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D.J. Angus photographs and films

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.


  • Creation: 1900-1960


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Access to portions of the collection may be restricted due to material fragility. Digital surrogates of restricted items are available at request. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Note

Donald James Angus was born in Wisconsin, dropped out of school at 16, and was self-educated through a variety of jobs. He gravitated toward electrical engineering, specializing in electrical measuring and recording devices. He became owner of the Esterline-Angus Company of Indianapolis. His interests included amateur radio and photography. In 1908 Angus was hired to install transformers, switches, metering and recording devices for new alternating current equipment in the electrical engineering laboratory. Later he was called back to instruct the electrical engineering faculty in the use of the alternating current system in the transition from direct current.

For more detailed biographical information, see D. J. Angus: Practical Entrepreneur, by Gordon L. Olson, avaialble in the GVSU ScholarWorks repository.


49.21 Linear feet (82 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 6 series: 1) Photo albums, 2) Film negatives, 3) Glass plate negatives, 4) Motion picture films, 5) Transfer tapes and CDs, and 6) Logbooks and papers.

Collection Location and Access

Seidman House, 1 Campus Drive, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401

Contact: (616) 331-8727,

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Charles Angus in 1986.

Alternate Format Available

Digital reproductions of a selection of the photographs are available electronically in our Digital Collection.

Digitized versions of D.J. Angus' films are also available electronicaly in our Digital Collection.

Related Materials

The Donald J. Angus Collection in the Department of Special Collections Case Western Reserve University Libraries, Cleveland, Ohio, 1987.

D.J. Angus photographs and films, RHC-04
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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Revision to the finding aid compiles earlier lists and inventories created in the 1980s and 1990s and reflects final housing and arrangement of the materials.

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