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Kalamazoo Celery Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3334

Scope and Contents

Many of the documents range in age from 1899 to 1993 with the majority from the period 1899 to approximately 1922. The postcards are not identified but some locations can be found by looking at the buildings in the distance, like the State Hospital Water Tower. A few had writing on them with postmarks, but very few. All are identified as “Kalamazoo.” They are images of celery fields that are either empty or filled with a variety of people. The documents are a variety of advertisements, brochures, booklets, tickets and order forms.


  • Creation: 1899-1993

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


0.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is composed of documents and images relating to the celery industry in Kalamazoo.

Source of Acquisition

Starring Endowment Fund and Starring Memorial Fund

Physical Description

The collection amounts to a total of .25 cubic feet in a half legal-sized Hollinger box. There are a total of thirty-five file folders filled with the materials. Approximately 25% of the collection is documents; the rest are postcards and two stereopticons. The items vary in size from as small as 3 ½”x2” which is the calling card and as large as 7”x12” which is the Celery City Nursery catalog. The majority of the images are, for the most part, color postcards relating to celery some of which show people picking or holding celery and some just of celery fields. There are no dates on the back of the cards. All of the items are in good condition. An inventory list is in the front of the box.

Kalamazoo Celery Collection Finding Aid
Lynn Houghton
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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