Today, June 14, 2012, Lynda Hook, Terry Fegarty and Bill Gibson took a brief look at the range of materials (books, magazines, photos, papers) at the archive in the basement of the Port McNicoll Library. A simple list of materials is about 3/4 complete and comprises some 300 items.
To assist the library, the three committee members are going to come back in early July and arrange the items after completing the list, into three categories, local historical interest, others, and possible de-acquisition candidates. It would be great to find ways to display some of these local history items. Thanks to Librarian Heather de Long for showing us some of the “newest” old items that have been added to this archive in the last 12 months.
It is an eclectic mix, maritime handbooks, navigation, shipping records, British Royal Family commemorative publications, Great Lakes Shipping newsletters, old Ontario schoolbooks, some typescripts of historical recollections. In the other category, there are several LIFE magazines from the time of the assassinations of JFK and RFK and one is a memorial issue of the three Apollo 1 astronauts who died during a training session inside their Apollo capsule. This material has come as donations from old family libraries for the most part. Some seems to have been tucked away from the busy days of CPR business at Port McNicoll.
One particular item that caught our eyes was a repro print of a 1880 Simcoe County Atlas with lots of interesting map details and numerous line drawings of houses and buildings. Some images from that resource may get scanned and appear on this blog.