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Access Title:Large Christmas Tree in Main Lobby of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of large Christmas tree in main lobby of VA hospital. Photograph also shows plaque on wall that says "Erected 1937 - by the Veterans Administration". There is a "No Smoking" sign posted.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Interview with Cassandra Webb
Person/People: Webb, Cassandra
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms Webb, an occupational therapist, recalls seeing an old sewing machine in OT at the Detroit VA Medical Center that she had used as a student in 1984 at the Allen Park facility.
Date: 2006-06-07

Access Title:Photoreproduction of an Engraving of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photoreproduction of an engraving of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital
Date: unknown

Access Title:Aerial View of Hospital and Outside Buildings from the Southeast
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (7.5x9.5) of aerial view of Allen Park VA Hospital and outside buildings. Also shows much of the Dearborn neighborhood across Southfield Expressway.
Date: 1959?

Access Title:CT Scanner Operational
File Type: Newspapers
Description: Allen Park VAMC's new CT scanner makes diagnoses much easier.
Date: 1984

Access Title:Aerial Front View of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white (9x7.5) photograph of aerial front view of Allen Park VA Hospital. Shows a few separate buildings and a good shot of the undeveloped land behind the hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Service-Injured Patients Minority at Dearborn Veterans Hospital
Person/People: Thomas, Dr. Morris C.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper article exploring financial demographics of Allen Park VA Hospital patients. Needy Ex-GI's, Including 6 Women Occupy Most of units Beds.
Date: 1959-08-09

Access Title:A Real Kick
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Clippings
Description: Detroit News article and photos about actor Chuck Norris' visit to the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1986

Access Title:Patients, Black History Honored at Allen Park VAMC
Person/People: Parks, Rosa
File Type: Newspapers
Description: February 8 kickoff ceremonies for Black History month featured Mrs. Rosa Parks. Later in February Miss Michigan 1982, Ms Pennington, visited patients to mark the 10th annual observance of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.
Date: 1983

Access Title:Romeo Peach Festival Queen with Patient
File Type: Photographs
Description: Five young women stand with patient in wheelchair. Two women are holding wooden baskets that say "Romeo Peach Festival, Sept. 2-3-4". One woman has a sash that appears to say "Romeo Peach Queen".

Access Title:David E. Simmons
Person/People: Simmons, David E.
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white formal photograph (5x7) of David E. Simmons, Hospital Director, 1979-1980.
Date: unknown

Access Title:New Wings Planned at Dearborn
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newpaper article describing approval of $2.2 million addition and alterations to Dearborn Veterans Hospital. The project involves over 50,000 sq ft of new construction of two new wings.
Date: 1958-09

Access Title:Interview with Virgina McElhone
Person/People: McElhone, Virgina Crane
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms McElhone is the daughter of Dr. Crane who was the first physician Director of Allen Park Veterans Hospital in the 1940's and 1950's. She grew up on the property and had her wedding reception there. She describes her memories of the early days of Allen Park. Issues discussed: Medical care around the time of World War II, 18:45min - Buildings on the hospital grounds,28:40min - Baseball games, 35:35min - Detroit replacement facility, 37:15min - Entertainers who came to the hospital included: Frankie Lane, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and Joey Brown, 43:48min - Race relations, 45:40min - The Ford Family, 48:40min - Drs. Gotleib and Kukudo, 50:55min - Thoughts on veterans 57:00 - 'Lightening and fireflys' 1:01:23min - Wedding memories
Date: 2006-01-07

Access Title:Chuck Norris Visit
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photo taken during 1988 visit of actor Chuck Norris to Veterans Hospital, Allen Park, MI.
Date: 1988

Access Title:Interview with John Paglione
Person/People: Paglione, John
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Mr Paglione, Special Assistant to the Director, was interviewed on March 14, 2006 by Don McCatty regarding his part in the design and construction of the replacement facility in Detroit. Topics discussed included: 6:45min - The design process and the role of Primary Care 21:00min - Detroit city water 28:00min - Allen Park nursing home proposal 30:27 - Ford property agreement and land deed 31:45 - 'Clay Mines' 32:45 - Demolition issues and environmental assessment 43:10min - Wayne State University Medical School, Mayor Coleman Young 44:40min - Detroit design issues 47:00min - Glazed bricks 49:35min - Other construction issues
Date: 2006-03-14

Access Title:Front Lobby of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph, taken in March, 1996, of the interior of the Main Lobby of the Hospital. View is of the left side of the lobby facing toward the front door.
Date: 1996-03

Access Title:Mr. Derwinski Speaking at the 50 Year Anniversary
Person/People: Derwinski, Edwin J. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
File Type: Photographs
Description: Mr. Edwin Derwinski speaking at the 50 year anniversary celebration at Allen Park VA Medical Center. Also pictured are Dr Michael Samson and Al Zamberlan
Date: 1989-07-26

Access Title:Aerial View of Hospital and Outside Buildings from the Northwest.
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (9.5x7.5) of aerial view of Allen Park VA Hospital and outside buildings, from the northwest. Much of the surrounding land is shown also.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Attendant's Quarters, #8
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of newly built attendant's quarters, #8. View is from southwest perspective. After the October 1972 plot plan revision, the building was used for research.
Date: 1939-03-18

Access Title:Farewell for Fr. Fontana
Person/People: Fontana, Father
File Type: Photographs
Description: Farewell celebration with a band for Fr Fontana in July of 1954
Date: 1954-07

