Photograph Database

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Photo Database

In the year 2000, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Western Michigan University’s Archives and Regional History Collection were invited to submit historic regional photographs for a web-accessed database that was being developed by the Kalamazoo Public Library. Approximately 2000 photographs were submitted, of which 1000 are from the Museum's collection. To view the photos in the database, follow the steps below.

  • Go to the Kalamazoo Public Library at
  • Under LOCAL PHOTOGRAPH INDEX you may click on Kalamazoo Valley Museum collection or….
  • Enter words for a KEYWORD SEARCH. For example: main street. If you want to view images of main street only from the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, enter main street and kalamazoo valley museum.
  • A list of images will appear. To view the image, click on "Take Me To It."
  • The Museum's catalog number (e.g., 68.342) is located above the image. If you have any questions about the photos, contact Regina Gorham, Collections Manager or 269-373-7958.