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Kalamazoo Valley Wood Carvers Guild Records

Identifier: RH-A-4319

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of materials from the Kalamazoo Valley Wood Carvers Guild, located in Kalamazoo, MI beginning in 1984.


  • Creation: 1984-


Biographical / Historical

The Kalamazoo Valley Wood Carvers Guild was formed in 1984 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Buster Howell was the first president of the KVWCG. Members of the KVWCG paid yearly dues and met at the Kalamazoo Art Center. The purpose of the Guild was to “promote and encourage the artistry and craftsmanship of woodcarving through demonstrations, workshops, displays, and shows.” Members of the Guild attended such events as Kalamazoo County Fair where they would display and sell their wood carvings. Members also held workshops to teach members of the community the basics of wood carving. The Kalamazoo Valley Wood Carvers Guild was active as of 2017.


1.5 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 1.50 cubic feet and is composed of materials from the Kalamazoo Valley Wood Carvers Guild. The KVWCG operated in Kalamazoo, Michigan beginning in 1984. The collection contains 13 folders measuring 8.5” x 14”. The folders are spread across 2 Hollinger boxes, one measuring 15” x 5” and the other 15” x 2.5”. The folders are primarily composed of documents measuring 11” x 8.5”. There is also a letter measuring 9” x 6”, maps measuring 8.5” x 5.5” and 14” x 8.5”, and postcards measuring 3.5” x 5”. The collection also contains receipts measuring 13” x 8.5”.

The contents of the collection are generally in good condition. There is some discoloration throughout the contents of the collection. Many documents have slight tears or creases. Some are stained. Some documents are folded, leaving creases. Most documents are printed on white paper with black ink. Some printed documents contain colored ink. Documents which are handwritten contain black or blue ink. Some documents in the collection are type-written with black ink.

Kalamazoo Valley Wood Carvers Guild Records finding aid
Bailey Miller; Stephanie Chapman
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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