Access Title:Patients Enjoying the Outdoors on Grounds of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (9x6.5) of several inpatients enjoying the outside on the front grounds of the Allen Park VA Hospital. Wooden furniture and several cars can be seen. Construction on north and south wings can be seen.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Time Thins Ranks of Detroit's Spanish-American War Vets
Person/People: Meier, Magnus
File Type: Clippings
Description: Only five men left for the annual meeting of the 'Last Man Club' formed by veterans of the Spanish American War. This article recounts their memories and their thoughts on the Vietnam War going on.
Date: 1966-11-11

Access Title:Hispanic Display at Annual Ethnic Festival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of two women staffing Hispanic display at annual ethnic festival celebration on front grounds of the Allen Park VA Medical Center.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Veterans Administration Medical Center, Allen Park, Michigan
File Type: Photographs
Description: Full view from the front of the hospital of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Allen Park. Name was changed in 1989 to Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Date: 197X

Access Title:10,000 Hours
Person/People: Ruggles, Mabel
File Type: Clippings
Description: Mrs Mabel Ruggles is first volunteer to be honored for 10,000 hours of service at the Allen Park Hospital
Date: 1966-09-09

Access Title:"Dad" Eggleston Just Keeps Going
Person/People: Eggleston, Don W.
File Type: Newspapers
Description: Don Eggleston celebrated his 90th birthday at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital. He volunteered for the past 19 years, logging 9800 hours of service. He is pictured with his birthday cake.
Date: 1983

Access Title:Youths Entertain Hospitalized Vets
Person/People: Marleau, Jean
File Type: Clippings
Description: Photo and article about students at Wadsworth School of Dance entertaining patients at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1950

Access Title:American Legion Display
File Type: Photographs
Description: Display of the American Legion Richard F Smith Post no. 29 on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital. In front of the display are a large number of patients and members of the Post
Date: unknown

Access Title:She Teaches Men to Talk
Person/People: Kalfuss, Helene MD
File Type: Clippings
Description: D Kalfuss works with patients on the head and neck surgery ward at the Veterans Hospital. These patients have lost part of their part of their jaw, or tongue, but with help can learn to speak.
Date: 1970-06-16

Access Title:Photograph of the Crowd at the Dedication Ceremony in 1939
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the crowd at the Dedication Ceremony on June 20 1939. The people are standing in front of the new hospital.
Date: 1939-06-20

Access Title:Halloween Hillbilly Costume
Person/People: Cabell, William
File Type: Photographs
Description: Bill Cabell Co-ordinator of the Halloween event is dressed as a hillbilly.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Director's Office at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of Diector's Office, VAMC, Allen Park, MI.
Date: 1977-06

Access Title:Blue Star Mothers at Annual Lawn Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of Blue Star Mothers and their booth at the 1949 Allen Park VA Hospital carnival.
Date: 1949

Access Title:Women and Medicine
File Type: Clippings
Description: Many veterans are now women and the VA hospitals are finding ways to serve that segment of their population too.
Date: 1987

Access Title:Color Photograph of Main Entrance
File Type: Photographs
Description: Color photograph of the main entrance to the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.

Access Title:Chuck Norris Visits with Patient at Bedside
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of actor Chuck Norris visiting with a patient during the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. The patient is in a hospital bed with an oxygen tube.
Date: 1988

Access Title:Commendation Award for Nurse Bradley
Person/People: Bradley, Annette
File Type: Photographs
Description: Nurse Annette Bradley receives an award in August, 1988
Date: 1988-08

Access Title:Surgery Suite
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the surgical suite at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1996-03

Access Title:Float in Front of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of a float in front of the main entrance of the Allen Park VA Hospital. On the side of the float are the words "To care for those who have borne the battle". One of the two women on the steps may be Lu Ashford, Pharmacy employee. Setting is probably summer.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Exterior View of Greenhouse
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (4x3.5) of greenhouse on the front grounds of the Allen Park VA Hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Plaque Commemorating Allen Park 50 Year Anniversary
Person/People: Stephens, James
File Type: Photographs
Description: Mr Stephens is holding a plaque in honor of Allen Park VA Hospital's 50 year anniversary. Plaque reads '50 Years of Caring, 1939-1989'
Date: 1989

Access Title:Veterans Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony
File Type: Text
Description: Program from the Dedication of the memorial park on the site of the old Allen Park Veterans Hospital. Ceremony was held in 2005
Date: 2005-08-14

Access Title:Attendants Quarters, #8, Rear (North) Elevation & East End
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the rear entrance of the Attendants quarters in 1939. Built in Georgian colonial style. This building was later used as Research Building.
Date: 1939-03-18

Access Title:Aerial View of Hospital and Outside Buildings
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (8x10) of aerial view of Allen Park VA Hospital and separate buildings on property. Also shows neighboring land.
Date: 1947-09-26

Access Title:Indian Display at Annual Ethnic Festival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of four people staffing the India table at an annual ethnic festival celebration on the front grounds of the Allen Park VA Medical Center.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Outstanding Performance Award for Frank Montour
Person/People: Montour, Frank - Outreach Specialist
File Type: Photographs
Description: Mr Montour was recognized for his achievements as Chair of the National Working Group of the Vietnam Indian Veterans. They produced: a 60 minute documentary concerning parallels in psychotherapy and Indian healing techniques; a National Handbook on Indian Counseling aids; and a three hour training course.
Date: Unknown

