The Renfrew Mercury negatives

Heritage Renfrew has The Renfrew Mercury negatives, including some negatives from the Perth & Carleton Place papers.

In 2004, Heritage Renfrew received an unexpected donation by Fred Runge, President of Runge Publishing Inc., of hundreds of thousand 35mm negatives covering the years 1961 to 1999.

The collection has been now been cataloged and sorted into chronological order thanks to the efforts of our Members and even visitors.

This collection now provides a companion tool for our micro-filmed collection of the Renfrew Mercury newspaper. Previously, visitors researching articles written in the Mercury had to content themselves with a poor quality photo static reproduction of photographs accompanying the article. Now researchers can procure photocopies of the digital images of these negatives which originally accompanied the printed story or by-line.

So far, images have been scanned from negatives for the years 1961 to 1988 but more are added daily. Only a few of these photographs were published in the newspaper. The vast majority remained unused and were either more pictures relating to the article that appeared or were taken but no article appeared.

Photos from community events and candid shots from the entire surrounding area. Renfrew, Douglas, Admaston, Horton, Cobden, Calabogie, Pakenham, Carleton Place, Perth.

The samples below are down-sized to 10% of the original resolution. If you see an image of interest, it is probably one of many in a series of negatives. If you would like to obtain copies of these images and more, visit the archives or contact us at info@HeritageRenfrew.ca.

1961 472 images
1962 470 images
1963 1,145 images
1964 391 images
1965 2,257 images
1966 5,258 images
1967 1,584 images
1968 1,339 images
1969 1,286 images
1970 1,759 images
1971 4,454 images
1972 4,470 images
1973 2,480 images
1974 2,789 images
1975 3,522 images
1976 3,288 images
1977 5,251 images
1978 5,082 images
1979 3,433 images
1980 6,817 images
1981 5,801 images
1982 6,846 images
1983 6,145 images
1984 2,034 images
1985 5,506 images
1986 4,772 images
1987 5,090 images
1988 in progress
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999