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Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection Sub-series
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Blueprints and Plans

Sub-series contains plans and blueprints of Kodak factories and facilities in Ontario including : early blueprints and schematics for the King Street plant, approval drawings and area plans for the Kodak Heights facility showing buildings 1, 3,5, and 8, and detailed blueprints relating to the construction of Kodak Brampton Paper Finishing Plant, Building #35. Subject terms have been used to indicate Kodak site locations in Ontario, specifically the King street, Brampton and Kodak Heights operations.

Annuals, periodicals, and newspaper clippings

Sub-series contains periodicals and annuals, created between 1900 and 2008, previously held and donated by Kodak Canada Inc. as part of the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection. Most periodicals are published by Eastman Kodak Co. and its susidiaries, Canadian Kodak Co., Ltd., and Kodak Limited (U.K.). Many of the periodicals were published for internal use, serving communications and community-building purposes for Kodak employees. However, many periodicals in the sub-series were also published for amateur and professional photographers, dealers of Kodak products, chemical engineers, and others. Some periodicals within the sub-series were published by external publishers.

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Human resources and industrial relations records

Sub-series consists of records pertaining to Kodak Canada's human resources and industrial relations practices from 1896 to 1997. Includes logbooks pertaining to employee salaries and work hours; reproductions of employment contracts; records related to wage dividends; records related to union activity, including collective bargaining agreements and clippings from the employee strike of 1974; records pertaining to employee benefits; and Kodak employee handbooks and information brochures.

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Kodak Canada Heritage Collection and Museum records

Sub-series consists of records pertaining to the operation of the Kodak Canada Heritage Collection and Museum. The Kodak Canada Heritage Collection was instigated in the early 1990s as a continuation of the Kodak Canada Archives, intended to document and display Kodak Canada's corporate history. The archival was never formally absorbed by the museum and was housed in a room adjacent to the museum exhibition space in building 9 of Kodak Heights, in a series of 5 filing cabinets. The Heritage Collection operated under the curatorship of Bonnie Chapman, an employee in Kodak's Corporate Communications department. A request was made in 1996 to establish a permanent exhibition space for the collection in building 9 of Kodak Heights. In 1998, Kodak Canada collaborated with consultants from the Royal Ontario Museum to conceptualize and install the exhibition that was housed in this permanent space. The Museum officially opened in 1999 and was closed as part of the dissolution of Kodak Canada's manufacturing operations in the early 2000s. Many of the records and objects contained in the overall Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection housed at Ryerson University were originally part of this Museum collection. Records in this sub-series include: display labels and captions; notes and correspondence related to museum events; records pertaining to Kodak's partnership with the ROM; loan agreements and calls for donations; reference material; records and inventories of artifacts; and other ephemera. There was significant crossover between the activities of the Kodak Heritage Collection and Museum and those of the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs department, particularly surrounding Kodak Canada's centennial celebrations in 1999.

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Black and white negatives

Contains 6027 b&w negatives from the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives spanning the history of the company from 1900-2005. Negatives are organized by prior arrangement when processed, which was loosely based on the Kodak Canada's organization of the files in their archives index. Files of negatives originating from the previous index associated with the collection have been kept together, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record.

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Product catalogues and price lists

Sub-series includes catalogues and price lists for Kodak products from 1902 to 1995, many of which are illustrated. Includes lists and catalogues for still and motion picture cameras and accessories, as well as for Eastman photographic chemicals. Lists and catalogues targeted amateur and professional photographers, as well as Kodak dealers and wholesalers.

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Instruction manuals and reference guides

Sub-series contains reference guides and instructional manuals published by Eastman Kodak Co., its subsidiaries, and other companies between 1891 and 2000. Includes general guides on various photographic topics, as well as manuals for specific products. Manuals and guides were intended for amateur and professional photographers and filmmakers, as well as Kodak dealers, and those using Eastman chemicals and solvents.

