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 folder
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
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 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.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.


Copyright is not held by the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Photographs.
  • Ferris, Woodbridge N., 1853-1928.
Contents List
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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 owned by A. O. Hoy 1900
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 mineral bath house 1899
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 farming 1900s
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