From the Collection

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


Map Quest VIII

Our series comes to an end in the 1970s. Here we find some futuristic proposals for the city, and a few specialized maps.

Use this driving time map to help plan your next road trip (circa 1970)!


Map Quest VII

Detroit saw renewed interest in redevelopment during the 1960s. Some of these maps attest to the progress being made or proposed, and others just tell us where to find the chocolate.

Map Quest VI

It appears that maps became even more abundant for city planning uses in the 1950s when the profession of urban planning rose in importance and master plans became popular. In addition, here are also some other great maps from that period in time.

Map Quest V

Moving on to the 1940s with maps of all kinds!