Title and statement of responsibility area
Public relations photographs
General material designation
- graphic material
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
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Statement of scale (cartographic)
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- British Columbia. Special Services Branch
Physical description area
1.4 m of graphic material
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Archival description area
Name of creator
The Special Services Branch was formed in 1977 when all film and photographic services of the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry were amalgamated under this name. In December 1978 the branch was transferred to the Ministry of Tourism and Small Business Development. In January of 1980 Special Services Branch became part of the Marketing Division of the Ministry of Tourism. The branch disappeared in the 1983/84 restructuring of the Ministry of Tourism. The purpose of the branch was to provide photographic services to all ministries, to maintain the ministry film library and to produce Beautiful British Columbia magazine.
Special Services Branch was dissolved in 1983 and PR functions were transferred to Government Information Services. These records were transferred to the BC Archives in 1988 from Government Information Services.
Scope and content
The series consists of photographs created by the Special Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism and Government Information Services between 1980 and 1985 to document government activities for public relations purposes. There are 544 35mm rolls of colour and black and white film arranged by file number, date and title. Each file contains one or more rolls of film documenting a particular event. The file number consists of the last two digits of the year the event happened combined with the number of the file, eg. 80-001. In addition to the negative rolls of film, contact sheets were created and identified with the file number, roll number and title. The contact sheets are all b&w and were clearly used for quick reference. The events documented include official government activities such as the opening of buildings, delegations and other official visits, awards, tours, festivals and games.
Immediate source of acquisition
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
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Restrictions on access
- No access restrictions apply.
- Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage is inaccessible.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
A file list is available in the accession file. Copies of the file lists are in the boxes with the contact prints.
No further accruals expected.
Accession number(s): 199003-005
Files 80-001-80-032; 81-001-81-042; 82-001-82-048; 83-001-83-023; 84-001-84-024; 85-001-85-012
Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.
Includes 544 rolls of 35 mm film ; b&w and col. ca. 12,500 photographs ; negative and ca. 12,500 photographs : b&w on contact sheets.