Collingwood Museum Launches Online Collections Database

Researchers, start your search engines! The Collingwood Museum is pleased to announce the launch of a new online accessible collections database.

At the click of a button, residents, and researchers from around the world can now access over 500 photographs from three of the Museum’s most requested photographic collections – Historic Residences, Huron Institute Historical Catalogue, and Hurontario Street.

The practical applications of online access are far-reaching. Through keywords and advanced searches, digital images relating to local families, residences, and downtown businesses may be easily explored from a smart device or computer. Historic landscapes and streetscapes are also available from as early as 1858, and the number of digitized records will continue to grow.

Searches may be customized to be as general or as specific as needed. For example, a search for “Hurontario Street” will return 302 results, while the specific address “241 Oak Street” produces six unique photographs. 

Due to the vast size of the Collingwood Museum’s collection, this is the first of many record uploads that will be completed as staff members work to increase access. Searchable catalogues for Objects and Archives will be added as items are digitized, and new donations are processed.

Visit the online collection at: https://collingwood.pastperfectonline.com/. A link, as well as tips for searching Collingwood’s unique collection, may also be found on the Collingwood Museum’s webpage: www.collingwood.ca/museum.

Museum staff are eager to receive feedback, so assemble a keyword list and see what you can find! A built-in feedback option allows suggestions and corrections to be forwarded directly to staff. Likewise, researchers can submit requests for images directly through the online platform.

The digital database has been a long-term goal of the Collingwood Museum and aligns with numerous objectives in The Collingwood Museum Master Plan: 2020-2025. Over a century of collecting efforts by volunteers and staff have made this project possible, reaching back to the establishment of Collingwood’s first museum, the Huron Institute, in 1904. 

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