This collection of 127 photographs taken by Mr. Collins spans a variety of subjects, although oil seems to be a central topic, with oil companies, machinery, people, disasters, and fair displays, as well as a number of oil-related trucks and businesses of various types in the collection.
The photographs are black and white, undated, although they all must date from 1942 to 1952, and they are mostly unidentified. There is an interesting photograph in the People (Folder 1) of three WWII GIs on camels in Egypt. The GIs are posing in front of what may be the Great Sphinx and Pyramid at Giza. Also there is one photograph each of Sloan and Warriner halls at Central Michigan University in the Building folder. There is a photograph of Fancher Elementary School students in the People (Folder 2), and in the People (Folder 1), there is one photograph each of a large first communion group, a large Christmas party of children, a cowboy band, and a (high school?) football team. The donor believed all the photographs were of Mount Pleasant subjects. Some of the businesses identified in the Businesses and Trucks and People folders include: Roy D. Hafer Oil Company, Roscoe E. Becket Hauling Contractors, Art Savage [gas truck], and Mt. Pleasant Cementing and Mudding.