The Eddy Papermill Collection

Historians and other researchers are invited to apply to the Workers’ History Museum to gain access to a unique visual documentary collection recording in detail the former E B Eddy / Domtar Pulp and Paper Mill complex in Ottawa, Canada.

While Ottawa is popularly perceived as a government town, it was also a center of the lumber, pulp and paper industry. Lumber mills began to appear in the early 19th century at the Chaudiere Falls, in the heart of what would one day be the Cities of Ottawa and Hull / Gatineau. For most of the 20th Century, the site was dominated by the E B Eddy Pulp and Paper Mills, which eventually absorbed those of J R Booth on the south side of the river into one sprawling complex. In 2006 – 07, Domtar, the current owner, closed the mills, ending 200 years of industrial activity on the site.

Early in 2014, Windmill Developments Corporation announced it had acquired the site for redevelopment into offices, condominiums and business spaces.

During the period May 2014 to August 2015, with the permission and cooperation of Windmill Corporation, a team of volunteer photographers organized by the Workers’ History Museum created a comprehensive visual record of the sprawling historic papermill complex.

The team produced over 70,000 images and about 36 hours of video covering every wall, floor and ceiling and all fixtures, machinery, tools, items of furniture, windows, doors, structural components and signage. It is as complete a visual record as the image technology of the time permitted, capturing a site soon to disappear.

The images include overlapping panoramas of walls and ceilings, and images taken from all sides of objects, in most cases with scale markers included. All images are linked to the locations where taken.

Click here to view sample images.

Those wishing to access this collection should contact the Museum’s image archivist at images@workershistorymuseum.ca.

Author: Miceal Gallagher

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