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[CHEK-TV news film -- various, #1]

Stock shots. 1. Lunar eclipse. 2. Train -- seen from the engine. 3. Hostel -- biking and back-packing. 4. Weather station. 5. Pipe organ repairs. 6. Harbour scene and architectural plans for development. [Brentwood Bay?] 7. Log booms. 8. Vehicle inspection station. 9. Beautiful British Columbia Magazine -- building, crates, foreign language issues. 10. Tall ship with four-masts. 11. Mushroom picking. 12. Rock carving -- petroglyphs. 13. "Resolution 13" to Premier W.R. Bennett. 14. Moving a piano. 15. Blessing the fleet [?]. Mass performed at the Inner Harbour. 16. Ticketing cars downtown -- upset meter man. 17. Fox Theatre -- Quadra Theatre [later the Roxy]. 18. Submarine. 19. Good Shepherd animal shelter -- animals. 20. Police and photographer in jewelry store. 21. Scenic cottage. 22. Shipyard -- dry-dock; "Adriatik"; " Pierre Radisson". 23. Submarine interiors -- H.M.S. "Conqueror". 24. Newspaper office -- "The Victorian." 25. People in historical costume -- "Princess Marguerite" [maybe inaugural run?] -- Queen Victoria, Captain Cook, etc. "Princess Marguerite" at sea. 26. Unidentified politician; Clive Jackson. 27. Letter re: "Princess Marguerite". 28. Unidentified politician. 29. Premier Bill Bennett with petition (or some other rolled-up paper).

If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it

Travelogue. An airline passenger waiting for his flight is introduced to the scenic and recreational attractions of B.C. by a talking issue of Beautiful B.C. magazine. Includes footage of Victoria (streets, Swiftsure yacht race), Butchart Gardens, boating, Friendly Cove, Della Falls, Gold River, camping scenes, Campbell River fishing derby, loggers' sports, Nanaimo bathtub race, Vancouver (skyline, streets, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, restaurants, theatres), Whistler Mountain skiing, Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Indian salmon fishing, Thompson-Nicola country, cattle ranching, rodeo, wildlife, fresh-water fishing, Okanagan Valley scenes, Kelowna Regatta.

