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Conrad Thornquist papers

Identifier: RHC-35

Collection Description

The Thornquist papers include handwritten and bound class notes from his Harvard Law School coursework with annotations, newspapers with headlines of significant events including World War I and U.S. presidential politics. He also has a small collection of picture postcards and art cards from European travels. The collection also includes Justice Court docket book from Ottawa County, Michigan, Oct. 22, 1849–April 3, 1862 of cases heard by Justices of the Peace Henry Pennoyer, 1849-1851, George Parks, 1852-1856, Moses B. Hopkins, 1856-1857, and Timothy Fletcher 1858-1862; and a memorial album for Claude C. Hopkins, former head of Lord & Thomas advertising agency, who died in Spring Lake, Michigan in 1932. The album of letters of condolence and newspaper clippings reused the binding and 16 pages of a 1685 leather-bound volume published in France.


  • 1849-1974


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.


Conrad Thornquist was a Michigan native who was the youngest of six children of Otto and Charlotte Thornquist, born in Sweden. He attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and attended Harvard Law School in the Class of 1931. He served as a Lt. in the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWII, and worked as an attorney in Grand Rapids for a time with Warner, Norcross and Judd. Thornquist died in 1989 in Spring Lake, Michigan.


5.0 Linear feet (4 cartons)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 2 series: 1) Papers and travel postcards; 2) Lecture notes.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Conrad Thornquist in 1981.
Conrad Thornquist papers, RHC-35
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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