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Historic photographs have been part of the Richmond Hill Public
Library’s collection since the creation of the Local History Room in the
1970s by then Chief Librarian Patricia Hart. These photographs, documenting the
development of Richmond Hill from a sleepy village in the 1850s to a thriving
town in the 21st century, have been donated by Richmond Hill residents who have
generously shared the contents of their family albums through the years. Some
residents, such as Jerry Smith, by profession a gifted watchmaker, were such
fine amateur photographers that their images of people and town life hold a
wealth of information about the community’s past. As well, the Liberal
newspaper has donated file photos from the 1960s to the 1980s which has
enriched the collection with more contemporary images. The photographs in this
collection are held in the Local History Room of the Richmond Hill Public
Library, Central Branch.
The Library thanks all of those who have contributed these images,
and would like to encourage others who may have photographs to contribute to
contact the Library.
Because of the way the photos were acquired, Library staff has
sometimes had to make “best guesses” in identifying locations or
time periods. If any resident can add to the information, correct it in any
way, or identify individuals depicted in group photos, the Library welcomes all
input to make the information presented here as complete and accurate as
The database can be searched by subject or personal name, or
browsed by decade.
This electronic finding aid to the local historical photos of Richmond Hill is provided courtesy of the Richmond Hill Public Library.