throughout the United States.

Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club scrapbooks

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-54
Collection Description Two scrapbooks of newsclippings, photographs, postcards, and ephemera of the Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club. Photos were taken at regattas on Reeds Lake; the Grand River; Peoria, Illinois; and in Chicago of club members, and events. Historical articles, reports of regatta events, and articles featuring members Charles McQuewan and Jack Corbett are included. Programs include the First Grand Regatta on Great Salt Lake 1888, and Peoria Rowing Festival, and banquet and music programs and the GR ...

Grand Rapids oral history collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-23
Collection Description The College of Arts and Sciences Oral History Project collection consists of materials created to document West Michigan local history. Collection includes taped and transcribed interviews with residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan; other West Michigan related oral history interviews; and tapes of topical radio shows produced by the University of Michigan based on these interviews. Interviews conducted primarily in the early 1970s of the children and grandchildren of many of the founders of Grand ...

Grand Rapids scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-69
Collection Description The collection is a series of five scrapbooks compiled by Harvey Lemmen. The collection contains newspaper clippings and articles from local Grand Rapids, Michigan’s newspapers focusing on the history of the city, its people, places, and events. The collection includes clippings about the election of Grand Rapid’s first black mayor, the demolition of historic buildings, celebrations, and public transportation within the city. Scrapbooks also contain some printed photographs and brochures. ...

La Grand Vitesse film

 Collection — Box 6-A
Identifier: RHC-64
Collection Description The documentary film produced by William Lawson, La Grande Vitesse: The Work of Alexander Calder, follows the unloading of the stabile pieces in Detroit, its construction in downtown Grand Rapids, Calder’s arrival in the city, and several interview pieces on Calder’s life and work. The collection contains 16mm film reels, an audio CD of interview and lecture material from Klaus Perls and Sweeney, and a DVD of the completed documentary. Records also include contracts for creating the film, ...

George H. Guild letters

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-112
Scope and Contents Collection contains 11 letters, manuscript and typewritten, sent to George Guild's mother, Ruth L. Guild, in Nashua New Hampshire from his various postings in the United States. The contents generally describe army life in camp, training, food, exercise, rumors, entertainments, and possible furloughs. There is also a great deal of sharing news of friends and relatives who have written letters.

The correspondence from 1945 includes mention of an automobile at home in Nashua, ...

Genevieve Burke Gulch papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-101
Scope and Contents The collection contains 258 letters written to Genevieve Gulch, the vast majority of which are from her sister, Martha Burke Bahan (1900-1984). There are also bank books and cancelled checks showing deposits and withdrawals for Genevieve and her husband Walter Gulch, financial and income tax information, miscellaneous receipts, life and health insurance documents, receipts for medical procedures, and apartment rental receipts. In addition there are banking and insurance documents relating to ...

Gilbert Vinton Hallock letters

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-106
Content Description Collection contains 64 letters written by A/T Gilbert Vinton Hallock, 63rd College Training Detachment (Aircrew) to his parents Robert Palmer and Mildred Hallock at Worcester, Massachusetts, 29 May to 25 August 1944. These were addressed from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and subsequently from Columbus Army Airfield in Columbus, Mississippi. He was also a member of the unit's marching band where he played bells.

Contents generally describe various aspects of the flight ...

Jim Harrison papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-16
Collection description The Jim Harrison collection documents the life and work of Michigan-born writer Jim Harrison from 1938 to the present. Harrison has published books in several genres throughout his career, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature; he also worked in Hollywood and wrote screenplays, including several with his daughter Jamie. Harrison is recognized as a master of the novella, and his critically acclaimed trilogy Legends of the Fall reinvigorated the form in America. His ...

Rebecca Newth Harrison papers

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.545.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-95
Collection Description The family correspondence primarily consists of letters from Rebecca Newth Harrison to her mother-in-law Norma Harrison sharing news of the family and of their shared interest in bird watching and gardening. Early correspondence (1941-1960s), from Jim to his brother, describe Jim’s efforts to balance art and work, and show the close relationship between the two brothers. As original caretaker of Jim’s papers, John received correspondence from repositories interested in purchasing the ...

Victor Harter envelopes and letters

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-115
Scope and Contents 310 stamped air mail envelopes all addressed to Victor J. Harter's wife, Jessie, who lived during 1942 through 1945 with her widowed mother at 9 Madison Avenue, Irvington, New Jersey. There are fewer than ten letters with the envelopes; consequently the chief value of the collection is in the postal markings on the envelopes, including cancellations and auxiliary stamps of the U.S. Army examiners and censors. These also give evidence of Victor's changing postings.

