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A large collection of photographs of Kitchener (formerly Berlin) and Waterloo County, dating back to the late 19th century, can be found in the Grace Schmidt Room.
These photographs belong to the Kitchener Public Library and the Waterloo Historical Society.
Many of our photographs can be viewed online on the Grace Schmidt Room Digital Collection website. New photographs are added regularly, so be sure to visit often!
Photographs which have not yet been added to the digital collection can be viewed in the Grace Schmidt Room. A collection of index cards contains information about each photograph in the collection.
On each index card, you will find:
- Subject heading
- Title and description
- Acc. No. (also known as the “P” number)
- Coll. (the owner of the photograph is listed here, usually KPL or WHS)
- Neg. No. (negative number, if required)
- Loc. (location where the photograph is stored)
- Small copy of the original image (if available)
To view a photograph, please provide library staff with the “P” number and the “Loc” information from its index card.
Copyright and Conditions
Photographs are provided for research and private use only.
Researchers who want to publish or display any images must receive permission from the owner of the photograph, and are responsible for obtaining all necessary copyright permissions. Library staff will assist researchers to determine the copyright owner.
Kitchener Public Library and the Waterloo Historical Society do not accept responsibility for any violation of copyright. Information on copyright laws may be obtained from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).
Researchers must cite the Kitchener Public Library or the Waterloo Historical Society for every image used. Researchers must also forward two (2) complimentary copies of any work using Grace Schmidt Room photographs at the time of publication.
Obtain a Copy of a Photograph
The following charges apply to the copying of photographs, slides and digital images:
Photographs or Slides
- $10.00 per photograph for 1 – 2 photographs
- $5.00 per photograph for more than 2 photographs
- The cost of copying, including HST, is also charged
- $10.00 per image + HST
- The cost of a disk or email transmission is included in the charge
To order copies of photographs, or for additional copyright information, please contact:
Karen Ball-Pyatt, Local History Librarian
Grace Schmidt Room of Local History
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen Street N
Kitchener, ON N2H2H1
Phone: 519.743.0271 x 252