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.
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.
Seidman House 1 Campus Drive
[Identification of item/Title], Michigan autograph albums (RHC-111). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries. https://gvsu.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/652 Accessed November 23, 2017.