Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives

Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives Special Collections & University Archives collects rare books, manuscripts, & ephemera and serves as the official repository for university records.

The Special Collections & University Archives of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries are located on the Allendale campus in Seidman House, just east of Lake Superior Hall. We provide access to unique primary sources for students, faculty/staff, and researchers. Special Collections contains rare books, political papers, literary and historical manuscripts, maps and atlases, photographs and motion pictures, art and ephemera related to the interests of Grand Valley students, administrators, faculty, and outside researchers. University Archives holds official and ancillary records, documents, and publications in all formats pertaining to more than 50 years of Grand Valley State University history. We also provide ongoing support to Grand Valley for the management of the University’s inactive records.

#TBT to the Laker Landing in Kirkhof Center circa 1970s. __#gvsu #gvsuarchives #gvsulakerstore #gvsucampus #collegebooks...
05/07/2020

#TBT to the Laker Landing in Kirkhof Center circa 1970s.
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#gvsu #gvsuarchives #gvsulakerstore #gvsucampus #collegebookstore #store #archives

🚨 New Digital Collection Alert! 🚨 The GVSU Sexuality and Gender Flyers collection features materials digitized from the ...
05/06/2020

🚨 New Digital Collection Alert! 🚨 The GVSU Sexuality and Gender Flyers collection features materials digitized from the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, Women and Gender Studies Department, Women's Commission, and Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity.
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#gvsu #gvsuarchives #gvsulgbtresourcecenter #womensstudies #lgbt #genderstudies #archives #digitalcollections

05/05/2020

These sailboat races are oddly soothing to watch. (Make sure your sound is off!) We sure wouldn’t mind a day at the lake ⛵️
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🎥: Boat races on Spring Lake, MI. 16mm film shot by D.J. Angus, 1930s.
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#gvsuarchives #djangus #springlakemi #boat #boatrace #sailboat #onthelake #specialcollections

It’s #StarWarsDay so we thought we’d check out some of our favorite astronomy-related resources. This image comes from K...
05/04/2020

It’s #StarWarsDay so we thought we’d check out some of our favorite astronomy-related resources. This image comes from Kindermann’s pamphlet about the comet of 1746. The pamphlet’s frontispiece (here) shows Mars with a single moon- remarkable because Mars’ two moons weren’t officially discovered until 1877!
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#gvsuarchives #rarebooks #mars #planet #marsmoon #astronomy #starwars #specialcollections

Happy May! We like to bring out this chromolithograph whenever we’re feeling particularly “spring-ish”. Who else is read...
05/01/2020

Happy May! We like to bring out this chromolithograph whenever we’re feeling particularly “spring-ish”. Who else is ready to see some #mayflowers 🙋? Check out our stories for more!
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#gvsuarchives #flowers #chromolithograph #archives #may #chromolithography #garden #flowergarden #specialcollections

#OnThisDay in 1972, It’s a Beautiful Day, Taj Mahal, and Genya Raven held a benefit concert for Grand Rapids Free School...
04/30/2020

#OnThisDay in 1972, It’s a Beautiful Day, Taj Mahal, and Genya Raven held a benefit concert for Grand Rapids Free Schools in the #GVSU Fieldhouse.
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#gvsuarchives #grandrapidsmi #music #poster #genyaravan

It’s perfect “stay inside and read a book” weather and we’re missing our classics!What are you reading? 📚__#gvsuarchives...
04/29/2020

It’s perfect “stay inside and read a book” weather and we’re missing our classics!What are you reading? 📚
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#gvsuarchives #gvsulibrary #rarebooks #foliosociety #books #shelfie #specialcollections

Godey’s Lady’s Book was an American magazine marketed specifically for women from the 1830s-1870s. Each magazine feature...
04/28/2020

Godey’s Lady’s Book was an American magazine marketed specifically for women from the 1830s-1870s. Each magazine featured poetry, articles, and engravings but was best known for its hand-tinted fashion plate at the beginning of each issue (like the one seen here). Subscribers paid $3 a year for the magazine.
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#godeysladysbook #gvsuarchives #archives #fashion #art #womensmagazine #specialcollections

04/27/2020

Can you name this building? 🤔 Check our our stories for more!
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#gvsu #gvsuarchives #gvsucampus #mondaymystery #mysterymonday #namethatbuilding #archives

You might remember floppy disks, but do you recall Zip disks? Introduced in 1994, the Zip drive was the most popular of ...
04/24/2020

You might remember floppy disks, but do you recall Zip disks? Introduced in 1994, the Zip drive was the most popular of the superfloppy disks because of its greater capacity and performance.
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#gvsuarchives #archives #oldmedia #zipdisk #floppydisk #technology #oldtechnology

Happy #Shakespeare Day! The Bard died on this day in 1616. In his honor, we found some of our favorite old #ShakespeareF...
04/23/2020

