Michigan Photographers Society photographs  circa 1880-1925
Summary Information
Title: Michigan Photographers Society photographs
Creator: Michigan Photographers Society.
Inclusive dates: circa 1880-1925
Extent: 0.3 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folders
Organization of Michigan photographers; collected copyprints of historical images.
Call number: 92531 UBP.3 2; UBP.3m
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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The photographs were donated by the Society (donor no. 5833).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.


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

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Michigan Photographers Society photographs, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


The Michigan Photographers Society is an organization of Michigan photographers established to collect and preserve the photographic history of Michigan.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of copyprints (with some negatives) of historical images collected by members of the Michigan Photographers Society. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by name of city where the collector lived. This is followed by descriptions of the images. The strength of the collection is for its visual documentation of various Michigan cities, including street scenes, businesses, private residences, views of ships, railroads, lumbering activities, and local customs.

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:
    • Agricultural machinery.
    • Automobiles.
    • Blacksmithing.
    • Boat and ship industry.
    • Business enterprises.
    • Carriage and coaches.
    • Carts and wagons.
    • Charlevoix (Mich.)
    • Charlotte (Mich.)
    • Construction industry.
    • Detroit (Mich.)
    • Dwellings.
    • Ferris, Woodbridge N., 1853-1928.
    • Football.
    • Flint (Mich.)
    • Grand Haven (Mich.)
    • Grand Haven (Mich.)--Lifesaving stations.
    • Greenville (Mich.)
    • Harbor Springs (Mich.)
    • Health resorts.
    • Howell (Mich.)
    • Industrial buildings.
    • Interiors.
    • Laborers.
    • Lansing (Mich.)
    • Lifesaving stations--Michigan--Grand Haven.
    • Lumber industry.
    • Mancelona (Mich.)
    • Mills.
    • Mount Clemens (Mich.)
    • Muskegon (Mich.)
    • North Branch (Mich.)
    • Parades and processions.
    • Pontiac (Mich.)
    • Port Huron (Mich.)
    • Political parades and rallies.
    • Railroad accidents.
    • Railroad stations.
    • Railroads--Michigan.
    • Rural schools.
    • Saginaw (Mich.)
    • Sebewaing (Mich.)
    • Ships--Great Lakes.
    • Street-railroads--Michigan.
    • Tornadoes.
    Genre Terms:
    • Photographs.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Collected copyprints of member photographers [series]

    (no negatives unless otherwise indicated)

    Box   1 Folder   1
    Charlevoix, Mich.; Mancelona, Mich. Area

    (from Robert C. Miles, Charlevoix; copyprints made by A. E. Arnold, Royal Oak)

    Gov. J.W. Begole visits Charlevoix  1884
    Mancelona area lumbering
    Mancelona farmer's house)
    Lumbermen, unidentified location (2 items)
    Box   1 Folder   2
    Flint, Michigan

    (from Baldwin-Chase Photographers, Flint)

    Palace Vaudeville Theatre  1920s
    1st annual reunion of old employees of Durant-Dort Carriage Co.  circa August 1925;
    Western Union messenger boys outside office, Flint  1920s
    Box   1 Folder   3
    Grand Haven, Mich.

    (negatives; from Murray R. White, Grand Haven)

    Wholesale Grocery Supply  circa 1890
    Store  circa 1890
    Mechanics Ship Yard, on the Grand River  circa 1875
    Cutler House, mineral baths, opened  1872
    Box   1 Folder   4
    Greenville, Mich.

    (folder no. 4; from Abe Helmut, Greenville)

    Unlabelled two storefronts, presumably Greenville, probably 19th century
    Terpsichorean Club dance, Phelps Opera House  circa 1908
    Electric lights on the main street  1909
    Greenville Fire Dept.  1912
    "pulling stumps at Edmore, Mich." (5 items)
    Box   1 Folder   5
    Harbor Springs, Mich.

    (from Virgil D. Haynes, Harbor Springs)

    Ice tramway at the Knickerbocker Ice Co.  1899
    Resorters boating at Harbor Point on Little Traverse Bay  circa 1910
    Young Ottawa Indian inducted into the tribe before Chief Pipi-qua (Fred Ettawageshik)  1946
    Ottawas cutting wood for the "Fathers" of Holy Childhood Church and School  1900
    Ray Freeland with his homemade ice sled (5 items)
    Box   1 Folder   6
    Howell, Michigan

    (from Duane Zemper, Howell)

    Old thrashing outfit traveling through Oak Grove, north of town
    Townspeople dressed as Indians in parade, riding in old car
    Oldest picture available of a uniformed team in Howell, the Oceola Giants
    Early football action shot, the Howell High School team  circa 1912
    Old steam-powered sawmill  1890s
    Theodor W. Shindorf, blacksmith, and his assistants outside his shop
    Unusual shot of the interior of an old blacksmith shop
    A. E. Parker outside his garage and small machine shop, c-1915
    Box   1 Folder   7
    Howell, Michigan

    (from Duane Zemper, Howell)

