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Michigan Place Names card files

 Collection — 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.


  • 1984 - 1984

Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Administrative History

Card index of place names used as an authority file by the United States Department of the Interior in the Geological Survey in the 1976 Topographic Maps of Michigan project. Grand Valley State faculty Robert Alotta created these cards with student assistance.


1.5 Linear feet (15 card file boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 2 series, thereunder, organized alphabetically by place name.

Source of Acquisition

The card files were donated by Robert Alotta, College IV faculty in 1984.
  • Michigan Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Surveying Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Michigan Place Names card files, RHC-03
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States