The Documentary Photographic Archive (DPA) includes over 100,000 images from family albums and views from across Greater Manchester which capture all aspects of the people and places of the city region.
What is in our Documentary Archive?
Our broad collection of images and related material includes:
- Over 80,000 photographs from schools, workplaces, studios and Manchester streets dating back as far as 1840.
- Contemporary commissioned works from the mid-1980s to the 1990s.
- An extensive collection of donated photographs from photographic businesses and societies.
- Panora negatives from 1968 to 1985.
- An oral history collection.
How to locate images
- Use our Pastfinder catalogue. Enter 'GB124.DPA*' in the 'reference number field' and your search term (eg. John Smith or Bengal Street) in the 'any text field'.
- Use our Flickr Photostream to view our selection of commissioned works.
- Use our online catalogue to view catalogued Panora negatives.
- Make an appointment to visit the archive
If you find images that you are interested in, please make an appointment to view the items at the Greater Manchester County Record Office or to have them copied and sent to you by emailing email@example.com.
If you would like to deposit your own photographs of Manchester please get in touch. Please note that we are unable to accept any new accessions to our collections until we re-open at Central Library in 2014.