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Views of 20th Century Canada: The Canadian Architectural Photography Digitization Project – Archives and Special Collections

Views of 20th Century Canada: The Canadian Architectural Photography Digitization Project

This project was made possible through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives.

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ca. 49 m of photographs.

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Panda Photography was started in 1946 by three ex-RCAF photographers, Paul Rockett, Lockwood Hait, and Hugh Robertson. Rockett was bought out in 1950, and Haight in 1960. The decade between 1950 and 1960 saw Panda become more and more oriented toward architectural photography, and in 1960 Panda became a Limited company. Under the direction of Hugh Robertson, all Panda’s efforts were now aimed at visually capturing a wide variety of buildings and building types. These include commercial, corporate, educational, exposition, government, industrial, religious and residential. The structures are located primarily in Toronto and vicinity, but projects located in other Canadian cities and international locales are also represented.

Fonds consists of negatives, positives, slides, proofs, prints transparencies of architectural photography practice of Panda Photography Limited, 1946-1992.

Title based on contents of fonds.

Acquired by donation in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, and 1999.

Finding aids available at repository.

Further accruals expected.

Accessions: 22A/77.71, 28A/78.01, 73A/80.08, 98A/81.02, 100A/81.04, 112A/81.16, 115A/81.19, 131A/82.16, 141A/82.26, 146A/83.01, 148A/83.03, 150A/83.05, 170A/83.25, 181A/84.02, 186A/84.07, 204A/84.25, 209A/85.02, 212A/85.05, 216A/85.09, 219A/85.12, 220A/85.13, 221A/86.01, 222A/86.02, 225A/86.05, 229A/86.09, 231A/86.11, 232A/86.12, 233A/87.01, 238A/87.06, 242A/88.03, 245A/89.01, 247A/89.03, 248A/89.04, 261A/98.02, 262A/99.01

ca. 18 drawings – ca. 54 b&w photographs (8 x 10 in) – ca. 40 colour slides – .25 m of textual records.

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Thomas Mawson was born in 1861 in England and began his career as a garden designer. He later became known for his successful urban design and town planning practice with offices in Lancaster and London, England, as well as Vancouver, BC and New York. One of his most ambitious projects was a plan for the City of Calgary (1913). Mawson also developed Master Plans for Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, and Stanley Park, Vancouver. Mawson died in 1933.

The original City of Calgary presentation drawings were recovered when a garage in the Eau Claire district of Calgary was demolished and the sheeting that had been used to finish the interior was stripped from the studs. The drawings had been glued to the reverse side of the board.

Fonds consists of drawings of the urban design practice of Thomas Mawson, 1913-1914.

Title based on contents of fonds.

Acquired by donation in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, and 1984.

Finding aids available at repository.

Further accruals expected.

Accessions: 14A/77.57, 42A/78.32, 52A/79.08, 59A/79.15, 145A/82.30, 180A/84.01

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The Calgary Civic Trust was formed in 1998 when a diverse group of Calgarians joined together to promote good urban design and planning with a particular concern for architecture and heritage. One aim has been to find ways to incorporate historical places and building into the fabric of a fast-growing city that take advantage of private ownership, interest and enthusiasm. Another is to support knowledge and enthusiasm for exceptional urban design and innovative architecture among all citizens. These and its other objectives are pursued through cooperation with many other bodies and individuals – civic, provincial, national and international.

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Slides of Canadian churches photographed by Donovan Williams, with the assistance of his wife Eunice Joan. Research assistant C. Timothy Beech. All photographs taken between 1990 and 1995.

Fonds consists of slides of Canadian churches and accompanying textual records.

Title based on contents of fonds.

Acquired by donation in 2000.

Finding aids available at repository.

Further accruals expected.

Accessions: 273A/00.05

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