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The Livingstone Collection

​The Livingstone Collection of photographs contains 148 views, principally of Barrie buildings, businesses, and streets dating from about 1875-1900. Named for the person who donated it to the Simcoe County Archives, the Livingstone Collection photographs were taken by John Stephens.

The collection is arranged loosely by subject. Please select a subject in the list to the right to begin exploring the collection.

If you would like to see the Collection in person, feel free to visit the Simcoe County Archives between 8:30am and 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.

John Stephens, Photographer

John Stephens was a noted photographer who began work in 1861 as a photographic artist, a daguerreotypist, and an ambrotypist in Brantford, Ontario, where he worked until 1865. He worked in Bradford, Ontario from 1866 to 1868. In 1872, Stephens, then 35 years old, opened a studio in Barrie, Ontario. Stephens retired in July of 1891. His son-in-law J. Frank Jackson took over his studio. After a hiatus of five years, Stephens returned to the photography business, buying the studio and negatives of Barraud and King located in the Bothwell Block of Dunlop Street in Barrie, where he operated until 1897.


  • Murdoch, S. (1981). Nineteenth century photographers in Simcoe County. East Georgian Bay Historical Journal, 1, 170-189.
  • Phillips, G. C. (1990). The Ontario photographers list (1851-1900). Sarnia, Ont.: Iron Gate Publishing Company.
  • Photos: 981-35 Fred Grant Collection, Simcoe County Archives