Series 7 - Slides and pictures

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UTA 1070-B2006-0015-7


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2 boxes of slides, photographs, and negatives

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Box 002P: Canadian History Slide collection: 12 double-trays of slides containing 1,216 black-and-white and colour illustrations relating to the widest possible number of subjects in Canadian history. Printed list of the contents. [includes double tray of slides (#501-600) removed from box 012 – note by Harold Averill].

Box 003P: Smallpox slide collection: Two double-trays containing 93 slides of illustrations relating to the Montreal smallpox epidemic of 1885; compiled to illustrate Plague: A Story of Smallpox in Montreal. Printed list of slides. (Some, but not all of these slides were made from prints in the folder in Box 24)

Prints, negatives, relating to themes in Canadian business history – and general history. 3 folders, approx 300 pictures. Most of these were accumulated as possible illustrations for Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business; most came from collections I had access to as described above. Some of the best of the prints were made into slides, as above; but not all.

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Note from Bliss about the Canada's Illustrated Heritage series collection: "This collection developed out of my involvement in the Canada’s Illustrated Heritage series, which brought me into contact with a number of collections of Canadian historical illustrations. In the 1980s I began (at my own expense) having slides made of good illustrations, first in business history, then in political history. I gradually began illustrating my Canadian history lectures with slides, and this stimulated the search for more slides of good material, including political cartoons. By the early 1990s my History 262 lectures were elaborate slide shows, averaging about 50 slides a lecture. I stopped lecturing in Canadian history before I made the transition to Power Point projection, and so this collection has never been scanned onto computers. While many of the photographs and some of the cartoons are well-known, sometimes old chestnuts, many others are not, making the collection a unique, and probably today, unduplicatable resource".

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