Phil Gaglardi interview : [Mitchell & Nikitiuk, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1644:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Phil Gaglardi on his early life and church activities PERIOD COVERED: 1913-1978 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Phil Gaglardi discusses: his family background; early influences upon his character; early life in the Silverdale area; his interests as a youth; his perception of himself as a "loner"; religion; his conversion to the Pentecostal Church; his entry into the church ministry. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: some ideas on Christianity and democracy; his marriage to Jennie Sandin; his move to Kamloops, B.C.; his formal education; his work as a mechanic; his family relationships; his travels in Europe in 1949; and his singing ability. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Work experience and interest in politics PERIOD COVERED: [no date]-1952 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: his work as a diesel mechanic in the forest industry; his work as a catskinner; his church and children's work in Kamloops; his bible studies in the United States; his work with the young; his radio broadcasts; and his influence on the people of Kamloops. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: his first interest in politics, his opinion of the Coalition government; other political parties; socialism; government intervention in the economy; his first association with Social Credit; his first election; his first meeting with the embryo cabinet of 1952; receiving his appointment as Minister of Public Works; and the place of religion in politics.; CALL NUMBER: T1644:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The election of 1952 and appointment as minister, 1952 PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1952 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: his first meeting with W.A.C. Bennett; the provincial election of 1952; the appeal of Social Credit in 1952; the effects of the single transferable ballot; being appointed Minister of Public Works; the choosing of the Social Credit leader in 1952. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: the appointment of the cabinet in 1952; his appointment as Minister of Public Works; assuming office; intradepartmental conflict; priorities as Minister of Public Works; patronage; the "Sommers case"; his involvement in both church and politics. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Public Works : 1952-1955 PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: bridge and highway openings; his first session in government; communications within his department; his impression of Harold Winch as Leader of the Opposition; the defeat of the government in 1953; party and government strategy; the provincial election of 1953; the connection between politics and highways; charges of political patronage in the Kamloops area; his large custom-built desk. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: his driving record; police harassment; press coverage of his activities; his impression of Arthur Laing; his attitude toward the opposition in the House. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Highways, 1955 - 1968 PERIOD COVERED: 1954-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: his use of government aircraft; political patronage in the Department of Highways; civil service appointments in his department; the nature of federal-provincial relations; in the area of highways construction; his views on Quebec separatism; B.C. as a "have" province; B.C. separatism; the division of the Department of Public Works into the Department of Public Works and the Department of Highways; his priorities as Minister of Highways. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: relationship between government departments; the nature of the administrative staff in the Department of Highways; the decentralization of the Highways department; federal-provincial cost-sharing in highway construction; his world-wide travels on behalf of the Highways department; the B.C. Ferries system; policy making in his department. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0007 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Social Credit cabinet minister in the 1960s PERIOD COVERED: 1955-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: his views on labour organizations; government-union relations; his contempt-of-court conviction in 1960; accusations of his political patronage from 1960 to 1963; his evaluation of Robert Strachan as Opposition leader. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: the timing of the 1960 provincial election; the timing of elections generally; his ideas on power development in B.C. in the 1960s; the takeover of B.C. Electric in 1961; the nature and extent of government intervention in the economy; the proposed Wenner-Gren project. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0008 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Public Works and the Sommers case PERIOD COVERED: 1958-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: the building of the B.C. Ferries fleet; his proposed causeway to Vancouver Island; the nature of Social Credit membership in Kamloops; his activities in federal elections; the collapse of the Second Narrows bridge, 1958; the 1958 by-election in Trail. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: the Sommers affair; repercussions of the Sommers affair; harassment and investigations of his private life. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0009 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Federal and provincial politics in the 1960s PERIOD COVERED: 1961-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: the effects political life has had on his family life; the provincial election of 1963; his campaign against Davie Fulton in that election; the reasons why some people did not admit to voting for Social Credit; the relations between provincial and federal Social Credit parties; his impressions of Real Caouette and Robert Thompson; his resignation as Minister of Highways. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses: the redistribution of seats prior to the 1966 provincial election; Bonner's defeat in the 1966 provincial election; the events leading up to his resignation as Minister of Highways and the charges laid against him by the press and the Opposition. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0010 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Resignation from the Department of Highways PERIOD COVERED: 1968-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses: his resignation as Minister of Highways, 1968; the efforts made to keep him in government; the results of his resignation; his activities as Minister Without Portfolio; the Provincial Alliance of Businessmen; the effect of Bonner's resignation from government; the leading candidate for the succession to the premiership; the means of choosing a new party leader; his aspirations in the private sector. [TRACK 2: blank.]; CALL NUMBER: T1644:0011 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Treasury Board and construction projects as Minister of Highways PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi discusses the reasons he does not drink or smoke. Gaglardi describes the experience of coming before the Treasury Board as a Minister in the government of W.A.C. Bennett. Anecdote about procuring funds for paving of Trans-Canada highway through the Fraser Valley. Gaglardi explains why the Trans-Canada Highway was renamed B.C. #1. Gaglardi discusses the variety of achievements in the realm of highway construction he directed as Minister of Highways. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses the construction of the Port Mann Bridge; Hudson Hope Bridge; Castlegar Bridge; construction of "the first jet-driven snow plough in the world"; Rogers Pass; events surrounding the construction and maintenance of the Rogers Pass. Construction of the Cascade Highway. The use of expertise from all over the world in B.C. construction projects. The role of the B.C. Highways and Bridges Toll Authority. Anecdote about instructions given to toll collectors on the Lion's Gate Bridge. Gaglardi's role in ;the development of the B.C. Ferries system. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0012 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement, 1969 - 1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1952-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi explains the reasons for the fact that the B.C. Ferry system does not run on an operating profit today; Gaglardi comments on the "lack of vision in British Columbia" today. Gaglardi discusses the relationship between the cost of maintenance and construction of highways. The genesis of the Provincial Alliance of Businessmen. The operations of the Provincial Alliance of Businessmen while he was Minister Without Portfolio. The events leading up to his appointment as Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement. TRACK 2: Gaglardi discusses his theory of labour relations which is opposed to the "closed shop" principle; the origin of Beautiful British Columbia Magazine. The 1969 election. More on his re-instatement as Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement; administration philosophy and priorities of the new department; the role and importance of a cabinet minister's personal secretary; criticisms which were levelled at Gaglardi by Herb Capozzi; relations with the federal government as Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement. CALL NUMBER: T1644:0013 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Defeat of the Social Credit Government, 1972 PERIOD COVERED: 1970-1972 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-08-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gaglardi continues to discuss his relations with the federal government as Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement; internal problems within the department; conflict over government; policy with Dan Campbell; press criticism; reasons for resignation as Pastor of Calvary Temple, 1972; the calling and timing of the 1972 election; the lack of a successor to W.A.C. Bennett; the 1972 election campaign; W.A.C. Bennett's weaknesses. The role of David Barrett. TRACK 2: Gaglardi comments on dissent within the Social Credit party as a factor leading towards the government's defeat in 1972. The interview with a "Toronto Star" reporter in the 1972 election campaign around which much controversy exists. General comments on the Socreds 1972 defeat. Gaglardi not interested in party leadership after 1972 election. [End of interview]

