Wednesday September 28, 2011

Local News

Museum Begins Digitizing Old Images 

Over 8000 photos from local photographers added to archives the tip of the iceberg

Released by Ron Denman, Chilliwack Museum/Voice file photo


useum Director Ron Denman is pleased to announce that today Chilliwack has 8380 more photographs available for viewing on the Museum’s website.

The recent upload of images from Chilliwack’s archives includes photographs from the Norman Williams, Cecil Bradwin and Chilliwack Progress Press collections, putting the total number of searchable photographs, objects and books held by the Museum and Archives to a figure of over 20,000. With these numbers, the Chilliwack Museum and Archives boasts one of the largest online publically available historical collection of photographs and artifacts in the Fraser Valley.

“Our museum software program Past Perfect, has enabled us to become a leader in collection management and accessibility in Canada”, says curator Paul Ferguson who’s been working with the program for over ten years. “The program has allowed local and international researchers to access all kinds of historical information about Chilliwack.

This means that Chilliwack photographs and objects are being used in journals and books published around the world; families are reconnecting with their ancestors; students are learning about their community; craftspeople and collectors are studying objects from the past; and authors are finding inspiration amongst our stacks.”

The recent upload include the Cecil Bradwin collection, named a priority in digitization as the highly flammable nitrate negative film had become incredibly brittle and damaged. The 2000 salvaged Bradwin images mostly record elementary school photographs from the 1950s.

Also newly online are 1500 photographs from local photographer Norman Williams collection of landscape and aerial images. Williams collection of cameras, recently donated to the Museum, are also online. Finally, the Chilliwack Progress Press Photographic collection now extends to include 4000 more pictures from the 1960s, all scanned, documented and researched by Chilliwack Archives volunteers, extending the number of digitized press photographs to 9000 – a mere fraction of the estimated 100,000 images left to do.

The public may view the online collections on the Museum’s website: by clicking on “Search Collections”. Viewers may keyword search (ie. Bradwin or Progress) to find specific collections or topics of interest.



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