Last year, archivist Shannon Bettles wrote a blog titled, Alligators, Confectionary, and a man named Leary. If you have not had the opportunity to read this blog I strongly encourage you to take a look. The blog describes the fascinating story of how the Frederick Gordon Leary fonds (previously known as the Dragonfly collection) made its way into our collection. My favourite part is, of course, the Key. The Key gives you a brief inside into how us archivist will use the collection itself to determine provenance.Over the past summer, archival and curatorial assistant Rachel Vandenberg, and volunteer Ev Parker worked on digitizing and describing the Frederick Gordon Leary fonds. Some minor details have changed since Shannon’s original blog – most notably the name of the fonds and some of the specific identification numbers. Nevertheless, I am proud to say that all of the glass plate negatives and photographic prints from this collection have been digitized and described.
Please feel free to take a look at the Frederick Gordon Leary fonds on this direct link and enjoy these amazing photographs of Chilliwack just past the turn of the century. Once you have chosen your dream house from amongst photographs, feel free to change the search terms and take a look at our other collections.