Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Part TN_RENWICK - Photographs - Renwick Collection

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Photographs - Renwick Collection

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  • - 1984 (Creation)

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Renwick's Portrait Studio was owned and operated by Archibald Albert “Archie” Renwick (d. Dec 14, 1984). He moved to Nelson in the late 1920s and graduated from Nelson High School. In his youth, Renwick worked at Renwick’s Transfer and Taxi on Vernon Street. In the 1930s, he started a grocery business called Renwick and Romano. He left Nelson in the early 1940s and graduated from a photography school in Chicago in 1942. After obtaining his training, he returned to Nelson and opened Renwick’s Portrait Studio on 316 Baker Street. The studio moved to 577 Ward in 1958 and remained at this location until the business closed in 1984. Renwick was also an active musician, and was a member of both the local Troubadour Orchestra and the Nelson City Band. As a business that was active for more than forty years, Renwick’s Portrait Studio photographed thousands of Nelson residents.

Renwick's Portrait Studio Collection was donated to Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History Archives on May 22, 1992. After remaining relatively untouched and seldom accessed for more than twenty years, the fonds was appraised, re-housed, arranged and described, and digitized between January and April of 2012. This project was completed to preserve the deteriorating acetate negatives and to free much needed space within the Touchstones Nelson Archives.

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A collection of black and white, and colour photographic cellulose acetate negatives from the Renwick Portrait Studio fonds that depict the Nelson Chinese Community, Kootenay Doukhobor community, and other individuals and families of historical significance, such as, the Bishop of Nelson, Martin Michael Johnson (1899-1975), and Mayor Louis Maglio (1917-2007).

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Renwick's Portrait Studio fonds was donated to Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History Archives on May 22, 1992 by the photographers children.


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264.1 KiB


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