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Digital Collections

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Regional and Local History Collections

Young Lords in Lincoln Park

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Interviews, photographs, papers, and clippings highlighting the ongoing struggle for fair housing, self-determination, and human rights that was launched by Mr. José "Cha-Cha" Jiménez in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Grand Rapids Oral Histories

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Audio interviews with transcripts recorded in the early 1970s primarily of the children and grandchildren of many of the founders of Grand Rapids residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

D.J. Angus Photographs

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An extensive photographic record of Angus work and travels throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Images reflect the photographers interest in engineering projects, ancient civilizations, natural phenomena, and family and friends.

D.J. Angus Moving Pictures

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Clips from movie films taken by D.J. Angus and friend Robert B. Annis during their travels to Florida, Niagara Falls, Michigan, Indiana, the Smoky Mountains, throughout the North and Southwest, and Mexico from 1931-1935.

Mathias J. Alten Collection

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Photographs and personal papers from one of Michigan's most significant painters, Mathias J. Alten (1871-1938), are combined with images of Alten paintings owned by the University.

U.S.S. Michigan Collection

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The name U.S.S. Michigan has been shared by 3 vessels in the United States Navy. This collection focuses on the U.S.S. Michigan (Battleship BB-27), but includes articles, images, and memorabilia of all three vessels.


Wartime & Veterans Collections

Veterans History Project Interviews

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Interviews with veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, conflicts in the Middle East, and other veterans and civilians collected by the GVSU History Department begun in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

All-American Girls Interviews

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The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was started by Philip Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, during World War II to fill the void left by the departure of most of the best male baseball players for military service.

Veterans Collections

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Highlights from papers of WWI and WWII veterans generated, in part, through the Grand Valley History Departments involvement in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

Civil War & Slavery Collections

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Diaries of a surgeon, an artillery officer, and a fruit farmer; correspondence between government officials and a Whig political appointee; slavery documents, and other Civil War era personal and political correspondence.

Civil War Patriotic Envelopes

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The patriotic envelope was a war-time propaganda phenomenon produced by both the North and the South during the Civil War. Patriotic envelopes depict battles, flags, eagles, political satire, and caricatures political figures.

US Navy Recognition Training Slides

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Slides developed during World War II as a training tool, for top-side battle-station personnel on board ship and for all aircraft personnel, by the US Navy.


University Archives Collections

GVSU Photograph Collection

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People, places, and events of Grand Valley State University from its founding in 1960 as a 4-year college in western Michigan.

GVSU Publication Collection

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Publications created by and for the students, faculty, and administration of Grand Valley State College (1960-1987) and Grand Valley State University (1987-present).

Honors Institute for Young Scientists

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The Honors Institute for Young Scientists (HIFYS) was established to encourage an interest in science in high school students in the late 1950s. It provided a competitive scholarship to an advanced summer educational program in science and math in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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Interviews with Michigan philanthropists and highlights of collections from the Johnson Center Archives of philanthropy and philanthropists in the State of Michigan.

Kaufman Interfaith Institute

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Collections of sermons, writings and other materials created by leaders of the interfaith movement in West Michigan, collected by the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University.

Archival Finding Aids

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A searchable database containing detailed descriptions of collections in the Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives. Special Collections materials focus primarily on Michigan regional history and culture.


Books and Printed Materials

Incunabula

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Books, single sheets, or images printed in Europe the first fifty years following the invention of printing from moveable type (ca. 1450-1500).

Fore-Edge Paintings

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Miniature watercolors executed on the fanned edges of a book that disappear when the book is closed. This genre of painting dates from the 1500s and flourished in the 1800s.

Decorated Publishers' Bindings

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Commercial book covers designed and issued by publishers from the early 1870s to roughly 1930.

Insel-Buecherei Series

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The German publishing company Insel Verlag was founded in 1899 by Anton Kippenberg in Leipzig. In its early years the firm printed expensive, beautifully-produced volumes until demand led to publication of the more modest Insel-Buecherei series in 1912.

The Pine Tree in Michigan

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The Pine Tree in Michigan depicts the drama of Michigan's pine woods in twenty-six block prints carved by the artist, Joseph Sparks, from his original sketches.