New Idaho Museum Features Library's Digital Collection of Historic Wallace
September 23, 2019
The Barnard-Stockbridge Museum in Wallace was created in partnership with the U of I Library's Special Collections and Digital Initiatives. The museum features historical photographs taken by Nellie Stockbridge and T.N. Barnard between 1886 and 1964 depicting North Idaho mines, towns and scenery. The photographs are part of the library's Barnard-Stockbridge Collection, and have been digitized and made available on the U of I Digital Collections website.
The Barnard-Stockbridge Collection was donated to the U of I Library in 1964 and consists of over 200,000 nitrocellulose and glass plate negatives that capture various aspects of life in the Wallace/Kellogg mining area. Prints were made of many of the negatives, and the photographs and negatives were cataloged by the library's Special Collections Department. The photographs featured in the museum were digitized by the library's Digital Initiatives Department. The library has donated over 2,000 of these digital images to the Wallace Barnard-Stockbridge Museum for use in the museum's exhibits.
The collection is the basis of other works as well. Local authors Patricia Hart and Ivar Nelson tell the story of the Silver Valley through the Barnard-Stockbridge Collection in their 1984 book "Mining Town."
The museum opened last month in a historic church renovated for the purpose, with 300 in attendance.
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