Historic Records on Film

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.160

Description:

This is a cardboard yellow Kodak box containing a roll of film. The box is labelled as being from the “University of Toronto Library Photoduplication Unit” and contains “The David Dunlap Observatory: Letters, Newspaper articles,…” and then in pencil, “The Great Dunlap Scrapbook”. The film is on a plastic reel. The roll is 3.5mm wide, and was held shut by a rubber band (decayed, and removed). The film contains 281 photographs of documents pertaining to the history of the David Dunlap Observatory, preserved for later viewing.

Primary Materials: Cardboard, Paper, Plastic, Film

Markings:

On the paper label: “THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PHOTODUPLICATION UNIT
Title THe David Dunlap Observatory: Letters, Newspaper articles,…
Positive Film XXX
Negative Film
281 EXP.”

And then in pencil: “The Great Dunlap Scrapbook”

Dimensions (cm): Length = 10, Width = 9.8, Height = 5.8

Function:

This reel apparently was accrued from the library as a historical record of the David Dunlap Observatory.

Condition:

Excellent: The box and reel appear to be in perfect condition.

Manufacturer: Film: Kodak

Date of Manufacture: Late 20th Century

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.