Series GR-3441 - BC Government photographs

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BC Government photographs

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  • graphic material

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  • 1963-1973 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Finance

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4314 b&w & col. photographs

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The Dept. of Finance was established in 1929, when amendments to the Revenue Act renamed the Treasury Dept. to the Dept. of Finance (SBC 1929, c. 53). The department was responsible for the collection and management of provincial revenues, debt management, and the payment and accounting of public moneys appropriated for the use of the government by the Legislative Assembly. In 1976, the name of the department was changed to the Ministry of Finance (OIC 3199/76).

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The series consists of ca. 4300 b&w and colour photographic prints and negatives taken between 1963 and 1973. Most were taken by the Government Photographic Branch but a few prints were taken by various commercial photographers and are stamped with their names. The photographs cover all areas of BC and show the construction of bridges, highways, public housing, universities, hospitals, public buildings such as mental hospitals and government buildings, ferries & terminals, regional colleges and public schools. There are also photographs of municipalities, resource and industrial photographs and transportation photographs. The photographs were collected by Hugh Ferguson of the Dept. of Finance for an unknown reason.

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Received directly from the Ministry of Finance in 1983.


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Copyright held by the Government of British Columbia.
Copyright for those stamped held by the commercial photographer.

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No further accruals expected.

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Accession: 198512-010.

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Includes 2576 prints : col. and b&w; 1734 negatives : col.; 3 slides : col. and 1 transparency : col.


Negatives removed and filed separately for cold storage.

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