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LaClaire portraits

Identifier: GV000-07

Scope and Contents

Collection contains color portrait photographs of notable Grand Valley administrators, trustees, donors and faculty by LaClaire Studios.

Noteworthy items include portraits of Presidents James H. Zumberge and Arend D. Lubbers as well as Trustees L. William Seidman, Icie Macy Hoobler, Grace Olsen Kistler, Paul Phillips and Kenneth Robinson.


  • circa 1964-2000


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 copyrights 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.

Historical Note

David LaClaire was a renowned photographer and prominent leader in West Michigan. He studied portrait photography with his father, Maurice, and later became the president of LaClaire Portraiture. His studio quickly became known for its use of a unique dye transfer printing method and portraits of prominent West Michigan families. Over his long career, he was commissioned for portraits of many of Grand Valley's most prominent figures as well.


11 items

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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