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Grace Davis Collection

Identifier: RH-A-1803

Scope and Contents

This collection includes news clippings and other materials collected by Grace Davi's mother, the later Alma Powell from the early 1930s to the late 1960s.

The articles range in chronological order from the early 1930s to the late 1960s. They provide local, state, and national news, events, and perspectives. Alma Powell's articles also provide a snapshot of African-American history in Kalamazoo and nationwide. Through her work with the Kalamazoo Human Relations Committee, various neighborhood associations, the Kalamazoo Public Library, and Kalamazoo schools, Mrs. Powell chronicles the development of the African-American community in Kalamazoo through her articles and personal commentaries.


  • Creation: early 1930s - late 1960s



2.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Organized according to subject heading, the articles are placed in chronological order within their respective heading. The headings are designed to give the researcher a method of finding articles quickly. The subject headings attempt to follow the organizational system of Alma Powell. Many articles bear her handwritten notes and categorization of their content.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 2.5 cubic feet and is contained in 5 boxes. Contents are in good to fair condition. Newspaper articles have not been photocopied due to sheer number, so may deteriorate with time. Collection has been aired as of 1994, but as of 2011 the collection still smells musty.

Grace Davis Collection Finding Aid
Stephanie Chapman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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