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Davis B. Hillmer collection

Identifier: c-00615

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1920 - 1960


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Davis B. Hillmer

Born October 4 1896, Davis B. Hillmer was a well known commercial photographer in Detroit. In 1918, Hillmer joined the army and set up a photo laboratory at Camp Custer in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1922, Hillmer 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.


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 97 photographs)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Davis B. Hillmer Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
K. Grimm
February 2010
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US