This collection consists of two scrapbooks, both dealing with Melvin E. Trotter and his evangelical rescue mission in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One contains a record of a 1922 legal case brought against him by Lottie M. Trotter, his wife, and their subsequent divorce. The other includes various articles about the early years of the Mel Trotter Rescue Mission. Melvin and his wife, Lottie were married in 1891. Melvin was a barber and bartender in Chicago before converting to Christianity and moving to Grand Rapids to engage in mission work. In 1900 he became the co-founder and superintendent of the Mel Trotter Rescue Mission, a Christian organization dedicated to helping the poor and homeless. Trotter became known especially as a speaker and helped dozens of similar institutions in other cities.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the Finding Aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.