You may have noticed a new link in the Photos section on the left side of the page. We are pleased to launch our new Community Heritage and Family History Digital Collection that will include Postcards from the Past, Virtual Tours of Historic Calgary and Calgary's Heritage Homes. These links will be taken down in the near future. The new collection will include lots more Alison Jackson photographs and a new set of photographs, from Judith Umbach, which highlights some of the major construction projects in the city (this is Calgary, after all, and our official bird is the construction crane!)
This new collection focuses on the built history of Calgary. The Alison Jackson photographs will be familiar to those of you who visited our Virtual Tours of Historic Calgary and Calgary's Heritage Homes. The Community Heritage and Family History Digital Collection will contain information from both of these series but will add the rest of the Alison Jackson photographs.
The Judith Umbach collection is a relatively new addition. In 2005, Ms Umbach donated 800 photographs documenting the construction or renovation of well-known facilities in the downtown core and the Crescent Heights area. This is an important collection which will provide visual evidence of the development, architecture and construction taking place in this period our history.
Postcards from the Past includes nearly 2000 picture postcards of Calgary and Alberta. In addition to providing clues to the appearance of structures long since gone, the postcards provide an interesting insight into the history of the area and the people who settled here.
This is a very exciting time for us in the Community Heritage and Family History department. We have been preparing for the launch of this very important collection for a very long time. The new Digital Collection will allow us (and you, of course) to search across these three series and find pictures that cover different time spans. For example, you will be able to search for the Burns Mansion and find postcards from early in the 20th century when the house was built, a photograph from just prior to its demolition, pictures of the Colonel Belcher Hospital which stood nearby, and pictures of the Sheldon Chumir Centre that now stands on the site.
The link to the Community Heritage and Family History Digital Collection is on the left side of the page or follow the link below. Spend some time exploring this wonderful resource and let us know your thoughts. We'd love to hear your stories about Calgary.