Series GR-3445 - Premier's office audio series

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Premier's office audio series

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  • 1973-1980 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Office of the Premier

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292 audio cassettes, 1 audio reel, assorted transcripts

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Biographical history

The Office of the Premier includes the Premier, the Deputy Minister to the Premier, the Chief of Staff, Cabinet Operations and other administrative branches.
The name has had slight changes through its history:
1871-1988 Office of the Premier
1988-1993 Office of the Premier and Executive Council
1993-2000 Office of the Premier and Cabinet Office
2000-2001 Office of the Premier
2001- Office of the Premier and Cabinet Office

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Scope and content

The series comprises audio recordings of two British Columbia Premiers, David Barrett and W.R. Bennett (as well as some of their cabinet ministers), heard at news conferences, press events, election campaign stops, speeches, announcements, and media interviews, 1973-1980.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Received from the Premier's Office, 1976-1981.


In the 1970s and early 1980s, the BC Archives assigned accession or call numbers to oral history interviews according to the interviewee, rather than the source of the material. In this system, all recordings with a given person were filed under a single call number. For this reason, interviews in this series are interfiled with other interviews of the same individual -- most notably, material created by BC Radio News. Care must be taken to ensure the correct atrribution of individual recordings.

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Availability of other formats

  • Transcripts are available for several of the recordings; for details, see the item-level descriptions.
  • 24 of the items in this series exist only as paper transcripts or summaries; no tapes are available.

Restrictions on access

No access restrictions apply.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

  • Copyright in most items is assumed to be held by the Government of British Columbia.
  • Copyright in the recordings of broadcast or print interviews may be held by the respective broadcasters, news organizations, or journalists.

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Item-level descriptions are available on-line.

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

Accession number(s): T0995; T1209; T1250; T1703; T1704; T1705; T1706; T1707; T1708; T1709; T1710; T1711; T1712; T3208; T3859


Sound recording originals are in cool storage.

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