Series MS-3394 - Photograph albums

Photograph album of Mrs. A. H. Maynard, 1872 - 1892 Photograph album of the Maynard family Photograph album of the Maynard family Photograph album of the Maynard family

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Photograph albums

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  • graphic material

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the content of the series.
  • Attributions and conjectures: The series is attributed to the Maynard family.

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MS-3394

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  • [ca. 1872-1926] (Creation)

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Physical description

5 photographic albums, 413 photographs and 1 cm of textual records (3 pages)

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(1832-1934)

Custodial history

Family photograph albums in accessions MS-2951, 198107-058, MS-3362, MS-3363, and MS-3364 have unknown provenance. These albums were found in the Visual Records unit, BC Archives between the 1970s to the 1990s, also later in the 2010s.

Scope and content

This series consists of five 19th and 20th-century family photograph albums. The albums were created to document several generations of the Maynard family from the 1870s to 1920s, primarily through Victorian-era studio portraiture produced in Victoria, British Columbia. It includes the albums attributed to Albert Hatherly Maynard (1857-1934), his wife Adelaide M. Graham (1859-1892) and their daughter Lillian Elizabeth Maynard (1884-1966). Albums contain card mounted studio portraits, snapshots, a few composite works and a small number of textual materials. The bulk of the photographs are portraits attributed to Hannah Maynard (1834-1918) of Mrs. R. Maynard’s Photographic Gallery (1862?-1912) based in Victoria, British Columbia. A small number of snapshots, composite works and other photographs are attributed to Lillian E. Maynard, photographer Richard Maynard (1832-1907), other commercial photography studios, as well as works by other photographers whose identity is not stated.

Of the other commercial photographic studios and photographers with marketed prints featured in the albums in this series, the following are featured here: Washington based “Roberts & Kautz” and “Peiser’s Art Studio”/“Theo E. Peiser” (Seattle), as well as “A L. Jackson” (Tacoma). There are also works from other photographers located in the United States including: “[Will] A. Peek” (Yaquina, Oregon) and “Taber” (San Francisco). Canadian photographers and photographic businesses represented here include: “R. & H. O’Hara Photographers, BookSellers, Insurance Agents & c.,” (Bowmanville, Ontario) and “E.W. Burnham Photo” (Cannington, Ontario), as well as photographers located in England, namely “H Thorn” (Bude Haven), “Bradley & Ruloeson” and “J. Hawke” (Plymouth).

Some of the studio portrait styles reflected in the albums include headshots, side profiles, as well as mid and full-length likenesses which depict children, youth and adult sitters photographed either as individual portraits or as group photographs. There are a range of print formats represented here including cartes de visite, cabinet cards, boudoir cards, a small number of gem sized prints and tintype miniature portraits. Some of the albums contain hand-painted photographs, and highlight different examples of Maynard Studio imprints and card mount designs. Other materials include several business cards and a few seasonal greeting cards.

In some instances, albums contain annotations on album pages and sometimes on the verso of prints. Information, when present, can consist of names, occasionally the age of the subject or the price of the print and in several instances, an inscription or dedication. Many of the prints are not identified.

Generally, there does not appear to be associated photograph numbers for the original negatives present on album pages or prints in this series. Some albums contain popular Maynard family images that appear repeatedly across Maynard family albums.

Finally, albums reflect several examples of Victorian card album design, as well as family album use and personalization through the display, sequencing and arrangements of portraits

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Physical condition

Some of the albums and prints in this series are damaged. Several of the albums have spine damage, missing covers or metal clasps. There are minor tears on some album pages and prints.

Many of the prints in these albums are adhered to album pages or tightly enclosed in album card sleeves which limits access to information and studio imprints that may be present on the verso of these photographs. There are signs of deterioration on a number of prints (e.g. spotting, surface dirt, the yellowing of images) which may obscure some of the visual information. Finally, there are photographs absent from album pages, which can limit the information on the construction of the album including display, sequencing and arrangements of portraits.

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Availability of other formats

Modern copy prints are available for some of the photographs in this series. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these reference materials.

Restrictions on access

One of the prints in album MS-2951 depicts the cultural heritage, knowledge and information of a number of First Nations in British Columbia. This may include intellectual property (designs, images, crafts and artistic styles), heritage sites, traditional activities and lifeways and material culture objects. Within this, some photographs may contain culturally sensitive information. Culturally sensitive information within still images (photographs) can include burials, archaeological objects, religious or sacred objects, cemeteries and sacred places. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of this record.

Regarding all items in this series, for conservation reasons access provided to original is limited. Researchers should consult the online reference image prior to consulting the original.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

One of the prints in album MS-2951 depicts the cultural heritage, knowledge and information of a number of First Nations in British Columbia. This may include intellectual property (designs, images, crafts and artistic styles), heritage sites, traditional activities and lifeways and material culture objects. Within this, some photographs may contain culturally sensitive information. Culturally sensitive information within still images (photographs) can include burials, archaeological objects, religious or sacred objects, cemeteries and sacred places.

Regarding all items in this series, items are in the public domain.

Please contact the BC Archives to determine the use, reproduction, and publication status of these records.

Finding aids

Associated materials

Associated materials:
There are associated materials available. See item records for MS-2951, MS-3334, MS-3362, MS-3363 and MS-3364 for specific details.

Related Materials
There are related materials available. See item records for MS-2951, MS-3334, MS-3362, MS-3363 and MS-3364 specific details.

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Accruals

General note

The albums in this series contain descriptive information from a variety of sources and include creators, collectors and current and past BC Archives staff.

General note

Accession number(s): MS-2951,198107-058, MS-3362, MS-3363, MS-3364

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Archives code(s): MS-2951, MS-3334, MS-3362, MS-3363, MS-3364

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Location(s): 002022-0001, 000343-0214, 000343-0946, 000343-0947, 000343-0949.

General note

Archives code (s): Photographic prints in this series have been identified with several identifiers (e.g. call numbers) throughout the period of custody with the BC Archives. This regularly includes a HP (historical photograph) number. It also includes an associated negative number. An image may also have a separate identifier relating to the production of a digital surrogate. Some photographs have been assigned more than one HP number over time for the same image. See item records for MS-2951, MS-3334, MS-3362, MS-3363 and MS-3364 for specific details.

General note

Location(s): 002022-0001, 000343-0214, 000343-0946, 000343-0947, 000343-0949.

Physical description

Many of the card mounted prints contained in these albums feature a range of Maynard imprints in a number of different type fonts, imprint designs and card mount styles.

Physical description

Some of the albums in this series contain card mounted prints with imprints from other photographers and photographic studios with addresses located in Canada, the United States and England.

Signatures note

Signatures for Maynard photographers, including Lillian E. Maynard, Richard Maynard and Hannah Maynard, are present on the album pages or photographic prints of some of the albums featured in this series.

Physical description

There are a number of inscriptions present within some of the albums featured in this series, including inscriptions contained on album pages or photographic prints.

Accompanying material

There are accompanying materials available. See item records for MS-2951, MS-3334, MS-3362, MS-3363 and MS-3364 for specific details.

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