Davis B. Hilmer Collection
c.00615

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Hillmer, Davis B.
Title
Davis B. Hilmer collection
ID
c.00615
Date [inclusive]
1920-1960
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet , 97 photographs
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biography of Davis B. Hillmer

Born October 4 1896, Davis B. Hillmer was a well known commercial photographer in Detroit. In 1918, Hilmer joined the army and set up a photo lab at Camp Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1922, Hilmer started his own commercial photography business in Detroit that continued for fifty years until his retirement in 1972. Hillmer's main clients were J. L. Hudson Company, Hoskins Company, R. C. Mahon Company, and the Wyandotte Chemical Company. Hillmer died August 28 1979 in Plymouth, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

The David B. Hillmer Collection contains 97 photographs primarily of Detroit buildings, street scenes, retail interiors, and retail window displays. J.L. Hudson Company comprises the bulk of the retail collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections February 2010

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • J.L. Hudson Company.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Detroit (Mich.)

Subject(s)

  • Photography

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Collection Inventory

Photographs 

Drawer
Photographs

Documents. Warranty deed and marriage list. (2) 

Machinery. (9) 

Michigan. Bloomfield Hills. Cranbrook Academy Gate. 

Michigan. Detroit. Bagley Fountain. 

Michigan. Detroit. Buildings. A. Krolik & Company. 

Michigan. Detroit Buildings. Dime Savings Bank. 

Michigan. Detroit. Buildings. Unidentified. 

Michigan. Detroit. Churches. (2) 

Michigan. Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. Interior. (5) 

Michigan. Detroit. Harper Hospital. 

Michigan. Detroit. Homes. 2547 Cass Avenue. 

Michigan. Detroit. Police Station. 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. Crowley-Milner & Company. (2) 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. J.L. Hudson Company. Exhibits. (6) 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. J.L. Hudson Company. Interior displays. (7) 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. J.L. Hudson Company. Interior scenes. (5) 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. J.L. Hudson Company. Tire Center. (2) 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. J.L. Hudson Company. Window displays. (16) 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. Kline’s. Window displays. 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. Lane Bryant. Window displays. 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. S.L. Bird & Sons. Window displays. 

Michigan. Detroit. Stores. Saks Fifth Avenue. Window displays. (5) 

Michigan. Detroit. Street scenes. (5) 

Michigan. Mt. Clemens. Railroad station. 

People. Blont, Cornelia. 

People. Ford, J.B. 

People. Groups. (4) 

People. Jezewski, Peter C. 

People. Monro, Alexander. 

People. Rigby, Anne. 

People. Ruthven, Mary. 

Photographic equipment. (3) 

Typewriting equipment. (5) 

University of Detroit (?). Liberal Arts Building. 

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