Title and statement of responsibility area
George Allen collection
General material designation
- graphic material
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the collection.
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Statement of scale (cartographic)
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- Allen, George
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Archival description area
Name of creator
George Allen was a photographer in Vancouver, B.C.
Accession 198312-005 was purchased from George Allen in 1981. Accession 199111-001 was donated in 1991 by Kenne Allen, the son of George Allen.
Scope and content
The collection consists of photographs acquired or collected by George Allen and include the following: ca. 1730 nitrate negatives depicting early aerial photography of the B.C. lower mainland and Pacific west coast to Anyox, for the period 1926-1932. These photographs were taken by the photographer Stuart Thomson, and also by Western Canada Airways/Pacific Airways Lt., precursors of Canadian Pacific Air. These photographs are numbered from 1a to 1726 with gaps.
There are ca. 1150 negatives, both glass and nitrate, of views depicting Vancouver and area, Fraser River Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo, roads etc. taken from 1901 to the 1930's, all taken by professional photographers including Stuart Thomson, the Edwards Brothers, Richard Broadbridge and Gowen Sutton Company Ltd. These photographs are numbered from 1301 to 3230 with gaps.
The collection also includes ca. 2570 nitrate negatives and contact prints of the Okanagan region, Vancouver Island, some of Banff, Calgary, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, and Quebec from the 1920s to 1954. These photographs were mainly taken by photographer C. C. Wright while in the employ of Gowen and Sutton, commercial producer of postcards. These photographs were acquired by George Allen in the 1950's and added to his collection. They are numbered from 1 to 1945 with many large gaps and unnumbered files.
Immediate source of acquisition
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Restrictions on access
Conservation restriction: negatives in cold storage are unavailable, use contact prints.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Contact prints have been made of many of the negatives. For contact prints in 198312-005, see containers 000341-0001 to 000341-0020.
Inventories available in the accession files.
No further accruals expected.
Accession number(s): 198312-005 (89-0970); 199111-001 (91-5534)
Nitrate negatives have been frozen.
Includes nitrate negatives, glass negatives and prints.