Fonds PR-1776 - Browning family fonds

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Browning family fonds

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  • moving images

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

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  • 1926-1941 (Creation)
    Browning (family)

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43 film reels

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Biographical history

The Browning family lived at Britannia Beach, B.C.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of amateur film footage shot by Carleton P. Browning, the manager of the Britannia Mine. The footage mainly documents community life at Britannia Beach, BC, including May Day and Dominion Day celebrations, picnics, skating parties, and other recreational activities. There is also considerable footage devoted to the Browning family and their friends. A reel entitled "Industrial Britannia" (192-) depicts various aspects of the mine operation. Another reel, "PGE Quesnel Cariboo Mines" (1933) shows various mining operations and communities in the Cariboo Region. The fonds as a whole provides an interesting glimpse into the life of a self-contained mining community during the Depression.

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Immediate source of acquisition

B.C. Museum of Mining, 1985-1987.


The 42 original 16 mm film reels have been compiled onto five large reels at the BC Archives for ease of handling and storage. The single 8 mm film reel is housed separately.

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Video masters, sub-masters and reference copies are available for all of the 16 mm footage.

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  • No access restrictions apply.
  • Conservation restriction: Original film material in cool or cold storage is not accessible.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright assigned to British Columbia Archives, 1987. Users of this film footage must credit the Browning Family Collection and the B.C. Museum of Mining.

Finding aids

Item-level summary descriptions are available online for each of the five 16 mm archives compilation reels.
For more detailed content notes, see file F1985:20/1-6.

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Accession number(s): F1985:20

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Archives codes: BC Museum of Mining no. L981.15.39.

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References: Listed in Duffy, "Camera West", entry #Br/0086a.


Moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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