Earle C. Westwood interview : [Mitchell & Nikitiuk, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T2662:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood discusses his early life PERIOD COVERED: 1909-1953 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-05-31 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood discusses his early life. He describes his family, their pioneering experiences in the Nanaimo area, his education, and his work as a bank clerk, longshoreman, and millwright assistant. Mentioned in context are Nanaimo, B.C.; Port Alice, B.C.; Britannia High School in Vancouver; Wesley Black. TRACK 2: Earle Westwood discusses the Depression, his return to Nanaimo, his funeral parlour businesses in Nanaimo and Duncan, and his involvement in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Nanaimo City Council, and his period as mayor of Nanaimo. He also relates his impressions of; the Coalition government, his early career ambitions, and his organizational membership. Westwood describes his first interests in Social Credit and his first meeting with W.A.C. Bennett. In addition, he discusses the provincial election of 1953. Mentioned in passing are Ernie Carson, George S. Pearson, Byron Johnson, Peter Maffeo, and Lorenzo Giovando. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood discusses his experiences as a cabinet minister PERIOD COVERED: 1956-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-05-31 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood discusses the provincial elections of 1953 and 1956 as well as his own election in 1956 and his appointment as Minister of Trade and Industry. Mentioned also are his travels with Premier Bennett in 1954, party platforms in the 1953 and 1956 elections, and his perceptions of his political opponents. He describes his objectives as MLA and cabinet minister and the projects undertaken by the Department of Trade and Industry while it was under his direction. TRACK 2: Earle Westwood discusses the origins and policies of the Department of Recreation and Conservation, the nature of the tourist industry in B.C. during the late 1950s, and the creation of Beautiful B.C. Magazine. He also discusses decision and policy making in his ministry as well as some activities of the B.C. Federation of Fish and Game Clubs. Westwood also relates how his estimates were approved by Treasury Board. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood on his later political life and his period as Agent-General PERIOD COVERED: 1960-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood recalls his days as Minister of Recreation and Conservation, and Commercial Transport. He discusses the provincial election of 1960, the Pacific Northern Railway, and the B.C. government takeovers of the B.C. Electric Co. and the Black Ball ferry fleet. Westwood also discusses northern development and some speculation that B.C. would seek the Winter Olympics. TRACK 2: Earle C. Westwood evaluates the effectiveness of the C.C.F. opposition during his years in office, focusing on the roles of Robert Strachan, Dave Barrett and Leo Nimsick. He also comments on the nature of the Social Credit opposition during the Dave Barrett administration. Westwood recalls the provincial election of 1963 and his retirement from politics. Also discussed are his period as Agent-General, the effects of socialism in Britain and Westwood's travels with W.A.C. Bennett in Europe. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood on his time as Agent-General and his general perception of politics PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1978 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood recalls his travels in Europe with W.A.C. Bennett and his accomplishments as Agent-General. He discusses his activities upon returning to B.C. and comments on his perceptions of various political figures including: Dave Stupich, Leo Nimsick, Tom Uphill, Gordon Gibson, Deane Finlayson, Robert Bonner, Einar Gunderson, Phil Gaglardi, Robert Thompson, and Ronald Worley. Westwood also discusses how cabinet was run during the W.A.C. Bennett years, how policies were developed, and his own relationship with Bennett. TRACK 2: Westwood discusses the relationship between the Social Credit party in B.C. and Social Credit parties in other provinces (Alberta and Quebec) and the relationship with the federal Social Credit party. He also describes his activities before the caucus and his perceptions of W.A.C. Bennett as premier. Also discussed are Westwood's relationship with the press, government-organized group relations, and his perceptions of other political parties. Westwood also comments on the role of government. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood discusses various political and social issues PERIOD COVERED: 1939-1978 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood discusses civil defence in Nanaimo during World War II; all night sessions in the Legislature; his first interests in Social Credit; the Coalition government in B.C.; dominion-provincial relations during his terms in office; the Robert Sommers case; his concept of free enterprise and socialism; his impressions of Lyle Wicks, Eric Martin, and William Chant; proselytizers of the original Social Credit theories; and the current administration of W.R. Bennett. He also discusses California's Proposition 13 and the appeal of Social Credit to British Columbians. TRACK 2: Westwood discusses public reluctance to admit their support for Social Credit; eastern perceptions of Social Credit in B.C.; his meeting with Joey Smallwood; the fishing industry in B.C.; and his former plans for Newcastle Island as Minister of Recreation and Conservation. Westwood completes the interview with a brief account of his present activities.

