Fonds F 4374

Spinks family fonds

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Spinks family fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

447 photographs : black and white glass plate negatives

1 photograph : albumen print

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of photographs taken by William H. Spinks and his brother, Alfred Spinks in Woodstock, Ontario. The brothers ran a photographic studio at several different addresses in Woodstock before splitting the partnership in the early 1900s. The studio was located at MacFarlane's Store at 463 & 465 Dundas, another building at 469 Dundas, another at 472 Dundas, the South West corner of 414 Dundas & Perry, another at 425 Dundas and a last at 303 Simcoe.

The subject matter of the fonds varies greatly. Several of the photographs are portraits of people and families at their homes. There are several portraits of groups of people posed in front of businesses, public buildings, cars and with farm animals. Other photographs include views of the town and residential areas around Woodstock, local businesses and storefronts, industries and various public buildings. The fonds also includes several photographs of railways, train derailments and building construction.

The fonds includes photographs of original stereographs depicting town events like parades, views of the town and residential areas and of people posed with animals or business signs. The fonds also inlcudes several photographs of copy negatives of stereographs not created by the Spinks. The copied stereographs were created by a variety of companies, including Underwood and Underwood, and depict a range of scenes such as the military in South Africa, Paris, France and a comedy series entitled "Tommy visits a Dutch Farm."

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs in the fonds can be attributed to either William or Alfred Spinks.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Brothers William Henry Spinks (1848-1924) and Alfred Spinks (1846-1916) were photographers in Woodstock, Ontario. They worked together between 1870 and 1900.

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Spinks (family)
Restrictions on Access
Some of this collection has been restricted for conservation reasons. Digital copies are available for some of the restricted material. Please contact a Reference Archivist for more information.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproductions for research and private study. If you wish to use any of this material for other purposes than research and personal study, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Spinks Family fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Walt Eldridge.
Associated Material

Additional studio photography by William Spinks and Alfred Spinks is located at the Woodstock Museum, and includes several studio portraits of citizens and their families.

Availability of Other Formats

Some of the glass plates from this fonds have been digitized for conservation reasons. Refer to the file listing to identify the Digital Image numbers for the records you wish to consult. Please contact a Reference Archivist for further information.
Physical Condition

Several of the glass plates have flaking and cracked emulsion, resulting in image loss and distortion. Some of the plates have broken and missing glass, resulting in image loss. Please handle with care.


Photographs in this fonds have been retained in the order in which the Archives of Ontario received them.

Photographs in this fonds can be attributed to either William Spinks or Alfred Spinks, unless otherwise noted in the item level listing.

Dates are based on research into the Spinks' lives and the photographs' image content.


No further accruals are expected.

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