Title and statement of responsibility area
Forest Service photographs
General material designation
- graphic material
- textual record
- multiple media
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
Level of description
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
- British Columbia. Forest Service
Physical description area
ca. 64,696 photographs + accompanying negative sleeves
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
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.
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.
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.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
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.
A box and file list is available: http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Document/Finding_Aids_Atom/GR-3001_to_GR-3500/GR-3426.pdf
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.
No further accruals expected.
Archives code(s): Series briefly known as AAAA0832.
Accession number(s): 197910-003 (88-0730), 199003-004.
Nitrate and acetate negatives rehoused and placed in cold storage, 1999-2014.
Includes nitrate, acetate, polyester and glass plate negatives, transparencies and photographic prints: b&w and col.
Standard number area
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- British Columbia. Forest Branch (Subject)
- British Columbia. Forest Service (Subject)
- British Columbia. Government Information Services (Subject)