Peter Yates photograph collection: 1978-1990
Peter Yates photograph collection
Yates, Peter, 1941-
5200 35mm negative strips (in 3 boxes; approximate)
Ann Arbor, Michigan photographer. Photographic images taken to accompany articles in the Ann Arbor Observer. Images include Ann Arbor businesses, buildings, neighborhoods, parks, landmarks; also photos of local personalities, politicians, business people, and University of Michigan faculty and staff members.9523 Aa 2
The material is in English
Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.Finding aid created by Lisa B. Hum, 1995
Ann Arbor, MI
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Access and Use
The collection was donated by Peter Yates (Donor No. 8300) in October 1994.
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/.
Donor has transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.
Attribution should be made to Peter Yates.
[item], folder, box, Peter Yates Photograph Collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Peter Yates has worked as a free-lance photographer in the Ann Arbor area since 1977, when he quit his job as the manager of a bar to take photographs for the Ann Arbor Observer. At the time, the Observer had been in production for less than a year and was a struggling enterprise. The newspaper's distinctive visual style is very much a reflection of Yates' artistic sensibility.
Born in England in 1941, Yates attended an elite boys' school in Sussex, and then the University of Liverpool, from which he received a degree in history in 1964. He travelled around Europe after graduation, worked briefly as a market researcher, and moved to Montreal in 1965. From there he moved to New York City, where he took his first photographs and was a student of Lisette Model. Yates moved to Ann Arbor in 1971 and worked a variety of jobs before taking the risk of supporting himself as a photographer. His clients since then have included the University of Michigan Newsweek, the New York Times, Business Week and the Star.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Peter Yates collection is made up of approximately 5200 negative strips, or 26,000 images, of photographs taken for the Ann Arbor Observer between 1978 and 1990. The collection documents both the ordinary and the eccentric in Ann Arbor, as photographs of politicians, professors and business people are interspersed with images of local "characters" and unusual events. Neighborhoods, parks and buildings are also represented in the collection. The negatives are stored in chronological order, according to the date of the issue in which they appeared.
The index is arranged in alphabetical order by subject, and each entry includes the date of the Observer issue in which the photograph was published. The index is not comprehensive, but provides access to photographs of notable people, institutions and trends in Ann Arbor. For example, not every restaurant review photograph has been indexed, but "institutions" such as the Fleetwood Diner and the Gandy Dancer do appear on the list.
For further subject access to the Ann Arbor Observer, please consult the Index to the Michigan Alumnus, LSA Magazine and Ann Arbor Observer in the Bentley Library reading room.
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.
- Ann Arbor observer.
- Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Buildings.
- Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Business enterprises.
- Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
- Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Residential streets.
- Buildings -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
- Business enterprises -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
- Dwellings -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
- Residential streets -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
- University of Michigan -- Faculty.
Additional Descriptive Data
