Title and statement of responsibility area
Beautiful British Columbia magazine slide albums
General material designation
- graphic material
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
[ca. 1966-1987] (Creation)
- British Columbia. Special Services Branch
Physical description area
ca. 8750 photographs : col. transparencies
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
British Columbia. Special Services Branch (1977-1983)
The Special Services Branch was formed in 1977 when all film and photographic services of the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry were amalgamated under this name. In December 1978 the branch was transferred to the Ministry of Tourism and Small Business Development. In January of 1980 Special Services Branch became part of the Marketing Division of the Ministry of Tourism. The branch disappeared in the 1983/84 restructuring of the Ministry of Tourism. The purpose of the branch was to provide photographic services to all ministries, to maintain the ministry film library and to produce Beautiful British Columbia magazine.
Scope and content
Series consists of colour photographs taken by staff photographers in the Special Services Branch and its predecessor bodies, the Film and Photographic Branch and the Photographic Branch ca. 1960 to 1987. The photographs were taken mainly to illustrate Beautiful British Columbia magazine, a publication produced by the Ministry of Tourism, but could also be used for a variety of other publications and presentations. The photographs were taken using colour slide film. The slides were then given a classification number and filed in plastic sleeves in binders. The classification system consisted of region or subject group number followed by the image number. These images cover all areas of the province and depict natural scenes as well as towns and cities, individuals, groups, animals and plants. For indexes to these photographs, see the related series: Indexes to Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs. Item level descriptions for over 7000 images from this series are available on the BC Archives Web site. Some of the images have been scanned and may be viewed online.
Immediate source of acquisition
Transferred by the Ministry of Tourism in 1995.
There are gaps in the records. Not all photographs were taken using slide film.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
- No access restrictions apply.
- Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage is inaccessible.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.
- Item level descriptions and scans of images are available online as they are scanned and added.
There is a box and file list of the slides in frozen storage.
- GR-3305 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph indexes.
- GR-3306 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph albums
- GR-3265 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs
- GR-3304 Beautiful British Columbia magazine transparencies
- GR-3425 Film and Photographic Branch travel industry and tourism photographs
No further accruals expected.
Accession number(s): 91-9578-3; 90-2722.
Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.
Slides were removed from their binders and placed in new plastic sleeves and acid free boxes in 2010.