Series GR-3287 - Central registry photograph files

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Central registry photograph files

General material designation

  • graphic material

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

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

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1929-1973 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Physical description area

Physical description

1.69 m of graphic material (ca. 4461 photographs)

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

The Dept. of Public Works was established in 1908 with the enactment of the Department of Public Works Act (SBC 1908, c. 41). The Dept. of Public Works was a successor to the Lands and Works Dept. The mandate of the Dept. of Public Works included construction and maintenance of government offices and buildings, public highways, bridges, wharves, river-bank protection, and maintenance of ferry and steamboat services.

In 1947 the work of the department was divided into district offices, an Architect’s Branch, Accounting Branch, Engineering Branch, and Equipment Branch. The department was also responsible for boiler inspection and electrical energy inspection.

In 1955, the responsibility for highways was transferred to the newly formed Dept. of Highways. At this time, the Dept. of Public Works, under the revised Department of Public Works Act (SBC 1955, c. 65), consisted of the Architectural Branch, Boiler Inspection Division, Electrical Energy Inspection Division, and Gas Inspection Division.

In 1975 the Dept. of Public Works was dissolved and its functions were merged with the functions of the Dept. of Highways to form the Dept. of Highways and Public Works (OIC 3842/75).

Custodial history

Scope and content

The series consists of photographs taken by the Department of Public Works and stored in a central registry, 1929-1973. The photographs are of buildings designed, built and managed by the Dept. of Public Works throughout the province and include views of destroyed or old buildings, buildings in the process of being built or upgraded, interior, exterior, aerial and site shots. The buildings include court houses, schools, hospitals, prisons, universities and vocational schools, general administrative buildings and others. The photographs mostly consist of black and white prints although there are also colour prints, negatives, transparencies and one metal plate negative. A small amount of accompanying material is intermingled in the photograph files. The photographs are arranged by numerical district number and then by building number within the district.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Transferred by the Dept. of Public Works in 1976.


These photographs may have been pulled from the Central Registry files by Public Works staff. See GR-1248 (accession 92-2426).

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

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

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

Associated materials

Related materials


No further accruals are expected.

General note

Accession number(s): 198104-016


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

Physical description

Includes 4121 photographs : b&w, 216 photographs : col., 50 photographs : b&w negatives, 30 photographs : col. negatives, 43 photographs : transparencies and 1 photograph : metal plate negative.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres