Series GR-3305 - Indexes to Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs

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Indexes to Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs

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

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  • [ca. 1980-1987] (Creation)
    British Columbia. Special Services Branch

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66 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

The Special Services Branch was formed in 1977 when all film and photographic services of the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry were amalgamated under this name. In December 1978 the branch was transferred to the Ministry of Tourism and Small Business Development. In January of 1980 Special Services Branch became part of the Marketing Division of the Ministry of Tourism. The branch disappeared in the 1983/84 restructuring of the Ministry of Tourism. The purpose of the branch was to provide photographic services to all ministries, to maintain the ministry film library and to produce Beautiful British Columbia magazine.

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Series consists of various files which list or index the Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs. The indexes were created by the Special Services branch between 1980 and 1987 and were transferred with the photographs. The indexes consist of several lists arranged in numerical order. Most of the lists refer to the slides only and include both a master volume and specific lists by region or subject group number. There is also a master negative list which covers the negatives and prints. The series also includes a four volume subject index, arranged alphabetically by subject, which covers the slides, negatives and prints. The indexes and lists are incomplete in that not every single photograph is listed or indexed. In addition, the indexes may list a negative, slide or print that was removed from the photograph image bank before transfer to the BC Archives.

Lists of the prints in the large print albums (GR-3305) are with the albums themselves, tucked into a pocket in the inside cover. A reference copy of all the album lists is available in a binder stored with the old photo reference binders, ask for it at the retrievals desk.

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Transferred by the Ministry of Tourism in 1995.


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No access restrictions apply.

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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

Associated materials

  • GR-3304 Beautiful British Columbia Magazine transparencies
  • GR-3265 Beautiful British Columbia Magazine photographs
  • GR-3306 Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph albums
  • GR-3307 Beautiful British Columbia magazine slide albums

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No further accruals expected.

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Accession number(s): 91-9578

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  • Box: 919578-0033
  • Box: 919578-0034