Item V1999:07/001.01 - The past in motion : British Columbia on film

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The past in motion : British Columbia on film

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  • moving images

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British Columbia Archives

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  • 1999 (Creation)
    British Columbia Archives

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1 videocassette (00:20:30) : first generation video master, colour/b&w, Betacam SP, sound ; 13 mm

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From 1893 to 1908 all archival functions were performed by the Legislative Library. In 1908 R.E. Gosnell was appointed as the first Provincial Archivist. The original name of the organization was the Provincial Archives, later expanded to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia (PABC). The archives grew alongside the legislative library, and shared the same building and facilities until 1970, and the same individual held the dual positions of Provincial Archivist and Legislative Librarian until 1974. On March 1, 1989, the Provincial Archives of British Columbia was merged with the Records Management Branch of the government of British Columbia to form the British Columbia Archives and Records Service (BCARS). In 1996, BCARS was united with the Information and Privacy Branch of government. The resulting organization was called the BC Information Management Services (BCIMS). This was divided into two sections with Information and Analysis Services providing for records management and information and privacy and Archives and Information Access branch representing the traditional archives as it existed before its merger with the records management branch in 1988. This administrative structure lasted for two years until 1998, when the Information and Privacy Branch was removed and the remaining portions were renamed the British Columbia Archives. This structure existed unchanged until 2003 when the British Columbia Archives was merged with the Royal British Columbia Museum as a branch of the Royal British Columbia Museum Crown Trust.

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The item is a promotional video containing a compilation of British Columbia film and video clips from the years 1899 to 1986, excerpted from items in the BC Archives' moving images collection. It was produced for screening at the British Columbia Archives' Open House in June 1999.

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BC Archives in-house production, 1999.


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A VHS reference copy is available for this item, V1999:07/001.04.
U-Matic video copy, V1999:07/001.02.
VHS video copy, V1999:07/001.03.

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No access restrictions apply.

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Copyright in the individual film clips are held by the copyright holders of the source films; compilation is copyright British Columbia Archives.

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Handout describing the clips in file V1999:07.

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Accession number(s): V1999:07

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Previously described a AAAA2342.

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producer/editor: Dennis J. Duffy; producer/editor: David Lemieux; producing agency/company: British Columbia Archives

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