From the Collection

Philip K. Wrigley's 1935 Stout  Scarab

Philip K. Wrigley shows his Stout Scarab to Henry D. Brown, Director of the Detroit Historical Society (1964).


A Fitting Place of Burial

A tranquil scene from Detroit's Elmwood Cemetery decorates this 1914 postcard.


The Battle of Bloody Run and Pontiac's Tree

On July 31, 1763, a stretch of Parent's Creek, on the present site of Elmwood Cemetery, ran red with blood.  Chief Pontiac, leading an alliance of several tribes, had begun a siege on the British in Fort Detroit on May 7th.  On July 31st, a group of about 260 British soldiers intent on breaking the siege attacked Pontiac’s nearby encampment along the creek.  Pontiac’s forces fought off their attackers, killing commanding officer Captain James Dalyell in the process.  In reference to the battle's carnage, Parent's Creek earned a new name–Bloody Run.  Today, much of the stream runs undergroun

The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild

Edward Matusek poses with his model collection in this 1939 photo.


The DIA's Court - Before and After Diego Rivera

The Main Court at the DIA, c. 1929.


Selling Stoves: Trade Cards from Michigan's Stove Companies

A trade card from the Peninsular Stove Company.


The Remarkable Life of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche poses in front of a world map in this c. 1950 portrait.


Believe Me Truly Your Valentine

Valentine's Day note from Russell A. Alger to his beloved Annette.


10,000 March in Detroit in support of Selma Protest

  In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. helped organize and lead a series of protests in Selma, Alabama. The "Selma to Montgomery" marches were  important demonstrations that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting. The abuse of protestors in Alabama led to further demonstrations throughout the country. Detroit was no exception.

Ulysses S. Grant Gives a Winter Advisory

Ulysses S. Grant, c. 1850