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Collingwood Museum now offering access to historic photos online

Online database will keep growing, but for now it includes over 500 photographs from three most popular photographic collections
The Collingwood Museum has made over 500 historic photographs available through an online database.

The Collingwood Museum launched a new online service that will allow people around the world access to local historic photos. 

A new online accessible collections database includes 500 photographs from the museum's most requested collections, according to a news release. Those collections include photos of Hurontario Street, historic photos of local homes, and the Huron Institute historical catalogue. 

"The practical applications of online access are far-reaching. Through keywords and advanced searches, digital images relating to local families, residences, and downtown businesses may be easily explored from a smart device or computer. Historic landscapes and streetscapes are also available from as early as 1858, and the number of digitized records will continue to grow," states the news release. 

The database will allow custom searches specific to the street or even the house number to find a certain photo. 

According to the news release, the museum has plans to expand the online database as items are digitized and new donations are processed. 

Visit the online collection at: A link, as well as tips for searching Collingwood’s unique collection, may also be found on the Collingwood Museum’s webpage:

The museum staff would like feedback, and there is a function built into the website allowing users to make comments that will be forwarded to staff.

Researchers can submit requests for images directly through the online platform.

"Over a century of collecting efforts by volunteers and staff have made this project possible, reaching back to the establishment of Collingwood’s first museum, the Huron Institute, in 1904," states the news release.