Series MS-2901 - W.A.C. Bennett photographs

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W.A.C. Bennett photographs

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  • graphic material

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  • [ca. 1912-1979] (Creation)

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5908 photographs

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Series consists of 5908 black and white and colour photographs, including prints, negatives and transparencies, of William Andrew Cecil Bennett (W.A.C. Bennett) taken between ca. 1912 and 1979.

Jim Ryan was Bennett's official photographer from 1955 and remained a friend up until Bennett's death in 1979. Many of these photographs were used in Ryan's book “My Friend, W.A.C. Bennett” which he published in 1980.

The earliest photographs of Bennett were probably acquired by Ryan from Bennett's family. Ryan arranged the photographs by subject although many of the subjects overlap and many copies of the same photograph appear in various subject files.

The subject categories include portraits of Bennett, by himself and with family, visitors and dignitaries; official functions; official visits and cabinet and legislative activities. The negatives and transparencies were kept in envelopes and slide boxes, often arranged by roll. Many are unidentified; BC Archives staff have added occasional identifying notes.

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The negatives and transparencies have been filed in separate boxes by Archives staff. These boxes have been placed in cold storage for preservation purposes.

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No access restrictions apply.
Conservation restriction: negatives and transparencies in cold storage are inaccessible.

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Copyright assigned to the BC Archives - RBCM in 2006 by Donna Ryan
All reproductions must credit Jim Ryan

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number(s): 198105-001, 89-0805


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

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Includes 2501 photographs : b&w, 2863 photographs : b&w ; negatives, 47 photographs : col., 295 photographs : col. ; negatives, 202 photographs : col. ; transparencies

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  • Box: 890805-0002
  • Box: 890805-0003
  • Box: 890805-0008
  • Box: 890805-0009
  • Box: 890805-0010