Series GR-3307 - Beautiful British Columbia magazine slide albums

Ahousaht children playing Port Alberni Farmland Near Port Alberni Alberni Canal Log Booms Alberni Canal Log Booms Port Alberni Sea Lion Rock; Long Beach. Pacific Rim Park Stamp Falls Park Stamp Falls Park Port Alberni Port Alberni Logging Camp Head Of Effingham Inlet Mountains Between Buttle Lake And Alberni Lennard Island Lighthouse Forest Fire Near Cameron Lake Sea Lion Rock; Near Long Beach Sea Lion Rock; Near Long Beach Port Alberni West Coast Near Tofino West Coast Near Tofino West Coast Near Tofino Long Beach Near Tofino West Coast Near Tofino West Coast Near Tofino Logging; Alberni Canal Pacific Rim Park Near Tofino Pacific Rim Park Near Tofino Pacific Rim Park Near Tofino Pacific Rim Park Near Tofino
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Beautiful British Columbia magazine slide albums

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  • graphic material

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  • [ca. 1966-1987] (Creation)
    British Columbia. Special Services Branch

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ca. 8750 photographs : col. transparencies

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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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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. 1960 to 1987. 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 slide film. The slides were then given a classification number and filed in plastic sleeves in binders. The classification system consisted of region or subject group number followed by the 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. Item level descriptions for over 7000 images from this series are available on the BC Archives Web site. Some of the images have been scanned and may be viewed online.

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Transferred by the Ministry of Tourism in 1995.


There are gaps in the records. Not all photographs were taken using slide film.

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  • No access restrictions apply.
  • Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage is inaccessible.

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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

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Associated materials

  • GR-3305 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph indexes.
  • GR-3306 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph albums
  • GR-3265 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs
  • GR-3304 Beautiful British Columbia magazine transparencies
  • GR-3425 Film and Photographic Branch travel industry and tourism photographs

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No further accruals expected.

General note

Accession number(s): 91-9578-3; 90-2722.


Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.


Slides were removed from their binders and placed in new plastic sleeves and acid free boxes in 2010.

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