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Richard Cole Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3774

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of blueprints from building structures, additions, and alterations that have moved onto microfilm and were created by the Kalamazoo based architectural firm of Diekema and Hamann Architecture and Engineering. The collection was donated by former Diekema and Hamann employee, Richard Cole.

Diekema and Hamann was founded in 1919 and is still providing architectural services today. The collection is not complete with every blueprint they ever produced, but just the ones worked on by Richard Cole. The blueprints have dates on them from the 1960s to the 1990s. The vast majority of these blueprints are from structures built here in Southwest Michigan, particularly the Kalamazoo area. However, they are some blueprints for buildings in Indiana, Ohio, and rest of Michigan.


  • Creation: -2015 (when collection was completed)



4 boxes

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Physical Description

The size of the Richard Cole Collection is about 2.5 cubic feet. It is made up of two full Banker’s boxes and two smaller Hollinger boxes that are both about half the size of a shoe box apiece. The only materials within the collection are blueprints transferred onto microfilm. Most of them either came on reels or have been placed on reels by student archivist, however there is a portion of the collection that are not on reels (box 3). Overall, there is nothing in the collection that needs to brought to the attention of future researchers, but as always take caution with archived materials.

Richard Cole Collection Finding Aid
Andrew Texel and Matthew Machinski
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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