Collection PC2 - Waldren Studios Photograph Collection

Portrait of the Ensign & Evangelical Quartette of the Salvation Army Hingley, Keith Helen Mason Lloyd Knickle Graham Knickle Photograph of George McDougall Portrait of Joyce Mason Portrait of Joyce Mason Germain, Daniel, Mrs. - baby of Germain, Dan, Mrs. - child of Germain, Olive Germain, Sinclair Photograph of Mr. German Germain, Mr. Germain, E. C., Mr. Germain, Earl C., Mr. Germain, Clayton Germain, Clayton German, Robert Abercrombie - Horne's Bridge Germaine, Dave Germaine, George Marcipont, Mr. & friends Margaret Germain Remembrance Day ceremony at World War One Cenotaph in Carmichael Park, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Veteran laying wreath at Remembrance Day ceremony at World War One Cenotaph in Carmichael Park, N... Veteran laying wreath at Remembrance Day ceremony at World War One Cenotaph in Carmichael Park, N... Four veterans at Remembrance Day ceremony at World War One Cenotaph in Carmichael Park, New Glasg... Portrait of Mary (DeBodt) Stalmans Portrait of Victor Stalmans Portrait of the Melisse family Portrait of John Melisse and friends Photograph of Dr. G.H. Cox McQuarrie, Christine McQuarrie, Mina McQuarrie, Mina Quigley, Annie Quigley, Annie Oliver, Milton, Mrs. & baby of Chisholm, Alex S. Photograph of the children of G. Boehk Oliver, Milton Oliver, Milton Photograph of a boy on a horse in front of the A. Chisholm Groceries store McQuarrie, Laughlin - family McQuarrie, L., Mrs. Chisholm, A. S. Ted Boehk Ted Boehk Boek, R. E.?
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Waldren Studios Photograph Collection

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ca. 55,000 photographs : b&w, col.

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(ca. 1870-1955)

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In the 1870s, Louis Rice established a photography studio New Glasgow, Nova Scotia after emigrating to the region from Montreal. The studio was purchased around 1890 by G.R. Waldren, who soon opened a second studio in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. For close to five decades, Waldren documented the people and places of north-eastern Nova Scotia. He took photos of many groups, including townspeople and their rural counterparts, the descendants of Scots and Black Loyalists, and later immigrants. He took hundreds of photographs at the Eastern Car Company, which opened in 1913 and began exporting rail cars. Waldren also took portraits--of individuals, teams, teachers, and graduating classes at St. F.X. and at Mount St. Bernard, the girl's school adjacent to the university campus. When Canada went to war, Waldren Studios took portraits of departing soldiers. He captured Nova Scotians at work and at play, documenting the industry of the region while also taking group portraits of the many lodge groups, fraternal organizations, religious communities, trade unions, musical groups and sports teams that were active in the area. Waldren died in 1939. The business was taken over by Corson MacKenzie. MacKenzie continued to take photos and his family continues in the business to this day.

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Collection contains over 55,000 glass plate negatives, film negatives, and prints from the Waldren Studios of New Glasgow and Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The majority of these negatives are portraits, nearly all of which are identified and dated. A number of the portraits represent some of the earliest photos of Black Nova Scotians from Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties. Many of the remaining photos are local scenes, a few of which were taken in New Glasgow before the fire in 1874 which devastated the town. The collection contains photographs that depict show coal mining, shipbuilding and other local industries in action. Portraits of family groups, sports teams, social clubs and school groups are also well represented.

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Glass plate negative is extremely fragile. Photo emulsion is flaking.

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