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Helen Pauline North photograph album

Identifier: RHC-154

Scope and Contents

Photograph album, 182 x 297 mm. 21 black leaves and stubs of 28 leaves that had been removed. A number of the leaves are loose and are not in chronological order. Medium brown leather covered boards with “Photographs” stamped in gold in upper left corner of cover. Contains numerous black-and-white photographs, some glued, some with corner mounts, and others laid in. Most have captions in white ink or pencil. Subjects include the North family in Chicago and Jackson Park; Hammond, Indiana; the various employees at the Illinois Central Railroad shops at Burnside, Illinois; groups of friends, some in WWI U.S. Army and Navy uniforms; surrendered German submarine U-111 at Rhode Island; excursion to Fort Davis, Texas; vacation at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; and Sam Houston Park, Houston, Texas.


  • 1918 - 1919


Access to the 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

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.

Biographical Notes

Helen Pauline North Mueller was born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois on 10 August 1900. Her parents were Louis Ashley (1872-1941) and Emma Full North (1878-?) who married in June 1897 in Hammond, Indiana. Louis was employed as the superintendent for the Illinois Central Railroad shops at Burnside, Illinois. Helen had three siblings: Alice Irene (1898-?), Percy Wayne (1903-1957), and Charles Ashley (1906-1984).

Helen attended high school, and in 1920 she was an apprentice chemist for the Illinois Central Railroad shops at Burnside, Illinois, but by 1928 had become a stenographer for the Cowing Brothers real estate company and still lived with her parents in Homewood, Illinois. By 1935 she had married Louis John Mueller (1888-1972), a widower and proprietor of a tavern in Homewood where they were living in 1940. Her ultimate fate is not known.


0.8 Linear feet (1 flat box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbook was purchased on an eBay auction from Joe Campbell (Temecula, California) on 21 May 2018.

Helen Pauline North photograph album
Robert Beasecker
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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