Access Title:Interview with Rose Solak
Person/People: Solak, Rose
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms Solak, a volunteer at the medical center for 25 years, spoke with Don McCatty on March 8, 2006. She talked about: 2:45min - Lucille Mader 4:50min - Veteran patients especially those in Nursing Home Unit, entertainment for the patients 16:15min - Dearborn Memorial Parade 17:50 min - 'Adopt a Veteran' campaign 21:05min - Golden Age Games 23:15min - Dedication of the Allen Park VA memorial, 25:05min - Homeless veterans 27:25min - Youth volunteers, school children and the scholarship program
Date: 2006-03-08

Access Title:Memorial to Old VA Hospital Gets Royal Kickoff
File Type: Text
Description: Description of the dedication of Memorial Park
Date: 2005-08-17

Access Title:Big Addition OK'd at VA Hospital
Person/People: Eisenhower, President Dwight D.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newpaper article describing approval of over $2 million addition and alterations to Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1958-07-24

Access Title:Dr. Van D. Barnes Retires
Person/People: Barnes, Van D., Physician
File Type: Clippings
Description: Black and white newspaper clipping announcing the retirement of Dr. Van D. Barnes who retired on April 29, 1961 after 31 years.
Date: 1961-04

Access Title:Senator Levin at Planning Meeting
Person/People: Levin, Carl
File Type: Photographs
Description: Senator Carl Levin attends a planning meeting at Allen Park.
Date: 199?

Access Title:1947 Addition
File Type: Photographs
Description: This is a picture of the north wings of the hospital under construction in 1945.
Date: 1945-10-26

Access Title:South View of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of south side of hospital taken in April 1945.
Date: 1945-04-03

Access Title:Crowd at Dedication of Allen Park Veterans Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (9x7.5)of a crowd at the Dedication. Many people are on a dais at the front of the Allen Park VA Hospital. Onlookers are standing on a wooden deck behind people watching the festivities in chairs.
Date: 1939

Access Title:Carnival Tents on the Lawn
File Type: Photographs
Description: A number of tents set up on the front lawn of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital for the annual carnival event
Date: 1955

Access Title:Front View of Hospital During Construction of North and South Wings
File Type: Photographs
Description: Front view of the hospital during construction of north and south wings. Two small exterior buildings, the Greenhouses, can be seen on the lawn. There are many cars parked in front.
Date: 1944

Access Title:Disabled American Veterans Auxillary Presenting Television for Patients' Use
Person/People: Rudd, Donna
File Type: Photographs
Description: Five members of the Ladies Auxillary of the Disabled American Veterans are holding a small TV that they purchased for veterans to use.
Date: 195X?

Access Title:Personnel Quarters
File Type: Photographs
Description: 1979 photograph of personnel quarters.
Date: 1979-09

Access Title:Red Cross Pre-Easter party
Person/People: Champaine, Marie
File Type: Clippings
Description: Entertaining patients at a Red Cross pre-Easter party at Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1951-03-03

Access Title:Acrobats Performing at the Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Three acrobats performing on stage that was set up on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1949

Access Title:Patients Exercising on the Lawn
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photgraph of a group of nine patients exercising on the lawn of the Allen Park Veterans hospital.
Date: Unknown

Access Title:Exterior View of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (5x8) of Allen Park VA Hospital. Picture appears to be professionally created and cropped.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Italian Display at Annual Ethnic Festival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Lucy Terwilliger, Margaret Amadio, Marvin Dick, and two other female employees enjoying the Italian display at annual ethnic fesival celebration on front grounds of Allen Park VA Medical Center.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Main building, #1, Side View.
File Type: Photographs
Description: 1939 side-view photograph of newly constructed main building, #1. Eastern wing.
Date: 1939-03-18

Access Title:Bus Stop in Front of the VA
File Type: Photographs
Description: Women in front of the hospital waiting to board the Intertown Suburban bus.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Resolution regarding mitigation for the demolition
Person/People: Conway, Brian, MI State Historic Preservation Officer
File Type: Text
Description: Memo of agreement regarding the demolition of the Allen Park VA Medical Center between the Department of Veterans Affairs and national and local historic preservation groups
Date: 2001-05-24

Access Title:Polish Display at Annual Ethnic Festival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of two women staffing a Poland display at annual ethnic festival on front grounds of Allen Park VA Medical Center. Three dancers stand near by.
Date: unknown

Access Title:'Night Out' for Shut-In Vets
Person/People: Cameron, Mary Jane
File Type: Clippings
Description: "Night club party" at Dearborn Veterans Hospital. "Cigarette girl" Mary Jane Cameron gives some smokes to patients Richard Stranahan (Dearborn) and Raymond Blue (Drayton Plains).
Date: 1954

Access Title:People at the Dedication Ceremony in 1939
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the crowd and the front of the new hospital at the Dedication Ceremony on June 20, 1939.
Date: 1939-06-20

Access Title:Veterans' Hospital Looks Back on 20 Years of Service
File Type: Newspapers
Description: Newspaper article describing various operations and staff at the Allen Park VA Hospital on the occasion of its 20th anniversary
Date: 1955-06-18

