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Alvin and Dorothy Piegols Papers

by Piegols, AlvinPiegols, Dorothy (1939 – 1947)

2 boxes,  2 oversize folders (0.75 linear feet)

The Alvin and Dorothy Piegols papers document the experiences of Alvin Piegols as he served in the Army during World War II and of his fiancée, Dorothy Cannon, who was studying to be a nurse at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. The materials date between 1939 and 1947. Items in the collection include "the Scalpel" yearbook, correspondence between Dorothy and Alvin, newspapers, photographs from Alvin's tour in Europe, postcards of German towns, programs and pamphlets, publications about Alvin's battalion, the Thunderbolts, and artifacts such as Alvin's military patches, German pins, a Nazi flag, and a wooden crucifix.

Identifier: SC2021.005
Repository: Special Collections
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Diary of Michigan Woman

by Unknown (1939)

1 folder (0.1 linear feet)

This diary of an unidentified Michigan woman was written in 1939. The 19 year old woman mentioned Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Big Rapids, so she likely lived in the West Michigan region. Although it is a five-year diary, she wrote entries for each day

Associated Subjects: Diaries • Diaries (Women) • Country Life
Identifier: SC2015.030
Repository: Special Collections
Attachment: No attachment

Fred and Frances Breuckmann collection

by Unknown (1854 – 1976)

1 box,  1 oversize box (1.25 linear feet)

The Fred and Frances Breuckmann collection consists of papers and reproductions related to the Fitch family in Michigan and Wisconsin; 27 glass plate negatives from a circa 1940s Talbot County photographer; and various publications dating between 1854 and 1912 primarily related to woodworking and carpentry.

Identifier: 1992.004
Repository: Local History Archives
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Larry Mika Letters

by Mika, Larry (1971 – 1972)

3 folders (0.3 linear feet)

This collection consists of letters that were primarily sent from Lawrence "Larry" Mika to his mother, Leona, in Bay City, Michigan from 1971 to 1972. However, some letters were sent from or to Larry's friend and brother, as well as a series of letters from Leona to Larry in late 1972. At the beginning of the correspondence, Larry was in boot camp and was later stationed in Germany. He wrote frequently about cars and stereos, in addition to things that his mother should send him.

Associated Subjects: Family Life • Military History • Personal Correspondence
Identifier: SC2014.016
Repository: Special Collections
Attachment: No attachment

Mental Photographs Journal (Royal Oak, Michigan)

by Coughlin, Charles (1888 – 1897)

1 folder (0.1 linear feet)

This Mental Photographs Journal was compiled between 1888 and 1897 by Charles Coughlin of Royal Oak, Michigan. Each "mental photograph" consists of two pages of questions and answers that offer rich personal details about the respondent.

Associated Subjects: Questionnaires • Youth
Identifier: SC2017.023
Repository: Special Collections
Attachment: No attachment

Scrapbook of Albert Mireck

by Mireck, Albert (1941 – 1954)

1 folder (0.1 linear feet)

This scrapbook was created by Albert Mireck of Detroit, Michigan from 1941 to 1954 and documents his service during the Second World War and his 1951 loyalty hearing after being accused of being a Russian spy.

Associated Subjects: Military History • Newspapers • Photography • Scrapbooks • World War, 1939-1945
Identifier: SC2016.089
Repository: Special Collections
Attachment: No attachment

Scrapbook of Etrope Joseph Yacks

by Yacks, Etrope Joseph (1917 – 1919)

1 box (0.5 linear feet)

This scrapbook consists of items collected by Etrope Joseph Yacks of Bay City, Michigan between 1918 and 1919. Yacks, who was a Private in the American Expeditionary Forces during the First World War, took photographs and collected postcards, as well as other ephemera, while he served overseas in France. Photographs depict soldiers in bombed areas, in addition to scenery around various cities including Paris. Ephemera includes tickets, programs, and newspaper clippings for various theatrical performances, restaurants, and other events.

Identifier: SC2017.029
Repository: Special Collections
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Thomas Family Photographs

by Thomas Family (1909 – 1982)

4 folders (0.4 linear feet)

These approximately 250 photographs were taken between 1909 and 1982, though primarily in the 1930s and 1940s, and document the lives of family and friends of the Thomas family from Detroit, Michigan. Many of the photographs feature Costrella Thomas (later Griggs, then Hightower), who was the daughter of Bill and Lucille (maiden name Nelson). Also included is Lucille's mother, Ella Price, both of whom moved from Mississippi after the death of Lucille's father, John Nelson, between 1920 and 1930. There are photos of members from the Havard family, Mary Washington, George and Gerald Taylor, Mrs. Provost (who owned land in Ontario, Canada), and many other individual photos of identified people.

Identifier: SC2014.067
Repository: Special Collections
Attachment: No attachment

Travel Scrapbook of Mary Rusch

by Rusch, Mary (1928)

1 folder (0.1 linear feet)

This travel scrapbook was created by Mary Rusch of Michigan in 1928. Rusch traveled from Ypsilanti, Michigan to Washington, D.C., then up to New York City and the Niagara Falls with a group of women, likely from the Michigan State Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University). Along the way, she collected numerous ephemera and took dozens of photographs. Additionally, she wrote a diary about her travels which includes an entry about her first time seeing a "talkie."

Associated Subjects: Photography • Scrapbooks • Voyages and Travel
Identifier: SC2018.044
Repository: Special Collections
Attachment: No attachment

Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) Extension Reports (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

by Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) (1904 – 1908)

1 folder (0.1 linear feet)

These reports, recorded by the Secretary of the Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, document the organization's efforts to involve working women in their activities. Members visited local factories in order to distribute the organization's circulars and invitations to Y.W.C.A. sponsored events. The reports include the names and dates of the factories visited, titles of talks given, number in attendance, and general remarks about the women and their conditions. The transcription is attached.

Associated Subjects: Clubs • Labor History • Minutes (Records) • Spirituality
Identifier: SC2013.003
Repository: Special Collections
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