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Garret Van Haaften

Identifier: RH-A-3878

Scope and Contents

Garret Van Haaften materials include material about American National Bank holding company, 1973, professional and personal correspondence, articles, black-and-white photographs, and professional awards. Also includes information about his election to the Kalamazoo City Commission, 1969.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1990


Biographical / Historical

Garret Van Haaften (1904-1989) was a Kalamazoo resident his entire life. His parents, Ivan and Jennie Van Haaften, both passed away when Van Haaften was a teenager. In order to support his siblings Van Haaften quit his formal education to work. He worked his way up at the bank and became president of the Kalamazoo National Bank in 1957. In 1931 he married Arline V. Howe. Van Haaften and Howe were active in the community. Both were members of the First Reformed Church of Kalamazoo. Van Haaften was an active member of the Rotary Club, the Red Cross, Pretty Lake and several other boards and clubs within the community. He was survived by his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.


3 boxes

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The collection is comprised of correspondence, articles, photos, and awards that involve Garret Van Haaften, dating from the late 1940’s to the 1990’s.

Physical Description

The collection is comprised of various materials relating to Garret Van Haaften. They date from the late 1940’s to the 1990’s. The largest item is a photo of Van Haaften, which is stored as part of a separate collection. The items range in size from 3.5in X 3in. - 10.5in x 11.5in. The collection is in good condition. The newspaper clippings have been photocopied and the ink is dark and legible. One of the Kalamazoo 1980 books is worn and discolored, the other one is in good condition. The photos are in good overall condition. The color is vibrant, some of the photos are in black and white. The documents are in good condition, there is some slight fading and age spots.

Garret Van Haaften Finding Aid
Maria Smith
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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