Access Title:Mr. Henry Ford - Donor of the Thirty-Nine-Acre Plot on Which the Hospital is Located
Person/People: Ford, Henry
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (6.5x10) of Henry Ford with inscription "Donor of the thirty-nine-acre plot on which the hospital is located".
Date: unknown

Access Title:Analysis of Issues Concerning the Planned Modernization or Relocation of the Allen Park Michigan VA Medical Center
File Type: Text
Description: Six page report on issues related to the proposal to change the current facility or rebuild a new medical center.
Date: 1984

Access Title:Annual Ethnic Festival Celebration
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of employees enjoying an annual ethnic festival on the front grounds of the Allen Park VA Medical Center.
Date: Unknown

Access Title:Auditorium at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Auditorium at the Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:St. James Men's Choir
Person/People: Robinson, B. W. MD, Director
File Type: Photographs
Description: Dr Robinson, Hospital Director, is presenting an award certificate to the St. James Men's Choir in 1969. Choir members shown are African-American.
Date: 1969

Access Title:Main Building, #1, Rear View
File Type: Photographs
Description: 1939 photograph of newly constructed main buiding, #1. Looking south.
Date: 1939-03-18

Access Title:Four Veteran Patients at the Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Four unidentified veteran patients enjoying themselves at a Carnival on hospital grounds. Three of them are wearing sombreros.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Front Lobby of the Allen Park VA Medical Center
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the lobby of the main hospital building. This was the right side looking towards the door from the stairs.
Date: 1996-03

Access Title:Groundbreaking at the Allen Park VA Facility
Person/People: Ford, Henry
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the ground breaking ceremony of the new veterans hospital on June 20th 1939. Henry Ford and a young boy (Donald Addy) posed for the ceremonial first shovel with a crowd of onlookers.
Date: 1939-06-20

Access Title:Dedication Program
Person/People: Dingell, John D.
File Type: Text
Description: Program for the Dedication of the United States Veterans Administration Facility, Southfield Rd and Outer Dr. in Dearborn, Michigan on Tuesday the twentieth of June ninteen hundred and thirty nine at two in the afternoon. Document includes a listing of all the dignitaries at the ceremony. Also in the program is a description of the new hospital.
Date: 1939-06-20

Access Title:Aerial View of Hospital and Surrounding Area
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white aerial photograph (9.5x7.5) of Allen Park VA Medical Hospital and surrounds. Shows nearby neighborhood across Outer Drive and several houses across Southfield Rd. A home on the VA property can be seen.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Michael Samson
Person/People: Samson, Michael
File Type: Photographs
Description: Michael Samson, MD. Chief of Staff at the medical center is speaking at a podium
Date: unknown

Access Title:Facility Assessment
File Type: Text
Description: This team conducted a facility assessment as part of the pre-demolition environmental assessment activities at the Va medical center in Allen Park MI
Date: 2000

Access Title:Greeting Veteran Patients
Person/People: Kaye, Sammy
File Type: Photographs
Description: Miss Michigan of 1949 being introduced by Sammy Kaye to patients at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1949

Access Title:Renovated Auditorium at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of Allen Park VA Hospital Auditorium, showing renovations from the original.
Date: 1977-06

Access Title:Henry and Clara Ford Quit-Claim Deed
Person/People: Ford, Henry
File Type: Text
Description: Photocopy of 1937 Quit-Claim Deed documenting Henry and Clara Ford's 1939 donation of 39 acres for the purpose of establishing a veterans hospital.
Date: 1937-04-07

Access Title:Interview with Ethel Kellie
Person/People: Kellie, Ethel
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms. Kellie, Coordinator of the Women Veterans Program, spoke with Don McCatty on February 24, 2006 about the evolution of women's health care in the VA system. Topics covered: Privacy issues, space allocation and 16:40min - PTSD in women, Military Sexual Trauma
Date: 2006-02-24

Access Title:Employees Overcome Handicaps
Person/People: Levo, Charles
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper article discusses employment of the physically handicapped at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1961-09-28

Access Title:Exterior View of the Side of Greenhouse
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white (10x7.5) photograph of the exterior of a greenhouse on front grounds of hospital, side view. Shows three screen doors.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Chuck Norris at Reception
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Photographs
Description: Actor Chuck Norris is speaking with woman holding a microphone. They are in front of a table set up with refreshments. Vague view of neighborhood through window.
Date: 1988

Access Title:History of the Nursing Home Care Unit, Veterans Administration Hospital, Allen Park, Michigan
File Type: Text
Description: Describes development and changes in Nursing Home Care Unit at the Allen Park VA Hospital. Traces history of unit from its inception in 1966 through 1976.
Date: 1976(?)

Access Title:Main Entrance to Allen Park VA Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Close-up of the main entrance to the veterans hospital in Allen Park.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Nurses Quarters, #7
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of newly constructed nurses' quarters, viewed from northwest perspective. Later,after the 1972 revision, converted to use as day treatment center.
Date: 1939-03-18

Access Title:A Look Back--Celebrating Our Differences
File Type: Newspapers
Description: EEO sponsored Ethnic Festival included food, entertainment and fellowship. Photographs depict music, dancing and eating at the festival.
Date: 1983

Access Title:A Treat for Hospital Vets
Person/People: Brown, Margaret
File Type: Photographs
Description: Entertainers performing for patients at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital between rehearsals for a U.S.O benefit television show at Masonic Temple.
Date: 194x?

