Collection F5 - Archives visual records collection

S.S. Aberdeen at Kelowna. SS Abyssinia coming into Vancouver. S.S. Alameda aground at Petersburg, Alaska. SS Alexander. The original SS Aorangi, of the Canadian Australasian Line, operated between Vancouver and Austra... M.S. Aorangi, gross tonnage 17,491; from Vancouver Harbour Commission Report, 1932. Wreck of the Barnard Castle, on Rosedale Reef, near Race Rocks, beached on Bentick Island, near V... SS Beaver in Upper Harbour in Victoria. The SS Beaver in Burrard Inlet, Vancouver. S.S. Beaver, first steamship on Pacific Coast; loading supplies from log boom; original includes ... "BC Western and Northwestern Hospital Associations Annual Convention Vancouver BC, August  1... The SS Beaver in Victoria Harbour on Cook's Ways. Wreck Of The SS Beaver At Prospect Point, Vancouver. The wreck of the SS Beaver at Prospect Point, Vancouver. Bow view of the S.S. Beaver wreck, Prospect Point, Stanley Park Wreck of the S..S Beaver at Prospect Point in Stanley Park in Vancouver; Royal Mail steamer Empre... Model inside display case of Hudson's Bay Company steam-powered sidewheeler "Beaver", H... "Model of S.S. Beaver"; in Provincial Library showing SS Beaver as a government survey ... Hudson's Bay Company's 'The Beaver', built on the Thames, sailed around the horn in 1835, install... S.S. BC Express on its way from Quesnel to Prince George. "C.P.R. Steamer Bonnington, Arrow Lakes, BC". "Compliments of the Vancouver Ship Yard Ltd., 'Casco', Robert Louis Stevenson's famous yacht... Canadian Pacific Railway steamer 'Charmer'; at Todd Inlet cement plant, four years after plant in... SS Chiyo Maru The CP SS City of Nanaimo, entering Victoria Harbour. "City of Nanaimo at Vancouver". City of Seattle at Ketchikan, Alaska; Mason collection. "Coquet" at Victoria Harbour; sailing time of 111 days from Hong Kong to Victoria. "Coquet" in Victoria Harbour. The sealing schooner Dolphin
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Archives visual records collection

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  • [ca. 1800-1990] (Creation)
    British Columbia Archives

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ca. 60,000 photographs and pictures

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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 the archives photograph collection.

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The majority of the photographs at the archives are linked to archival fonds.

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Accession number(s): 193501-001; 2009.129.1; 2009.130.1; 95-1854; 95-1977; 198002-017; MS-0392; 197910-004; 198902-003; 197912-021; 91-9578; Maynard; 197901-070; 198207-094; MS-1294; 197901-110; GR-1449; 199011-003; 198303-041; 89-0969; 199205-008; 197812-010; 198312-005; 197912-038; 198105-006; MS-2792; 197901-007; 198401-006; 198809-003; 197909-046; 198905-006; 198905-003; 198203-077; 198502-005; 93-7330; 199508-008; 198202-005; 198205-002; 198704-001; 198608-010; 198608-0001; 198006-027; 198304-008; MS-1962; 198302-030; 198203-001; C/AA/30.J7; MS-1901; MS-455; MS-0089; 198701-001; MS-2685; MS-5; 198503-019

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