Image Bank and More
Send us your Pictures
The Gatineau Valley Historical Society has created a digital image bank of photographs documenting the history of the Gatineau Valley. All the photographs in the existing collection are being scanned (at 300 pixels per inch) and described in a database. New accessions of photographs are scanned and entered into the system as they are received. Items loaned to the Society for copying are processed in this way and the originals then returned to the owner; in these cases the Society holds only an electronic image. The database (using Filemaker Pro software) is becoming increasingly useful as a reference tool, able to locate requested images quickly and easily. (The Historical Society thanks Adrienne Herron of Old Chelsea for her work in designing and implementing the system.)
Appraisal And Identification Of Photographs
The Society is interested in acquiring copies of images of value pertaining to the history of the Gatineau Valley. However, donors and lenders should be aware of some important qualifications.
Unidentified photographs (with no information as to their contents) usually have very little value or interest. In a nutshell, people offering us photographs to copy will be asked to provide as much information about them as possible, responding to five "W" questions: WHO are the people in each photograph? WHERE and WHEN was the picture taken? WHAT are the events that were taking place? WHY was the photo taken?