Series GR-3285 - Public building photographs

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Public building photographs

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  • graphic material

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  • 1964-1971 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

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54 b&w and col. photographs
43 col. separation negatives

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Biographical history

The Dept. of Public Works was established in 1908 with the enactment of the Department of Public Works Act (SBC 1908, c. 41). The Dept. of Public Works was a successor to the Lands and Works Dept. The mandate of the Dept. of Public Works included construction and maintenance of government offices and buildings, public highways, bridges, wharves, river-bank protection, and maintenance of ferry and steamboat services.

In 1947 the work of the department was divided into district offices, an Architect’s Branch, Accounting Branch, Engineering Branch, and Equipment Branch. The department was also responsible for boiler inspection and electrical energy inspection.

In 1955, the responsibility for highways was transferred to the newly formed Dept. of Highways. At this time, the Dept. of Public Works, under the revised Department of Public Works Act (SBC 1955, c. 65), consisted of the Architectural Branch, Boiler Inspection Division, Electrical Energy Inspection Division, and Gas Inspection Division.

In 1975 the Dept. of Public Works was dissolved and its functions were merged with the functions of the Dept. of Highways to form the Dept. of Highways and Public Works (OIC 3842/75).

Custodial history

Transferred by the Dept. of Public Works in multiple accessions, ca. 1975. Additional 17 colour prints and 43 colour separation negatives found in the collection in 2021.

Scope and content

The series consists of photographs of public buildings from the Dept. of Public Works. The series includes photographs 1968-1971 of an unused design for the Netherlands Carillion and pictures of the bells before they were shipped to Canada.

The series includes 31 interior and exterior colour prints of the Terrace Vocational School and two oversized matted colour prints of the interior and exterior of the provincial government offices in Oliver.

The series also includes 17 interior and exterior colour prints (13 in card folder frames and four stamped on the verso with "Williams Bros. Photographers Ltd. 555 Granville St., Vancouver, 2, B.C. Phone Mu. 4-8588") and 43 colour separation negatives of the British Columbia Vocational School (BCVS) in Burnaby and a plaque erected by the Municipality of Cranbrook Centennial Committee in 1967.

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  • Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage is inaccessible.

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Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

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Accession number(s): 197901-099; 197912-008


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

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  • Box: 000469-002