1942 - Jan., May. ...

Historic Photography collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-123
Scope and Contents Collection contains examples of historic photographic processes, collected by Special Collections and University Archives for teaching history of photography. Specimens were acquired from various sources.

Honors Institute for Young Scientists (HIFYS) scrapbook

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.465.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-38
Collection Description Scrapbook includes articles and photographs of the Honors Institute for Young Scientists (HIFYS). The scrapbook contains photos of students and instructors during classroom and recreational activities.

Icie Macy Hoobler's Grand Valley State College Board of Control files and professional publications

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-40
Collection Description The Icie Macy-Hoobler collection documents the activities of the Board of Control at Grand Valley State College. The collection includes notes on the site selection of the school, general files of the Board of Control, self studies, newspaper clippings and reports from the state of Michigan. The publications include articles and books written by Icie Macy-Hoobler on the health and nutrition of children and mothers.

Humphrey family World War II papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-86
Content Description Collection contains correspondence and personal papers of Frederick G. Humphrey and William F. Humphrey, Jr. relating primarily to their military service during World War II. Also included are photographs of the twins as boys and in their uniforms. The collection also contains additional family papers including a diary with entries dating from 1942-1943 from the twins' first cousin, Eloise Jennifer Humphrey and World War I era post cards to their aunt, Pearl (Humphrey) Keene, from her future ...

Ionia County postal history collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-96
Collection Description This is a small, artificial collection mostly of stamped and stampless covers to and from Michigan cities and villages, primarily from Ionia County in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Compiled by Harvey Lemmen, the items in the collection fall mostly within the date range of 1843 to 1916, although newspaper articles on Ionia County postal history and auxiliary records pertaining to the collection fall within the date range of 1956 to 2000. Ten items of correspondence (letters and ...

Florence (Williams) Jackson scrapbooks and ephemera

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-117
Scope and Contents Collection contains one scrapbook of ephemera and personal memorabilia of Grand Rapdids Central High School from the late 1930s, where Florence Williams was a student. The book contains notes, certificates, event programs, and memorabilia of the Biology Club, Home Economics Club, the Girl Reserve organization, ticket stubs, and greeting cards. There are also several folders of loose materials related to the scrapbook.

The collection also contains two photograph albums dating from ...

Doris Keirn and Burley Yehnert letters

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-108
Scope and Contents Collection contains 21 letters written by Doris E. Keirn to her boyfriend and fiancé Burley E. Yehnert at his various Army Air Force postings in Nebraska, South Dakota, England, and Florida, 13 November 1944 to 4 February 1946. These were addressed from her home at 1113 22nd Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania.

The collection also contains 13 letters written by Burley E. Yehnert to his fiancée Doris E. Keirn at her and her parents' home in Altoona and subsequently Phoenix, Arizona after ...

Kimbel-Wilson correspondence

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.433.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-83
Collection Description This collection of correspondence between Frank Kimbel and Grace Wilson Kimbel spans from 1906 to 1913, but includes items up to 1948. The letters begin in 1906 with Frank and Grace as friends and become more frequent in 1910. Most letters are 4- 8 pages and include letters to and from both Frank and Grace. Also included are letters from family members and friends, holiday and postcards, wedding invitations and planning information, financial information, religious ephemera, an airplane ...

Russel Kirkhof papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-05
Collection Description The collection documents the personal life and career of Russel Kirkhof. Personal materials include correspondence, diaries, interviews, photographs, materials related to Kirkhof's relationship with Grand Valley, and the Kirkhof residence. Business records include patents, investments, personal correspondence, legal correspondence, tax records, business ledgers, real estate speculation, and philanthropy.

William Kirkpatrick's Grand Valley State College Board of Control files

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-39
Collection Description The William Kirkpatrick collection documents the beginning years of Grand Valley State College from 1960-1980. The collection includes building plans, budget reports, annual reports, and self studies.

A. Robert Kleiner papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-25
Collection Description The A. Robert Kleiner collection documents the reapportionment of the districts in Michigan for political representation in the 1960s until the 1980s. This collection includes petitions for the Michigan Legislature, the original Austin-Kleiner plans for reapportionment in Michigan in 1964, photographs of the commission, and newspaper articles covering the reapportionment of the districts in Michigan and the court rulings on the new reapportionment.