Bernard Atkins interview

CALL NUMBER: T4077:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Interview with Bernard Atkins RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1983-07-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: More on early family life in London and his father's background. Father was a photographer, both in England and in Victoria. Father's studio on Pandora Street. Travelling on a boat with his brothers and 87 other children to Canada during WW II. Warm welcome from Canadians across the country. First impressions of Victoria. Schools attended. Living with Major Wilson in Gordon Head. Camera club at Brentwood. Parents coming out to Victoria after the war. Buying a 1928 model A roadster. TRACK 2: Getting first job with Clarence Ferris through connection of his father. Describes working for the ministry, and the people he met there, Dick Colby, Gar Lunney. Anecdotes about Gar Lunney and his ability to attract girls. Anecdote about Bill Currie, the commissioner of the travel bureau. Ed Rowebottom, the deputy minister. Anecdotes about Dick Colby. Describes Wilf Gray, Peter Elkington, Lew Parry. CALL NUMBER: T4077:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Interview with Bernard Atkins RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1983-07-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses individuals in the film/TV business in the 1950s: Lew Parry, Wally Hamilton (Trans-Canada). Relationships with Trans-Canada, Alpha Cine, other government film units (Agriculture, Highways). Working on Beautiful B.C. Magazine: discusses start-up of magazine in 1959, his preference of keeping magazine as a full four-colour production, costliness of magazine, messages from current minister of Travel Bureau, feedback from readership, innovations in printing/production of magazine. Attitude to potential demise of magazine. (End of interview)

This is British Columbia : a place for all people

The item is a composite print of a travelogue film from 1973. It contains footage of aspects of the province as seen in Beautiful B.C. Magazine; the British Columbia Boys Choir is featured. Also includes sequences on the Cariboo-Chilcotin region; the Williams Lake Stampede; Hell's Gate Aerial Tramway in Fraser Canyon; sculptor Arnold Michaelson of White Rock; skiing by aircraft in the Purcell Range (Kootenay area); Queen Elizabeth Park (Vancouver); Three Valley Gap; Festival of "Medieval Sports" at Cloverdale and activities in Stanley Park.

If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1976. An airline passenger waiting for his flight is introduced to the scenic and recreational attractions of B.C. by a talking issue of Beautiful B.C. magazine. Includes footage of Victoria (streets, Swiftsure yacht race), Butchart Gardens, boating, Friendly Cove, Della Falls, Gold River, camping scenes, Campbell River fishing derby, loggers' sports, Nanaimo bathtub race, Vancouver (skyline, streets, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, restaurants, theatres), Whistler Mountain skiing, Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Indian salmon fishing, Thompson-Nicola country, cattle ranching, rodeo, wildlife, fresh-water fishing, Okanagan Valley scenes, Kelowna Regatta.

