Rumsey Street Office of the Archivist

Mark Rumsey's avatar Mark Rumsey

The Rumsey Street Office of the Archivist offers a matrix in which attendees may engage. Historic photos of the original structures of the area are presented as a greyscale wall paper. As you enter the Office you are invited to Register, providing some basic information and a color scan of your arm. After completing registration you will be given a color sticker that matches one of the images on the wallpaper. You may find its match on the wall and apply it over the original image, slowly shifting the wall paper from grey to color. The collected registrations will be developed into a daily report about the attendees, with the previous days report being available for review at the beginning of each day of operations. Historic images employed by the Rumsey Street Office of the Archivist are courtesy of Grand Rapids City Archives and Records Center, a repository for government records created by the City of Grand Rapids. Rachel Lee is the Office of the Archivist Research Assistant.

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  • Year created: 2015
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