Frances Marie Krider scrapbook

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-118
Scope and Contents One scrapbook, 402 x 292 cm. with 32 leaves.

Contents comprise Frances Krider's visual diary for 1941, beginning in January, proceeding through the months, and ending with New Year's Eve. The items attached to the leaves include greeting cards; photographs; programs of plays, movies, and shows attended locally and in other cities; ticket stubs; souvenirs; and brochures from parks and other attractions.

Photographs consist of Frances' bedroom and other house interiors, ...

Stan Krohmer photographs

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-97
Content Description Collection contains two photography projects by Stan Krohmer. The first project, Ravines Revisited, consists of 11x14 and 4x6 b/w prints, negatives, and contact sheets taken from 2003-2007 for Ravines Revisited exhibit w/ DeMas Henke and Tony Thompson.

The Jim Harrison project, 2007-2009, contains 11x14 color and b/w prints, negatives and CDs of digital images. Krohmer and Harrison collaborated on a project to document the places in Michigan that were significant to Jim and may have ...

Kruse-Gilson family papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-77
Collection Description This collection of correspondence to Henry Gilson and his second wife, Hilda Kruse-Gilson, consists of letters primarily from family and friends. Letters to Hilda are from her sisters Emma, Nellie, Gretchen, Olive (Bob), and Ruby and other family members and from Hilda's former classmates and colleagues from Clifton Springs. Many of these are congratulations on the couple's marriage and the births of their children from friends and family. Correspondence to Henry includes letters from Henry's ...

Otto Kuxhaus World War II collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-57
Collection Description Collection includes documents, articles, postcards, photographs, brochures and other printed materials, badges and memorabilia collected by Kuxhaus. Materials document his tour of duty with the 81st Squadron and his leisure time activities. Some photos of family and friends are also included.

Limited Editions Club records

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-68
Collection Description Collection includes correspondence between George Macy and book designers, illustrators, printers, editors and authors. The collection also includes first-day cover for a stamp in commemoration of the Festival of Britain 1851-1951, designed and signed by Edmond Dulac, sketches by illustrators, correspondence from T.M. Cleland to Philip Duschnes, and from Sidney Shiff to Harvey Lemmen, club announcements and ephemera. Also includes guestbook used for the exhibition of the George Macy Memorial ...

Cyril Lixenberg papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-79
Collection description Collection consists primarily of photographs of the artist and his work, exhibit programs and catalogs , news clippings and articles, correspondence with galleries, and a videotaped interviews and exhibits.

Edward Manley and Jean Worthington letters

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-116
Scope and Contents In the collection are 226 letters and envelopes: 60 were written by Jean Worthington and sent to Edward Manley from 15 February 1945 to 1 July 1945; 159 were written by Edward Manley and sent to Jean Worthington while on duty with the U.S. Army from 15 February 1945 to 27 June 1946; and seven from other people with some relationship to the two, 1943-1945. A few letters are without envelopes; a few envelopes lack letters.

The content of Jean's letters describes everyday life of a ...

Marine Board of Investigation hearing files

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.492.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-66
Collection Description Certified copy of a transcript of a hearing by the Marine Board of Investigation, Manistee, Michigan in October 1967. The Board investigated the loss of, and damage to, numerous vessels with loss of life. The wreck occurred on the eastern coast of Lake Michigan near Point Betsie, Michigan, during high winds and heavy seas on or about 23 September 1967.

McClafferty Polish collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RHC-26
Collection Description Materials collected and compiled by participant James McClafferty include maps, publications, scenic postcards, artifacts, and over 2,000 slides taken on the trip or that represent Polish history, scenery, cities, people, and lifestyles.

Irvine McColl World War I correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-59
Collection Description Typed transcriptions of correspondence from Archibald Irvine McColl to his parents Dr. John and Ella Kate McColl, his brother Alexander; and handwritten letters to his aunt Hattie and uncle George Irvine, and to a friend Isadore Apted. Letters were written to his family while at the University of Michigan, and to his family and friend while he was in the service, in Columbus Ohio, Waco, Texas and primarily in France. Also includes newspaper articles about his son Alexander McColl, a Vietnam ...

