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Michigan autograph albums

Identifier: RHC-111
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. Examples in this collection were all owned by Michigan residents.

Detailed descriptions of autograph albums and their owners can be found at the item level.


  • 1876 - 1960

Restrictions on Access

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

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.


0.84 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Guide to Michigan Autograph Albums, RHC-111
Robert Beasecker
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-09-18: Added albums 6-12

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