Collection F4 - Archives paintings, drawings, and prints collection

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Archives paintings, drawings, and prints collection

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  • graphic material

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  • [ca. 1500]-2020 (Creation)
    British Columbia Archives

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ca. 6000 drawings, paintings, prints and watercolours

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Biographical history

From 1893 to 1908 all archival functions were performed by the Legislative Library. In 1908 R.E. Gosnell was appointed as the first Provincial Archivist. The original name of the organization was the Provincial Archives, later expanded to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia (PABC). The archives grew alongside the legislative library, and shared the same building and facilities until 1970, and the same individual held the dual positions of Provincial Archivist and Legislative Librarian until 1974. On March 1, 1989, the Provincial Archives of British Columbia was merged with the Records Management Branch of the government of British Columbia to form the British Columbia Archives and Records Service (BCARS). In 1996, BCARS was united with the Information and Privacy Branch of government. The resulting organization was called the BC Information Management Services (BCIMS). This was divided into two sections with Information and Analysis Services providing for records management and information and privacy and Archives and Information Access branch representing the traditional archives as it existed before its merger with the records management branch in 1988. This administrative structure lasted for two years until 1998, when the Information and Privacy Branch was removed and the remaining portions were renamed the British Columbia Archives. This structure existed unchanged until 2003 when the British Columbia Archives was merged with the Royal British Columbia Museum as a branch of the Royal British Columbia Museum Crown Trust.

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Collection consists of paintings, drawings, prints and other artworks collected by the Archives.

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Access to originals within this collection may require an appointment. Please consult staff before planning an onsite visit.

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The archives has numerous other PDP material that forms part of the archival fonds of the records at the archives. This material is identifiable with the call number PDP.

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