R.C. Leavenworth started out photographing lumbering and mining camps in northern Michigan, using a horse-drawn darkroom. He relocated to Lansing, Michigan, in 1919 to document Lansing’s transformation into a major industrial city and automotive capital. The R.C. Leavenworth Photograph Collection spans many years. Through Leavenworth’s photos, one can “travel” from the horse-and-carriage days to the age of the automobile!
This collection holds more than 200,000 negatives telling the story of Michigan’s past. All need immediate conservation because their base material ischemically unstable. Until recently, poor storage conditions have accelerated deterioration of the negatives. It is estimated that 10% of the collection will be lost each year if we don’t act now.
75% of the funding needed to save this collection has been raised. Additional funding is required to purchase conservation equipment, supplies and provide online public access.
We need your help to save the Leavenworth Collection.