Fonds GA 187 - Personal Studio fonds

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Personal Studio fonds

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ON00351 GA 187

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  • [19--] (Creation)

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62.5 m of graphic materials (ca. 175,000 negatives and 80,000 proof prints)

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Contents: fonds consists of negatives and proof prints taken by Robert T.G. Nicol under the name of Personal Studio between 1946 and 1996. Studio, home portraits and candid photography of families and weddings, as well as commercial jobs for many local industries and businesses document comprehensively the growth and changes in the way of life in the Waterloo Region in the post-war era. Many nationally important companies employed Nicol, some as their "house photographer": these include B.F. Goodrich, Budd Automotive, Mutual Life Insurance Co., Bell Telephone, Electrohome, Raytheon, IBM and Greb Shoes. Many types of businesses are represented: storefronts and interiors of banks, clothing, department, music, furniture and grocery stores, dairies, factories, restaurants, hotels and motels, churches, service stations, car dealerships, service industries, construction trades and more.

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Donated By Robert T.G. Nicol in 2008.

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Listing of the fonds is underway. Access is by an in-house database in Special Collections, University of Waterloo Library.

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Personal Studio photographs related to Wilfrid Laurier University can be found at that institution's Special Collections Dept., call number S719. Personal Studio negatives of the University of Waterloo were acquired separately and can be found in the University archives, call number 2003-12.

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