Abbey, Lynn (science fiction novelist)Abernathy, J.T. (potter)Ace Barnes Hardware storeAdams, Mike (campus police)Aldridge, John (English professor/ critic)Alexander, Judy Dow (singer/ producer/ heiress)Alf, Gregg (violin maker)Allmendinger organ factoryAlternatives for Youth and Peace Neighborhood CenterAndoh, BettyAndrews, Tom (poet)Angelo's RestaurantAnimal Emergency Center of Washtenaw CountyAnn Arbor AirportAnn Arbor Art Association members
Ann Arbor Bus DepotAnn Arbor City Council candidates
- December 1982, October 1990
Ann Arbor Co-operative Credit Union
- Apr. 1982, Apr. 1983, Apr. 1984, Apr. 1987, Apr. 1988, May 1988; City Guide 1989-1990, Apr. 1990
Ann Arbor Dog and Training ClubAnn Arbor InnAnn Arbor News editors and staff
- October 1979, November 1981
Ann Arbor Observer staff group photoAnn Arbor Police Department
- January and February 1979, April 1990, January 1991
Ann Arbor School Board members
- Caldwell, Thomas (Detective Staff Sergeant), March 1989 Canada, Detective William, January 1986 Career Criminal Unit, October 1978 Corbett, William (Chief of Police), July 1983 Kinsey, Toni (rookie), May 1988 Neigebauer, Officer Kent, November 1983 Sergeants Darwin Cullen and David Miller, February 1981 "War Stories" October 1979
Ann Arbor Symphony membersAnn Arbor Tattoo shopAnn Arbor water purification plant, 919 SunsetAnn Arbor-Ypsilanti Boxing ClubArcure, Cathy (writer/ fundraiser)
- September and October 1979, January 1981, June 1987, January 1988, June 1988, June 1989
Ardner, John, Jr. (owner of Ann Arbor Tattoo)Ark (music club)
- November 1980, July 1982, November 1990
Arrowwood Hills co-operative housingArt FairArt Galleries at University of MichiganAshram membersAsprin, Robert (science fiction novelist)Ayers, Don (Assistant City Administrator)Baker, Art (Ann Arbor's last milkman)Baker, Dennis (meteorology professor)Bartlett, Dr. Robert (University of Michigan Medical School)Barton HillsBasketball team, University of Michigan
- January 1979, March 1984, January 1990
Basmajian, Vahan (tailor)Becker, Marshall (professor of public health)Bednarz, Hank (human potential entrepreneur)Beegen, Rudy (therapist at Clear House)Belcher, Lou (politician)
- December 1983, December 1989, February 1990
Bell, Judy (process server)Bell, Jerry (Sign Board of Appeals)Benjamin, Dick (Superintendent of Ann Arbor schools)Benson, Rod (President, Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce)Berger, Dick (business developer)Bergmann, Frithjof (professor of philosophy)Berla, Mike (census taker)Bernstein, David (The Performance Network)Bertoni, Matt (local "character")Big George Hardware storeBlack, Dave (president, Domino's pizza)Black, Dick (architect)Black Elk SupplyBlake, Richard and RosemarionBlatt, Josef (professor of music emeritus)Blessing, Tom (candidate in mayoral primary)Blind Pig (music club)Blood, Bob and Margaret (therapists)Blotner, Joseph (biographer)Blue Front storeBond, Howard (photographer)Borgsdorf, Del (Ann Arbor City Administrator)Boudin, Jeff (publisher, Great Lakes Bicycle Connection magazine)Boylan, Dean Paul (University of Michigan School of Music)Brater, Liz (politician, Mayor of Ann Arbor)Braun, Mark (blues pianist)Brown, Alan (manager, Ann Arbor Summer Festival)Brown, Dr. Bill (Environmental Research Institute of Michigan)Bryant, Donald (conductor)Bullard, Perry (politician)
- April 1979, February 1983
Burroughs Farms RoadhouseCafe DubrovnikCameron, Jim (candidate for City Council)Campbell, Angus (social scientist)Campbell, Judge LorenCastleman, Michael (author of Crime Free)Cavanagh, Jerome (former mayor of Detroit)Chabad HouseChaffers, Jim (professor of architecture)Chamberlin, Marsha (Ann Arbor Art Association)Chase, Bill and Helen (authors, Chase's Calendar of Annual Events)Chase, Fred (International Workers of the World)Chen, Suzy (librarian)Chenille SistersChesbrough, Joyce (primary candidate)Church of Scientology HouseChutich, Matt (Cafe Dubrovnik)Cipolletti, Tracy (housing activist)Clancy, ColleenClancy, Jessica (Clancy's Fancy Hot Sauce)Clark, Gordon (mailman)Clear House