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Grand Rapids Press Monday guest oral history and graphics collection

Repository: Grand Rapids Public Library. Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department

Collection Description (CRHP): See especially interviews with John Letts (1981, on African Americans and employment in Grand Rapids), Paul Collins (1980; realist painter who sought to combat stereotypical portraiture), Rev. William Patterson (1979, on black churches), Terri Weekley (1982, on the NAACP in Grand Rapids).

Collection Description (Extant): The Monday Guest Collection includes interviews taped between 1978 and 1984 by Grand Rapids Press reporters for a column entitled "Monday Guest." The interviewees include both Grand Rapids residents and prominent individuals visiting the community. Among the interviewees are: Donald Riegle on upcoming 1980 presidential election; Walter 'Sparky' Anderson on his new position as coach of the Detroit Tigers; Richard DeVos on business at Amway, and Guy Vander Jagt with his views on Congress. Also included are portraits or caricature illustrations, mostly pen & ink, but also some photos of these guests.

Access Copy Note: Usage tapes are being made as users request access. Digitization of the entire collection has been recommended.

Condition Note: Only one master copy exists for many of the interviews, and the tapes are deteriorating.

Date(s): 1978-1984

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: 166

Extent: 3.8 linear ft. (46 inches), 185 audiocassettes, 52 transcriptions

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: John Letts, Paul Collins, Rev. William Patterson, Terri Weekley

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American artists
African American arts
African American churches--Michigan
African American clergy--Michigan
African Americans--Employment
African Americans--Michigan
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People


Sound recordings


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