Happy #Shakespeare Day! The Bard died on this day in 1616. In his honor, we found some of our favorite old #ShakespeareFestival posters. Clockwise from Left: 2008’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2013’s Much Ado About Nothing, 2011’s Twelfth Night, and 2014’s Comedy of Errors. Which play is your favorite?
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#gvsuarchives #williamshakespeare #shakespeareday #shakespeareplays #twelfthnight #midsummernightsdream #muchadoaboutnothing #comedyoferrors #archives

Happy Earth Day! We found this ad from @gvsulakerstore in a 1995 edition of the @gvlanthorn 🌍 Still true. __#earthday #g...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! We found this ad from @gvsulakerstore in a 1995 edition of the @gvlanthorn 🌍 Still true.
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#earthday #gvsuarchives #happyearthday🌎 #savetheplanet #archives #gvlanthorn #gvsulakerstore

We 💛 the look of this Grand Rapids Association of Commerce ad for “Furniture City”. __#grandrapidsmi #grandrapidsmichiga...
04/21/2020

We 💛 the look of this Grand Rapids Association of Commerce ad for “Furniture City”.
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#grandrapidsmi #grandrapidsmichigan #gvsuarchives #furniturecity #ad #tourism #archives #michigan

Our 1497 edition of Eusebius Caesariensis’ “De Evangelica Praeparatione” features beautifully illustrated initials at th...
04/20/2020

Our 1497 edition of Eusebius Caesariensis’ “De Evangelica Praeparatione” features beautifully illustrated initials at the beginning of all fifteen chapters and the preface. The first initial (seen here) also carries the Christogram, a symbol used to abbreviate Jesus Christ by combining the Greek letters chi (X) and rho (P).
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#manuscriptmonday #gvsuarchives #mythicalcreatures #art #specialcollections #illustratedinitials #herebedragons #rarebooks

Are you Spring Cleaning during this quarantine? Have you heard of the KonMari method, where you touch each object to see...
04/17/2020
What Sparks Archives Joy

Are you Spring Cleaning during this quarantine? Have you heard of the KonMari method, where you touch each object to see what "sparks joy" and what does not? We wrote a post about what kinds of items bring archives joy and what to do with those family treasures you may be uncovering while you're stuck at home.

While spending a lot of time at home, many of you might be cleaning out old closets, basements, and attics and exploring hidden away boxes full of forgotten treasures. The popular KonMari cleaning …

#TBT to the 1974 Spring Celebration! Held April 15-20, the Celebration week combined the dedication of the new Campus Ce...
04/16/2020

#TBT to the 1974 Spring Celebration! Held April 15-20, the Celebration week combined the dedication of the new Campus Center and the University’s decennial. The @gvlanthorn wrote: “The week...will literally have something for everyone connected with the Colleges”. Events included a concert by Frank Zappa, poetry festival featuring Allen Ginsberg, the New York Women’s Film Festival, and a magician-in-residence!
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#gvsu #gvsuarchives #throwbackthursday #gvlanthorn #1974 #posters #arts #poetry #frankzappa

We’ve been rummaging through some of our lesser used collections and found a reproduction set of “Posters of Mucha”. Alp...
04/15/2020

We’ve been rummaging through some of our lesser used collections and found a reproduction set of “Posters of Mucha”. Alphonse Mucha was a Czech painter and illustrator known for his decorative advertising posters in the Art Nouveau style. Shown here: Mucha’s “Flowers” series (1898). Can you tell which flower is which?
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#alphonsemucha #posterart #gvsuarchives #art #artists #artnouveau #flowers #commercialart

We recently acquired the Samuel James Edward Lucas Collection. While the collection isn’t fully processed yet, we couldn...
04/14/2020

We recently acquired the Samuel James Edward Lucas Collection. While the collection isn’t fully processed yet, we couldn’t resist sharing some of the fun local business letterheads we found! The letters span from 1900-1901 and document Lucas’ life as a farmer and lumberman in Michigan.
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#gvsuarchives #specialcollections #archives #correspondence #businessletterhead #michigan #localhistory

An important project to preserve this time in history. Read on for how to submit your experiences to our project!
04/13/2020
COVID-19 journaling project seeks to preserve history

An important project to preserve this time in history. Read on for how to submit your experiences to our project!

A GVSU archivist is collecting journals to create a historical record of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For those who celebrate, we found a selection of Easter-related greeting cards. Chicks seem heavily featured 🐣🐥🐣__#gvsua...
04/12/2020

For those who celebrate, we found a selection of Easter-related greeting cards. Chicks seem heavily featured 🐣🐥🐣
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#gvsuarchives #archives #happyeaster #greetingcards #babychicks #easter

Grateful for your phone during this pandemic? It was different during the last major pandemic, around 1918. Telephones w...
04/10/2020
Why Telephone Companies Once Discouraged People From Chatting

Grateful for your phone during this pandemic? It was different during the last major pandemic, around 1918. Telephones were so scarce, people were discouraged from chatting and tying up the lines! Read more👇

Today phones have grown critical for making personal connections. The first phone companies probably wouldn't have been thrilled.