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Glass plate negatives

Series contains 40 glass plate negatives of varying sizes originating from the Kodak Canada Archives. These negatives were created circa 1920 and document the early operations of Kodak Heights, including their involvement with troops in World War I. The Notes field has been used to indicate corresponding Kodak Archives Index files the negatives originated from. They are currently arranged according to the order created when the negatives were processed in 2005.

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Colour slides

Sub-series contains 33,281 colour slides, 35 mm format, organized by two main sections: the first is a working collection of reference slides formerly used by the company and arranged alphabetically by subject. The second set of slides was formerly part of the company's archive and was located throughout the different files. The names of the files that the slides originated from are recorded in the Notes field of each record.

The first part of the colour slide collection is arranged alphabetically as was its indended order as a working refence collection used by Kodak Canada. The second part of the collection is loosely arranged by the previous index associated with the collection, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record.

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Kodak Advertising Materials

Series includes heavy leather post-bound ledgers containing proof sheets of advertisements and finished prints clipped from magazines and newspapers. The ads describe products intended for the Consumer, Professional, Medical, Dealer and other specialized markets and were collected by employees of the Communications Department.

The series also includes loose Kodak advertising proofs from 1927 assembled in a two-ring binder.

Cameras

Sub-series illustrates the production history of the Kodak company's commercial camera production. The collection represents all major styles of medium and small format cameras produced by the company and consists of 171 plate and film cameras, including; box cameras, folding cameras, disposable cameras, range finder cameras, single-lens reflex cameras, twin-lens reflex cameras, ciné cameras, and digital cameras. The cameras are organized chronologically.

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Financial records

Sub-series consists of accounting ledgers, sales records, budgets and expenditure records, and export records created by Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd., Canadian Kodak Sales Limited, and Recordak Ltd. in the course of their operations from 1900 to 1977.

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Records pertaining to plant, equipment, and supplies

Sub-series consists of records related to the construction, outfitting, maintenance and/or use of Kodak Canada's facilities in Toronto, Brampton, Montreal and Vancouver from roughly 1900 to 1987. Includes correspondence, contracts, notes, technical drawings, inventories, order forms, and other ephemera related to plant construction, particularly Kodak Canada's main manufacturing facility, Kodak Heights, at Eglinton Avenue and Weston Road in Toronto, Ontario. Also includes: publicity and public relations records related to plant open houses; records pertaining to Kodak Heights' use as military barracks in WWI; engineering field notes compiled during Kodak Heights construction; records pertaining to the opening of the Kodak processing laboratory in Vancouver, as well as plant procedures and engineering codes.

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Colour prints

Contains 7308 colour prints from the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives spanning the history of the company from 1900-2005. Prints are organized by the order created when processed in 2005. This arrangement was loosely based on the Kodak Canada's original organization of the files in their archives index. Files of prints organized by the Kodak Canada Archives Index associated with the collection have been kept together, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record.

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Transparencies

Series contains 867 transparencies (previous indicated as colour reversals), from the Kodak Canada Corporate Archive. The collection spans the last half of the twentieth century, 1950-2000, and for the most part was used as a working collection for marketing and promotional purposes.
Transparencies are organized by the order created when processed in 2005. This arrangement was loosely based on the Kodak Canada's original organization of the files in their archives index. Files of transparencies organized by the Kodak Canada Archives Index associated with the collection have been kept together, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record.

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Promotional material

Sub-series consists of published promotional pamphlets, brochures, and other materials produced by Eastman Kodak, its subsidiaries, and external companies between 1919 and 2004. Includes promotional materials targeted toward dealers and retailers of Kodak products, amateur and professional photographers, and Kodak's business market. Also contains published materials promoting Kodak as a company, including company histories, biographies of George Eastman, and company profiles.

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Colour negatives

Contains 7084 colour negatives from the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives spanning the history of the company from 1900-2005. Negatives are organized by the order created when processed in 2005. This arrangement was loosely based on the Kodak Canada's original organization of the files in their archives index. Files of negatives organized by the Kodak Canada Archives Index associated with the collection have been kept together, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record.

