Fonds F1861 - Wallace Berry fonds

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Wallace Berry fonds

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  • 1898-1995 (Creation)
    Berry, Wallace R.

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ca. 30,000 photographs

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Biographical history

Wallace R. Berry (1917-1999) was born and raised in Brantford Ontario. In 1937 he entered Queen's University graduating in 1942. While at Queen's he was coach and instructor for swimming and water polo and it was also during these years that he developed an interest in photography. After his graduation from Queen's, in 1942, Wally Berry entered the Royal Canadian Navy. Following the war Wally worked with a motion picture company in Montreal, Associated Screen News. Later he returned to Kingston and established Cinema Television Productions as an outlet for his ideas, as well as opening a photographic studio. Around 1971, he opened The Village Studio in Photography located in Portsmouth Village at 670 King St West. In addition to portraiture he did some freelance news and aerial photography. In 1951 he was appointed official photographer to the Queen's yearbook. In 1954, in addition to still photography, he began filming and latterly video taping Queen's football games. In fact he pioneered this work and it brought him membership in Queen's Football Hall of Fame, builder category. he was also awarded what is now known as the Padre Laverty Award from the Kingston Branch of the Queen's Alumni Association. He closed up his studios in 1996.

Custodial history

The fonds contains files of negatives built up by Mr. Berry in the pursuit of his career as a commercial photographer in Kingston. Mr. Berry established his business in 1947 but these negatives do not include the years 1947-1952. The negatives run more or less consistently, in chronological order to the years 1995-6. Over the years, though, Mr. Berry moved his business on at least four occasions. The disruption cause by those moves accounts for most of the inconsistencies and gaps that occur in the fonds.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of photographic negatives along with some photographic prints and slides which include photographs of news events, publicity and aerial shots along with pictures of interest to Queen's University. The largest part of this fonds is made up of portraits of Kingstonians, many prominent, and Queen's University Graduates.

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Donated by Mrs. Wallace R. Berry


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  • English

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F3 B3.7
F3 B3.7A
V118.12 SE
F3 B3.7B

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 18/06/2015.
Archivist(s): Stewart Renfrew, Ken Willmott

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  • Shelf: V102
  • Shelf: F3 B3.7
  • Shelf: V102.1
  • Shelf: F3 B3.7A
  • Shelf: V118.12 SE
  • Shelf: F3 B3.7B