🚨 New Resources Alert! 🚨 Check out our new “Archival Amusements” page with jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, and Zoom back...
04/10/2020

🚨 New Resources Alert! 🚨 Check out our new “Archival Amusements” page with jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, and Zoom backgrounds created from our collections! Get downloading for some #FridayFun! Have more ideas for fun resources you’d like to see? Tell us in the comments! 👇
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#archives #gvsuarchives #gvsu #specialcollections #archivalamusements #zoombackground #coloringpages #puzzles #boredombusters #historyfun

Did you know that Special Collections works closely with @gvsuart to acquire artists’ collections? While the Art Gallery...
04/08/2020

Did you know that Special Collections works closely with @gvsuart to acquire artists’ collections? While the Art Gallery takes in the artwork, we keep related materials such as biographies, news clippings, correspondence, sketchbooks, photographs, diaries, and much more!
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Painting by Mike McDonnell. McDonnell was born in Muskegon, MI. He often used everyday household objects in his paintings.
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#gvsuarchives #gvsuart #gvsuartgallery #archives #specialcollections #art #artists #mikemcdonnell

How would you like an #ArchivesPenPal like this jokester, Vic Belmonte? He writes: “Dear Emma, Dropping you a few lines!...
04/03/2020

How would you like an #ArchivesPenPal like this jokester, Vic Belmonte? He writes: “Dear Emma, Dropping you a few lines!” (Literally.) and the P.S.? “Still Sober”. 🤣
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#archiveshashtagparty #archives #gvsuarchives #wwiiletters #wwii #letters #penpals #punny #worldwar2 #writeletters

04/02/2020
Unsalted Vacations

Always a fun “ride”!

For this edition of our "Virtual Travel" series we are putting a #throwbackThursday spin on it and stepping back in time to the 1930's for a drive through Grand Haven.

If you recognize any landmarks or buildings let us know with a comment. We hope you enjoy this step back in time.

A special thanks to Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives for preserving this cool piece of history and making it available!

#UnsaltedVacations #virtualtravel #VirtualVacation #throwbackthursday

Caption This (it looks like a great album cover to me...)__📷: Students outside Seidman House, 1970s__#captionthis #gvsua...
04/02/2020

Caption This (it looks like a great album cover to me...)
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📷: Students outside Seidman House, 1970s
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#captionthis #gvsuarchives #gvsu #archives #archivesofinstagram #students #seidmanhouse

03/30/2020

Our Curator Robert Beasecker spotted these lights still in the Ravines. Can you guess why they surrounded Seidman House?

Headed into the weekend like whoa __Image from Diderot’s Encyclopedie, 1700s.__#gvsuarchives #libraries #librariesofinst...
03/27/2020

Headed into the weekend like whoa
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Image from Diderot’s Encyclopedie, 1700s.
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#gvsuarchives #libraries #librariesofinstagram #specialcollections #diderot #diderotart #horse #encyclopedia

Thank you healthcare workers! __📸: Grand Valley Emergency Medical Training (EMT) program booth at the Grand Rapids Healt...
03/26/2020

Thank you healthcare workers!
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📸: Grand Valley Emergency Medical Training (EMT) program booth at the Grand Rapids Health Fair, 1979.
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#gvsu #gvsuarchives #healthcareworkers #emt #emergencymedicaltechnician #archives #throwbackthursday #tbt #medicalprofessional

US National Archives
03/25/2020
US National Archives

US National Archives

We've launched a new email newsletter, full of history-based activities to do and resources to explore on the National Archives website.

Take a virtual tour of our "Rightfully Hers" exhibit, watch a public program, find an educational activity, or explore a Presidential Library!

http://ow.ly/xi3t50yVbSY #ArchivesAtHome

In case you need a stay-at-home time filler
03/21/2020
US National Archives

In case you need a stay-at-home time filler

Help us make history more accessible! Become a citizen archivist and tag and transcribe documents in our online Catalog from your home computer.

It's easy to get started, and we've got "missions" that range from easy to difficult, whether you want to tag photos or puzzle out handwriting.

https://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist

03/20/2020

Happy Friday! Please enjoy the chipper music in this clip from the 1975 promotional video “Getting to Know Grand Valley”, narrated by David Compton.
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#gvsu #gvsuarchives #gvsucampus #fridayfeeling #archives #archivesofinstagram

Women's history from the National Archives:
03/19/2020
Teacher, Principal, and Inventor Clarissa Britain

Women's history from the National Archives:

To commemorate National Women’s Inventor’s Month and celebrate women innovators, we are highlighting Civil War–era inventor Clarissa Britain. Britain secured patents for seven inventions within 18 …

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