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The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection

Comprising nearly 25,000 photographs of Canadian subject matter from the New York Times Photo Archive, the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection was promised to the RIC by real estate entrepreneur Chris Bratty in 2017. The collection represents diverse aspects of Canadian life and history in the 20th century, including political events, wartime conflicts, travel photographs, and portraits of notable and everyday Canadians. Both published and unpublished, the press prints were produced by Times’ staff photographers as well as other newspaper and freelance photojournalists, international wire services, private corporations, and Canadian government agencies. The variety of media and retouching techniques in the collection reflect the technical developments in news photography over the 20th century.

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Fig. 1

Unknown photographer for Federal Newsphotos of Canada, [LARGEST TREE EVER CUT on the Canadian Pacific Coast is this Sitka spruce, girth of which dwarfs Verna Maynard, daughter of the Queen Charlotte Island Camp superintendent where it was toppled], Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii), British Columbia, Canada, August 1956, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 2

Unknown photographer for Hamilton Wright Organization, [Loggers clearing their way through a sea of timber that is being guided into a newsprint mill], near Hull, Quebec, Canada, ca. 1946, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 3

Unknown photographer for Times Wide World and Sport and General Press Agency, [The Winnipeg Monarchs attacking the English team's goal in the tournament at Davos], Davos, Switzerland, January 1935, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Members of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team in the trenches during a military training session in 1939.
Fig. 4

Nat Turofsky (Canadian, d. 1956) for Alexandra Studio, [SHOULDERING GUNS INSTEAD OF HOCKEY STICKS. Members of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team marching into the trenches at a machine-gun target range during a military training session], 1939, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 5

Neal Boenzi (American, 1925-2010) for The New York Times, [From behind the sideline shield, Don Marshall Jr., son of Ranger's forward, watches his dad work on the ice], New York, New York, United States, December 1966, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 6

Unknown photographer for The New York Times, [Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian world champion for women figure skating, tries the ice rink on her first day in St. Moritz], Saint Moritz, Switzerland, February 1948, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 7

Unknown photographer for American Press Association, [KING AND LORD KITCHENER INSPECT CANADIAN TROOPS AT SALISBURY PLAIN], Salisbury Plain, England, February 1915, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 8

Unknown photographer, [Victoria, B.C. saying farewell to 88 Battalion], Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 1914-16, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Members of Canadian Parliament singing "O Canada" while displaying newly approved flag design, Ottawa, Ontario in 1964.
Fig. 9

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [APPROVE NEW FLAG: Flushed with victory, French-Canadian members of the Canadian Parliament come from debate over new flag singing "O Canada"], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 1964, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 10

Sam Falk (American, 1901-1991) for The New York Times, [SHORTCUT--Minirail, 25-cent ride that swoops all over Expo 67, plunges right into and through the U.S. dome], Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 1967, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 11

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [Members of the Native Youth Association rally in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill after a 24-hour occupation of the Indian Affairs Building], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, August 1973, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Wayne Gretzky with Gordie Howe outside the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1978.
Fig. 12

William E. Sauro (American, 1929-2001) for The New York Times, [Wayne Gretzky, youngest player in the World Hockey Association, outside Plaza Hotel, with Gordie Howe, oldest player in league], New York, New York, United States, 1978, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 13

Unknown photographer for The New York Times, [THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF THE DOMINIONS BEYOND THE UNGUARDED FRONTIER], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 1927, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 14

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [Women demonstrators, demanding the repeal of Canada's abortion laws, hold their fists in the air as they walk outside the House of Commons], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 1970, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Corporal W. W. MacLeod of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gives direction to tourists in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta in 1958.
Fig. 15

Gar Lunney (Canadian, 1920-2016), [NORTHERN VISTA: A corporal of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police describes landscape of a national park in Alberta to U.S. visitors], Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada, ca. 1958, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 16

Unknown photographer for Times Wide World, [MOUNT EVERESTING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: MISS ANNETTE E. BUCK, first woman to make the ascent of Mount Robson, B.C., with her party beside the Robson Glacier], Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada, July 1924, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Miss Georgia Englehard scales her fifty-sixth peak in the Canadian Rockies with Ernest Feuz, her Swiss guide, Mount Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1933.
Fig. 17

Unknown photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway, [A NEW YORK GIRL SCALES HER FIFTY-SIXTH PEAK IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: MISS GEORGIA ENGELHARD on top of Mount Victoria with her Swiss guide, Ernest Feuz], British Columbia, Canada, ca. 1933, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Quebec's triple-track toboggan slide, extending from the shoulder of the citadel along Dufferin Terrace past the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada in 1930.
Fig. 18

Unknown photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway, [QUEBEC'S CELEBRATED TRIPLE-TRACK TOBOGGAN SLIDE, extending from the shoulder of the venerable Citadel along Dufferin Terrace past the Château Frontenac], Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, ca. 1930, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 19

Unknown photographer for Columbia Records, [For recordings, Glenn Gould has used the same piano since 1960], ca. 1967, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Buffy Sainte-Marie sings on the Johnny Cash Show in 1969.
Fig. 20

Unknown photographer, [Buffy Sainte-Marie sings on the "Johnny Cash Show," [channel] 7 at 9:30 P.M.], ca. 1969, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 21

Unknown photographer, [MARY PICKFORD in the title role of Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall], New York, New York, United States, 1924, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 22

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [Justin Trudeau, oldest son of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau gets to meet Santa Claus 12/11 at a Children's Christmas Party on Parliament Hill], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 1974, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Man stares at a wall of posters with Trudeau's face in 1968.
Fig. 23

