burton historical collection

Library, Detroit, Mich.

The interior of this imposing structure of white Vermont marble is impressive with its legendary and historical relief map, decorative tile mosaics; its rich murals and lovely staned glass windows. The Burton historical Collection occupies a part of the third floor and is a notable collection of Americana and the development of the Northwest.

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Portrait of a young woman with her hair pulled back, wearing suit coat, vest and turned down collar with small bow tie. Printed on photo back: “Revenaugh & Co. successor to Geo. C. Gillett, photographic & art studio, Kelley’s Block, East Huron St., Ann Arbor, Mich., negatives preserved, old pictures enlarged to any size desired, and finished in ink, oil or watercolors in a superior manner.”

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Martin Luther King and the Montgomery story : how 50,000 Negroes found a new way to end racial discrimination : December 5, 1955, walk to freedom. December 21, 1956, victory for justice. Title from cover. Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1957.

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View of an advertising card for the Schilling Corset Company. Card is a humorous depiction of owls and frogs. Printed on front: “Dissipation. Compliments of Schilling Corset Co., Detroit, Mich. Copyright 1886. Richmond & Co., Buffalo, N.Y.” Price list and drawing of corset on back.

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View of an advertising card for the Detroit Soap Co., depicting a rose, a bird and a winter landscape. Printed on front: “Detroit Exposition. Queen Anne soap souvenir. See other side.” Printed on back: “Queen Anne soap, best in the world. The finest line of pictures in the country, sent free for the wrappers. Over 400 designs, also scrap book pictures, booklets, etc., etc. See list of premiums wrapped around each cake. When in Detroit, visit the Queen Anne Soap Art Gallery, 183 Dix Avenue and see our great exhibition of pictures. No finer collection in the United States.”

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View of an advertising card for the Detroit Soap Co., depicting two cats on a windowsill. Printed on front: “Use Detroit Soap Co.’s Queen Anne soap. The best family soap in the world.”

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View of Ford building; multistory building has columns at entrance. Pedestrians, automobiles and streetcars in foreground. Printed on front: “Ford building, Detroit, Mich.” Printed on back: “Ford building, Detroit, Mich. Ford building is an 18 story office building, on the corner of Congress and Griswold. It is 250 feet high from the sidewalk and tourists can get a beautiful bird’s eye view of Detroit and Canada from the roof. C.T. Co., Chicago, A-2724.” Handwritten on back: “I have sent the package this is Thursday and if you are down Saturday stop in the Post Office and see if it is there. I would like to have her have it Sunday. With love, Clara.” Card is postmarked April 8, 1918.

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View of the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Printed on front: “Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.” Printed on back: “Published by F.M. Kirby & Co. Made in U.S.A.” Handwritten on back: “Howell, Nov. 16, 1911. Dear May, the stove is allright. Dear child, Ma is never so busy but she is good to see her friends but I don’t want to put you to any trouble. Uncle Andrew [undecipherable] was yesterday afternoon. Jesse would have gone but we did not learn it in time I have a card from Aunt telling us about his sickness. Aunt Mary sent me a birthday card. Mother.” Card is postmarked November 16, 1911.

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On this day in history, January 26, 1837, Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.

Street map or plan of Detroit, Michigan by Nathaniel Currier dated May, 1837. Printed on front: “City of Detroit, Michigan from late & accurate surveys, May 1837. N. Currier’s [undecipherable] cor. of Nassau & Spruce Sts. N. York. Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1837 by Morse & Brother in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the Southern District of N. York.”

Original map from the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library.

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February is National Bird-Feeding Month!

View of an advertising card for R.H. Fyfe & Co., advertising Edwin C. Burt shoes. Card depicts a girl feeding a bird. Printed on front: “Edwin C. Burt & Co., manufacturer of fine shoes, New York. Presented by R.H. Fyfe & Co., 101 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Mich. Copyrighted 1882, the Major & Knapp Lith. Co., N.Y.” Calendar for 1883 printed on back.

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View of an advertising card for A. Donnely, depicting roses. Printed on back: “Holiday goods! Christmas cards, school supplies and notions. Books, stationery, fine candies, nuts, etc. Gent’s furnishing goods. A. Donnely, 117 St. Aubin Avenue.”

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Man and boy stand next to snow sculpture of lion in a yard; wooden fence and brick church building in background. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “M/Localities-New Baltimore.”

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View of musicians in the House of David Band at Benton Harbor, Michigan. Men hold musical instruments; woman sits at piano in background. Printed on front: “House of David Band.” Printed on back: “Eden Springs, House of David, P.O. Box 477, Benton Harbor, Mich. U.S.A. Send for literature.”

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Two unidentified African American children posing in front of brick and wisteria backdrop. Little boy standing next to little girl who is sitting on a stool.

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View of an advertising card for L.L. Farnsworth, depicting a boy and girl. Printed on front: “Why cousin! You ought to get Joyce Protection toe shoes; they will never wear out at the toe! Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, N.Y.” Printed on back: “Parents, shoes made with the Joyce Protection will never wear through at the toe, are as neat as without any protection, and adapted to the finest quality of shoes. Thousands of pairs worn and never failed. We have them for sale. Give them a trial and satisfy yourselves of their utility. L.L. Farnsworth, dealer in boots, shoes and rubbers, Detroit, Mich. Fearey’s Albany shoes with Joyce Protection toes a specialty.”

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View of an advertising card for Bleazby’s, depicting a group of ice skaters caroling. Printed on front: “Should old acquaintance be forgot?” Printed on inside: “Christmas would not be Christmas but for the happy interchange of wishes – Dickens. A discount of 10% on personal cards during October. Bleazby’s, 31 East Adams, Detroit.”

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Two Queen Anne style homes on Vinewood with metal fences and trees near street. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “D/Streets-Vinewood.” Date unknown.

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Celebrate the International Day of Forests! (March 21)

Man wearing coat and plaid cap kneeling by weir in stream in the woods. Handwritten on mat front: “A glen in the Forest Park, Bay View.” Handwritten on back: “825.”

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