Series 7 - Glass plate negatives

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Glass plate negatives

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CA RBD MSG 1203-7

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  • 1924, 1927, 1930, 1956 (Creation)

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73 cm of graphic material and other material.

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This series consists of glass plate negatives and other photographic materials with their original boxes relating to the Feather Book, ornithology, falconry, McGill University Library, and Casey Wood. The majority of the glass plates were produced in Berlin, Germany by Agra, while a few were produced in London, England and Toronto, Canada; which is indicated on the boxes the plates were contained in. On many of these boxes, McGill University librarian Dr. G. R. Lomer’s name appears, indicating these plates and photographic materials were used for library-related activities. Most of the plates, photographs, and photographic negatives (1927, 1930, 1956) show pages from the Feather Book by Dionisio Minaggio. Other glass plate negatives and photographic material depict artwork or images relating to ornithology and falconry, a portrait of Casey Wood (1927), Gronvold’s painting of Wood’s parrot John III (1930?), an ornithological archeological exhibit in the Redpath Library (1924), and library stacks in the Redpath Library (1924).

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Small chips on a few glass plates.

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Photographic material from each plate box was removed and arranged in original order, then chronologically. Plate boxes are contained in flat box MSG 1203-27, while photographic materials are contained in boxes MSG 1203-25 and MSG 1203-26.

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  • English

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Access to glass plate negatives in Series 7 is restricted due to fragility. Please contact the liaison librarian for the Blacker Wood Natural History Collection for further information.

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Glass plates are contained in boxes R-1203-25 and R-1203-26, while the original plates boxes are contained in flat box R-1203-27.


All photographic materials were filed individually into envelopes and organized in archival boxes.

Physical description

78 photographs : glass negative plates ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm
9 photographs : glass polychrome plates ; 20.2 x 25.4 cm.
8 photographs : glass negative plates ; 20.3 x 25.4 cm
8 photographs : black and white ; 16.5 x 12 cm
2 photographs : negatives ; 10.3 x 15.2 cm
1 photograph : negative ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm
1 photograph : glass negative plate ; 20.3 x 15.2 cm
1 photograph : glass negative plate ; 10 x 8 cm
6 small boxes ; 19 x 14 x 2.5 cm and smaller
2 medium boxes ; 27.3 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm and smaller
1 medium box lid ; 26 x 21 cm

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