chemical dependency programClements, Wayne ("Captain Clean")Climax Molybdenum Co. of MichiganCobblestone FarmCole, Skip (co-owner of Black Elk Supply)Coleman, Reverend Anne MarieConverse, Phil (professor of political science)Cooper, Saul (Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Center)Corbett, William (police chief)Crawford, Clan ("Ann Arbor's Man Against Bill Boards")Crawford, Jim (Exalted Ruler of the Ann Arbor Elks Pratt Lodge)Curtin, Joe (violin maker)Dann, John (director, William L. Clements Library)Dascola, Bob (barber)David's Books storeDelhey, Bill (Washtenaw County prosecutor)Devenow, Jeff (herbalist)di Gregorio, John (driving instructor)Diamond, Phil (band leader and music shop owner)Dittmer, Fred (apiarist)Dolph ParkDouvan, ElizabethDuderstadt, James (president, University of Michigan)Duquette, Don (Director, University of Michigan Child Advocacy Clinic)Ecology Center staffEden Foods employeesEdison buildingEdwards BrothersElks Club (Pratt Lodge) membersEmbassy hotelEnkemann, Caspar and GladysEnsminger, Dr. Bill (cancer researcher)Environmental Protection Agency
- January 1982, November 1989
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan [ERIM]Escoffier restaurant ownersEvans, Cynthia (fortune-teller)Everett's Drive-inFaber, Kathy (mezzo-soprano)Farah, Vicky (immigration lawyer)Farmers' MarketFeldman, Steve (chess master)Feldt, DavidFingerle Lumber CompanyFischer, Ken (University Musical Society)Fisher, Paul (Army recruiter)Fisher, Steve (coach, University of Michigan Basketball team)Flame BarFlanagan, Brenda (writer)Fleetwood DinerFleming, Jim (folk music booking agent)Fleming, RobbenFootball players, University of MichiganFourth Avenue Food Co-opFourth Avenue Food Co-op building, 216/218 North Fourth Ave.Fraser's PubFrenza, Jim (Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce)Freter, Rolf (University of Michigan microbiology professor)Frye, Billy and Elisa
- November 1978, March 1981
Fulton, Alice (poet/ professor of English)Gandy Dancer restaurantGarrett, George (University of Michigan creative writing program)Garris, JackGarrison, Garnet (mystery writer)Gelman, CharlesGemini (singers for children)Gill, Nan (principal, Angell Elementary School)Gillett, Bob (Legal Services of Southeastern Michigan)Glatz, Eric (International Workers of the World)Glendon, Anne (Ann Arbor Symphony)Goffett, Roy (Blind Pig co-owner)Goldenberg, Dean Edie (College of Literature, Science and the Arts)Goldstein, Rabbi AharonGoldstein, Larry (editor, Michigan Quarterly Review)Gomez, Luis (University of Michigan Department of Asian Languages and Cultures)Goodridge, Francie (University of Michigan track coach)Gray Charles (Environmental Protection Agency)Greenidge, Bert (crossing guard)Greenquist, Peter (WUOM deejay)Griebe, Linda (veterinarian)Gudenau, Bill (primary candidate)Guenther, Karl ("The man who brought Dial-a-Ride to Ann Arbor")Hacker, Sylvia (sex educator)Hamer, Sylvia (ballet teacher)Harburg, Ernie and TorryHarrison, Walt (public relations for University of Michigan)Hartenberg, Vern (head of Ann Arbor Parks Department)Hayes, Paul (University of Michigan Space Physics Research Laboratory)Hayner, Rick (AIDS activist)Hegedus, Arleen (professor of nursing)Heine, Dr. Ralph (clinical psychologist)Hernandez, Ray (director, Ann Arbor Public Library)Hertler Brothers Hardware StoreHill, Walter (Ann Arbor Community Center)Hindley, Fred (WUOM deejay)Hinds, Stephen (professor of classics)Hobbs, Bill (architect)Hoffman, Matthew (jeweler)Holkeboer, Bob (professor of English/ scriptwriter)Holt, Marion Prince (Washtenaw County home economist)Hoover-NSK ball bearing plant and staffHorton, June (Pound House)Huetteman, Jude (lobbyist)Humane Society workersHumesky, Eugene (Tae Kwon Do master)Hunt, George (arborist)Huron River scenesHuron Towers apartment complexHurst, Daryl (magician)India Motorcycle SalesIrvin, Father Charles (St. Francis Church)Irwin, Sam (Sycor)Isaia, Tom (coffee expert)Jansen, Ira (stuffed animal maker)Jefferson, Teri (metalsmith)Jernigan, Jerry (politician, Mayor of Ann Arbor)
