Collection 2005.006 - Heritage Camera Collection

Ihagee Rulex camera Rolleiflex Grey Baby Rolleiflex Automat model 1 Mamiya C3 Professional Argoflex EF Rolleiflex Grey Baby, demonstation model Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex III, demonstration model Yashica-44 Rolleicord Model 1 Foth-Flex II Ikoflex III camera Yashica LM Mamiya c330 No. 1A Pocket Kodak No. 3A Folding Autographic Brownie Ensign model V Agfa Standard Type 254 No. 3A Autographic Kodak special Ansco Vest Pocket No.0 Agfa Isolette I
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Heritage Camera Collection

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  • Attributions and conjectures: Supplied by cataloguer.

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2005.006

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  • [between ca. 1860 and 2010] (Manufacturing)

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644 pieces of photographic equipment : cameras

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The Heritage Camera Collection is comprised of cameras, mainly from the Wilhem E. Nassau Camera Collection, the Irving G. Rumney fonds, and several other small, individual donations.

This collection traces the evolution of the tools of popular photography from the turn of the nineteenth century to the current digital age. Many of the cameras were manufactured by Kodak Canada or Eastman Kodak, but there are also examples from many other manufacturers, such as: Ernst Leitz, Minox, Polaroid, Nikon, Rollei, Mamiya, Olympus, Contax, and several companies that pre-date, and were eventually amalgamated into Kodak, including the Rochester Optical Company.

Items in the collection are arranged in series according on their form and function; the categories are based on the research and publications of Michel Auer and Todd Gustavson, and often overlap chronologically.

Series are as follows:

Early cameras
Dry plate cameras
Field cameras
Folding (bellows) cameras
Box and snapsot roll film cameras
Detective cameras
Panoramic cameras
Miniature and sub-miniature cameras
Single lens reflex cameras
Twin lens reflex cameras
35mm cameras
In-camera processing (instant) cameras
Point and shoot caemras
One-time-use cameras
Digital and pre-digital cameras
Toy and promotional cameras
Motion-picture cameras
Video cameras

To browse the series, click on the "View the list" link under the "See the sous-fonds, series or sub-series lists for this collection" title (to the right of the page).

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Items in the Heritage Camera Collection were donated to Ryerson University Library and Archives Special Collections by several donors, and arranged by camera type.

Items from the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum collection were donated in 2016.
Items from the Wilhelm E. Nassau collection were donated in 2011 by Wilfrid Laurier University.
Items from the Arthur and Wesnetta Tyndall Memorial collection and the Michael Pearson Memorial collection were donated by Joy Tyndall in 2012.
Items from the Glen S. Clifford collection were donated by Mr. Clifford in 2006.
Items from the George Dej donation were donated by Mr. Dej in 2006.
Items from the Charlotte Broome donation were donated by Ms. Broome in 2007.
Items from the Garry Taylor collection were donated by Mr. Tyalor in 2008.
Items from the Erika Constantin collection were donated by Ms. Constantin in 2009.
Items from the Dennis Cannon collection were donated by Mr. Cannon in 2012.
Items from the Lesley Sparks collection were donated by Ms. Sparks in 2012.
Items from the Jack Brannigan collection were donated by Mr. Brannigan in 2012.
Cameras from the Arthur and Wesnetta Tyndall collection donated by Joy Tyndall in 2012.
Cameras from the Michael Pearson Memorial collection donated by his estate in 2012.
Cameras from the Derek Hitchens collection donated by Mr. Hitchens in 2013.
Cameras from the PPCM collection donated by the Ryerson Image Arts department in 2013.
Items from the Allan Munro collection were donated Mr. Allan Munro in 2014.
Cameras from the Helen Sterghiou collection donated by Ms. Sterghiou in 2014.
Items from the Dr. Bernie Haberstroh camera donation were given to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Dr. Haberstroh in 2013 and 2014.
Items from the Wilhelm Nassau collection were donated by Wilhelm Nassau in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Arrangement

This collection of cameras was received from many different donors and has been arranged into 18 series based on the style and use of the camera. These series are based on the catagorization used by Michel Auer (Tubbs, D.B., trans., The illustrated history of the camera from 1939 to the present / by Michel Auer. Boston : New York Graphic Society, 1975) and Todd Gustaveson.

In cases where the item may logically be placed in two or more categories (such as 35mm and Point-and-shoot) the most distinctive characteristic was selected to categorize the camera.

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Gustavson, Todd. 500 Cameras : 170 years of photographic innovation. New York : Sterling Signature, c2011.
Tubbs, D.B., trans., The illustrated history of the camera from 1939 to the present / by Michel Auer. Boston : New York Graphic Society, 1975.

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Gustavson, Todd. 500 Cameras : 170 years of photographic innovation. New York : Sterling Signature, c2011.
Tubbs, D.B., trans., The illustrated history of the camera from 1939 to the present / by Michel Auer. Boston : New York Graphic Society, 1975.

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