Mike McDonnell papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-120
Scope and Contents The Mike McDonnell papers contain materials documenting aspects of Mike McDonnell’s professional and personal life as an artist spanning from 1959 to 2010. The collection includes typed narratives and handwritten biographies; typed lists of awards, achievements, and praises from various sources; correspondence to and from Mike McDonnell through letters and emails; gallery rejection letters to Mike McDonnell from over 72 different galleries; magazines and newspaper clippings featuring McDonnell ...

William Mercer diaries

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-91
Collection Description Collection contains twelve handwritten daily diaries by William Mercer, dating from 1877 to 1897. The diaries contain brief entries with details of the weather, his travels and activities, court cases and the incidents of daily life in Hillsdale County, Michigan. The diaries also contain miscellaneous receipts and notes.

Michigan autograph albums

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-111
Scope and Contents Although dating from the middle ages, the autograph album became very popular in the latter part of the 19th century. They were used to collect signatures of family members, friends, neighbors, and classmates and often displayed examples of fine penmanship, personal sentiments, verse, and drawings. Many varieties of commercially-available albums were produced, often with color lithograph vignettes on some pages; format was usually oblong with the average size being about 4½ x 7 inches. ...

Michigan Place Names card files

 Collection — Box 1-15: [aspace.r.436.Box.1-15]
Identifier: RHC-03
Collection Description The card index of Michigan place names may include the following fields of information: Place name, map source, latitude, longitude, elevation, township, range quarter, remarks and researcher initials. Each card also has a category for the type of place (river, mountain, plain, city, dry river bed, church, lake, railroad). Copies of the Geological Survey map can be found in the control file.

Michigan Soldiers’ Home postal cancellations and postcards

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.480.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-53
Collection Description The collection includes envelopes and postcards cancelled by the Michigan Soldiers’ Home post office. Each page of the collection contains the item and a typed explanation of the cancel. The collection also includes images of the Soldiers Home and letters and postcards to and from residents of the home collected separately.

Morton Manufacturing Company records

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-20
Collection Description The collection documents contract work during the 1940s and 1950s with Westinghouse, General Electric, steel companies, the auto industry and U.S. Navy yards in California and Virginia. Master group sheet forms include contract number, group name and number, drawing number, and machine type. Contract files contain plans and drawings, correspondence, and purchase orders. A description of the plant at that time by a representative of The Weekly Muskegon Chronicle is included in the collection.

National Retail Furniture Institute records

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.496.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-70
Collection Description Volumes compiled by C. Reid Webber contain correspondence and speeches given at the Second Session of the National Retail Furniture Institute, July 13-18, 1925. Volumes include copies of The Little Record, the campus magazine of the National Retail Furniture Institute, correspondence from the registrants, and transcripts of the speeches given at the gathering.

Naval recognition slides

 Collection — Box 1-6: [aspace.r.477.Box.1-6]
Identifier: RHC-50
Abstract The slide recognition method of training top-side battle-station personnel on board ship and all aircraft personnel was developed during World War II. Collection consists of 493 35mm black and white slides of World War II battleships, submarines, and aircraft in use by the United States, Great Britain, and Japan.

William Nicholson papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-13
Scope and Contents The William Nicholson collection documents his work as the appointments secretary for President Ford from 1974-1977. The collection includes personal notes and calendars, White House briefings, travel information, political reports, election information, and newspaper and magazine articles documenting Gerald R. Ford and his administration while in office.

Felix Niedzialkowski letters

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-110
Scope and Contents Collection consists of 13 letters written to Felix Niedzialkowski by relatives and friends, mostly sent from Milwaukee, 8 November 1943 to 8 December 1943. His correspondents include:

Ignatz Niedzialkowski, his father; the letter is written in Polish.

Edward Anthony Niedzialkowski (1919-2003), possibly a cousin; born in Milwaukee, he later changed his last name to Neal.

Lucy Niedzialkowski (born 1921), Edward's sister.

Genevieve ("Jeanne") ...

Frank Ochoa photograph album and papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-109
Scope and Contents Collection contains one photograph album comprising 51 pages containing mounted black-and-white photographs. The album contains 45 pages with 242 photos deal with Ochoa's service in Japan, 1945-1946. Highlights include 1st Cavalry Division in 4th of July Parade in Tokyo, 1946; Ernie Pyle Theatre and first performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado in Japan; scenes at radio station WUQT; Tokyo street scenes with American servicemen and Japanese citizens; buildings and street scenes in ...

