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Description found in Archives

Department of the Interior photographic records (Ottawa) [graphic material] : numerical series OT, Ottawa city views.

Sub-series consists of


1905-1931, predominant 1920-1931

Place of creation


477 photographs b&w : prints in albums 21 x 26 cm or smaller.
593 photographs b&w : loose prints 21 x 26 cm or smaller.
289 photographs b&w : nitrate and glass plate negatives 21 x 26 cm or smaller.
876 photographs b&w. 21 x 26 cm or smaller.

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of photographs documenting the official, civic and social attributes of Canada's capital city and its development. Photos documenting public access to the city of Ottawa including roadways, canal and lock networks, parks and other recreational facilities. Collection of photos documenting Parliament and other prominent government buildings in addition to photos of prestigious private residences across the city. The sub-series has been organized numerically.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Other accession no.
1987-116 DAP
1936-271 PIC

Terms of use

Copyright expired.

Photocopy of original is available for consultation. FA-021 (Paper)

Original finding aid contains loose prints and has been withdrawn for preservation purposes and is located in photo accession 1987-116. FA-021 (Other)

Additional information

Textual reference to photography are noted in the Department of the Interior annual reports ca. 1905-1931.

Custodial history
Sub-series of photographs from photo accession 1936-271 previously acquired and managed by one branch of the Department of the Interior, the Natural Resources Intelligence Branch ca. 1917-1922. In 1922 the name was changed to the Natural Resources Intelligence Service. The branch operated as a central agency with the purpose of classifying and disseminating documentation concerning Canada's natural resources and industry development. This organization was renamed the National Development Bureau in 1929, continuing to maintain and update a comprehensive photograph and lantern slide library containing views of Canada's geography, development and tourism. Upon the closure of the National Development Bureau in 1933, the collections were transferred to other agencies operating within the Department in addition to external federal agencies including the Department of Mines and Resources, Department of Trade and Commerce and the Tourism Board. This sub-series of photographs was transferred to the National Archives in 1936. Duplicates and some loose prints have been segregated from the acquired collection.

Alpha-numeric note
Index to this sub-series is part of the complete alpha-numeric index to the photographic records of the Department of the Interior located in FA-021 and in the photo accession file for 1936-271.

Subject heading


Related control no.

1936-271 NPC