Series MS-2902 - Photograph files

W.A.C. Bennett campaigning. A moment of levity in the legislature; Premier W.A.C. Bennett at the centre. Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Premier W.A.C. Bennett on the bridge of a BC ferry. Unidentified trio. Mae, Mrs. W.A.C. Bennett. Aerial of Victoria's Inner Harbour. Cowichan Trading Co. Cowichan Trading Co. Cowichan sweater knitters, Duncan, BC. Cowichan sweater knitters, Duncan, BC. Cowichan sweater knitters, Duncan, BC. Greater Victoria Transit System. Marilyn Bell landing in Victoria after swimming the Strait of Juan de Fuca Premier W.A.C.  Bennett in promotional shot for BC apples; box 06/026 Another exciting day at the legislature in Victoria. Unidentified portrait. Unidentified politician. An unidentified piano tuner. An unidentified piano tuner. A gentleman preparing to take the plunge. Agnes George, nee Johnny; knitting a Cowichan pattern; the Butter Church on Comiaken Hill behind;... Craigdarroch Castle from the air. Craigdarroch Castle from the air; box 89-0805-003. An aerial view of Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria. Bill Bennett and Grace McCarthy Bill Bennett Marilyn Bell, at the age of seventeen; swimming the Strait of Juan de Fuca Marilyn Bell being helped out of the water after swimming the Strait of Juan de Fuca Government House, ablaze; Victoria. The chimneys of Government House as it burns to the ground; Victoria.
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  • [ca. 1945-1992] (Creation)

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46,868 photographs and 5 cm of textual records

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Series consists of colour and black and white photographs, including prints, contact sheets, negatives and transparencies taken by Jim Ryan between ca. 1945 and 1992.

The photographs are arranged alphabetically in subject categories although many of the subjects overlap and copies of the same photograph can appear in various subject files. Occasionally the photographs in the envelope do not match the subject heading. The negatives and transparencies are filed separately from the prints and although most of their subject headings coincide with the print files, some have different titles.

Very few photographs are identified beyond a general subject heading and almost none of them are dated. Most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area to illustrate local news stories written for various papers including the Victoria Daily Colonist and the Vancouver Sun. Some of the subject files have copies of the news stories or the newspaper articles included. Unidentified photographs are filed at the end.

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Some kind of file code numbers were written on some of the envelopes by Jim Ryan. The system is unknown. The negatives and transparencies have been filed in separate boxes by Archives staff. These boxes have been placed in cold storage for preservation purposes.

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Copyright assigned to the BC Archives - RBCM in 2006 by Donna Ryan
All reproductions must credit Jim Ryan

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MS-2900 News stories

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number(s): 198105-001(89-0805); 93-4627


Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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Includes 5789 photographs : b&w ; 969 photographs on 61 contact sheets ; 9989 photographs : col ; 16252 photographs : b&w ; negatives ; 2 photographs : b&w ; transparencies ; 12266 photographs : col. ; negatives ; 1601 photographs : col. ; transparencies

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