The David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography is organized primarily by photographic format, and sorted either by geographic location, photographer, or subject content. Because of the size and variety of the collection, separate finding aids describe each photographic format or subsection of the collection.
- Series I. Cased Images: Cased daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes. Primarily portraiture with some special subjects. Date range from 1840s-1860s. Approx. 95 items.
- Series II. Cartes de Visite/card photographs: Alphabetized by photographer with special interest subjects sorted separately. Comprised mostly of studio portraiture. Includes small cdv sized tintypes. Date range from 1860-1900. Approx. 13,000 items.
- Series III. Stereographs: Sorted by county, place name, photographer and/or publisher, with some a few special sets are grouped separately. Comprised mostly of outdoor views. Date range from 1859-1920. Approximately 6500 items. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series IV. Cabinet Photos: Alphabetized by photographer with special interest subjects sorted separately. Comprised mostly of studio portraiture. Date range from 1868-1900. Approx. 19,000 cards.
- Series V. County File: Alphabetized by county, including all 83 Michigan counties. Includes both card mounted photographs, unmounted paper prints, photomechanical prints, and large tintypes. Includes views of places, events, activities, group and individual portraits. Date range 1860s-1950s. 6599 items.
- Series VI. Over-Sized File: Sorted by subject. Includes large card mounted photos and unmounted paper prints. Includes views of places, events, local scenes, group portraits, Cirkut Camera panoramas. Also includes examples of fine art photography by contemporary Michigan photographers known personally to the collector, David V. Tinder. Date range 1860s-1980s. (454 items)
- Series VII. Photographers File: Alphabetized by photographer. Housed in ring binders, approximately 24 binders representing over 800 photographers. Includes both original and reproduction photo portraits of photographers, views of gallery storefronts and interiors, images of photographers in the field, and advertising samples. Approx. 1,800 items. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series VIII. Real photo postcards: Alphabetized by Michigan County, place name, and subject. All 83 Michigan counties are represented. Date range 1906-1950s. Approx. 50,000 postcards. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series IX. Photo albums and photographically illustrated books: In chronological order. Includes both professional and amateur photographic albums, carte de visite albums, travel collections, school albums, published books, souvenir viewbooks, and pamphlets with photographic plate illustrations. Date range 1860s-1970s. 96 items. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series X. Framed photographs: Photographic prints in vintage decorative frames or printing frames used for exposing contact prints. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series XI. Small formats: Small mounted prints, unmounted snapshots, tintypes, miniature souvenir portfolios. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series XII. Detroit Publishing Company: Process related examples of mass produced lithographic prints and postcard production and advertising. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series XIII. Henry Stephens Lumber Company: Archive material including documents, photographs, and printed advertising examples. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series XIV. Black River lumbering photographs: Mounted albumen prints circa 1880s of lumbering operations in Alcona County, Michigan. 16 items.
- Series XV. C.C. Buskirk Railroad Photographs: Railroad locomotives, lumber camps, transport of logs via truck and rail in various Michigan counties all photographed by C.C Buskirk of Big Rapids. Date range 1885-1939. 7 items.
- Series XVI. Owen Fawcett theatrical photos: Photographs of the British born actor, Owen Fawcett (1838-1904) and his family. 41 items.
- Series XVII. Objects and realia: Small objects and realia related to Michigan photography. NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH.
- Series XVIII. Glass slides and negatives: NOT PRESENTLY OPEN FOR RESEARCH