Archival Collection #017 - Seymour F. Beiboer Urban Renewal Slides contains approximately 900 35mm slides depicting downtown Grand Rapids during the period of urban renewal in the early 1960s and early 1970s. The collection also contains photographs (81 color and black and white) of the same theme. All photos and slides were taken by photographer Mr. Seymour Beiboer.
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.
Beiboer, Seymour F. Seymour Beiboer was born in Grand Rapids Michigan on May 25, 1922, the son of Frank and Rena Meyer Beiboer. The earliest that Seymour appears in city directories is 1941 where he is listed as a toolmaker, living with his parents on Charles SE. The Beiboers moved to London SW in 1945 and he and his father worked at Keeler Brass. Seymour is listed as a custodian at Congress School in 1956 and the family is living on Fairmount SE. He is shown as head custodian at Congress School in 1969. Seymour died on October 2, 1992.
Elvin J. Hofstra, husband of Seymour’s only sibling Jeanne, donated slides and photographs of the building of the 131 and 196 freeways and downtown urban renewal that Seymour took over many years.