McCord Museum is located next to McGill University, in downtown Montreal, Quebec. This valued collection documents the history of Canada from the 18th century to the present. It houses over 1,440,000 objects, images and manuscripts.
On October 13, 1921, the McCord National Museum moved to the former McGill Union building, designed by Percy Erskine Nobbs. The collection was based on the McCord family collection collected since 1878. This collection of 15,800 objects documents many aspects of the ways of life, arts, cultures and traditions of the Aboriginal Canadians. Dating from the early 1800s to 1945 the collection features; clothing, headgear, domestic tools, baskets, hunting weaponry, etc. There are more than 8,500 archaeological objects dating from about 10,000 years ago to the 16th century; stone tools, etc.
The collection of Costumes and Textiles compromises over 18,000 objects consisting of women’s dresses, parasols, hats, fans and footwear, many created by some of Montreal’s greatest 20th century designers. The menswear collection includes suits, coats and accessories. There is also an important collection of embroidery, quilts and other textiles, including North America’s oldest known patchwork quilt (1726).
The Photographic Archives include over 1,300,000 photographs and varied items of early photographic equipment and accessories. It provides a visual history of Montreal, Quebec and Canada from the 1840s to the present.
The collection contains the ‘William Notman & Son Photographic Studio’, constituting more than 600,000 photographic images (including 200,000 glass negatives) dating from 1840 to 1935. The collection also includes approximately 700,000 images taken by other photographers.
The Decorative Arts Collection, consists of furniture, glassware, ceramics, ironware, sculpture, hunting equipment, sports equipment, items of folk art and a major collection of 19th century toys.
David Ross McCord, founder of the Museum has been recognised by the Canadian Historic Sites and Monuments Act ( RLS 1985) as a vital person to Canadian History for the collection of items relevant to Quebec and Canadian History donated to the Museum (1999-059).
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