Fonds PR-2191 - A. David Rogers fonds

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A. David Rogers fonds

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  • graphic material
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  • [Ca. 1950-1970] (Creation)
    Rogers, A. David

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Ca. 6800 photographs and 2 cm of textual records

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Arthur David Rogers was born in Vancouver, BC on October 27th, 1912. He worked as an accountant and was married to Lillian Mary Emerson. He had an interest in marine photography and took several thousand photographs in Vancouver and Victoria. The couple moved to Victoria and lived on Gorge Road West. A. David Rogers died on October 27th, 1982 at the Memorial Pavilion Hospital in Victoria.

Custodial history

Donated to the BC Archives in 1991 by Margaret Terpstra, daughter of A. David Rogers.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of photographs created by A. David Rogers between 1950 and 1970 for both private and commercial purposes. The photographs were taken in Vancouver, Victoria and coastal areas and the subject include shipping, yachts, buildings, theatre, local artists and their work, street scenes and family photographs. There are also some images of the 1950 Chicago Fair and Banff, Alberta.

The fonds include several series of photographs that Rogers maintained using different sizes of film and each with their own numbering system. The 4x5 negatives are numbered from 1 to 1370 and have additional unnumbered negatives. Rogers indexed these negatives in number order and included a description and sometimes a date. The 2x2 negatives are numbered from 1 to 2867 and include three small sub-series of numbered negatives as well as many unnumbered ones. This series is not indexed but Rogers did create contact sheets of most of these, and often added names and dates to the printed image. The contact sheets were kept in six albums or binders and may have been used like a commercial catalogue. There is also an incomplete series of 35 mm negatives numbered from 1 to 558 with many unnumbered negatives and miscellaneous negatives included. Some of the negatives are labelled with brief information and dates.

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Vinegar syndrome detected in acetate negatives.

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Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.

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No further accruals expected.

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Archives code(s): 90-9676.

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Accession number(s): 90-9676


Negatives frozen in 2001 and 2011.

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