If you're looking for images of historic Kingston or Frontenac County, an excellent place to start is the Images database at Queen's University Archives. Online images can also be found in the collections of other libraries and archives, such as the following examples from Toronto Public Library:
1828 approx. Aquatint of Kingston from Fort Henry, by James Gray.
1876 August Kingston(Ontario) from the Harbour, [apparently from Cedar Island?, two martello towers visible] by George Harlow White: a small black-and-white reproduction from the picture file at Toronto Public Library; See also this sketch.
1880 Kingston, Ont., from Martello Tower, by Lucius Richard O’Brien, [view from Fort Henry of RMC with Kingston in background] .
1890 [photograph] Cataraqui Bridge, by unknown photographer.
1890 [photograph] Sir John A. Macdonald’s boyhood house, by H. Henderson.
1898 [two photos -interior] Royal Military College, by unknown photographer(s): [group in gymnasium, one identified as Arthur Benson Wilkie], and [two cadets informal pose, one identified as Kaulback Rathbun]
190? Cataraqui Bridge and Toll House, by Ella Isabel Fraser. [Note: KFPL holds a collection of watercolours by this artist–contact Kingston Frontenac Public Library for more info]
1902 [postcard of Shoal Tower] Martello Tower, Kingston, Canada, by Detroit Photographic Co.
1910 [photograph] Royal Military College, [winter scene], by an unknown photographer.
1911 [black-and-white photo of a painting] The Fairfield Mill at Mill Creek (Millhaven?, Ontario), 189?, attributed to Owen Staples.
1911 Watercolour Painting of The Fairfield House near Kingston(Collin’s Bay, Ontario), 189? , attributed to Owen Staples; [painted from a photograph then in the possession of Dr. Charles Kirk Clarke.]
1916 [watercolour view of waterfront] Kingston, C.W. [Canada West]([as it was in] 1848), attributed to Owen Staples.
1923 [photograph; gelatin-silver print] Simcoe House, painting attributed to Melvin Ormond Hammond.
Other Sources for Historical Images
- Archives of Ontario (Visual Database) Ontario researchers will find a treasure trove of images in this collection.
- 1869 – 1883 Canadian Illustrated News Images from this Library and Archives Canada collection “are in the public domain and may be reproduced without asking for permission or paying a copyright royalty.”
- City of Toronto Archives Type your search term into the box, click the Scanned Photographs Only box, and choose an image. Scroll down to the Copyright Conditions box to see whether the picture is in the public domain.
- McCord Museum – Our People Our Stories Choose an image, click it, and look for the “CC” icon (Creative Commons Licence.) Click the icon to read a nice, clear, jargon-free description of what you’re allowed to do with the image. The rules change from image to image, so be sure to click before using.
- Video Newsreels – British Pathé Did your ancestor work in an Ontario salt mine? Did he or she emigrate to Canada after World War II? Among the 90,000 news reels in the British Pathé database you will find fascinating glimpses of life and events from 1890 to the present. Browse for fun, or click Advanced Search to search by subject and/or date range. While some of the footage is for sale, many clips can be viewed (or previewed) for free. Prepare to spend lots of time browsing this interesting site.
Closer to Home
- City of Kingston/Queen’s University Archives The image databases contain a large collection of pictures from Kingston and Frontenac County, some of which are digitized and available online. Learn more on their Copyright page, Price List page (which includes a number of categories for which there is no charge), and Ordering Copies page.
- How to Find and Use Images from the Web, from the TechSoup website.
- Copyright Basics, from the Frequently Asked Questions page, Copyright Advisory Office, Queen’s University Library.
- Four Ways to Use the Google Image Search Tool.
- How to Obtain Permission to Use an Image, from Wikipedia.
A Few Rules of Thumb
If you want to share a link to an image, you don’t have to ask permission. You may email a URL to someone, or publish it in a blog, website or document. Others can look up the link on their own computers to see the image. However, if you want to copy an image into your own document, blog or webpage, you must make sure you have the right to share it. There are a few ways to do this.
- You can look for a public domain or copyright free image (see the links, below).
- If you can’t find such a statement, contact the owner of the website or the person who posted the photo, and ask three questions:
- May I use your photo in my blog/website/document?
- If so, what credit line would you like me to use?
- Can you tell me where you got the photo?
- Most people are happy to grant permission, especially if you offer to link back to their blog or website from your own. However, unless the person says, “I took the photo myself,” you must keep searching for the original source. Even if the person assures you that it’s fine to reproduce the image, keep going until you find the library, archive, creator or publisher from which the picture originated, and ask the three questions again.
- Still stuck? Try this neat trick. Drag a picture into the Google Image search box. Google will show you a list of blogs and websites in which that picture appears. This may help you to find the library, archive or database from which an image originated. (Keep in mind that this tool can work both ways: copyright owners can also use it to find blogs or websites that are using their images without permission!)
Image: [Group hockey team portrait, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario], 1917; by C. Whitton, Library and Archives Canada, PA-127274; (http://collectionscanada.gc.ca : accessed 17 May 2013).