Title and statement of responsibility area
Provincial Education Media Centre photographs
General material designation
- graphic material
- textual record
- multiple media
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
[ca. 1947-1978] (Creation)
- British Columbia. Provincial Educational Media Centre
Physical description area
ca. 4100 photographs and 5 cm of textual records
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
In 1970-71 the Division of Audio-visual Services name was changed to the Audio-visual Services Branch. On April 1, 1974 this name was changed to the Provincial Educational Media Centre.
Transferred from Provincial Education Media Centre (PEMC) to Government Information Services' (GIS) image bank, circa 1979. Records were subsequently transferred to BC Archives upon dissolution of GIS in 1988.
Scope and content
The series consists of photographic negatives produced by PEMC, and predecessor agencies including the Division of School of Radio Broadcasts, Division of Visual Education, Division of Audio-Visual Services and Audio-Visual Services Branch. These agencies were responsible for providing media services to public education institutions. The records document school sites and educational programs for elementary, secondary, college and university students in British Columbia.
Subjects often relate to specific classes and schools, and include: projects and performances; facilities; ceremonies; teachers, staff and government officials; students; and displays and exhibits for promotional purposes. Included are some copy photos depicting schools and classes from the 1880s to 1920s. Records' arrangement based on original PEMC numbers. These numbers appear to reflect a general arrangement by date and subject matter. Records include PEMC numbers: PEMC45001-PEMC52881, PEMC74/1/1-PEMC75/86/4, and PEMC7591-PEMC7780. The series also includes two indexes or item lists, the first created by the PEMC and the second by either the PEMC or the GIS and amended by the BC Archives. These indexes are incomplete and are stored in container 000352-0014.
Many negatives are emitting acetic acid (vinegar syndrome).
Immediate source of acquisition
There is no documentation explaining PEMC's original numbering systems.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Copy negatives are available.
Restrictions on access
- No access restrictions apply.
- Records in cold storage are not accessible.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright belongs to the government of British Columbia. Any published records will come into the public domain 50 years from the date of publication. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine which records have been published.
Incomplete indexes/item lists available in container 000352-0014. Selected described items and associated scans are available as lower level descriptions.
- Box list available in accession file.
Related government records include: GR-1561 (textual records) 1972- 1975, GR-1791 (textual records) 1983, GR-3378 (audio records).
No further accruals expected.
The original index created by either PEMC or GIS ca. 1980 has been added to and amended by the BC Archives. The most complete version is now stored in the accession file. A copy is the index/item list referred to within the scope and content and stored in container 000352-0014.
Accession number(s): 199003-004
Previously known as AAAA0833
Negatives rehoused and scanned onto BC Archives visual records database, 1999.
Negatives in cold storage.
Acetate negatives ; b&w.
Standard number area
Place access points
Name access points
- British Columbia. Division of Visual Education (Subject)
- British Columbia. Division of Audio-visual Services (Subject)
- British Columbia. Government Information Services (Subject)
- British Columbia. Provincial Educational Media Centre (Subject)
- British Columbia. Division of School Radio Broadcasts (Subject)