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Grand Rapids scrapbooks

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. Extensively included are historical columns from The Interpreter, a weekly Grand Rapids newspaper, called "Those Were the Days" by G. Harrington, and from the Grand Rapids Press, 1968-1975. One volume (#2) includes Grand Rapids Press columns of "The yesterdays of Grand Rapids" by Charles E. Belknap, his obituary in 1929, and a program from dedication of memorial statue on Dec. 26, 1931. One volume contains newsclippings about local artist Paul Collins.


  • 1929-1975


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.


1.5 Linear feet (6 scrapbooks)

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Harvey E. Lemmen (LEM 0-4999-0-5003)

Related Materials

Regional History subject files

Publication Information

Belknap's columns were subsequently assembled and published in book form as The Yesterdays of Grand Rapids in 1922 by the Dean Hicks Co.


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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