A woman photographer’s collection is rare, much less one from Michigan. The collection consists mostly of 8 x 10 inch glass plate negatives, one film negative, and a copper engraving plates (in the last box). Each negative is in a folder instead of a folder. Most of the images are of women, children, babies, and families, although there are a few images of men, often in World War I uniforms, stores, wedding parties, a dog, a choir, and some sports teams (basketball and football), and school groups or graduating classes. Many of the images are identified. Only a few images are dated, 1920-1924. Many of the images of the children are charming.
Most of the images are of people or buildings in Fremont, although a few images are identified as groups or people from Hesperia, Holland, Whitecloud, and Walkerville, Michigan. Schools noted in the collection include Fremont High School, Brookside School, and Christian School. School basketball and/or football teams and class photographs include those from Whitecloud, Hesperia, Holland, and Fremont, Michigan.
Processing Note: By the time the collection was donated to the Clarke, many of the negatives were cracked or broken in pieces, while others had emulsions separating or separated from the glass. Those with images lost or badly deteriorated were returned to the donor as requested, which constituted about half of the original collection. Thus, researchers will find many numbers missing in the numerical sequences.