- February 1980, September 1983
Jewett, Coleman (woodworker/ former high school principal)Johnson, Garnet (developer)Johnson, Lem (professor, Center for African American Studies)Johnson, Mike (boxer)Joy, Lowell (pharmacist)Judge, Dr. Richard (University of Michigan Medical School)Keller, Thom (co-owner of the Valentine Gallery)Kelley, Robin (medical coordinator at Clear House)Kelley, William (University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine)Kelly, Deborah (City Treasurer)Kenworthy, Jamie (candidate for mayor)
- March 1987, September 1987, August 1988
Kerrytown restaurantsKing-Seeley Corp. factoryKleinsmith, Lewis (biologist)Koengeter, Jan (children's theater director)Komarmy, Tracy Lee (professor of linguistics/ singer)Kozubei, David (owner of David's Books)LaBan, Terry (cartoonist)Ladd, Hudson (carilloneur)Laugh Track Comedy ClubLee, Lonnie (Department of Natural Resources)Leipold, Nancy (professor of nursing)Leonard, Jim (music critic)Lester, Reverend Loyce (Michigan Leadership Conference)Lettvin, Joan (Great Lakes Performing Arts Associates)Levy, Marge (Dean, University of Michigan School of Art)Lewis, Reverend Jim (St. Andrew's Episcopal Church)Lindamood, Jean (Car and Driver writer)Lindsey, Derrick (gospel rapper)Lipschutz, Dan (Ann Arbor Symphony)Little Professor BookstoreLoudon, Jim (astronomer)
- April 1979, February 1980
Lousma, Jack (astronaut)Love, Edmund G.McConnell, Jim (professor of psychology)McCuiston, Fred (NAACP leader)McDowell, Marcia (animal control officer)Mackinder, Russell (Air force recruiter)McKinley, Stacy (manager, Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Boxing Club)Main Street scenesMap of the World (rock group)Maple Village Shopping CenterMarching Band, University of Michigan
- June 1979, September 1984
- October 1983, December 1988
Marinaro, Lou (sculptor)Martin, Ralph (Word of God Christian Community)Maurr, Evan (Director, University of Michigan Museum of Art)Mayes, Sam and Winnie (cellists)Mazrui, Ali (professor of African studies)Merion, Bob (transplant surgeon)Michigan League CafeteriaMichigan Electrical Power Coordination Center building and staffMichigan Union Brewing Co.Michigan Union scenesMiller, Kenn (Vietnam veteran/ author)Milne, Mike (novelist)Monaghan, Tom (Domino's pizza)Monahan, Mike
- February 1978, September 1979
Montgomery, Pat (Clonlara free school)Moosbrugger, Dennis (entrepreneur)Morris, Leslie (candidate in mayoral primary)Mosby, Phil (director of Clear House)Moveable Feast restaurant owners
- November 1980, March 1982
Murray, Sukha Linda (Ann Arbor Buddhist Temple)Murtland, Terri (nurse-midwife)Musicians: Chenille SistersNarcotics dealersNathan, Morry (furniture maker)Neal, Donovan (gospel rapper)Nelson, Norman (professor emeritus of English)Newhouse, Steve (rocker/ biologist)Neighborhood Food Co-op membersNewman, John (Ann Arbor Solid Waste Department)Nickels ArcadeNightingale, Benedict (theater critic)Northcross, Winnie (Ann Arbor City Clerk)Nowak, Nancy (organist)Nystuen, John (chair, University of Michigan Geography Department)Old Stone School House, former studentsOlson, Ron (Superintendent of Parks and Recreation)Operation Rescue protestersOrr, Johnny (University of Michigan Basketball coach)Ozone HouseParsons, Jeff and Mary (archaeologists)Paxton, Tom (singer)Performance NetworkPetykiewicz, Ed (editor, Ann Arbor News)Phifer, Ken (Unitarian minister)Pierce, Ed (politician, Mayor of Ann Arbor)Pioneer High School scenesPittenger, Bud (University of Michigan Internal Medicine Business Manager)Pizza Bob'sPlanned Parenthood meetingPlatt, Jay (owner of West Side Books)Plummer, Bob (Midwest Speakers' Bureau)Poinier, Arthur (political cartoonist/ farmer)Pollack, Lana (politician)Postema, Don (minister)Powell, Lloyd (public defender)Power, Eugene
- January 1980, March 1985 December 1989
Prismatics (rock group)Prochaska, Mike (developer)Proffer, Carl and Ellendea
- September 1981, June 1990
