Series GR-3288 - Public Works correspondence photograph files

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Public Works correspondence photograph files

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  • graphic material

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  • 1910-1970 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

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549 photographs : b&w and col.

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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).

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Scope and content

Series consists of photographs created by the Department of Public Works to document buildings and other projects from 1910 to 1970. Although the original series consisted of a set of correspondence files which included correspondence, photographs and other material, the photographs were removed prior to microfilming in 1976. The microfilmed correspondence files were transferred separately and catalogued as GR-1615. The photograph files contain images of government buildings from around the province including interior, exterior and site shots. They are arranged by file number, taken from the original correspondence file. Files without a number are arranged alphabetically by area after the numbered sequence.

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

Immediate source of acquisition

Transferred from the Department of Public Works in 1976.


Photographs were originally in the correspondence files that are catalogued as GR-1615. The correspondence was microfilmed in 1976 and the photographs were removed before filming and transferred separately. The new photograph folders were marked with the numeric file code and title from the original subject file, if code and title existed.

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  • No access restrictions apply.
  • 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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No further accruals expected.

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Accession number(s): 198104-017

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Includes 488 b&w photographs, 58 col. photographs and 3 col. transparencies

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  • Box: 000622-0001