James W. Ochs World War II collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-55
Collection Description Collection includes a photo album of images taken by Ochs, 16 photos taken by the Army Signal Corps of the 26th Infantry Division, and a scrapbook of documents, articles, letters, brochures and other printed materials, currency and artifacts collected by Ochs. Photographs in the album document his tour of duty in France with the 26th Division, friends he acquired in France, and his leisure time activities. The collection also included is a copy of the video interview conducted for the Veterans ...

Joseph P. Olexa WWII memoir and correspondence

 Collection — Box 1-5: [aspace.r.543.Box.1-5]
Identifier: RHC-93
Content Description Collection contains the unpublished memoir "As I Remember…," written by Joseph P. Olexa, relating his experiences during World War II. Typescript chapters of the memoir include pasted-in maps of the regions in which Olexa fought. Also included in the collection are letters from Joseph Olexa to Agnes Van Der Weide, dating from 1941 to 1946. While the letters do not contain details relating to Olexa's military activities, due to heavy censorship of soldiers' correspondence by the U.S. Army, the ...

Gordon Olson research collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-37
Collection Description The collection was compiled by Olson during his research for biographies of Michigan entrepreneurs and major donors to GVSU D.J. Angus (1990), Robert B. Annis (1993), William G. Jackson (1996), Fred M. Keller (2000), Clare Jarecki (2001), Leslie E. Tassell (2001). Materials include taped and transcribed interviews, drafts of publications, copies of articles and personal and career related information about the subject of each biography. Published copy of Russel Kirkhof : Mechanic to Millionaire ...

Arnold Ott papers

 Collection — Box 1-20: [aspace.r.459.Box.1-17]
Identifier: RHC-31
Collection Description The Arnold Ott collection documents the life and work of Michigan-born chemist and entrepreneur Arnold Ott from 1917-2008. The collection includes personal papers and biographical information, photographs and stereograph collection, speeches, business records, and records of his participation on the Grand Valley Board of Control from 1960-1988. The collection also includes three scrapbooks documenting the life of Arnold Ott and his wife Marion as well as the Ott Chemical Company and the Otts' ...

Ruth Pagenkopf photograph albums

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-125
Scope and Contents Album 1, 174 x 314 cm. 31 leaves. Black textured cloth with ”Photographs” stamped in gold on the front cover; back cover missing. Contains 145 black-and-white photographs (a few duplicates) all affixed with corner mounts, with captions written in white ink; inclusive dates are 1923 to 1927. Subjects include Ruth and her parents; her aunt, uncle, and cousins (Frey family); friends; and pets. Locations include Wausau, Mayville, The Dells, Little Rib Creek, Yellow Banks Park, and Rib ...

Karla V. Parker papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-08
Collection Description The Karla Parker collection documents Parker's involvement in programs concerning education, family life, children and youth. The collection includes conference notes, reports, and publications from 1944-1968. Conference materials include the White House Conference on Rural Education, 1944; the Mid-Century White House Conference on Children and Youth, 1946-1948; The Michigan White House Conference on Education; the Grand Rapids Regional White House Conference on Education, 1955; the Golden ...

Diary of fruit farmer Theodore Peticolas

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.478.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-51
Collection Description In the diary Peticolas details his farm work, crops, family, neighbors, and social life. He also names the varieties of fruit grown on his farm. He maintains meticulous records of the weather, using a system of symbols and noting the temperature three times a day. The diary ends shortly after the death of his son.

Paul I. Phillips reference collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-19
Collection Description The collection includes biographical information, copies of speech notes and testimony, writings, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles from 1947-1980 about blacks in America.

Robert H. Phinny writings on South Africa

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-36
Collection Description Collection documents the published writing of Robert H. Phinny on the subject of South Africa during the period of Apartheid. Materials include articles published from 1984-1997 and correspondence between Phinny and publishers of national newspapers.

Photograph album

 Item
Identifier: RHC-122
Scope and Contents One photograph album, 260 x 335 cm. 51 leaves. Black pebbled cloth over boards with "Photographs" embossed on cover. Contains 467 black-and-white family photographs of various size. The photographs are unidentified, although a few have penciled dates on the back. Most are attached to the album leaves with corner mounts, the remainder are glued in. There are spaces for an additional 17 photographs which had been removed at some point. The final 8 leaves are blank. It appears that the ...

