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Compiled for your enjoyment and interest is a list of interesting sites to further your discovery of historic photography primarily in Canada.

 
 
Visual Databases | Other Galleries | Other Links | Special Collections


Visual Databases

 
The Archives of Ontario Visual Database
Explore more than 13,000 images from the Archives of Ontario’s collection of "photographic, cartographic, architectural and documentary art collections” by searching or browsing this database.
Art2Life: the Canadian Century Art2life's interactive timeline invites you to journey through 100 years of Canadian art, people and events. Discover the stories and personalities who helped define each decade of 20th century Canada, and uncover connections between artworks and the times in which they were created.
Images Canada: Picturing Canadian Culture

Dating from the end of the eighteenth century through the late 1990's, fascinating Canadian images from online collections across the country are only a few clicks away. This gateway to over 65,000 images of Canadian events, people, places and things provides a searchable single access point for the image collections on the websites of participating cultural institutions.

National Archives – Digital Collections Canada’s archival heritage is preserved in this collection of historical photographs, posters and documentary art, maps, documents and architectural records. Of particular interest is the expanding digital collection of exhibits and searchable database of over twenty-two million photographs.

Toronto Public Library – Digital Collections

A single point access to the growing number of digital collections created by the Toronto Public Library; including Picturing the Past: Views of 19th & Early 20th Century Ontario -- a selection of provincially significant pictorial images from the Toronto Public Library’s Special Collection accessible on the library’s Digital Collections Website.
Virtual Museum of Canada Canada's premier museum portal connects to thousands of images of art and artifacts, educational resources, original exhibits and a searchable directory of Canadian museums and galleries. Use the searchable image database to find thousands of fascinating images.

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Other Galleries

 
Glenbow Library and Archives Western Canada’s largest museum/art gallery/archives is a treasure house of information, online exhibits, and resources on Canada’s Western heritage. Over 75,000 historical photographs documenting the people, landscape and development of the Canadian West can be searched from this site.
The McCord Museum A remarkable collection of objects, archives and historical photographs, through which the McCord Museum helps increase awareness of the social history and culture of Canada, Quebec and Montreal. Of particular interest is the Notman Photographic Archives featuring a databank of over one million photographs from 1840-1935 plus early photographic equipment and accessories. Included in this site is a complete history of Magic Lantern shows, such as the ones presented by Reuben R. Sallows.
National Gallery of Canada Home of the most extensive collection of visual art resources in Canada, this site provides access to The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and their new virtual museum, and their new virtual museum, CyberMuse. CyberMuse provides access to over 10,000 images from the National Gallery of Canada's permanent collection, artists’ biographies and video interviews, interpretive and interactive games for children and youth, plus educational resources. An enhanced Search feature allows users to access the collection by: works of art, artist biographies, audio guides, videos and links to pages within the site. "My CyberMuse" allows you to create your own unique virtual exhibitions which can be shared with friends.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Dedicated to the preservation, exhibition and study of American visual arts, this site offers virtual exhibits, activities and online tools for research and education. Its extensive Photo Study Collection contains nearly half a million negatives, photographs and slides, many of which can be searched via SIRIS, home to their specialized art and photographic archive databases.

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Other Links

A selection of websites related to photography and/or photographic history.
America’s First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits & Views, 1839-1862 Portrait daguerreotypes produced by the Mathew Brady, one of America’s greatest photographers, make up a major portion of this collection of more than 650 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864.
Box Cameras Devoted to the history, science and marketing of cameras from 1880 to 1930, this site lets you see the types of products Reuben R. Sallows would have used as well as sold in his studio.
Canadian Mail Order Catalogues The National Library of Canada provides this searchable database of digitized catalogues spanning the 1880s to the 1970s. Here you may search for “cameras’ and locate images of equipment, from early Eaton’s catalogues, similar to that used by Reuben R. Sallows.
George Eastman House: International Museum of Photography Dedicated to the history of photography and motion pictures, this educational institution provides many online resources, including a timeline documenting important advances in photography from 1725 to 1998. Of particular interest is their Photography Collections Online providing digital images of their vast photography collections, historic camera collection and information on magic lantern equipment.
History Wired The Smithsonian Institute presents this interactive site which allows you to zoom in on objects, view them, and learn more about them. Using your mouse to explore the grid devoted to Photography is a fun way to learn more about the history of this art form.
Kodak: How to Make and Use a Pinhole Camera This site provides easy-to-follow detailed instructions on how to make a pinhole camera using a box or coffee can, including information on how long to expose the film.
Light, Lens & Heart: a Virtual Exhibit of Edwardian Portraits from the Roy Studio The Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives have created this virtual exhibit featuring the works of Robert Maitland Roy, and his son Frederick Roy, portrait photographers during the Edwardian Era (1901 to 1919). Of particular interest is their Guide to Preserving Your Old Photographs.
Masterworks from the History of Photography See what makes a photographic masterpiece as you view selected images from the past 163 years.
SFMOMA: Collections: Photography SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) retains one of the oldest and most distinguished collections of photography in North America. One of the first museums to examine photography as an art form, their collection examines movements from nineteenth-century photographers to contemporary artists. Of particular interest is their special interactive program, Ansel Adams at 100 which provides insight into the history and world of ideas behind this great photographer.
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company 1880-1920 This collection, which is searchable and browsable by subject and geographic location, comprises over 25,000 glass negatives and 300 photographic prints originally published by the Detroit Photographic Company; providing a unique way of seeing works by some of Sallows’ American contemporaries. Of particular interest to teachers will be Collection Connections which provides interesting ways in which to use digital photographic collections in the classroom.

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Special Collections

 
J.J. Talman Regional Collection – University of Western Ontario Libraries The collection of this regional archive contains over 5000 photographs of London and area and in excess of 3000 Ontario postcards. Of particular interest to researchers is their extensive listing of Canadian Archival Institutions.
University of Guelph Library: Archival and Special Collections A partner in this digitization project, the Archival and Special Collections section of the University of Guelph Library is a rich resource for items pertaining to Agricultural History and Rural Heritage. Of particular interest to those researchers interested in Reuben R. Sallows and his photography is their Reuben Sallows Collection which includes the online publications “Historical Imaging: The Photographs of Reuben Sallows” and R.R. Sallows Landscape and Portrait Photographer.
 
 
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