A History of Michigan in Paintings  circa 1964-1967
Summary Information
Title: A History of Michigan in Paintings
Creator: Thom, Robert A.
Inclusive dates: circa 1964-1967
Extent: 25 photographs (in 1 folder)
Call number: 88574 UAm
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid author: Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The prints were distributed by the Michigan Historical Commission through the John M. Munson Michigan History Fund.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.


Copyright is not held by the Regents of the University of Michigan.


A History of Michigan in Paintings was a series of paintings commissioned by Michigan Bell Telephone Company to advance the knowledge of the State of Michigan's "colorful and exciting development." Robert Thom was the artist. F. Clever Bald wrote the accompanying text for the graphic reproductions of the paintings.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The prints are illustrative of significant moments in the history of Michigan from pre-history to World War II.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Automobiles--Michigan.
    • Cadillac, Antoine Laumet de Lamothe, 1658-1730.
    • Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866.
    • Detroit (Mich.)--Pictorial works.
    • Fort Michilimackinac (Mackinaw City, Mich.)
    • Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
    • Fur trade--Michigan.
    • Harvey, Charles Thompson, 1829-1912.
    • Houghton, Douglass, 1809-1845.
    • Indians of North America--Michigan.
    • Interiors--Schools.
    • Joliet, Louis, 1645-1700.
    • Kalamazoo (Mich.)--Pictorial works.
    • La Salle, Robert Cavelier, sieur de, 1643-1687.
    • Lansing (Mich.)--Pictorial works.
    • Lumber industry.
    • Marquette, Jacques, 1637-1675.
    • Marquette (Mich.)--Pictorial works.
    • Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1811-1843.
    • Michigan--Capital and capitol.
    • Michigan--History.
    • Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819.
    • Pictured Rocks (Mich.)
    • Railroads--Michigan.
    • Saint Lusson, Simon François Daumont, sieur de, fl. 17th cent.
    • Sault Sainte Marie (Mich.)--Pictorial works.
    • Sault Sainte Marie Canal (Mich.)
    • Ships--Great Lakes.
    • United States--History--War of 1812.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 24th (1862-1865)
    • Willow Run Bomber Plant.
    • Bald, F. Clever (Frederick Clever), 1897-1970.
    • Michigan Historical Commission.
    • Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
    Contents List
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    Container / Location Title
    A History of Michigan in Paintings [series]
    Set 1
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Before History: 10, 000 B.C.
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Michigan Indians: Algonquin village about 1500 A.D.
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Sieur de La Salle and the "Griffon": St. Ignace, August 27, 1679
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Massacre at Michilimackinac: June 2, 1763
    Set 2
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Mme. Cadillac arrives at Detroit: October 1701
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Perry transfers to the "Niagara": September 10, 1813
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    The Americans take over Fort Mackinac: September 1, 1796
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Lewis Cass expedition: May 25-September 23, 1820
    Set 3
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Douglass Houghton finds copper: 1840
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    The Capitol moves to Lansing: January 3, 1848
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Charles Harvey builds the locks:  1853-1855
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Putting the world on wheels: 1913
    Set 4
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    When Pine was King:  1840-1890
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    The Detroit fire: June 11, 1805
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Furs-Trappers-Traders: 1660-1850
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    The boy governor: July 24, 1831
    Set 5
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Detroit-world port: 1965
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Joliet and Marquette: May 17, 1673
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    The pageant of the Sault: June 14, 1671
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    The one-room school: 1861
    Set 6
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Michigan in the Civil War:  1861-1865
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Michigan fever: 1836
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    The iron horse: July 1837
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Riches underground: 1966
    Oversize Folder   UAm  
    Arsenal of Democracy: World War II