Series GR-3426 - Forest Service photographs

Forest Ranger school classroom, Green Timbers Martin Mars water bomber operating L.C. being launched at Quesnel Lake Fluming logs in BC : log flume, Lumberton B.C. Forest Service Ranger School, Green Timbers nursery; soil spreader A Gruman Goose used for fighting forest fires. Royal Canadian Air Force Curtiss HS2L used by the Forests Service in fire reconnaissance. Royal Canadian Air Force Pailaski Helicopter at Mill Fire Douglas Fir Seed Trees Cowichan Lake Bowron River Forest Service; end of Aleza Lake trail at Bear River. Timber On Sidehill Near Klene-A-Klene River Forest Service; Hazelton District Office; Martin Grainger with forester J. Latham. Forest Service; hemlock and balsam. Booming Grounds Myrtle Point Felled Timber Myrtle Point Waste On High Stumps On Lot 1423 Grief Point Looking S. Toward Head Of Green Lake View From Lakelse Hatchery Towards J. Pierce's House Forest Service; E.P. 46. Forest Service; E.P. 46. Forest Service; E.P. 46. Forest Service; E.P. 47. Forest Service; E.P. 47. Forest Service; E.P. 47. Hay Meadows Upper Kootenays Elk Pasture Adams River Divide Adams River And Duck Lake Divide Douglas fir Wolf Lake
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Forest Service photographs

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

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  • 1911-1979 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Forest Service

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ca. 64,696 photographs + accompanying negative sleeves

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Biographical history

Established March 28, 1945 when the Forest Branch of the Dept. of Lands became the Forest Service of the Dept. of Lands and Forests. The Forest Service retained its name when the Dept. of Lands and Forests became the Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources in March 1962. On Dec. 23, 1975 the Forest Service was transferred to the newly created Dept. of Forests. Ceased to exist April 1979.

Custodial history

Accession 199003-004 was initially transferred from Ministry of Forests to the Government Information Services' (GIS) Image Bank. These records were then transferred to BC Archives in 1988, after the dissolution of the GIS.

Scope and content

The series consists of photographic negatives, prints, and transparencies created by the Ministry of Forests and its predecessors including the Forest Service and Forest Branch. Series documents forest service personnel and activities relating to forest planning, protection and inventory; engineering; rangelands management and use; recreation resource management and use; research; and timber harvesting. Subjects often relate to specific forest districts, and include trees and other botanical specimens (specific species and their characteristics), stands and forests, aircraft and watercraft, buildings and facilities (such as mills, nurseries and laboratories), employees, equipment and tools, experimental projects, forest fires and fire control, geographic features (such as mountains and rivers), logging practices, pests and diseases, railways and roads, tree planting, wildlife, and vehicles.

The photographs are arranged numerically by FS file numbers FS00001 - FS25983. The photo prints are mounted on cards which contain the title, the Oxford Forest classification number, the Forest Service photo number, the photographer's name and the date the photo was taken. Not every negative was printed. The photographer might take between one and six photographs within a file and either some or none of the negatives were printed and mounted on cards.
The negatives are arranged numerically by FS file number. The negatives from number FS10509 onwards have been removed from the original glassine negative sleeves. These sleeves often have notes written on them and have been preserved as part of the series.

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Physical condition

Includes some nitrate, acetate and colour negatives displaying early stages of deterioration.

Immediate source of acquisition

Accession 197910-003 transferred to BC Archives by the British Columbia Forest Service, Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, ca. 1973.


The records accessioned as 199003-004 were never fully inventoried and identified. The Forest Service records within this accession were added to the earlier Forest Service accession 197910-003 and reaccessioned as 88-0730.

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Availability of other formats

Approximately 34,000 item level descriptions, with about 10,000 scanned images attached, are available as part of this series.

Restrictions on access

Conservation restriction: the negatives in cold storage are not available for access.
No access restrictions apply.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright belongs to the government of British Columbia. Any published records will come into the public domain 50 years from the date of publication. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine which records have been published.

Associated materials

See GR-3437 Forest Service personnel photographs for related records from the same accessions.
See GR-4186 for various indexes and inventories of Forest Service photographs.

Related materials


No further accruals expected.

General note

Archives code(s): Series briefly known as AAAA0832.

General note

Accession number(s): 197910-003 (88-0730), 199003-004.


Nitrate and acetate negatives rehoused and placed in cold storage, 1999-2014.

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Includes nitrate, acetate, polyester and glass plate negatives, transparencies and photographic prints: b&w and col.

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