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Tourism and promotional films and videotapes
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- moving images
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
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Dates of creation area
- British Columbia. Ministry of Tourism (1980-1986)
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756 film reels, 9 video reels, 29 videocassettes
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Name of creator
The Ministry of Tourism was established in 1980 with the enactment of the Ministry of Tourism Act (SBC 1980, c. 33). Prior to 1980, many departments were responsible for tourism related functions. As early as 1894 the Bureau of Statistics compiled data on travellers in the province for the Attorney-General. This was followed by the creation of the Bureau of Industrial and Tourist Development that, between 1937 and 1967, formed part of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Dept. of Recreation and Conservation. The Dept. of Travel Industry was created in 1967 and dissolved in 1975. Between 1975 and 1980, tourism related functions were transferred to a succession of ministries including the Dept. of Recreation and Tourism, the Dept. of Recreation and Travel Industry, the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry, the Ministry of Tourism and Small Business Development, and the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Small Business. The mandate of the Ministry of Tourism was to promote and encourage the tourist industry, to provide information services, and to encourage development of the motion picture industry in the province. It was divided into two divisions, Marketing Division (sales) and Operations Division (services), each with five branches. A 1985 reorganization of the ministry created four branches: marketing, development, public affairs, and management services. In 1986, the Ministry of Tourism was renamed the Ministry of Tourism, Recreation and Culture (OIC 1908/86), at which time, functions relating to culture, recreation and historic resources were transferred from the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services and added to this ministry.
Name of creator
The Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services was established in 1871 under its first name, the office of Colonial Secretary, by authority of The Constitution Act of 1871 (SBC 1871, c. 147). Prior to that, the origins of this ministry were in the offices of the Colonial Secretaries for the Colony of Vancouver Island (1863-1866), the Colony of British Columbia (1864-1866) and the united colony of British Columbia (1866-1871). When British Columbia joined confederation in 1871, the name Colonial Secretary remained in place until April 1872 when a Provincial Secretary was named to assume the duties and functions (SBC 1872, c. 15). The mandate of the Provincial Secretary included all the powers, duties and functions held by provincial secretaries and registrars in other provinces of the Dominion of Canada. They included being the keeper of the Great Seal of the Province, with the authority to issues letters patent and commissions, and being the keeper of all registers and archives of the province and previous governments of the province. As with other departments, it was also the duty of the Provincial Secretary to make an annual report to the Lieutenant-Governor. The first annual report was produced in 1972. At various times, different agencies have been under the direction of the Provincial Secretary such as treasury and audit branches, Bureau of Mines, gold commissioners, Returned Soldiers’ Commission, Provincial Library and Archives, Provincial Board of Health, Vital Statistics, Provincial Home, and others. In most instances these agencies were later transferred to the control of new ministries established to administer the specific function or functions. At various times and for varying periods, the Provincial Secretary was responsible for industrial schools, mothers’ pensions, administration of the Infants’ Act, protection of historic sites, and arbitration of labour disputes. In 1947, the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary administered the Civil Service Commission, Government Printing Bureau, Superannuation Commission, mental hospitals, institution farms, homes for the aged, inspector of hospitals, and the Elections Act. In 1976, with the addition of travel and tourism functions from the Dept. of Recreation and Travel Industry, the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary was renamed the Ministry of the Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry (OIC 3199/76). Those functions were transferred out in 1978 to the Ministry of Tourism and Small Business Development. At the same time, the Provincial Secretary acquired responsibility for the Public Service Act, the Heritage Conservation Act, the British Columbia Buildings Corporation Act, and cultural services, library services, recreation, and fitness services functions from the Ministry of Recreation and Conservation. The ministry’s name was changed to the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services (OIC 3018/78) with the subsequent changes recorded in the revised statutes released the following year (RSBC 1979, c. 279). In 1988, the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Government Services was renamed the Ministry of Government Management Services. At the same time, the office of the Provincial Secretary, and some of the functions traditionally performed by the Provincial Secretary, such as protocol and special services, provincial elections, lottery grants administration, and Government House, were transferred to the Ministry of Tourism and Provincial Secretary (OIC 1312/88).
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The Ministry of Tourism was established in 1989 as the successor to the Ministry of Tourism and Provincial Secretary (OIC 1577/89). The functions of the ministry were to promote tourism and encourage the tourist industry of the province, and to provide information services for tourists. The ministry was dissolved in 1991 and all tourism functions were transferred to the Ministry of Development, Trade and Tourism (OIC 499/91).
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A collection of out-takes -- now housed on reels F1980:372/001 - 004 and described as AAAA2434, AAAA4573, AAAA4583, and AAAA4593 -- was transferred to the archivies from an unidentified government source, sometime prior to 1980.
Scope and content
The series consists of films and videotapes produced or acquired by the government film units responsible for creating and distributing tourism and promotional films about British Columbia.
Immediate source of acquisition
Transferred from the Ministry of Tourism and from Government Information Services, 1981-1992.
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Restrictions on access
No access restrictions apply.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright in most of this material is held by the Government of British Columbia.
PR-2234, the June Medd film collection, contains release prints of some early (1939-1949) productions by the British Columbia Government Travel Bureau.
No further accruals are expected.
Archives code(s): Series description was previously numbered AAAA8080.
Accession number(s): F1980:201; F1981:10; F1981:18; F1982:11; F1983:02; F1983:07; F1986:14; F1986:25; F1986:31; F1986:36; F1989:20; F1990:09; F1992:08; F1993:02; V1986:46; V1986:49; V1988:48; V1988:60; V1989:37; V1989:80
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