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The famous singer, Marian Anderson, in Grand Rapids on January 14, 1946.

We are pretty thrilled to introduce our newest digital photograph collection: the Robinson Studio – Grand Rapids Herald series. As of today, you can explore nearly 800 photographs from the Robinson Studio between the 1930s and 1960s. The photos were taken for the Grand Rapids Herald, a local newspaper some of you may remember. They show a little bit of everything, such as school programs, parades, accidents and portraits of famous people who visited our city (and so much more!). The entire series includes over 45,000 images – all of these will be available digitally in the future.

An amphibious vehicle emerges from Reeds Lake on April 4, 1944.

Maybe you know a relative that was mentioned in an article in the Herald. Maybe you want to see how Grand Rapids has changed (or stayed the same). Maybe you just want to look at some cool pictures. If any of those sound like something you might be interested in, feel free to dig in! Don’t find what you’re looking for right now? Don’t worry, we still have a few photographs to sift through yet (44,000 or so, actually). We’ll constantly be adding to the collection, so come on back occasionally to see how things are looking.

Many thanks to the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation, without whom this project would not be possible.