If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 6,000 or so historical photos of the region that the Management and Security of Information team has digitized must have quite a lot to say about our past.
In fact, since summer 2017, my team has been digitizing photographic collections from the National Capital Commission archives through Library and Archives Canada’s DigiLab resources. Once this ambitious project is completed, all photos will be published online, and will be accessible to the general public.
At this point, we have digitized the following:
3,000 photos from the collection of photographer Ted Grant;
3,000 photos from the two organizations that preceded the National Capital Commission, which are the Ottawa Improvement Commission (1899–1927) and the Federal District Commission (1927–1958).
This collection of images will take you back to the very first years of the National Capital Commission, as we know it today.
National War Memorial
Plaza Bridge and Connaught Place
These photos, which, until recently, were accessible to only a handful of people, will contribute greatly to our documentary heritage. Looking back into the past allows us to better understand the present, and helps us in building the future. This is also the topic of a recent blog post by my colleague Heather Thompson, Manager, Heritage Program. I am really proud of this important collection of photographic records that will soon be available online to all Canadians.
For me, it is a privilege to manage this project, which brings to light these important and fascinating moments in our history.