Series 2005.001.06 - Photographs series

Miscellaneous Canadian Kodak Co. King Street location People at work - building #7 Mounting photos Exec Offices Office Building #9 - Cafeteria Mess hall Exec office Cashier Corridor Offices Machines Plant Machines Banquet Mess Hall Men Working in a Factory Shipping Machines Machinery Inside factory On parade Soldiers sleeping quarters Factory Kodak Heights from the tracks Canadian Kodak Co. delivery truck Candaian Kodak Co. horse drawn delivery Kodak Heights building #1 - Powerhouse Kodak Heights fire drill evacuation Kodak Heights creek view Kodak Heights fire hose Looking west from Kodak Heights Trees by ponds Kodak Heights front lawn Kodak Heights view from pond Woman in car

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Photographs series

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  • Graphic material

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  • 1900-2000 (Creation)
    Kodak Canada Inc.

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21 albums
ca. 6000 photographs : b&w negatives
ca. 7500 photographs : b&w
7084 photographs : col. negatives
7308 photographs : col. ; 41.1 x 50.8 cm (16 3/16x20" inches) or smaller
33,281 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
40 photographs : glass plate negatives
867 photographs : col. transparencies

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Administrative history

Canadian Kodak Ltd., which became Kodak Canada Inc. in 1979, manufactured photographic films, papers and equipment for over a century in Toronto, Ontario. The company formed the Canadian branch of the successful Eastman Kodak Company, and officially opened its doors in 1900 at 41 Colborne Street under the direction of John G. Palmer. The company expanded and moved to 588 King Street West in 1908, but already plans were underway for an expansive complex to the north of the city. In 1912, Canadian Kodak purchased 25 acres of farmland near Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue to build a major manufacturing facility known as Kodak Heights. By 1925, there were over 900 employees working in seven buildings at Kodak Heights. Over the years, the company earned a reputation for having a cooperative and supportive relationship with its employees, adopting many of the successful practices in place at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York. In 1940, an Employee's Building was constructed to accommodate the activities of the flourishing Recreation Club, the Department Mangers' Club, and the Kodak Heights Camera Club. During the 1990s, the rise of digital media began to have a serious impact on manufacturing programs at Kodak facilities around the world, causing the Eastman Kodak Company to reduce its production of traditional print photography by one third globally. The company chose to focus on digital products, which did not require the extensive facilities used in the production of traditional photographic materials. On December 9, 2004, Kodak Canada Ltd. informed its employees that manufacturing operations in traditional film products would cease entirely at Kodak Heights. The company's facility faced the same fate as many of its foreign counterparts in England, Australia and France, being completely abandoned and demolished shortly after closure in 2005. Kodak Canada still maintains a sales and support office in downtown Toronto, while the manufacture of traditional photographic chemistry has returned to Rochester.

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This series contains photographic albums, b&w negatives and prints, colour negatives and prints, colour slides, glass plate negatives and transparencies originating from the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection. These materials were used both as forms of documentation of the history of the company at various sites including Kodak Heights, Brampton, Montreal and Vancouver, as well as functioned as a working collection to use for promotional efforts. Highlights include: documentation of the construction of the Kodak Heights site circa 1915 in a series of commissioned albums and loose prints; documentation of the various operations related to the photographic and moving image industry including paper, film, and camera production and processing; marketing campaigns for digital initiatives; and a reference slide collection used by the Kodak Canada Corporation.

Photographic materials have been organized by format and within by the order created when processed in 2005. This arrangement was loosely based on the Kodak Canada's original organization of the files in their archives index. Files of photographs organized by the Kodak Canada Archives Index associated with the collection have been kept together, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record. Previously assigned reference numbers are indicated in the Archivist's Comments fields.

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Materials have been arranged and re-numbered according to smd format while following a hierarchical numbering system. In cases where items are part of a series attempts have been made to arrange them together. Subject terms and notes fields have been used to indicate contextual relationships.

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Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.

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For textual records associated with photographic production, see: 2005. For annotated photocopies of photographic images, see: 2005.

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General note

Content warning: This series contains images with depictions of blackface, a racist practice that perpetuates prejudices and may be upsetting.

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