Unknown photographer for Federal Newsphotos of Canada, [POLITICAL PHENOMENON-- Toronto novelty shop features posters of Prime Minister Trudeau], Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1968, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Swimming pool at Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta in 1928.
Fig. 24

Unknown photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway, [Swimming pool at the Banff Springs Hotel], Banff, Alberta, Canada, ca. 1928, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 1

Unknown photographer for Federal Newsphotos of Canada, [LARGEST TREE EVER CUT on the Canadian Pacific Coast is this Sitka spruce, girth of which dwarfs Verna Maynard, daughter of the Queen Charlotte Island Camp superintendent where it was toppled], Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii), British Columbia, Canada, August 1956, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 2

Unknown photographer for Hamilton Wright Organization, [Loggers clearing their way through a sea of timber that is being guided into a newsprint mill], near Hull, Quebec, Canada, ca. 1946, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 3

Unknown photographer for Times Wide World and Sport and General Press Agency, [The Winnipeg Monarchs attacking the English team's goal in the tournament at Davos], Davos, Switzerland, January 1935, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Members of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team in the trenches during a military training session in 1939.
Fig. 4

Nat Turofsky (Canadian, d. 1956) for Alexandra Studio, [SHOULDERING GUNS INSTEAD OF HOCKEY STICKS. Members of the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team marching into the trenches at a machine-gun target range during a military training session], 1939, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 5

Neal Boenzi (American, 1925-2010) for The New York Times, [From behind the sideline shield, Don Marshall Jr., son of Ranger's forward, watches his dad work on the ice], New York, New York, United States, December 1966, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 6

Unknown photographer for The New York Times, [Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian world champion for women figure skating, tries the ice rink on her first day in St. Moritz], Saint Moritz, Switzerland, February 1948, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 7

Unknown photographer for American Press Association, [KING AND LORD KITCHENER INSPECT CANADIAN TROOPS AT SALISBURY PLAIN], Salisbury Plain, England, February 1915, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 8

Unknown photographer, [Victoria, B.C. saying farewell to 88 Battalion], Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 1914-16, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Members of Canadian Parliament singing "O Canada" while displaying newly approved flag design, Ottawa, Ontario in 1964.
Fig. 9

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [APPROVE NEW FLAG: Flushed with victory, French-Canadian members of the Canadian Parliament come from debate over new flag singing "O Canada"], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 1964, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 10

Sam Falk (American, 1901-1991) for The New York Times, [SHORTCUT--Minirail, 25-cent ride that swoops all over Expo 67, plunges right into and through the U.S. dome], Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 1967, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 11

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [Members of the Native Youth Association rally in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill after a 24-hour occupation of the Indian Affairs Building], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, August 1973, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Wayne Gretzky with Gordie Howe outside the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1978.
Fig. 12

William E. Sauro (American, 1929-2001) for The New York Times, [Wayne Gretzky, youngest player in the World Hockey Association, outside Plaza Hotel, with Gordie Howe, oldest player in league], New York, New York, United States, 1978, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 13

Unknown photographer for The New York Times, [THE DIAMOND JUBILEE OF THE DOMINIONS BEYOND THE UNGUARDED FRONTIER], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 1927, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 14

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [Women demonstrators, demanding the repeal of Canada's abortion laws, hold their fists in the air as they walk outside the House of Commons], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 1970, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Corporal W. W. MacLeod of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gives direction to tourists in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta in 1958.
Fig. 15

Gar Lunney (Canadian, 1920-2016), [NORTHERN VISTA: A corporal of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police describes landscape of a national park in Alberta to U.S. visitors], Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada, ca. 1958, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 16

Unknown photographer for Times Wide World, [MOUNT EVERESTING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: MISS ANNETTE E. BUCK, first woman to make the ascent of Mount Robson, B.C., with her party beside the Robson Glacier], Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada, July 1924, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Miss Georgia Englehard scales her fifty-sixth peak in the Canadian Rockies with Ernest Feuz, her Swiss guide, Mount Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1933.
Fig. 17

Unknown photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway, [A NEW YORK GIRL SCALES HER FIFTY-SIXTH PEAK IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: MISS GEORGIA ENGELHARD on top of Mount Victoria with her Swiss guide, Ernest Feuz], British Columbia, Canada, ca. 1933, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Quebec's triple-track toboggan slide, extending from the shoulder of the citadel along Dufferin Terrace past the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada in 1930.
Fig. 18

Unknown photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway, [QUEBEC'S CELEBRATED TRIPLE-TRACK TOBOGGAN SLIDE, extending from the shoulder of the venerable Citadel along Dufferin Terrace past the Château Frontenac], Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, ca. 1930, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 19

Unknown photographer for Columbia Records, [For recordings, Glenn Gould has used the same piano since 1960], ca. 1967, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Buffy Sainte-Marie sings on the Johnny Cash Show in 1969.
Fig. 20

Unknown photographer, [Buffy Sainte-Marie sings on the "Johnny Cash Show," [channel] 7 at 9:30 P.M.], ca. 1969, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 21

Unknown photographer, [MARY PICKFORD in the title role of Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall], New York, New York, United States, 1924, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Fig. 22

Unknown photographer for United Press International, [Justin Trudeau, oldest son of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau gets to meet Santa Claus 12/11 at a Children's Christmas Party on Parliament Hill], Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 1974, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Man stares at a wall of posters with Trudeau's face in 1968.
Fig. 23

Unknown photographer for Federal Newsphotos of Canada, [POLITICAL PHENOMENON-- Toronto novelty shop features posters of Prime Minister Trudeau], Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ca. 1968, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Swimming pool at Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta in 1928.
Fig. 24

Unknown photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway, [Swimming pool at the Banff Springs Hotel], Banff, Alberta, Canada, ca. 1928, gelatin silver print. The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre