Fonds PR-2158 - John William Clark fonds

Ruskin dam under construction; photograph no. R.P. 334. Photograph No. 361, Ruskin development, general view taken from the upstream side, showing the da... "Permanent steel penstock and surge tank below tunnel", Powell and Lois Rivers developm... "Photograph no. R.P. 385, Ruskin development, view of the inside of the scroll case, showing... "Powerhouse, penstock and surge tank", Powell and Lois Rivers developments, photographe... "Penstock "Y" near powerhouse", Powell and Lois Rivers developments, photogra... "Looking downstream showing sharp bend in the temporary wood-stove pipeline", Powell an... "Temporary crib dam and woodstove pipe looking downstream", Powell and Lois Rivers deve... "The three main generators", Powell and Lois Rivers developments, photographer's no. P-4. "Photograph No. R.P. 388, Ruskin development, view showing turbine shaft below generator, an... Damsite in Stave River at Ruskin. "Photograph no. R.P. 139, Ruskin development, view taken from south side, showing powerhouse... "Photograph No. R.P. 384, Ruskin development, view of the powerhouse and high tension switch... "Ruskin H.T. Line, first tower north of Fraser River, taken from north side", photograp... Ruskin dam under construction with railway tracks on right; photograph no. R.P. 336. "Lower end of machine showing the drying apparatus etc.", Powell and Lois Rivers develo... "Upper end of the long machine manufacturing paper", Powell and Lois Rivers development... "Valley of the Stave at Ruskin site looking toward Fraser River". "Damsite on Stave River at Ruskin". "The Stave River at Ruskin Damsite". BC Hydro's Ruskin development; crane and aggregate processing plant; photograph no. R.P. 180. "Intake screens interior, air washer and cooler, no. 3 plant, W.K.P. and L. Company, South S... "Blower, air washer and cooler building, no. 3 plant, W.K.P. and L. Company, South Slocan&qu... "Intake screens, exterior air cooler and washer builing, no. 3 plant, W.K.P. and L. Company&... "Headwaters, no. 3 plant W.K.P. and L. Company", no. 2; print title. "Photograph no. R.P. 134, Ruskin development, view taken from the west side showing powerhou... "Photograph no. R.P. 138, Ruskin development; view taken from the south side, looking up can... "Photograph no. R.P. 135, Ruskin development, view taken from north side, showing upstream e... Ruskin development, view of power plant under construction and railway bridge, photograph no. R.P... Ruskin development, view of river with temporary road and railway tracks, photograph no. R.P. 226.
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John William Clark fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
  • Source of title proper: Previously known as the "J.W. Clark collection" and the Major J.W. Clark collection."

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  • 1910-1932 (Creation)
    Clark, John William

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ca. 3500 photographs and 1 cm of textual records

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The fonds consists of photographs and lecture notes for slide shows, which document the history of hydro-electric power, irrigation and agriculture, spanning all areas of the province, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s. Clark appears to have collected the photographs from diverse sources; many appear to relate to his activities with the South Okanagan Irrigation Project, and work for the Department of Lands, Water Rights Branch. For the most part, photographers are not identified. Clark may have been the photographer for some, but a large number appear to have been taken by other government employees or other professional photographers. Some photographs are attributed to the Royal Canadian Air Force and to numerous commercial photographers including: L. Stocks, George A. Meeres, C. Peel Nelson and Harry Bullen. Some photographs have annotations labeling them as “Water Rights Branch” photos or slides. In indexing his collection, Clark also indicated some of the photos have a relationship to the “Forest Branch.” The fonds also consists of an inventory of the slides, with slide show notes. These include: “Useful Notes for Lecture Work on B.C Water Powers” (October 1931), and “Illustrated Lecture on the South Okanagan Irrigation Project, featuring the Engineering” (December 1928), and “Lecture notes for slide show on Hydro-Electric development in BC” (April to June 1931), annotated with “JW Clark, Water Rights Branch.” Subjects include the South Okanagan Irrigation Project and other irrigation projects around BC, dams and hydro-electric generating plants, waterfalls and water pumps, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, bridges, canals and locks, agriculture, agricultural experiment stations, gardens and horticulture, ranches and ranch life, farm buildings, farm life, fruit orchards, tobacco and other crops. Subjects also include: forestry, logging, silviculture, pulp and paper mills and manufacturing, landscapes, parks, railroad tracks, buildings and bridges. In particular, there are photographs relating to the West Kootenay Power and Light Company and of water power projects including Bonnington Falls, Stave River, Buntzen River, Britannia Creek, Powell River, Link River, the Ruskin dam and power development, and of hydro-electric power installations in other Canadian provinces.

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Donated by John William Clark in November, 1931.


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Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.

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The photographs were created prior to January 1, 1949 and are consequently in the public domain.

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A finding aid is available, which includes the creator's original index/inventory. In the catalogue on the Archives website, there are item-level descriptions, some of which include the digital image.

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Archives code(s): 198210-004.

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Accession number(s): 198210-004


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The fonds consists of prints, negatives (including glass plate negatives) and lantern slides.

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