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Spice up your Decor with some Historic Photographs

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Tristan Evans

Crowd watching the Hart Building fire, 29 August 1987. [2016.032.002.0381]

Crowd watching the Hart Building fire, 29 August 1987. [2016.032.002.0381]

The Chilliwack Museum and Archives has an incredible array of historic photographs ranging from turn of the century glass-plate negatives to black and white prints to modern digital photographs.  We collect and preserve historic images from multiple mediums including postcards, slides, film, and canvas.  The majority of the over 500,000 images that we have acquired and preserved are available for reproduction.

Naturally, all of our photographs that do not have restrictions are available to view for free at the Archives for research purposes.  However, if you are looking to add a little something extra to your home, consider placing a photo order at the Archives.  After inspection by the archivist, for the low cost of $15 (personal and non-commercial use only) we will gladly digitize any non-restricted image and send you a high resolution digital file of the image which you may then take to a print shop of your choosing.

 

Photograph shows a group portrait of the Golden Arrow racing canoe and crew on Cultus Lake in the spring of 1968. Crew members were from the Skwah First Nation. From left to right: Jack Mussell, Bill Mussel Jr., Joe Mussel, Lester Mussell, Jack Fraser, Percy Wallace, Jim Fraser, Melvin Mussell, Roy Mussell, Dick Mussell, and Fred Mussell. [1981.066.002]

Photograph shows a group portrait of the Golden Arrow racing canoe and crew on Cultus Lake in the spring of 1968. Crew members are from the Skwah First Nation. From left to right: Jack Mussell, Bill Mussel Jr., Joe Mussel, Lester Mussell, Jack Fraser, Percy Wallace, Jim Fraser, Melvin Mussell, Roy Mussell, Dick Mussell, and Fred Mussell. [1981.066.002]

Thinking of taking that extra leap for your business?  For an additional commercial use fee of $15 per image, you can order images for your business, bed and breakfast, upcoming PowerPoint presentation, press release, book, historic article, website, calendar, or any other commercial use that you can dream of.

 

Okay, so how do I search and find these images?

 

Don’t have time to stop by the Archives?  No problem.  Currently we have 32,109 individual photographs described of which over 14,000 are digitized and keyword searchable via our online catalog.  Not having any luck with our photograph catalog?  Don’t forget to search our archival records inventory.  Descriptions of artwork, maps, and large photograph albums in which photographs are not described individually can be found in the archival inventory.  Just remember to write down the photograph number or catalog number for your order.

Chilliwack Progress Press Photograph: Infantry Pioneers attached to 3 Field Squadron RCE use an aluminum floating draw bridge to cross the turbulent Chilliwack River, 9 May 1962 [1999.029.021.023]

Chilliwack Progress Press Photograph: Infantry Pioneers attached to 3 Field Squadron RCE use an aluminum floating draw bridge to cross the turbulent Chilliwack River, 9 May 1962 [1999.029.021.023]

Still not having any luck finding that perfect image for you?  Stop by the Archives on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm or schedule an appointment on a Tuesday or Thursday and let us assist you in your research.

 

Found the perfect image and looking to place that order?

 

Don’t worry, placing a photograph order is a lot easier than shoveling your driveway after an ice storm.  You can place an order in person at the Archives (9291 Corbould Street), over the phone: (604) 795-5210 ext. 108, or by email.

Still have questions?  Email or call the Archives and let us help guide you with your research or photo order.