Collections


The Museum’s collection has been organized into 12 categories based on Parks Canada Classification System for Historical Collections. The following list shows the categories and sub categories used, and gives the number of artifacts listed for each category and sub category. The majority of the museum’s collection is in 3 categories, Tools & Equipment for Materials – 267, T & E for Science & Technology –150, and Communication Artifacts – 427. Within the Tools & Equipment for Materials category only 33 items fall into the Agricultural T&E, and 21 items into Animal Husbandry T&E, these are the artifacts directly relating to farming. Within the T & E for Science & Technology 81 items are of Merchandising T&E type, mainly tins, jars, boxes and bottles artifacts. The Communication Artifacts make up the majority of items in the Schoolhouse section of the collection, 203 are books with the rest mainly photographic items.

Category: Structures – 13

  • Building Component – 10
  • SiteFeature–1
  • Building –2

Category: Furnishings 41

  • Lighting Device – 4
  • Furniture – 10
  • Bedding – 2
  • Household Accessory – 20
  • Temperature Control Device – 3
  • Plumbing Fixture – 2

Category: Personal Artifacts – 73

  • Toilet Article – 16
  • Clothing Accessory – 10
  • Clothing Footwear – 4
  • Clothing Outwear – 8
  • Clothing Underwear – 1
  • Clothing Headwear – 5
  • Adornment – 2
  • Personal Gear – 27

Category: Tools & Equipment for Materials – 267

  • Agricultural T&E – 33
  • Woodworking T&E – 60
  • Food Service T&E – 23
  • Food Processing T&E – 54
  • Textileworking T&E – 30
  • Animal Husbandry T&E – 21
  • Metalworking T&E – 25
  • Leather, Horn, Shellworking T&E -5
  • Forestry T&E – 6
  • Mechanical T&E – 6
  • Fishing & Trapping T&E – 4
  • Mining & Mineral HarvestingT&E-3
  • Masonry & Stoneworking T&E – 2

Category: T & E for Science & Technology -150

  • Maintenance T&E – 17
  • Merchandising T&E – 81
  • Medical & Psychological T&E – 3
  • Regulative & Protective T&E – 7
  • Weight & Measures T&E – 15
  • Energy Production T&E – 10
  • Electrical & Magnetic T&E – 2
  • Armament, Ammunition – 2
  • Armament, Body Armour – 1
  • Armament Accessory – 1
  • Optical T&E – 1
  • Surveying & Navigational T&E – 2
  • Timekeeping T&E – 3
  • Construction T&E – 1

Category: T & E for Communications – 49

  • Written Communication T&E – 26
  • Musical T&E – 5
  • Sound Communication T&E – 5
  • Visual Communication T&E – 1
  • Telecommunication T&E – 4
  • Print T&E – 2
  • Photographic T&E – 3
  • Other T&E for Communication – 2
  • Drafting T&E – 1

Category: Distribution & Transportation

  • Artifacts – 38 Container – 21
  • Land Transportation Accessory – 10
  • Land Transportation, Animal – 3
  • Land Transportation, Human – 1
  • Water Transportation Accessory – 1
  • Rail Transportation Accessory – 2

Category: Communication Artifacts – 427

  • Documentary Artifact – 403
  • Ceremonial Artifact – 7
  • Advertising Medium – 4
  • Exchange Medium – 6
  • Personal Symbol – 4
  • Art – 1

Category: Recreational Artifacts – 20

  • Game – 3
  • Toy – 13
  • Sports Equipment – 4

Category: Unclassifiable Artifacts –195

  • Artifact Remnant – 25
  • Function Unknown – 117
  • Multiple Use Artifact – 56