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Keeping Track of History Part3

November 3, 2021 in Uncategorized


Now that you know that the MSDC has a focused collection of some 6000 images, as well as brochures about the hotels and similar material, how can you access it for your research project? First, don’t come to the Centre looking for much in the way of 3D artifacts. Mary Storey, chief volunteer archivist, explains that the Centre doesn’t have the space or facility to store 3D artifacts, especially when your primary theme is wooden boats and steamships.

Email is the best route, explains Mary. The email to use is on the website for the Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre, or archives@realmuskoka.com. Send in your request and Mary and her team will search on your behalf for what might be relevant. Fortunately, the data base on the more than 7000 wooden boats is super easy to access and it can be sorted in many different ways: builder, year, name, model, etc.

The other thing the Centre has is a wonderful collection of books, some 400 books relevant to the Centre’s focus. There are multiple copies of some. Again, email is the best starting point. If a researcher wishes to see the material in person, it can be set up in a dedicated space at the centre. Many materials are scanned at low res for previewing and can be scanned, for a fee, to a higher resolution as needed for publication. There is no online portal for viewing aspects of the collection content.

If you are looking for history of the town of Gravenhurst, a donation of photographs from the Frye family is available at the town library.  So there is a brief overview of the material available at the MSDC archives and how to access it.

By Tim Du Vernet

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