Local studies and family history resources
Photos and images
The Central Reference Library, Halifax, has an eclectic range of photographic collections and images which are listed on the table below.
- All of the collections can be viewed in the Reference Library.
- Many of the images are published on:From Weaver to Web: online visual archive of Calderdale history. You can use a keyword, or search for the type of document in advanced search, for example 'postcard - colour'.
Details of many of the collections can be found on the Online library catalogue.
To get the best out of searching for the collections on the catalogue, enter the terms listed under 'Searching for the photographs', in the quick search box then limit the selection using 'Refine set'.
Or simply type in the name of the place or person in the quick search box to search the whole library catalogue.
|Collection name||Dates taken||Coverage||Searching for the photographs||Viewing the photographs|
|Aerial photographic collection||1980's and 1990's (a few 1960's and 1970's)||Aerial photographs of Halifax.||Search for Aerial photos, or the name of the place that you are looking for, on the online catalogue.||Visit the Reference Library to view the full collection. A number of Aerial Photos can be viewed on Weaver to Web, our online visual archive.|
|Brian Thomas Photographic Collection||2007-2009||Collection of over 4000 photos of Calderdale.||Search for Thomas B on the online catalogue||Visit the Reference Library to view this collection.|
|Cuttings Collection||various||Large collection of cuttings envelopes covering themes, people, places, events.||Ask Reference staff||Visit the Reference Library to view this collection.|
|Halifax Photographic Society Collection||1960 -1970's||Buildings in Halifax that were due to be demolished.||A printed index is available in the Reference Library to view||View in the Reference Library. An Index of streets where photographs were taken is available.|
|Halifax Photographic Society Collection||1980's - early 1990's||Buildings in Halifax that were due to be demolished.||A printed index is available in the Reference Library to view||View in the Reference Library. An Index of streets where photographs were taken is available.|
|Hugh Percy Kendall Photographic Collection||undated, but earlier than 1937||Halls and Manor Houses around Calderdale.||Search for HP Kendall or Kendall Hugh on the online catalogue||Visit the Reference Library, or view the complete collection on Weaver to Web.|
|Millennium Archive Photographic Collection||1999 -2000||Calderdale places and people. Most of the photos cover the late 20th Century.||Search for Millennium Archive on the online library catalogue||Visit the Reference Library to view this collection.|
|Postcard Collection||undated||Places and buildings around Calderdale.||Search for Postcard collection on the online library catalogue||Visit the Reference Library to view the full collection. About half of the collection can be viewed on Weaver to Web using either the advanced search/document type if you want to browse, or doing a keyword search.|
|Prints||19th Century||Mainly Halifax, particularly the town centre.||A printed list is available to view in the Reference Library||The JR Smith prints, which form part of the collection are available on Weaver to Web. Other prints are available from Weaver to Web, by selecting 'print' as a document type.|
|Reference Portrait photographic collection||various dates||Collection of Calderdale residents (not necessarily famous).||Search for Reference portrait on the online library catalogue||Visit the Reference Library to view this collection.|
|Photographic Collection||various dates||A miscellaneous collection of places||Search for Photographic Collection or the place you are looking for on the online library catalogue||Visit the Reference Library to view this collection.|