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Ann Arbor, Michigan photograph collection, 1860s-1970s

2 linear feet (UCCs) — 2 oversize folders (UCCm)

Photographs collected from various donors relating to Ann Arbor, Michigan; include photos of buildings (public and private), houses, churches, and schools; also views of the city (by street and area); and miscellaneous photos of local events and activities, school class portraits, and other group portraits.

This collection of Ann Arbor photographs includes a wide variety of images of Ann Arbor buildings, street scenes, schools and classrooms, public events, and people. The images, dating from the 1860s to the 1970s, has been arranged into three series: Buildings, Houses, etc.; Views; and Activities, People, Events. Each folder may contain one or more images.

The researcher should be advised that this collection represents only a small portion of the library's Ann Arbor photos. The most complete access to the total holdings of the library is through the card catalog.


Ann Arbor Sesquicentennial Commission records, 1972-1974

3 linear feet — 1 oversize volume

Agency established to plan and coordinate activities in celebration of Ann Arbor, Michigan's, sesquicentennial. Minutes, printed matter, and administrative files of Douglas Crary, commission chairman; scrapbook relating to celebratory events and projects; and photographs.

The records of the commission include minutes of meetings, project files, publications celebrating the history of Ann Arbor, a scrapbook of events, and photographs of activities.


Arthur Brown family papers, circa 1873-1945

1 linear foot

Ann Arbor, Michigan, family. Correspondence, other papers and photographs of Arthur Brown, Ann Arbor attorney and mayor, and officer and director of the Washtenaw Abstract Company; also papers of his wife, Cora Pulcipher Brown, largely concerning work with Americanism Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution during World War II.

The Brown family collection is unfortunately a fragment of materials with very few of the papers created by either Arthur or Cora Brown surviving. What remains relate almost exclusively to the legal career of Arthur Brown, in particular to his service to various persons as a collector of bad debts, and to Cora Brown's work with the Americanism Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution during World War II.


Bach family papers, 1862-1943

0.4 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Ann Arbor, Michigan, family. Family correspondence, photographs, and miscellanea.

The collection consists of letters of Ellen Botsford Bach written while touring Europe and while attending the University of Michigan. Her other papers include reminiscences of her early life in Ann Arbor before 1900 and a recipe book. The papers of Waldo Bach consist of letters he wrote while serving in the Spanish American War.


Bernice G. Maynard photographs, circa 1890-1910

0.4 linear feet

Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan resident. Glass negatives and prints of photographs of unidentified family groups and other people, of Palmer's Drugstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of people with bicycles, of a military unit and band, and of the Homoeopathic Hospital at the University of Michigan.

The collection consists of a single series of glass negatives relating to people, places, and events in Ann Arbor and at the University of Michigan. The glass negatives have been arranged into the following broad categories: Businesses and public places; Casual views of unidentified individuals - Ann Arbor area; Military scenes and marching bands; and Casual views of unidentified individuals. There is no information about the photographer of these images.


Bessie White photograph collection, 1912-1915

1 envelope

Bessie White was a University of Michigan alumna (class of 1915). Consists of photographs of University of Michigan activities, organizations, and buildings.

The collection consists of photographs of University of Michigan activities, organizations, and buildings.


Betty Jane Colvin collection, 1900s-1955

1 folder

This collection is comprised of photographs of the exterior of the Anson Brown Building, including staff and company vehicle; also photographs of the interior with employees manufacturing mattresses; and clippings about the company.


Caroline Maier photograph collection, 1918, circa 1920-1929

1 envelope

Ann Arbor, Michigan, resident. Consists of snapshots of University Hospital staff and Hoover Steel Ball Company buildings. Also includes photos of a November 1918 military parade in Ann Arbor.

The Caroline Maier photograph collection consists of snapshots of University Hospital staff and Hoover Steel Ball Company buildings. Also includes photos of a November 1918 military parade in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Chris Rizik papers, 2000-2015

34.7 MB (online)

Chris Rizik is a Michigan-based venture capitalist and former attorney. His papers include legal documents, strategic planning notes, and presentation materials outlining the formation, strategies, and dissolution of the Ann Arbor, MI-based venture capital fund Ardesta, LLC. The collection's focus is Ardesta's interest in microsystems development.

The Chris Rizik papers document the lifespan of the Ann Arbor, Michigan based venture capital fund Ardesta. This collection includes legal documents, strategic planning notes, and materials presenting the company to various stakeholder groups. Prominent topics include Ardesta's interest in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and the creation of a campus to house Ardesta-funded start-ups.


Ethol Fred Nordman photograph collection, circa 1917-1924, 1968

1 volume — 1 oversize folder

Soldier from Ann Arbor, Mich., member of 337th Field Hospital who served in the Allied intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes photographs taken during training at Camp Custer, Michigan and while in Russia; also photos of Michigan National Guard troops at Camp Grayling, Michigan; and photographs of the Nordman family in Ann Arbor, and of the Merchants Delivery Company, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The album contains ca. 80 photographs, including scenes of men at Camp Custer, on board ship, and on patrol in Russia, an ice-covered river, barracks scenes, pictures of Russian people and scenery, prisoners, warships on a river, and scenes of men in Brest, France. Also included is a large group portrait of the 337th Field Hospital taken at Camp Custer, a snapshot of a 1968 Polar Bear Association ceremony, photos of the Michigan National Guard at Camp Grayling in the 1920s, photos of the Merchants Delivery Company Ann Arbor, and family scenes in Ann Arbor.