Title and statement of responsibility area
Tourism and promotional films and videos
General material designation
- moving images
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Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- British Columbia. Ministry of Tourism (1980-1986)
Physical description area
223 films and 22 videocassettes
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Archival description area
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 1908/1986), 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.
Scope and content
The series consists of films and videotapes produced or acquired by the Ministry of Tourism government film unit responsible for creating and distributing tourism and promotional films about British Columbia.
Immediate source of acquisition
Transferred in multiple accessions between 1981 and 1992 from the Ministry of Tourism and from Government Information Services.
The films and videos were brought together by the BC Archives for this series, based on subject and medium.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
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.
There are lower level descriptions.
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
Moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.
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Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- British Columbia. Government Travel Bureau. Photographic Branch (Subject)
- British Columbia. Dept. of Recreation and Conservation. Photographic Branch (Subject)
- British Columbia. Dept. of Travel Industry. Film and Photographic Branch (Subject)
- British Columbia. Ministry of Tourism (1980-1986) (Subject)
- British Columbia. Government Information Services (Subject)