Series GR-3435 - Government Information Service public information film and videos

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Government Information Service public information film and videos

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  • moving images

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  • 1980-1986 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Government Information Services

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  • 1 film reel : acetate, 24 fps, col., sd., optical track.
  • 2 videocassettes : polyester, analog, col., 3/4" U-matic, sd.
  • 8 video reels : polyester, analog, col., 1" type C, sd.

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Biographical history

Government Information Services (GIS) was created in 1983 as a system of modified centralization for the management and implementation of its information services. A central, communications planning-and-approval system was progressively developed under a Communications Counsel. The system drew its authority to review and approve advertising, publications and news releases from Cabinet policy and Treasury Board directives. The budgets of 19 ministries for advertising and publications were consolidated in one vote with the Communications Counsel as signing and contracting authority. The branch reported to the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services The function of GIS was to plan, coordinate and implement government communication policy and programs. It also provided general advertising and information services for all ministries, and operated government production centres. GIS prepared and supervised press releases, speeches and other editorial documents required by government and the ministries. It also produced photographs, graphic designs, displays, audio-visuals and video productions. On behalf of the ministries, GIS supervised a wide range of information projects on such subjects as law reform, pest control, forest fire prevention, waste management, pension information and consumer information. During 1986/87 the branch was downsized by 50 percent and in August of 1987 it was reassigned to the Office of the Premier. Responsibility for ministry programs was assumed by each ministry through their public information officers.

Custodial history

As the producer of the moving images, under contract from the Government Communications office, JEM Productions stored the material in this accession until the company was acquired by Grosvenor Productions Inc. after which physical custody of the material was transferred to the BC Archives in1994. This series was acquired under the Special Media schedule 102905.

Scope and content

The series consists of film and videos of government documentaries, television advertisements, and other promotional material from the period of 1980 to 1986. The Ministry of Government Services' Government Information Services (GIS) was the centralized government agency for producing audio-video programs for all ministries and JEM Productions was contracted by the GIS to shoot and edit various programs.

This series represents provincial government functions and events representing various regions of British Columbia, including the lower mainland, Peace River and Okanagan regions.

The records consist of 10 videos and 1 film comprising current government initiatives and accomplishments; coal mining and dam developments; BC Place and BC Transit development; a 1986 premier's address; and development of the Coquihalla highway.
1. Premier's Report 1986. (1" video reel.)
2. Partners in enterprise - television ads. (3/4" U-matic videocassette.)
3. Coquihalla in 20 months through the mountains. (1" video reel.)
4. BC Pavilion. (1" video reel.)
5. Take a giant step. (1" video reel. 4 min. promotions in English, French and Japanese.)
6. BC Reports - various programs. (1" video reel.) - NE coal - Best of bad times - Education - the challenge/opportunity - A forest for all seasons
7. BC Reports - various programs. (1" video reel.) - #5 The right kind of help - #8 Health care - the first priority - #10 The planning pays off - #13 Transit & transition - Bill Bennett speech
8. BC Reports - various programs. (1" video reel.) - #1 Food for thought - #316 BC open for business - #12 Reality of restraint
9. Partners in enterprise - promotion. (1" video reel.)
10. Stop the hearings start the dam. [AKA Fort St. John Site C rally] (3/4" U-matic videocassette.)
11. Light rapid transit for Greater Vancouver. (16 mm film reel)

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Items are in good physical condition.

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Portions of the records are French and Japanese translations of an English version.

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Availability of other formats

A digital copy is available. Please contact staff for further information.
See GR-3368 for B.C. Reports series.
Digital copies of GR-3435.9 and GR-3435.10 made in 2019.
DVD Reference copies GR-3435.1 [REF] to GR-3435.11 [REF], created January 2014, are in Container 000443-0306

Restrictions on access

No access restrictions apply.
Conservation restriction: use digital or dvd copies.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright held by Government of British Columbia.

Associated materials

For related items already in the custody of the BC Archives, see AAAA2821, AAAA6529, AAAA5346, and AAAA6699.

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No further accruals expected.

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Accession number(s): 92-2202


Original items may be in cool or cold storage.

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