Series GR-3304 - Beautiful British Columbia magazine transparencies

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Beautiful British Columbia magazine transparencies

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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. 1962-1975] (Creation)
    British Columbia. Special Services Branch

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1.02 m of graphic material (3062 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 transparencies created by staff photographers in the Special Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, and its predecessor bodies, the Film and Photographic Branch and the Photographic Branch ca. 1962-1975. The photographs were taken mainly to illustrate Beautiful British Columbia magazine, a publication produced by the Ministry of Tourism. The photographs were taken using colour film; the negatives were then numbered and filed in the branch image bank along with some copies of prints and slides. Colour transparencies of various sizes were made from the negatives in the image bank specifically for publication in Beautiful British Columbia magazine. The transparencies are arranged by original image bank file number but many also have a label which gives details about the publication date, issue and page number. Files numbered 15100N to 21699N were transferred in accession 88-1350. All other files were transferred in accession 199003-004.

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Transferred in several accessions by the Ministry of Tourism.


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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

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Accession number(s): 88-1350; 199003-004


Transparencies are in cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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