Access Title:1955 Annual Lawn Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (3.5x5) of a crowd of people of all ages enjoying the 1955 Annual Lawn Carnival. A man and woman are on a wooden platform performing a musical piece.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Graduation Class of Red Cross Gray Ladies
File Type: Photographs
Description: A new class of 1966 Red Cross Gray Ladies received their diplomas at Graduation Exercises held Sunday October 16, 1966 in the Auditorium of the Veterans Administration Hospital. They are part of the 250 Gray Ladies serving the hospital.
Date: 1966-10-16

Access Title:Audience at the 50 Year Anniversay at Allen Park VA Medical Center
File Type: Photographs
Description: Audience at the 50 year anniversay at Allen Park VA Medical Center on July 26, 1989.
Date: 1989-07-26

Access Title:Interview with Michael Samson
Person/People: Samson, Michael
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Dr. Samson, former Chief of Staff at Allen Park and Detroit, talked to Don McCatty on March 14, 2006 about his memories of his work at both facilities. Issues discussed included: Wayne State University School of Medicine, physician recruitment, patient care, 12:00min - Women veterans, veteran patients 28:45min - mamography, ambulatory care 34:29min - Auditorium at Detroit
Date: 2006-03-14

Access Title:Research Building, #8
File Type: Photographs
Description: 1979 photograph of Research Building (Bldg. #8).
Date: 1979-09

Access Title:Warehouse
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the warehouse building on the grounds of the Allen Park VA Hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Collage of Pictures from the 1930's on Patient Care at VA Hospitals
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photographs surrounding what appears to be a photo of the new Allen Park Veterans Hospital which represent various aspects of care: a typical ward, physical therapy, kitchen, x-ray, dining room, laboratory, surgical suite, and dental care.
Date: 1939?

Access Title:The "Greenhouse"
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of 1 of 2 identical structures known as the "greenhouse." They were located on the grounds of the hospital, one on each side. Prior to being moved to the grounds of the Allen Park VA Hospital, it was utilized as a functioning greenhouse at Fairlane, Ford's Dearborn estate. At the hospital they primarily used for casual socializing and/or more formal occasions events.

Access Title:Interview with John Barkett
Person/People: Barkett, John
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: John Barkett, a psychiatric nursing assistant at the VA Medical Center since 1978, talked about his memories of and opinions on changes he has witnessed over the years in the mental health care field. Topics covered: Vietnam War, 4:05 - Allen Park VA, 5:45 - Psychiatric Units, 7:45 - PTSD and Schizophrenia, 10:00 - World War II veterans, 13:00 - Intergenerational Relations, 14:00 Lucille Mader, 16:30 Sustance Abuse Treatments, 19:55 - Dr Huggins, Chief of Psychiatry, 23:00 - Education, Upward Mobility Program, 29:15 - Smoking policies, 35:00 - Social activities
Date: 2006-01-12

Access Title:Veterans Administration Hospital at the Dedication Ceremony, 1939
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the main entrance to the new hospital which is set up for the Dedication Ceremony on June 20, 1939
Date: 1939-06-20

Access Title:Lucile Ball with Two Patients
Person/People: Ball, Lucille
File Type: Photographs
Description: Actress Lucille Ball pictured seated with two veteran patients in wheelchairs.
Date: 194x

Access Title:Chuck Norris Photograph
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Photographs
Description: Chuck Norris pictured with Mr Stephens, Director and with Mr Zamberlan - Regional Director, during his visit in 1988 for the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans
Date: 1988

Access Title:Hospital Front Lawn during a VAVS Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Small black and white photograph of employees, patients and volunteers enjoying the VAVA Carnival in front of the Allen Park VA Hospital. A group of people are standing for a photographer who is in the picture.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Outing at the Detroit Zoo
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of people on train at the Detroit Zoo. There are women who are probably Red Cross volunteers and men who are probably patients.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Aerial view of Hospital and Outside Buildings from the Southeast.
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (9.5x7.5) of aerial view of Allen Park VA Hospital and outside buildings from the southwest. Two greenhouses can be seen on the front lawn. Many houses in surrounding area can be seen.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Monkey Act During 1955 Annual Lawn Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (4x5) of a money act during the 1955 Annual Lawn Carnival. A woman dressed in a ballerina type outfit and two monkeys can be seen on a wooden stage. One monkey is pushing the other.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Aerial View of Hospital After Construction of North and South Wings
File Type: Photographs
Description: Small black and white photograph of aerial view of Allen Park VA Medical Center after construction of north and south wings. Visible is the gas station on Outer Drive which many employees patronized. Good shot of undeveloped land behind the hospital facility.
Date: unknown

Access Title:25th Anniversary Blue Star Mothers
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Blue Star Mothers. Eight Blue Star Mothers are shown with a former patient, a grandson of one of the women.
Date: 1967-09-28

Access Title:Interview with Annette Bradley
Person/People: Bradley, Annette
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Nurse Bradley recalls events from her half decade of nursing care of America's veterans. Topics covered: 2:05 - African American Nurses 4:40 - WWII and Korean Veterans 15:25 - Vietnam Veterans 17:20 - women veterans 22:00 - Allen Park VA 23:40 - Nursing profession 24:25 - Nursing uniforms 30:00 - Nursing perspective
Date: 2006-03-14

Access Title:Donating Radios
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of six men whose hats say Dearborn Michigan 'Squirrel' and 'M.O.C. are shown donating new Motorola radios for patients at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Construction of North and South Wings of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Small black and white photograph of Allen Park VA Hospital during construction of north and south wings, from the front.
Date: 1946

