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The Transcona Museum Archives holds thousands of historic photographs and negatives, most of which illustrate the early phase of Transcona's development between 1912 and into 1960. More than one-quarter of these images portray railway subjects, mainly the Canadian National Railway operations in Transcona and its predecessor the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, with others such as the Canadian Pacific Railway, also represented.


Beyond the railways, other principal subjects in the photograph collection include armed services, businesses, churches, dwellings, streetscapes, industry, Town and City of Transcona (primarily buildings, staff, and services), portraits of people, Central School, sports, and aerial views. The collection also includes approximately 25,000 colour slides taken by Mr. John Russell Armer in the course of his travels around the world.

Interested in Viewing our Photographs?

The photographs are available for public consultation in the form of database searches or printed copies which have been arranged in binders by subject for ease of access. Each collection of images from an individual donor has also been described with a biography, notes on the scope and content, and has had an item list prepared. Assistance from staff and full explanations on how these finding aids can be used by the public are provided on-site.


To view the collection please make an appointment with staff to ensure we can best meet your needs.  

Spotlights on the Collection

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