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Posters and Signage

Series contains posters and signs from Kodak Canada Ltd. Most posters are reproductions of the original Eastman Kodak advertisements on foamcore boards for the purposes of display in the Kodak Heritage Museum. Objects originally intended for the Kodak Heritage Museum have been indicated in the notes field of the record. Subjects include: promotional posters from Kodak's The Techniques of the Masters Videoconference Series, advertising campaigns and Kodak slogans printed on posters, historical images of Kodak cameras, and medical imaging posters from the Health Sciences Division of Eastman Kodak Company. Also included are a group of large-scale foamcore posters of Kodak Heights operations reproduced from glass plate negatives in the collection.

Albums

Series contains 24 photographic albums donated from Kodak Canada. Highlights include a series of 6 photograph albums documenting the construction of the first Kodak Heights buildings during the date range of 1913-1916 with indexes organizing the prints by building or site chronologically; these albums form a significant primary resource on industrial construction in the early 20th century.

Also included in the series are several family photograph albums spanning the range of 1920-1950 that portray recreational and family life in Southern Ontario as well as WWI subject matter; and a group of Kodak company albums documenting employee events, vacations, and social parties at Kodak.

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Records pertaining to employee activities

Sub-series consists of records pertaining to the activities of Kodak employees from 1916 to 2001. To a significant extent, Kodak Canada imported the corporate culture created by George Eastman at Eastman Kodak Company. This culture encouraged and supported employee participation in collective leisure activities, including participation in athletic and cultural clubs and events. Sub-series includes records pertaining to employee involvement in WWI and WWII, employee recognition events and annual meetings, and employee leisure and athletic activities.

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Corporate communications, public relations, and marketing records

Sub-series contains records related to the production of internal and external corporate communications, public relations activities, and marketing between approximately 1900 and 2005. Kodak Canada's Communications department changed its name to Corporate Communications between 1982 and 1986, then changed it again to Corporate communications and Public Affairs in 1988. Records include notes, correspondence, advertising mock-ups and clippings, press releases and press kits, communications-related invoices, drafts of press releases, articles, and advertising copy, and other ephemera. Records pertain to the creation of advertising and publicity, event planning, community engagement, and corporate sponsorship. There was significant crossover between the activities and personnel of the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs department and those of the Kodak Heritage Collection and Museum, particularly surrounding Kodak Canada's centennial celebrations in 1999.

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Corporate records

Sub-series contains textual records produced between 1885 and 2004 that pertain to Kodak Canada as an entire corporate entity. Includes: George Eastman and William Hall Walker's original Canadian roll holder patent; correspondence between Canadian Kodak and Eastman Kodak executives; customs letters; company-wide announcements; company history notes; general company information; annual and quarterly reports; reports published or commissioned by Kodak; executive presentation notes; corporate directories and administrative documents; records pertaining to miscellaneous corporate divisions; and other miscellaneous corporate records.

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Product and research records

Sub-series contains records from 1904 to 1966 detailing recipes, instructions and procedures pertaining to the creation or repair of Kodak products, as well as reports stemming from photographic chemical research produced by Kodak and by external authors. Sub-series includes: recipes and instructions for producing photographic chemicals, papers, emulsions, dyes, and other materials; standard practices used in paper coating and emulsion; daily production logbooks; paper production stock records; and records detailing equipment and procedures used to repair Kodak products.

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Books

Sub-series consists of published monographs held by and donated to Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections as part of the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection.

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Black and white prints

Contains ca. 7500 b&w prints from the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives spanning the history of the company from 1900-2005. Highlights include early images of the Kodak Heights facilities, including construction of the first buildings ca. 1915. These prints also correspond to the series of Kodak Heights Albums that document the development of the property. Other images document the various industrial activities related to the production of photographic materials, cameras and moving images at Kodak Canada. Oversize prints include reproductions of portraits of George Eastman as well as images of his life and various leisurely activities.

Prints are organized by the order created when processed in 2005. This arrangement was loosely based on the Kodak Canada's original organization of the files in their archives index. Files of prints organized by the Kodak Canada Archives Index associated with the collection have been kept together, with the individual file numbers and index titles referenced in the Notes field of each record.

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