Fonds 2021.003 - Grant Collingwood photographic fonds

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Grant Collingwood photographic fonds

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  • 1947-1996 (Creation)
    Grant Collingwood

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Approximately 35854 photographs (31788 negatives, 4066 prints)
1 16mm film
8 photo albums
Approximately 303 textual records

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Harold Grant Collingwood was born on August 4, 1909, in Exeter, South Huron, Ontario and died at the age of 87 in May 1996. As a commercial photographer, Collingwood was commissioned by numerous companies namely the Mclean Hunter newsletter and Chatelaine magazine.

Custodial history

The photographic archive was left to Robert Johnston, the nephew of the photographer Grant Collingwood and the executor of the Collingwood estate, upon the photographer's death in 1996. The material was passed to Rhea Johnston, wife of Robert Johnston, upon his death in 2011.

Scope and content

The Collingwood collection contains 35mm, 120mm and 4x5 negatives as well as prints and color slides. Grant Collingwood photographed Toronto from 1940s to 1990s. The collection consists of photographs of jazz musician, street views of Toronto, events and trade fairs, weddings, architecture and the office culture. Additionally, there are photographs of manufacturers and machinery.

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Donated to the Toronto Metropolitan University Archives and Special Collections in 2021 by Rhea Johnston.


An arrangement was imposed by the archivist, keeping the material in chronological order by year, but subdivided by subject matter to improve access.

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Some material is restricted due to its condition and is not accessible or available for reference only as digital surrogates. Otherwise, access to material is open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.

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Photographs taken after 1947 are under copyright.

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The negatives have been rehoused from their original housing in archival material. The original housing of the negatives are envelopes or kodak sheet film boxes that can be found under the series accompanying material.

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