Ingenium Library and Archives is working continuously to make new materials available on Digital Archives. For the moment, images are available from the following collections:
Aubrey Mattingly photographed and collected photographs of the rail networks in Ontario and Quebec from the late 1920s to 1983. The Collection includes black and white as well as colour prints and negatives. There are also colour and monochrome postcards and colour slides.
The CN Images of Canada Collection consists of 100,000+ photographs (prints, negatives and transparencies) that record the development of Canadian National as it operated freight and passenger trains, hotels and resorts, ferry services and ocean steamships, and telecommunications. The images had a direct commercial purpose to promote or sell a travel product, document a technological innovation, record an event, or provide material for articles. CN photographers registered the images in a number of series designated by an alpha-numeric code. There are photographs that predate CN’s establishment in 1919 that may come from precursor companies or may have been acquired. The two largest series are the X series, the earliest series maintained until 1966, and the Numeric series, arranged by sequential number. The prints were further arranged into albums coded by province or theme and the scans in Digital Archives were made of the prints in these albums.
Hawker Siddeley, a British manufacturer, bought Victory Aircraft of Malton, Ontario, from the Canadian Government in 1945. It was renamed A.V. Roe Canada. The company developed or built the CF-100 Canuck, the C-102 Jetliner, and the CF-105 Arrow, among others. In 1962, A.V. Roe Canada was dissolved. A first series of negatives showing the work of A.V. Roe Canada is now available. A few photographs may date from the time of Victory Aircraft.
The fonds consists of photograph albums created by members of the Hudson Strait Expedition. The images document their mission to determine if the Hudson Strait could be used as an economical way of shipping grain to Europe. The Expedition conducted aerial surveys, reported on weather patterns and sought to find the best spot to end the extension of the railway line connecting to the proposed port. Album pages were scanned and photos were cropped from the page scan.
Ken Molson (1916-1996) learned to fly at Curtiss-Reid Flying School in Cartierville while he was a student at McGill University in Montreal. His long career in aviation began at his cousin’s company Dominion Skyways where he worked as a mechanic. He went on to work as an engineer for National Steel Car, Victory Aircraft, and Avro Canada. He became the first curator at the National Aviation Museum in 1960. He retired in 1967, but later donated a personal collection of archival material to the Museum that he had gathered over the years, including a large amount of photographs from companies and individuals. The first series of negatives from this fonds is gradually being made available.
This group of scans from our collection of medical trade literature and rare books was selected a compliment to the "Surgical Touch" section in the Canada Science and Technology Museum’s exhibition Medical Sensations. Through Medical Sensations we explore the role that the five senses have played in medicine throughout history to the present, and into the future. In the surgical section, we have displayed a variety of historic surgical instruments that demonstrate the sophistication of surgical touch over the years. These images provide further visual context for the practice of surgery, as well as its commercial dimensions.
This series consists of photographs or slides collected or created by the National Museum of Science and Technology over the years 1967 to 1997. The images show the opening of the Museum and the development of its exhibits and collection. Select images from 1970 and earlier have been made available so far in Digital Archives.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum’s Library and Archives holds more than 40,000 pieces of trade literature, dating from the mid-1800’s to the present. This collection consists of any type of printed material published by a company or manufacturer to promote sales of its products, including technical and repair manuals, catalogues, parts lists, price lists, advertisements and sales brochures. A small selection is now available.