A History of Michigan in Paintings: circa 1964-1967
Summary Information
Title: A History of Michigan in Paintings
Creator: Thom, Robert A.
Dates: circa 1964-1967
Extent: 25 photographs (in 1 folder)
Call number: 88574 UAm
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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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 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.

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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.

  • Automobiles -- Michigan.
  • Detroit (Mich.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Fort Michilimackinac (Mackinaw City, Mich.)
  • Fort Mackinac (Mackinac Island, Mich.)
  • Fur trade -- Michigan.
  • Indians of North America -- Michigan.
  • Interiors -- Schools.
  • Kalamazoo (Mich.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Lansing (Mich.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Lumber industry.
  • Marquette (Mich.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Michigan -- Capital and capitol.
  • Michigan -- History.
  • Pictured Rocks (Mich.)
  • Railroads -- Michigan.
  • 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.
  • Cadillac, Antoine Laumet de Lamothe, 1658-1730.
  • Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866.
  • Harvey, Charles Thompson, 1829-1912.
  • Houghton, Douglass, 1809-1845.
  • Joliet, Louis, 1645-1700.
  • La Salle, Robert Cavelier, sieur de, 1643-1687.
  • Marquette, Jacques, 1637-1675.
  • Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1811-1843.
  • Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819.
  • Saint Lusson, Simon François Daumont, sieur de, fl. 17th cent.
  • 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