Georgia Harriet Cunningham (1888–1969) was born in Kentville NS, the youngest of three daughters of James P. and Lucinda (Whitman) Cunningham. She opened a professional photography business in Bridgetown in 1909. The fonds consists of 28 photographs. The images of people, buildings and scenery depict life in and around Bridgetown.
Frederick Wheelock Harris (1869–1941) was the son of Augustus and Mary Eliza (Wheelock) Harris. A lawyer, town clerk and amateur photographer, he grew up in the family homestead on the Dugway Road and later had a home in town. The fonds consist of 228 prints and 221 slides. They depict late Victorian life c. 1900 in Annapolis Royal area as well as Bridgetown, Bear River, Bridgewater and Halifax. Images of families, individuals, children, animals, vessels, events, cemeteries, homes and a wide variety of streetscapes.
Sydney Payne (1882–1964) was born in Derby, England, the son of James and Jane (Greatorex) Payne. The family moved to Granville Ferry in Sydney’s youth. In 1920 he was hired as general assistant at the Dominion Entomology Laboratory on Grange Street and was the laboratory photographer for most of his career until his retirement in 1947. Among his special duties were the preparation of entomological exhibits and their display at agricultural exhibitions. The fonds consist of 372 photographs. The images represent some of his projects at the laboratory, commissions for L.M. Fortier, Superintendent of Fort Anne and a wide variety of personal photographs of Annapolis Royal and area.
Thomas Rose (1913–1989) was born in Halifax NS, the son of James and Blanche (Beazley) Rose. He operated a photography studio in Annapolis Royal from 1948 until 1973. The fonds consist of 619 photographs and approximately 2,000 negatives. The images are of people, buildings, scenery and events in Annapolis Royal and area.
Howard Thorne Stultz (1902–2003) was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of William A. and Blanche (Thorne) Stultz. A graduate of Acadia University (BA 1928), he entered graduate studies at Yale 1928-1930. He finished his graduate studies in entomology at McDonald College in Montreal. He was scientist with the Dominion Entomology Laboratory in Annapolis Royal from 1935 until 1952 when it was moved to a new location in Kentville, NS. He retired in 1968. The fonds consist of 262 photographs and a large number of negatives. During his time in town in the 1930s and 1940s he created an extensive collection of portrait photographs of area residents.
Samuel Newton Weare (1867–1939) was born in Lowell MA, the son of Albert and Julia (Newton) Weare. In the first decades of the 20th century, he operated a drugstore and photography studio in Bridgetown. The fonds consist of 145 photographs. The images depict people, events, buildings, vessels and animals in and around Bridgetown and Annapolis Royal.
Paul Yates (1863–1946) was born in Philadelphia PA. In 1906 he opened his first photographic studio in Annapolis Royal where he was a musician and bandleader. He later opened a studio in Digby and transferred his business there after the Annapolis studio was burned in 1921. Although he did some commission work, his main focus was scenery and he toured North America selling his photographs. Many have been used in postcards. Following his death in 1946, his second wife operated the business until 1968. The fonds consist of 1,089 photographic negatives and four boxes of journals. The images are of scenery, buildings, people and events in and around Annapolis Royal and Digby.