Sanderson Camera used to take photographs in the Macaulay-Borrowman Collection
The Macaulay-Borrowman Photography Collection is part of the Middleville and District Museum's collection. The photographs are a glimpse into the lives of the community and the people who lived there. There are family portraits, casual photos of everyday life and pictures of the buildings that made up the village landscape; some still standing and others long gone.
The negatives were produced by chemical reaction of metallic salts to light on glass plates. The fragile glass negatives could be used to produce many copies of the same image, a remarkable feat for the time. Each of the glass negatives measures 6 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches. The extensive collection of 300 glass negatives are housed in the Middleville and District Museum.
We have provided the catalogued index for the 300 photographs in the museum's collection. We hope you will browse it to see if there are any interesting connections you can make with the names and subjects. There is a considerable amount of history hidden in plain sight in these photos and their captions. If you are lucky enough to make a connection and would like to view the photo, jot down the PA number included at the end of each photo description. You can view these special photos while visiting the museum in person or if that is not possible, you can arrange to purchase a copy of the photo(s) you have selected by contacting us through e-mail. Use the form at the end of the index to request a copy of the photo(s). If we are e-mailing you a copy, a small e-transfer fee will apply for each photo. If you would like to purchase a copy of a photo or photos when visiting the museum, staff will be happy to assist you and a small fee will apply. The photos are preserved in various states of condition as reflects their age. Most are of reasonable quality. When purchasing, the fee for the photo will reflect the condition of the print as determined by staff. (for example: if the photo has some damage to the corners, the fee would be adjusted to reflect that condition.)
If you are interested in ordering one of the photos in our index, please fill in the form below. You will need to include the five digit PA number and the caption description in your request.