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Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

Identifier: RH-A-4232

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, photo albums, and VHS/cassette tapes from the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, an senior living community, located in Kalamazoo Michigan.

The documents include event information, reports, an IRS letter, lists, bylaws and ethical information, agreements, board minutes, a cookbook, guestbook, marketing materials, newletters, ledgers, court cases, and campaign materials.


  • Creation: 1950s-


Biographical / Historical

The Heritage Community of Kalamazoo was established in 1945 when Mayor Louis Sutherland and local residents looked to improve Kalamazoo’s system for senior care. Mayor Sutherland worked with Dr. Richard U Light, Mrs. Gifford “Love” Upjohn as well as community members to invest in secure, comfortable living for all seniors, regardless of their ability to pay.

Today there are seven communities on the Portage Street site for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Heritage Community is the oldest continuum of care in Southwest Michigan, serving numerous residents.


8.0 Cubic Feet : including photographs and tapes.

Language of Materials



Arranged by material type. Series 1: Photographs, Series 2: DVDs and Cassettes, Series 3: Documents.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This is a deposited collection.

Physical Description

The documents are in good condition, they are a mixture of typewritten and handwritten, all the documents are legible and they are all letter sized. The scrapbooks are in fair condition, some pages are torn and the covers of each book show signs of damage, one scrapbook has been shrink wrapped to protect it, both books are 12”x13”x1”. The photo albums are in good condition, there are no titles on the covers of the photo albums, the photos are a mix of color and black and white photos, the size of the photo albums range in size from 6.5”x5”x2” to 13.5”x8”x1.5”. The photographs are in good condition, there is a mixture of black and white to color and they range in size from 1”x3” to 8.5”x11”.

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Finding Aid
Stephanie Chapman
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