Title and statement of responsibility area
Department of Highways films
General material designation
- moving images
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
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Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
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Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
[ca. 1935-1960s]; predominantly 1950s-1960s (Creation)
- British Columbia. Dept. of Highways
Physical description area
99 film reels
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
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Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
The Dept. of Highways was established in 1955 with the enactment of the Department of Highways Act (SBC 1955, c. 33). Prior to 1955, the Highways Branch of the Dept. of Public Works was responsible for all functions relating to the management of highways. The mandate of the Dept. of Highways included the construction and maintenance of all government roads, bridges, ferries, wharves, and other works with respect to provincial highways. In 1961, the department was divided into four branches: Construction Branch, Location Branch, Materials Testing Branch, and Traffic Branch. In 1975 the functions of both the Dept. of Highways and the Dept. of Public Works were merged to form a new agency with the Dept. of Highways and Public Works (OIC 3842/75).
Scope and content
The series comprises motion picture film materal shot by and for the Dept. of Highways, mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. There are also a few brief items from ca.1935-1940s, presumably shot for the Dept. of Public Works. Most of the material consists of unedited (or rough-edited) footage documenting highway and bridge construction and maintenance around the province, along with a few items about ferry services. The series also contains a few complete film productions, including prints of "Deas Island Tunnel", "Highway on the Sea", "Men, Mountains and the Challenge", and "Rogers Pass", some of which were produced for Highways by the Photographic Branch of the Dept. of Recreation and Conservation.
Immediate source of acquisition
Ministry of Transportation and Highways, 1982.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
No access restrictions apply.
Conservation restriction: Access to original videos or film elements is restricted, use reference copies where available.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright Government of British Columbia.
Item-level descriptions are available.
F1982:02 was received with PABC Visual Records accession no. 198203-24. F1986:29, F2002:03, and V2004:04 include some film (and videotape copies) from the same era.
No further accruals are expected.
Archives code(s): Series description was previously numbered AAAA8060.
Accession number(s): F1982:01; F1982:02
Moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.