Access Title:Off Center View of the Front of the Allen Park VA Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph from the right front side of the hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Michigan VA Mental, Chronic Hospital Facilities Now Critical
Person/People: Mann, Joseph W., VFW Service Officer
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper article describing conditions as "critical" in certain areas at Michigan VA hospitals.
Date: 1958-09

Access Title:Main Floor Waiting Room, Station 1
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the waiting room at Station 1 on the main floor.
Date: 1996-03

Access Title:All Male Chorus
File Type: Photographs
Description: Man is leading a group of possibly high school boys in what appears to be a Christmas concert. They are on stage in the auditorium of the hospital.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Work to Begin Next Week (1937 Ground-Breaking Ceremony)
Person/People: Addy, Donald
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper article describing ground-breaking ceremony for Allen Park Veterans Hospital on July 28, 1937.
Date: 1937-07-29

Access Title:Getting Their New Free Cars
Person/People: Anderson, Mrs. Glenn
File Type: Clippings
Description: Mrs. Glenn Anderson presenting car keys to Gerald Olbrecht (left) and Bert Harvey, two of the six disabled veterans who were given new, hand-operated 1946 cars--paid for by the government through the Rogers bill--at the Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1940

Access Title:Patients and Staff Member in Patient Library
File Type: Photographs
Description: Patient showing book to woman at desk in Patient Library while another patient reads at nearby table. Woman at desk is possibly Ms. Beatty, Chief Librarian.
Date: 1955

Access Title:New VA Hospital will Break with Bleak Past
Person/People: Reinbold, Gerald
File Type: Clippings
Description: Article about plans for the new veterans hospital to be built in Detroit. 'The design show a blend of bright colors and open interior spaces that soften and humanize the enourmout structure and the notion of a VA hospital.'
Date: 1991-07-16

Access Title:Interview with Josephine Wheelock
Person/People: Wheelock, Josephine
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms Wheelock, Executive Secretary to the Director, spoke with Don McCatty on February 26, 2006 about her memories of Detroit in the 1960's, Allen Park VA and the move to Detroit. Issues they discussed included: 5:05min - Detroit riots, Allen Park VA, Patient care, Administration, Detroit VA 21:00min - Hollywood and Vine 24:15min - Ford land deed 26:00min - 'Clay Mines' 27:20min - Vietnam Veterans 29:00min - Veteran Readjustment Act, Day Treatment Center, Allen Park campus, Office procedures 39:50min - Patient complaints 42:00min - Patient move to Detroit
Date: 2006-02-26

Access Title:Inside of the 'Greenhouse'
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the inside of one of the greenhouses on the grounds of the Allen Park VA Hospital. These were used for social occasions by the patients. Prior to being moved to the grounds of the Allen Park VA Hospital, it was utilized as a functioning greenhouse at Fairlane, Henry Ford's Dearborn estate.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Hiroshima A-Blast Flier Dies
Person/People: Shumard, Robert B.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Obituary for Robert Shumard, assistant flight engineer for the Enola Gay, which dropped the world's first atomic bomb, at Hiroshima, Japan. Mr. Shumard died April 24, 1967 in the Dearborn Veterans Hospital (Allen Park Veterans Hospital).
Date: 1968-04-25

Access Title:Allen Park VAMC Salutes Hospitalized Vets
Person/People: Starr, Bobbi
File Type: Newspapers
Description: During the week of February 13th Allen Park VA observed the annual National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. First photo is of the students from Allen Park's Lindemann Grade School who visited the veterans in the Nursing Home Care Unit. Also pictured are Bobbi Starr of WCXI Radio, Debbie Lollo, Miss Allen Park 1984,Nancy Boileau, Miss Dearborn 1984.
Date: 1984

Access Title:Dual VA Hospital Proposal Approved
Person/People: O'Neill, Raymond
File Type: Clippings
Description: Detroit News article examining the approval of dual VA medical facilities for Detroit. Writer Rebecca Powers.
Date: 1988-10-01

Access Title:Bid to Shut Allen Park Hospital
Person/People: Dingell, John D.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper article examining the VA decision to abandon the Allen Park facility and build a new Veterans Hospital in downtown Detroit.
Date: 1986-07-20

Access Title:Stanley B. Crosbie, M.D., Retirement Presentation
Person/People: Crosbie, Stanley B.
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph taken of Dr. Stanley B. Crosbie and Mrs. Crosbie at his retirement ceremony. Dr. Crosbie was director of Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital from 1962-65.
Date: 1965

Access Title:Veterans and Volunteers on the Park-Like Grounds
File Type: Photographs
Description: Park like setting on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital. Patients and volunteers are a day outside
Date: 1955

Access Title:Carnival on Front Lawn of Allen Park Veterans Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Group of people on the front lawn enjoying one of the annual carnival events at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital
Date: 1955

Access Title:Effects on Historic and Archaeological Values
File Type: Text
Description: Section E (1) of the Supplemental Draft of the Environmental Impact Statement on the use options for the Allen Park site in 1985. This part of the document looks at the historic issues.
Date: 1985-08

Access Title:Architectural Drawing of the Expansion Towers in Allen Park
File Type: Drawings
Description: Architectural Drawing of the Expansion Wings in Allen Park in the 1940's
Date: unknown