Postcard album, South Range, Michigan

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-129
Scope and Contents One postcard album, 147 x 210 cm. 24 leaves. Black pebbled cloth over thin boards with "Souvenir Postals" stamped in gold on cover. Label on rear paste-down: "Manufactured by the Heinn Co., Milwaukee, Wis." Each leaf has die-cut slots, within a white art nouveau tendril border, to accommodate one postcard per side. Contains 42 black-and-white photographs, mostly Real Photo Post Cards (RPPC); 25 are stamped "[William J.] Goodfellow" and one "[John H.] Taylors Studio." Both photographers ...

Quimby correspondence with James Griffin

 Collection — Box 1: [aspace.r.483.Box.1]
Identifier: RHC-56
Collection Description Correspondence between George Quimby and Jimmy Griffin from 1939-1981. Their correspondence relates to personal matters as well as anthropology, cultural artifacts, and studies of American Indians. Several letters mention James Zumberge, Grand Valley State College’s first president.

Hyatt C. Ransom letters

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-104
Scope and Contents 15 manuscript letters in ink, with 14 envelopes: one letter (1867) written to Edmund Hobart McQuigg (1807-1887), a lumberman in Flint (Genesee County), Michigan; and fourteen letters (1870-1873) to Ferris Forman Hyatt (1826-1883), lumberman, investor, and president of the First National Bank of Flint.

The connections among the correspondents reflect the development of the lumber industry in Michigan, particularly in Flint. Clark Hyatt and his son Ferris moved from upstate New ...

Whitley Read Civil War diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RHC-52
Collection Description This diary was kept by soldier Whitley Read detailing his last year of service in the 10th New York Heavy Artillery, Company H. It also focuses on his postwar service on a Great Lakes Schooner. The last pages of the diary include brief memoranda and cash accounts.

Regional history miscellany collection

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-102
Scope and Contents Collection contains an assortment of printed ephemera, realia, photographs, personal papers, and other, unrelated materials purchased by and donated to Special Collections & University Archives. Some materials relate to Grand Rapids, West Michigan history, and the history of photography.

Regional history subject files

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-87
Scope and Contents Created subject collection compiled by donor Harvey Lemmen and continued by Grand Valley State University Special Collections after acqiusition. Topics include politics, local history, business, populations, and culture.

Marjory Ann Reubene college scrapbook

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: RHC-124
Scope and Contents One scrapbook, 260 x 341 cm. 37 leaves. Black textured cloth with the initial M stamped in gold on the cover. Contains letters, invitations, dance cards, playbills, university publications, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, notes, postcards, and other ephemera affixed to leaves with cellophane tape. Most of the materials relate to the educational and social experiences of Marjory Reubene during her first two years in attendance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 10 of the ...

June Rodal Photograph album

 Item
Identifier: RHC-126
Scope and Contents Photograph album, 263 x 340 mm. 57 leaves. Dark brown faux alligator textured cloth covers. Contains 703 black-and-white photographs of various sizes, all affixed with corner mounts; some photos had been removed before acquisition. Nearly all are identified, having subject, date, and/or location written in ink on white borders of photos.

The photographs document June's life on a Red River valley, Minnesota, farm with her parents, siblings, grandparents, classmates, and other ...

James Rygaylo and Corrine Niedz correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-128
Scope and Contents Collection contains approximately 900 letters written primarily by James “Jimmy” “Rig” Rygaylo and Corrine Niedz between 1943 and 1946, while Jimmy was serving voluntarily as an Air Corps Ground Technician in the United States Army Air Corps. Included are V-Mail cards and some correspondence from other friends and family. Letters written by James contain information on his day-to-day life on the base, information about his family, and his feelings for Corrine. Corrine’s letters to Jimmy contain ...

Nathan Sargent papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-44
Collection Description Correspondence of a Whig political appointee, 1832-1874. Among the correspondents are Henry Clay, John M. Clayton, Caleb Cushing, Edward Everett, Henry Hitchcock.

Harold Samuel Sawyer Congressional papers

 Collection
Identifier: RHC-01
Collection Description The papers of Congressman Harold (Hal) Sawyer detail Sawyer's efforts on behalf of his constituency and his leadership in areas of anti-crime legislation, job creation, and the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes. The collection includes files from both his Washington and his Grand Rapids, Michigan offices and document his committee work including his participation on the Select Committee on Assassinations. Collection consists of photographs, surveys, congressional committee papers, ...