Series MS-3423 - Photographs

David Ferguson, who started the town of Ferguson in 1892 David Ferguson with pack-train going to Triune Mine being operated while owned by them Main street, town of Ferguson, Lardeau Mining division, X marks Ferguson house One of Andy Daney's freight teams Thomson Landing, near Beaton; showing the first teacher, Mr. Thomson and his pupils. Freight wagons in a small town. Andy Daney's freight wagon on the bridge at Halfway Creek near Ferguson, BC.

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  • [188-?]-1963 (Creation)

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564 photographs : b&w

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The series consist collected photographs of the Kootenay region, primarily dating from the early 1900s. The photographs document families, landscapes, and activities in Beaton, Camborne, Trout Lake, Ferguson, Sandon, Silverton, St. Leon, Arrowhead and Arrow Lakes, Comaplix, and the Lardeau region. Many of the photographs show mines and stage coaches.

The photographs appear to have been collected by Fred Lade, a resident of the area, and he is presumed to have created the arrangement structure (see below). The arrangement suggests that some photographs were collected from other individuals or families (e.g. Gunterman, Angus, etc). The majority of the photographs have been identified on the verso and these captions are available in the file lists at lower-level descriptions. The captions are presumed to have been provided by Fred Lade.

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The photographs are arranged by location/subject, although the arrangement is not always consistent. It is presumed that Fred Lade developed the arrangement of the photographs. Photographs (originals, copyprints, and negatives) are arranged primarily by location within alphabetical files (see file level descriptions). Many of the files correspond to locations (Beaton, Ferguson, etc.), however some otherwise correspond to individuals (Mrs. Angus, Mattie Gunterman, etc). It is possible that photographs associated with individuals were collected by Fred Lade from those individuals. Some photographs are arranged by size and there are files that contain oversized mounted prints, the subjects of which relate to other files in the fonds.

Multiple copies of photographs exist--some created by Fred Lade and some created by BC Archives--and these are filed across different files: a copyprint may be found in "E. Trout Lake" while the original is found in "A. Beaton." Staff have aimed to link original photographs with copies without removing photographs from either file.

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Some of the photographs have been digitized as of 2020. A much larger number have been catalogued using the old HP system and copyprints were created. The copyprints and copy negatives are stored with the original photographs in 000778-0002. Some original photographs were returned to the Gunterman family after BC Archives created copyprints.

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All photographs created 1949 and earlier are in the public domain. Photographs created after 1949 are assumed to be copyrighted.

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Accession number: 198207-037

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