The diary of Grand Rapids for more than century is now in the hands of the people of Grand Rapids. MLive Media Group this spring has donated its entire print and photo archive collection belonging to the Grand Rapids Press to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, which will be the new caretaker of a collection now technically owned by the city.
The collection contains some materials dating back to the 1840s, including precursor newspapers to the Grand Rapids Press, which began printing as a daily newspaper in 1893.
The Grand Rapids Press collection required five semi-truck loads to haul out of the old Press building at 155 Michigan St. NW and moved to 223 Washington St. SE. It is doubtful if this huge collection can be digitized anytime soon.
You can read more in an article by Garret Ellison at the MLive web site at http://goo.gl/L3JUn.
My thanks to Don Bryant for telling me about this story.
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