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David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography, ca. 1845-1980

Approximately 113,000 photographs and 96 volumes

The David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography consists of over 100,000 images in a variety of formats including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes de visite, cabinet photographs, real photo postcards, stereographs, and mounted and unmounted paper prints. The collection is primarily made up of vernacular photographs of everyday life in Michigan taken by both professional and amateur photographers from the 1840s into the mid-twentieth century. In addition to supporting local history research, the collection has resources for the study of specific events and subjects. Included are images related to lumbering, mining, suburbanization; the industrialization of cities; travel and transportation; the impact of the automobile; the rise of middle-class leisure society; fashion and dress; ethnicity and race; the role of fraternal organizations in society; and the participation of photographers in business, domestic, and social life. The collection is only partially open for research.

The subject contents of different photographic format series within the Tinder collection vary, depending in part upon how each format was historically used, and the date range of that format's popularity. For example, cartes de visite and cased images are most often formal studio portraits, while stereographs are likely to be outdoor views. Cabinet photographs are frequently portraits, but often composed with less formality than the cartes de visite and cased images. The postcards and the mounted prints contain very diverse subjects. The photographers' file contains many important and rare images of photographers, their galleries, promotional images, and the activities of photographers in the field. See individual series descriptions in the Contents List below for more specific details.

Included throughout are images by both professional and amateur photographers, although those by professionals are extant in far greater numbers.


Little Traverse Bay Historical Museum, Scans and CDs of Photographic collection, 2010

1.5 cubic feet (in 3 boxes)

The collection consists of 1735 scans of images and 18 CDs of a miscellaneous photographic collection, 1875-1980, which were scanned in 2010.

The collection includes 1735 scans of images and 18 CDs of the Little Traverse Bay Historical Museum miscellaneous photographic collection of glass-plate negatives, photographs and negatives, 1875-1980. The collection was temporarily loaned to the Clarke Historical Library so it could be scanned for preservation purposes in 2010. These images include mostly Petoskey, Michigan people, schools, classes, parades, buildings, businesses, homes, churches, and Native Americans. Also included are images of Cross Village, Harbor Springs, Omena, Alanson, Pickerel Lake, Carp Lake, Pellston, Oden, Boyne City, Charlevoix, and Walloon Lake, Michigan, people, buildings, places, and events. Also included are numerous unidentified portraits of people, ships, boats, mills, fraternal organizations, trains, railroad stations, a “dummy” train wreck at Harbor Springs, winter scenes, sports, and festivals, Beaver River, Emmet County Bar Association, Emmet County Road Commission, and William Jennings Bryan in Chicago, 1897. Some of the images are copies of earlier images. A descriptive list is in the front of box 1.