File MS-3464 - Album [views of British Columbia and Quebec]

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Album [views of British Columbia and Quebec]

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the file.

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  • 1883-1889 (Creation)

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1 album (131 photographs : b&w)

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Custodial history

The custodial history of the album is unknown. Although some of the British Columbia content can be identified as Richard Maynard photographs, there are no signature notes and the photographer of the Quebec views, if not Maynard, are not identified. It is possible that this album was neither owned nor compiled by a Maynard, however it has been maintained by the BC Archives as part of the "Maynard collection."

Scope and content

File consists of one photograph album containing photographs depicting scenes and people in British Columbia and Quebec. The British Columbia photographs depict Indigenous people, the Canadian Pacific Railway at Yale Canyon and various views of Fraser Canyon, a paddle wheeler on the Fraser River (Hope, Yale), a pack train and G.M. Sproat, fishing operations, hunting along the Skeena River, militia and navy groups, and the H.M.S. Caroline at Esquimalt.

Some of the portraits of Indigenous people included in this album appear to have been taken during Department of Indian Affairs tours of inspection in 1873 near Cape Caution (including J-04207). In the album, the photographs are dated 1883.

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Physical condition

The spine and front cover are not attached to the album and the back cover is missing. The album is very fragile and pages are at risk of coming loose.

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The album is arranged in a repeating pattern of British Columbia scenes followed by Quebec scenes.

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Restrictions on access

The photograph album is not restricted, however records held by BC Archives are historical in nature and contain depictions and captions representative of the time. Some photographs in this album may be considered culturally insensitive or offensive, and include nudity and a view of a grave site.

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All photographs are in the public domain.

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Archives code(s): MS-3464

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Accession number: 95-7328

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The album was housed in a container identified as #46.

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