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Celery City Dirt Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3400

Scope and Contents

Celery City Dirt was a newsletter, that appears to have been printed twice a month, produced for the local Kalamazoo soldiers during World War II. It was filled with all types of information about weather, business, sports, jokes, addresses, schools and just general information. Western's purchase of the Old Gateway Golf Course is mentioned along with activities of various local individuals. No listing of who specifically was responsible for the newsletter however the address listed was 132 Edgemoor, Kalamazoo 34, Michigan which was the home for Clifford Povenz who was a vice-president for Crescent Engraving. The August 4, 1944 issue reports that it is the second issue coming from the offices of Crescent Engraving. Previous to that the group met at various homes and at the Arctic Ice Cream Company. All of the newsletters have envelopes addressed to the servicemen who were getting the newsletter. Five of them were sent to Dean Arend (A-1191), the other one was sent to Victor E. Lewis.


  • Creation: 1944-1945

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


0.05 Cubic Feet

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The collection is composed of six issues of the Celery City Dirt newsletter from 1944 to 1945 produced in Kalamazoo and sent to servicemen from the area during World War II.

Arrangement Note

Chronological arrangement

Method of Acquisition

Dean Arend Collection (A-1191) and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum (A-55)

Related Materials

See also the Horton Collection (A-1954) for additional issues.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of six issues of the Celery City Dirt newsletter from 1944 to 1945. The newsletter measures 8 ½”x15” and is printed on a thinner paper, a little heavier than newsprint. There are typed articles on both sides of the paper. Most of the issues are two pages, typed back to back. All of the issues in this collection have a sketch of a boy hawking celery and the mast head, "Celery City Dirt The Pick of Kalamazoo News." Many of the newsletters have yellowed. It appears that some of the newsletters were a shade of green and have yellowed considerably. There is one that continues to be purple and several that may have been white or off-white and are now yellowed.

Celery City Dirt Collection Finding Aid
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490