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Violette Harriet Walters scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-198

Content Description

Scrapbook album, 204 x 295 mm. Title page: Friendship Memories of School Days. Chicago: Reilly and Lee Co. 60 unnumbered leaves. Dull royal blue grained cloth covered boards with embossed borders and words "Friendship Memories of School Days" within center oval cartouche. Double post binding secured with blue twine. Many leaves have headings and illustrations, divided into subject sections; some leaves are loose. Contents include photographs, drama and concert programs, dance cards, tickets to athletic events, receipts, baccalaureate and graduation programs, senior name cards from her classmates, an envelope with locks of her hair, a cloth emblem possibly denoting her participation in band or music, congratulatory graduation greeting cards, a photograph of the senior class of 1931 laid in, and other miscellaneous items that document Violette’s high school experience.


  • 1927-1934


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

Violette Harriet Walters was born in Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan on 17 September 1913. Her parents were Arthur Allison Walters (1883-1964) and Kate (Kitty/Kittie) May Austin Walters (1891-1965) who married in Belleville in September 1908. Violette's father was variously employed as a stock buyer and was the proprietor of a meat market in Belleville. Arthur and Kate Walters eventually divorced in 1942 and both subsequently remarried. Violette had one younger sister; Rose Evelyn Walters was born in 1919 and died of typhoid fever in June 1934.

Violette graduated from Belleville High School in 1931 and attended college for one year. Sometime prior to 1940 she married George Vunich (1915-2002). He was born in Cincinnati to Anton and Julia Vunich, who had emigrated to the United States from Austria-Hungary in 1910. By 1930 George was residing in Detroit with his parents and younger brother. Violette and George had one daughter, Sherre Lane Vunich Morales, born in 1939. In 1940 Violette, George, and Sherre were living in Belleville with George’s parents. George was employed in an auto factory as a punch press operator and his father Anton was the manager of a pool room.

Violette and George moved to the Los Angeles area in 1961. Violette died on 10 September 1992 in San Diego and is buried in Oceanside, California.


0.3 Linear feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbook was purchased on an eBay auction from Dennis W. Spiegelman (Carlsbad, California) on 19 April 2020.

Guide to the Violette Harriet Walters scrapbook, 1927-1934
Annie Benefiel
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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