Access Title:Surgical Operating Room
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of a surgical operating room. Overhead light is prominent as is the procedure table.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Levin Appauds VA Decision to Move Forward with 500-Bed VA Hospital in Detroit
Person/People: Levin, Carl
File Type: Text
Description: Press release from Senator Carl Levin applauding decision to build new veterans hospital in Detroit.
Date: 1988-09-29

Access Title:Saluting Veterans
Person/People: Norris, Chuck
File Type: Clippings
Description: Photo of actor Chuck Norris talking with patient Leon Ward in rehabilitation unit.
Date: 1988-02-04

Access Title:Celebrating Our Differences
File Type: Newspapers
Description: Article celebrating ethnic diversity among the staff of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital. Ethnic dancers, displays and food highlighted the first multicultural celebration. Groups represented African-American, Asian and Pacific Islands, British, Hispanic, Hungarian, Indian, Italian, Middle East and Polish cultures.
Date: 1980

Access Title:Alan W. Chadwick
Person/People: Chadwick, Alan W., Hospital Director, Allen Park VA Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white formal photograph (5x7) of Alan W. Chadwick, Director, Allen Park VA Hospital, 1965-1969.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Children at Toys for Tots Event
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of a group of small children and four adults. One adult is an older man in a wheelchair. Picture was taken in the auditorium.
Date: 1967-06-09

Access Title:Aerial View of Allen Park Veterans Hospital in 1949
File Type: Photographs
Description: Aerial view of the hospital and grounds in 1949.
Date: 1949

Access Title:Lucille Mader
Person/People: Mader, Lucille
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of Lucille Mader enjoying a party honoring Women in the Military
Date: 1993

Access Title:VAMC People; Staff in Microbiology
Person/People: McCurdy, Dr B. W.
File Type: Newspapers
Description: Staff in Microbiology pooled their resources for Christmas gifts for needy families.
Date: 1983-02

Access Title:Items for Sale in the Canteen
File Type: Photographs
Description: Items for sale in the hospital canteen. Most expensive item pictured is a camera for $27. Prices of items are visible
Date: unknown

Access Title:Legion and Auxilliary Day
Person/People: Miller, Charles
File Type: Text
Description: Newspaper announcement requesting volunteers for Allen Park VA Hospital.
Date: 1965-08-15

Access Title:Interior of Patient Library
Person/People: Saunders, Elsie
File Type: Photographs
Description: Interior of Patient Library with woman at the main desk. Thought to be a Red Cross volunteer, Elsie Saunders. Time period is around 1974.
Date: 1974?

Access Title:26 Groups Entertain Hospitalized Vets
Person/People: Kirkwood, Mrs Arthur
File Type: Clippings
Description: Veteran patients were entertained at the annual VAVA party staged by 26 organizations. The program was done in cabaret style with hostesses in formals, and Santa Claus made an appearance.
Date: 1955-01-06

Access Title:Veterans Administration Hospital Allen Park, Michigan
File Type: Text
Description: Government brochure desribing the Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital. Includes a section describing Detroit and surrounding area. Images show Electronmicroscopy Technician; Automatic Pill Counter; A nurse instructing a patient; Electrophoresis apparatus; An audiologist testing a patient's hearing.
Date: 1973-11

Access Title:U. S. Veterans Hospital Sign
File Type: Photographs
Description: Sign in front of the hospital with the 1930 seal for the Veterans Administration. The sign reads 'U.S. Veterans Hospital'.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Stage for Entertainers at the Carnival
File Type: Photographs
Description: Stage set up in the midst of tents for the annual Carnival on the grounds of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1955

Access Title:Plane Pals
Person/People: Upton, Bob
File Type: Clippings
Description: Model plane building is used as an activity for veterans convalescing at the Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1951-08-19

Access Title:Library at VA Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the library at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Allen Park, MI.
Date: 1977-06

Access Title:Staff Member Dressed as a Clown for Halloween
File Type: Photographs
Description: Staff member is dressed up to celebrate Halloween. Photograph is of a clown
Date: unknown

Access Title:Interview with Fay Detvay
Person/People: Detvay, Fay
File Type: Sound Recordings
Description: Ms Detvay, a volunteer at the medical center since 1957, talked to Don McCatty on January 23, 2006 about her memories of Allen Park and the Detroit VA Medical Center. Topics discussed: Nursing home patients, Vietnam Veterans, Recreation Therapy, The Scholarhip Program, Volunteerism, Youth, Carnivals 34:10min - Raymond G. Roehler, youth volunteer 38:15 min - Lucille Mader, Greenhouses 49:30min - Edward "Andy" Andrewjescki
Date: 2006-01-23

Access Title:Guy F. Palmer
Person/People: Palmer, Guy F.
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (5x7)of formal portrait of Guy F. Palmer, Director, Allen Park VA Hospital, 1939-1946.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Uncle Joe, 107, Gamely Fights to Live On
Person/People: Clovese, Joseph (Uncle Joe)
File Type: Clippings
Description: Michigan's only surviving Civil War veteran, 107 year-old Joseph (Uncle Joe) Clovese fighting illness at Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1951-03-15

Access Title:One Man Army of World War I Dies Here at 72
Person/People: Korgis, Hercules E.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Newspaper obituary of Dearborn, MI resident Hercules E. Korgis, one of the most decorated U.S. soldiers of WWI. Died in Veterans Administration Hospital in Allen Park, MI.
Date: 1961-08-03

