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Powell Studio fonds
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- Powell Studio
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ca. 7700 photographs : glass negatives, 1 album (99 photographs)
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Name of creator
James William Powell became an apprentice photographer with Sheldon & Davis in 1867. He opened his first business in 1868 as Powell & Tobey in Napanee, Ontario. By 1873, he had opened his own studio in Kingston, Ontario. His studios were located at 135 Wellington Street over King's Drug Store from 1875 to the early 1880's, at 43 Brock Street (part of the Anchor Block), then finally at 165 Princess Street in 1883.
In 1894, James Powell became blind after suffering from a stroke. His wife, Jane, and son, Haffell, continued the business from this point until 1906.
The negatives were found in the attic of 165 Princess Street, and transferred to Queen's University Archives.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of glassplate negatives depicting people and places in Kingston, Ontario; an album containing prints of various Kingston and area landmarks, including the interior and exterior of the Powell Studio, persons, and events.
Immediate source of acquisition
Portion gift of Dr. Margaret Angus; donation by the City of Vaughan (Ontario) Archives. Assistance from the Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund.
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Formerly housed in Folio A3.8 were large print copies that were produced for an exhibit, these are now stored in the Duplicates collection.
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- http://db-archives.library.queensu.ca/FindingAids/P/PowellStudioV027.xlsx (Listing organized by Envelope number)
Further accruals are expected