George H. Craig fonds

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George H. Craig fonds

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    • 1889-1895 (Creation)
      Craig, George H.

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    222 photographsglass plate negatives; b&w 20 x 25 cm and smaller

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    The glass plate negatives were donated to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum 29 September 1994 by Edgar Craig of Massachusetts. He acquired these negatives from his aunt, Marion Osborne, daughter of George Henry Craig.

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    glass plate negatives created by George H. Craig. Many of the images are of scenery around Nova Scotia, but there are also images showing pages out of books, or of prints or paintings already in existence. The geographic area represented by the images is for the most part Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. There are also a number of images that depict the black community of Dartmouth in the 1890's. Craig also experimented occasionally, scratching negatives or painting them with varnish to create various effects. For his painting, Craig created images to be used as resources for his artwork, but also created negatives of his artwork. The glass plate negatives were arranged by Craig in series that reflect these painting projects. Fonds consists of six series: negatives, portraits, Nova Scotia celebration, Views in Nova Scotia, Old Governors, and Subjects for paintings

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    Accession 94.55.1 to 94.55.227. In accession file 94.55.1-227 there are photocopies of the box lists that accompanied the glass plate negatives when they arrived at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum.


    Craig's original arrangement has been maintained as closely as possible. The negatives are arranged based on the accompanying photocopied lists that appeared on Craig's slide boxes. Some of the lists however are unreadable and some negatives do not correspond to any of the lists, so were left in the same order which was imposed by the curator in 1995.

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        Prints have been made from all of the glass plate negatives. In some cases there are copy negatives available. These other formats are stored in the Dartmouth Heritage Museum photograph collection.

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        Still image finding aid available.

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        There are other Craig related items in the museum collection. See accession files 69.2.1-53, 82.32 and 2000.5.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Glass plate negatives cleaned by Dartmouth Heritage Museum curator in 1995 using rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs.

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