The CNE Archives Photograph Collection, C 1, consists of approximately 4.5 m of photographic records, or 15,049 photographic images. The provenance and original order of the photographic images comprising this collection are unknown. This artificial collection was created in an attempt to make these photographs accessible to researchers. To accomplish this, the CNE Archives imposed a logical arrangement on the material at the file and series levels.
The first series, Print Subject Files, C 1-0-1, consists of approximately 8,569 photographic prints organized in files and arranged alphabetically by subject. The second series, Negative Subject Files, C 1-0-2, consists of approximately 3,240 negatives also organized in files and arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series C 1-0-3, Albums, consists of four albums containing approximately 928 colour photographic images pertaining to the Canadian National Exhibition for the years 1976, 1978, and 1981.
Series C 1-0-4, CNE Photo Contest, consists of six albums containing a total of approximately 2,021 photographic images, and 291 loose prints in file folders. Five albums contain colour prints, and one contains colour slides of photographs taken by the public during the 1985 CNE (August 14 to September 2) for the Toronto Star's "A Day in the Life of the Ex" photo contest.