Access Title:Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Crane with John La Due
Person/People: Crane, Thomas P. MD
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of John La Due presenting a paper to Dr. Thomas Crane, Hospital Director, 1946-1957. The photo was taken with the piano in the auditorium.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Toys For Tots
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of a group of small children, staff, patients, and probably some visitors, sitting in an auditorium setting.
Date: 1967-06-09

Access Title:Construction of North and South Wings
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of rear view of construction of north and south wings of Allen Park VA Hospital.
Date: 1945-10-26

Access Title:New VA Hospital Head
Person/People: Thomas, Dr. Morris C.
File Type: Clippings
Description: Personal profile of Dr. Morris C. Thomas, new manager of Dearborn Veterans Hospital.
Date: 1959-08-08

Access Title:Veterans Hospital Adds Two Wings
File Type: Clippings
Description: Two new wings are being built at the Allen Park Veterans Hospital to consolidate services.

Access Title:VA Hospital Winds through the Times
File Type: Clippings
Description: Allen Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center is celebrating it 50th anniversary. VA Hospital 1939-1989
Date: 1989-07-26

Access Title:Games in one of the 'Greenhouses'
File Type: Photographs
Description: One of the greenhouses on the lawn of the Allen Park Veterans Hospital is set up with games for the veterans
Date: 1955

Access Title:Radiological Procedure
File Type: Photographs
Description: Color picture of woman technician performing radiological procedure on male patient. Good picture of the radiology equipment.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Another View of the Annual Ethnic Festival Celebration
File Type: Photographs
Description: Patient in wheelchair observing annual ethnic festival celebration on the front grounds of the Allen Park VA Medical Center. There is a view of the Hispanic display.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Band at the 50 Year Anniversary Celebration
File Type: Photographs
Description: Band that played during the 50 year anniversary celebration at the Allen Park VA Medical Center
Date: 1989-07-26

Access Title:Winners of the Best Halloween Costume
Person/People: Wheeler
File Type: Photographs
Description: Wheeler and Doyle won best costumes among the staff at the Halloween Party
Date: unknown

Access Title:View of Hospital Before Construction of North and South Wings
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (8x10) of view of Allen Park VA Hospital from the south, before construction of north and south wings.
Date: 1945-04-03

Access Title:Gathering of Veterans in Front of Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph (8x10) of a group of about sixty men, some in hospital garb posing for photograph. Some of the men appear in military uniform with a Persian influence. Several others are wearing Persian-style hats. Looks to be a gathering of veterans.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Dignitaries at 50 Year Anniversary Ceremony
Person/People: Stephens, James
File Type: Photographs
Description: The three dignitaries at the ceremony commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the Allen Park VA Medical Center. They were James Stephens, Director, Edwin J Derwinski, Secretary and Al Zamberlan, Regional Director
Date: 1989-07

Access Title:Inside of Van Designed for a Handicapped Driver
Person/People: Siguredson, Kenneth
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph showing the back of the driver's area which has been designed for a driver who is physically handicapped. Mr Siguredson is demonstrating. The wheelchair is accessible from the back of the van.
Date: Unknown

Access Title:Ford Swimming Pool Helpful in Rehabilitating Veterans
Person/People: Yangolf, Walter
File Type: Clippings
Description: Disabled veterans from the Veterans Administration Hopsital use the Ford Recreation swimming pool for therapy three days each week.
Date: 1950

Access Title:50 Good Years
Person/People: Andrzejewski, Edward
File Type: Clippings
Description: Allen Park Veterans Hospital employee/volunteer Edward (Andy) Andrzejewski recieving award for fifty years of service, from hospital director James Stephens.
Date: 1988-02-18

Access Title:Veterans' Hospital 'Move' to Allen Park Is Assured
Person/People: Ford, William D, 15th District, MI
File Type: Clippings
Description: Article describes the impending name and address change of the Dearborn Veterans Hospital to Allen Park Veterans Hospital, Allen Park, MI.
Date: 1967-08-02

Access Title:Lucille Ball with an Unidentified Veteran in a Wheelchair
Person/People: Ball, Lucille
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of actress Lucille Ball with a veteran patient in a wheelchair
Date: 194x

Access Title:Exterior View of the Director's House on Hospital Property
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of exterior of house on VA Hospital property. This house was usually lived in by the Hospital Director and his family.
Date: unknown

Access Title:Emergency Entrance to the Hospital
File Type: Photographs
Description: Photograph of the emergency entrance from the inside of the hospital.
Date: 1996-03

Access Title:Presentation of Candelabra by Moms of America
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white photograph of three women and two men looking at candelabra presented by Moms of America. One of the three women is assumed to be Maude Kirkwood and one of the men is presumed to be Chaplain A. E. Christiansen. Setting is the chapel in the VA Hospital.
Date: 1952-10

Access Title:Mr Stephens Speaking at the 50 Year Anniversary Ceremony
Person/People: Stephens, James
File Type: Photographs
Description: Mr. Stephens, Director, addressing the crowd at the ceremonies commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the Allen Park VA Medical Center
Date: 1989

Access Title:Stanley B. Crosbie, MD
Person/People: Crosbie, Stanley B.
File Type: Photographs
Description: Black and white formal photograph (5x7) of Dr. Stanley B. Crosbie, Hospital Director, 1962-1965.
Date: unknown