Raaflaub, David (libertarian lawyer)Rabkin, Eric (associate dean, University of Michigan College of Literature Science and the Arts)Record stores and their owners (Discount, Liberty and Schoolkids record stores)Rector, Gail (University Musical Society)Redmon, Ann (novelist)Reed, Sharon (bus driver)Relyea, Deanna (Kerrytown Concert House)Rhee, Eric (co-owner of the Valentine Gallery)Riggs, Milt (former principal, Eberwhite Elementary School)Rivero, Estela (clinical psychologist)Rivers, Lynn (politician)Rock group: Map of the WorldRock group: PrismaticsRolling in Dough children's programRoss, Craig (Friend of the Court, Washtenaw County Courthouse)Rudolph, Jim (art collector)Safarti, Maryvonne (bookbinder)Saginaw, Paul
- February 1980, September 1980
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital buildingSamoff, Joel (professor of political science)Saper, Dr. Joel (neurologist)Schiff, Andy (matchmaker/ entrepreneur)Schleicher, Jerry (candidate for City Council)Schlenker's Hardware store staffSchmidt's AntiquesSchumacher, Hazen and RustyScio Farms Estates mobile home parkSeid, Judy (Jewish activist)Shaky Jake (Jake Woods, local character)Shapiro, Harold
- November 1980, March 1982
Sheldon, Ingrid (politician)Shepherd, Theo (City Tennis Tournament champion)Shevrin, Howard (clinical psychologist)Siglin, Linda and Dave (managers of the Ark music club)
- October 1980, January 1988
Silas Douglas House, 502 East HuronSimonetta, Rick (director of Ann Arbor Transportation Authority)Sinclair House, 1622 Pontiac TrailSinger, J. David (professor of political science)Singh family (Embassy hotel)Skelley, Steven (WUOM music director)Slomovits, Laszlo and Sandor (Gemini singers)Slote, Al (mystery writer)Smith, Doug (furniture maker)Smith, Louis (jazz musician)Somberg, Marty (fiddler)Southside GrilleSoy Plant tofu manufacturersSparling, Peter (dancer)Spendlove, Herb (editor in chief of the Ann Arbor News)Spires, Jackson (retired rock star)Star Lounge barSteiner, Julie (University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention Office)Stevens, Wystan (historian)
- January 1979, March 1984, January 1990
Story, Dan (science fiction bookseller)Street peopleStroud, Joe (editor, Detroit Free Press)Swami GirijanandaSymplex CommunicationsTamulevich, David (folk music booking agent)Taylor, Bob (WPZA deejay)Taylor, Don ("Captain Marble")Teeple, Kirkland (Comedy Club owner)Titlebaum, Richard (itinerant artist)Toy, Jim (gay rights advocate)Tselios, Harry (Flame Bar)Turcotte, Jeremiah (transplant surgeon)University of Michigan Medical Center buildingValenta, Jim (Ann Arbor Transportation Department)Valentine GalleryVan Houweling, Doug (Vice Provost for Information Technology)VanDyk-Dobos, Jules (restauranteur)Vangelatos, Angelo and Pat (owners of Angelo's restaurant)Velker, Lou (primary candidate)Veltman, Martinus (professor of physics)Vollbrecht, Al (Ann Arbor City Clerk)WRHT TV staff and equipmentWar Memorial eagle on Miller Farm siteWeatherbee, Ellen (edible plant specialist)Weinzweig, Ari (restauranteur)
- June 1981, March 1982, May 1983
Weisskopf, Tom (economist)Wery, Jan (nurse-midwife)White, Tim (publisher, Ann Arbor News)Wickliffe, Letty (North Central Property Owners' Association)
- March 1982, September 1982
Wierman, Dave (publisher, Ann Arbor News)Wildflour Bakery staffWilliams, Alberta (African-American oral history interviewee)Williams, Dr. John (Sufi dentist)Williams, LaRon (storyteller)Wilson, Don (director of Ford Presidential Library)Wilson, Jack (Salvation Army)Wilson, Linda (University of Michigan Vice President for Research)Wonder BarWood, Judge JudithWoods, Jake (Shakin' Jake)
- June 1988, July 1989, September 1989
Word of God Christian CommunityWork, Horace (composting expert)Wortman, Camille (professor of social psychology)Zaitshik, Frank ("Friendly Frank", carnival owner)Zerwick, Sue (co-owner of Black Elk Supply)Zingerman's restaurantZumeta, Zena (Ann Arbor Meditation Center)Zwickey, Don (crossing guard)
- February 1984, City Guide 1989-1990