Beautiful British Columbia Magazine photographs

  • GR-3265
  • Series
  • [ca. 1960-1986]

Series consists of colour photographs taken by staff photographers in the Special Services Branch and its predecessor bodies, the Film and Photographic Branch and the Photographic Branch ca. 1960 to 1986. The photographs were taken mainly to illustrate Beautiful British Columbia magazine, a publication produced by the Ministry of Tourism, but could also be used for a variety of other publications and presentations. The photographs were taken using colour or slide film. The negatives were then given a classification number and filed in negative drawers in the branch image bank along with some copies of prints and transparencies or slides. The classification system consisted of region or subject group number followed by the image number. These images cover all areas of the province and depict natural scenes as well as towns and cities, individuals, groups, animals and plants. Many of the earliest negatives were removed from the ministry's existing Travel Industry photograph library (which included some Forest Service photographs) and renumbered with the Beautiful British Columbia magazine classification system. Later negatives were taken specifically for Beautiful British Columbia magazine and were numbered only under the new system.

For indexes to these photographs, see the related series: GR-3305 Indexes to Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs.

Item level descriptions for over 12,500 images from this series are available. Some of the images have been scanned and may be viewed online. Prints have been made of most of the negatives and pasted into reference albums, described as GR-3306. Use these albums to access images.

British Columbia. Special Services Branch

Beautiful British Columbia magazine transparencies

  • GR-3304
  • Series
  • [ca. 1962-1975]

Series consists of colour transparencies created by staff photographers in the Special Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, and its predecessor bodies, the Film and Photographic Branch and the Photographic Branch ca. 1962-1975. The photographs were taken mainly to illustrate Beautiful British Columbia magazine, a publication produced by the Ministry of Tourism. The photographs were taken using colour film; the negatives were then numbered and filed in the branch image bank along with some copies of prints and slides. Colour transparencies of various sizes were made from the negatives in the image bank specifically for publication in Beautiful British Columbia magazine. The transparencies are arranged by original image bank file number but many also have a label which gives details about the publication date, issue and page number. Files numbered 15100N to 21699N were transferred in accession 88-1350. All other files were transferred in accession 199003-004.

British Columbia. Special Services Branch

Indexes to Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs

  • GR-3305
  • Series
  • [ca. 1980-1987]

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.

British Columbia. Special Services Branch

Beautiful British Columbia magazine photograph albums

  • GR-3306
  • Series
  • [ca. 1966-1982]

Series consists of colour photographs taken by staff photographers in the Special Services Branch and its predecessor bodies, the Film and Photographic Branch and the Photographic Branch ca. 1966 to 1982. The photographs were taken mainly to illustrate Beautiful British Columbia magazine, a publication produced by the Ministry of Tourism, but could also be used for a variety of other publications and presentations. The photographs were taken using colour film. Prints were made from the negatives and were pasted into large albums for reference purposes. They were arranged by a classification system which consisted of a region or subject group number followed by an image number. These images cover all areas of the province and depict natural scenes as well as towns and cities, individuals, groups, animals and plants. For indexes to these photographs, see the related series: Indexes to Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs.
In addition, most of the albums contain a copy of the index for that particular region or subject group. These copies are tucked in a pocket inside the front cover of each album. 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.

British Columbia. Special Services Branch

Beautiful British Columbia magazine slide albums

  • GR-3307
  • Series
  • [ca. 1966-1987]

Series consists of colour photographs taken by staff photographers in the Special Services Branch and its predecessor bodies, the Film and Photographic Branch and the Photographic Branch ca. 1960 to 1987. The photographs were taken mainly to illustrate Beautiful British Columbia magazine, a publication produced by the Ministry of Tourism, but could also be used for a variety of other publications and presentations. The photographs were taken using colour slide film. The slides were then given a classification number and filed in plastic sleeves in binders. The classification system consisted of region or subject group number followed by the image number. These images cover all areas of the province and depict natural scenes as well as towns and cities, individuals, groups, animals and plants. For indexes to these photographs, see the related series: Indexes to Beautiful British Columbia magazine photographs. Item level descriptions for over 7000 images from this series are available on the BC Archives Web site. Some of the images have been scanned and may be viewed online.

British Columbia. Special Services Branch

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