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Acknowledgements & Partners

A number of organizations and individuals have provided assistance to the library in developing the Digital Collections website. In addition, the library has formed partnerships with other organizations and agencies to further develop the content and scope of the site.

The list below highlights some of the organizations and individuals who have provided assistance either financially or otherwise, and partnerships where noted.

Government of Canada logo Government of Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) provided funding through job creation and training grants which assisted in the development of the Digital Collections. Individuals hired under these grants performed extensive digitization of the existing collections by image capture and data entry.

In addition, works created under prior Government of Canada grants have been incorporated in the collections. For example, in 1985 and 1995, the federal government provided funding under summer experience programs, and students were hired to capture an extensive image record of the city. These images have been digitized and included in the collections online.

City of Niagara Falls logo City of Niagara Falls

The City of Niagara Falls has provided both funding and advice to the library in creating the Digital Collections website.

In particular, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department has partnered with the library to create the Virtual Sports Wall of Fame, honouring athletes from Niagara Falls.

Casino Niagara logo Casino Niagara Cares

In 2001 the Casino Niagara Cares Foundation donated money to the libraries of the Niagara Region so that they could purchase historical items of Niagara interest that were not in any of the Niagara libraries.

The Niagara Falls Public Library was chosen as lead partner in this project, and houses the collection. Items in this collection are available on inter-library loan to other Niagara region libraries for in-house use only. Many of the items in this collection were unaffordable for the libraries and would not have been in local library collections without this grant.

Images Canada Images Canada

Images Canada is a collaborative, cross-sector project that provides a single point of access to image collections of participating cultural institutions across Canada. The library's collection of digital images is available through the Images Canada portal.

MES logo MES

MES of Markham, ON has provided the library with large-format scanning services and other document imaging solutions.

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission logo Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

Established to finance, construct and operate the Rainbow Bridge, the Commission proved sufficiently efficient and effective to assume responsibilities for the Whirlpool Rapids (Lower) and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges. At their own expense, the Commission builds and maintains facilities for Customs and Immigration functions on both sides of the border. The NFBC is self supportive, largely through user fees (tolls) and private-sector tenant leases.

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission has graciously allowed the library to add digitized versions of many of their photographs to the collections.

Niagara Parks Commission logo Niagara Parks Commission

The Niagara Parks Commission has an extensive collection of historic photographs which feature many of the world famous properties that they maintain. The Parks Commission has graciously allowed the library to add digitized versions of some of these photographs to the collections.

OPG logo Ontario Power Generation

OPG and its predecessors Ontario Hydro and the Hydro-Electric Power Commission have played a major role in the development of the Niagara River as one of the world's greatest sources of hydro-electric power. OPG has graciously allowed the library to add digitized versions of some of their photographs to the collections.

Review logo The Review

The Review has consulted with the library in the development of the online Newspaper Index. In addtion, the Review has graciously granted permission for the library to use a number of their photographs in our collections on the website.

Scotiabank logo Scotiabank

Scotiabank Niagara Falls (Victoria Avenue) provided a grant which was used to begin digitally capturing the library's extensive art collection and making it available online.

Residents and visitors Residents and Visitors

Many individuals have contributed material to the collections. Images and other material have been loaned or donated to the library, digitized, and incorporated in the website.  The library continuously accepts and welcomes donations of material of local interest.

A number of images were donated to the library after the Niagara Falls International Photo Contest was held by the Chamber of Commerce (and others) in 1976 (click here to view newspaper article). These images were taken by both residents and visitors, and have been scanned and made available on the website (click here to view these images).

In June, 2004, the library invited residents to take a photograph of their home, place of business, neighborhood or other areas in the city. Over four hundred images make up this collection, providing a lasting record of the appearance of the city in 2004. Click here to browse the Snapshot of Niagara Falls 2004 images.


George Bailey, former Communications Director for the Niagara Parks Commission, has graciously donated a large number of images and granted permission for their use on this website.

The late Francis J. Petrie, former City Historian, collected a large number of photographs, postcards and other images in various formats spanning decades of the city's history. Upon his death, these images were donated to the library and many have now been digitized and added to the website.

The late George A. Seibel, former City Historian, conducted extensive research about many aspects of the Niagara area and its history. Through the Niagara Falls Heritage Foundation, he collected a large number of images including photographs, slides, postcards and works of art (originals and reproductions). These materials were donated to the library by the Foundation upon Mr. Seibel's death. A large portion of this material has been digitized and is available on this website, and work is ongoing to digitize the remaining materials.

Mr. Seibel also authored or contributed to a number of works about Niagara, many of which have been indexed on this website. The text, Niagara Falls, Canada : a history of the city and the world famous beauty spot, has been a standard reference regarding the history of Niagara Falls since its publishing by the Stamford Kiwanis in 1967. George Seibel was the editor of this volume.

Selected works by George Seibel:




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