    The inside of an early machine shop
    The outside of the old implement shop
    Early picture of the north end of Howell Lake
    The old grist mill, at this time, after  1900 owned by A. O. Hoyland
    Ex-Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris speaks at a large rally
    Old county schoolhouse with students and teacher outside
    Autos from Lansing and points between parked on Howell's main street as part of the celebration as the Wolverine Paved Way-a brick road from Detroit to Lansing--neared completion  1915
    Box   1 Folder   8
    Miscellaneous towns

    (from Edward F. Hicks, Lansing)

    Main Street, Charlotte, Mich.
    Belle Isle
    Ferry, Detroit  circa 1912
    Saginaw St., Flint, Mich.  circa 1890
    Pere Marquette depot and train, Howell, Mich.  circa 1915
    Lansing street scene with Capitol in distance  circa 1880
    Box   1 Folder   9
    Miscellaneous lumbering photos, unidentified localities

    (from Del Conkright, Mt. Pleasant)

    Loading at the spur; Michigan,1800s
    The Big Wheels with loads  1800s
    Saw mill at rail head  1800s
    Floating restaurant for loggers  1800s
    Big Wheels with horses and oxen  1800s
    River dogs  1800s
    Log bridge and crew  1800s
    The "Big Wheels"  1800s
    Railhead spur;  1800s
    Box   1 Folder   10
    Mount Clemens, Mich.

    (from Fred Henk, Mount Clemens)

    Map of Mount Clemens  1875
    Drawing of Macomb County Court House, Mount Clemens  1840-1880
    The passenger boat Mineral City [sailing on the Clinton River?]
    Clinton River transportation-sailing and steam boats that brought freight from other nearby ports.  1870-1920
    Steamer Lily-coal boat
    Passenger steamer Uarda, Mount Clemens, on her way to Walpole Island Indian Reservation, Canada
    Sailing ship Bertie at Mount Clemens dock
    City of Mount Clemens, coal-lumber boat
    S.S. Roberta of Mount Clemens-excursions to Walpole and Harsen's Islands, and fishing trips in Lake St. Clair
    Grand Trunk R.R. station where Thomas Edison learned telegraphy
    Box   1 Folder   11
    Mount Clemens, Mich.

    (from Fred Henk, Mount Clemens)

    Macomb County Court House (1880-1929), early  1900s
    Downtown Mount Clemens  1890
    Home of Christian Clemens, founder of Mount Clemens
    1897-funeral car plunges into Clinton River at Mount Clemens
    Mount Clemens Hunting and Fishing Club, located on Lake St. Clair off the mouth of the Clinton River, before  1900
    Blacksmith and carriage shop
    Cyclone hits Mount Clemens  May 25, 1896
    Mount Clemens first mineral bath house  circa 1890
    St. Joseph Sanitarium under construction  1899 mineral bath house
    Amusement park  1905
    Box   1 Folder   12
    Muskegon, Michigan

    (from Leonard Kooiman, Muskegon)

    Brinman Lumber Mill  1889
    Log rolling on Muskegon Lake  circa 1887
    Lumber men's homes  1889
    Street car riot ?  1918
    Jefferson St.
    Western Avenue  1889
    Western Avenue
    Original Coast Guard Station at Muskegon
    Lake Harbor Channel, Muskegon
    Docks-lumber mill on Muskegon Lake
    Box   1 Folder   13
    North Branch, Mich.

    (from Bob Peet, North Branch)

    Miscellaneous street scenes and lumber mill (5 items)
    Box   1 Folder   14
    Pontiac, Mich.

    (from R. H. Frye, Pontiac)

    S. Saginaw St., Pontiac
    Corner E. Lawrence and Perry
    Unlabelled store front scene
    Box   1 Folder   15
    Port Huron, Mich.

    (from Israel Photography, Port Huron)

    Huron Ave. looking north
    Huron Ave. looking South
    Lumber industry
    Home of Sam Edison (father of Thomas Edison)
    Water Street looking west (from military)
    Box   1 Folder   16
    Saginaw, Michigan

    (from Don Pahl, Saginaw)

    Miscellaneous street scenes, including Genesee Ave. and corner Washington Ave. and Genesee St.; miscellaneous lumbering scenes, including birdseye view of W. D. Young & Company buildings, Bay City (8 items)
    Box   1 Folder   17
    Sebewaing, Mich.

    (folder no. 17; from Hurdlebrink Studio, Sebewaing)

    Downtown Sebewaing, early  1900s
    Logging near Sebewaing, early  1900s
    Sugar beets on way to Michigan Sugar Co.
    Sebewaing, early  1900s farming
    Sebewaing area, early  1900s
    Bach cider and wine press mill  1914
    Freeport, Mich.

    (from Edward Hicks, Lansing)

    Oversize Folder   1  
    Addison Herrington Family, about  1902
    Muskegon, Mich.

    (from Leonard Kooiman, Muskegon)

    Oversize Folder   1  
    Boy sitting on bank of Muskegon River  circa 1900