Series GR-3599 - Dept. of Agriculture lantern slides and negatives

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Dept. of Agriculture lantern slides and negatives

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  • [between 1900 and 1915] (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Finance and Agriculture

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185 photographs : glass slides

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The Ministry of Finance was established in 1873, when an amendment to the Constitution Act (SBC 1873, c. 31) established the position of minister of finance and agriculture. Prior to 1873, the office of the Provincial Secretary administered the financial affairs of the province. In 1879, the Revenue Act was enacted and it was this act that first defined the minister’s responsibilities regarding the management and control of the revenues and expenditures of the province (SBC 1879, c. 29). Since this time, the functions were to supervise, control, administer and direct all matters relating to the financial affairs of the government. In 1899, a further revision to the Revenue Act (SBC 1899, c. 65) established the office of the Treasury Dept., presided over by the minister of finance. Although a separate Dept. of Agriculture was established in 1894, the minister of finance continued to act as both the minister of finance and agriculture until 1916 (SBC 1916, c. 14). In 1929, the Treasury Dept. was renamed the Dept. of Finance with an amendment to the Revenue Act (SBC 1929, c. 53). The department was now responsible for the collection and management of provincial revenues, debt management, and the payment and accounting of public moneys appropriated for the use of the government by the Legislative Assembly. In 1976, the name of the department was changed again to the Ministry of Finance (OIC 3199/76). The governing legislation, the Revenue Act, was revised in 1980 and a new Ministry of Finance Act was enacted (SBC 1980, c. 31). Both acts were repealed in 1981 and replaced by the Financial Administration Act (SBC 1981, c. 15). The ministry was renamed again in 1986 as the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Relations (OIC 1899/86) when the corporate affairs functions were transferred from the disestablished Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. The ministry was renamed the Ministry of Finance in 2001 (OIC 565/01). The current mandate is to provide financial-sector regulation, revenue collection, and services to the public and private sectors through branches which include Treasury Board, Provincial Treasury, Government Services and Registries, Corporate and Ministry Support Services, Revenue Division, Office of the Comptroller General, Business Partnerships Division, and Crown Corporations Secretariat.

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The series consists of 185 glass slides (148 b&w and coloured lantern slides and 37 b&w glass negatives) created or collected by the Dept. of Agriculture sometime between 1900 and 1915.

The lantern slides contain images of fruit trees, orchards, farms, packing boxes, greenhouses, crops and other agricultural activity. A few have descriptive labels which indicate that they were taken in Victoria, Kelowna, Nanaimo and Summerland, and some have photographers identified (D.J. Dwyer, J. Howard A. Chapman and Edgar Fleming). These photographs may have been used for a variety of purposes including public lectures and as illustrations for reports. Some of the slides have been hand coloured.

The glass negatives consist of two files. The first file contains 13 negatives identified as being from Atkinson's mushrooms; images of mushrooms and fungi from book on same and appear to have been photographed directly from George F. Atkinson's 1901 books called "Studies of American Fungi". The second file consists of 24 negatives identified as Morris Middleton pruning lecture. Middleton was an assistant horticulturalist for the Dept. of Agriculture and gave pruning workshops and lectures.

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Many cracked and damaged.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture in 1980.


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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

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Accession number(s): 198012-018


Rehoused in acid free envelopes and core-plast boxes in 2017.

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