Series GR-3306 - Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph albums

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Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph albums

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  • graphic material

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

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  • [ca. 1966-1982] (Creation)
    British Columbia. Special Services Branch

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[ca. 15268 photographs : col.]

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Biographical history

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.

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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. 1966 to 1982. 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 film. Prints were made from the negatives and were pasted into large albums for reference purposes. They were arranged by a classification system which consisted of a region or subject group number followed by an 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.
In addition, most of the albums contain a copy of the index for that particular region or subject group. These copies are tucked in a pocket inside the front cover of each album. A reference copy of all the album lists is available in a binder stored with the old photo reference binders, ask for it at the retrievals desk.

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Transferred by the Ministry of Tourism in 1995.


There are gaps in the records, not all negatives created had prints made.

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No access restrictions apply.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

Associated materials

  • GR-3305 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph indexes
  • GR-3265 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs
  • GR-3307 Beautiful British Columbia magazine slide albums
  • GR-3304 Beautiful British Columbia magazine transparencies

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No further accruals expected.

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Accession number(s): 91-9578; 90-2722

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