Fonds PR-2156 - William S. Lythgoe fonds

Pacific Hotel, Hosmer Kootenay Hotel, Natal. Venezia Hotel, Natal. Alexandra Hotel, Natal. Michel Hotel, Natal. Summit Inn, Crowsnest "The Halfway [House]", Esquimalt Road, Victoria Tudor House, Esquimalt Road, Victoria The Gorge Hotel, Tillcum Road; Gorge Bridge in foreground. The Six Mile House, Parson's Bridge, near Victoria Colwood Inn, Island Highway, Victoria Tzouhalem Hotel, Duncan Commercial Hotel, Duncan Somass Hotel, Port Alberni King Edward Hotel, Port Alberni Beaufort Hotel, Port Alberni Kingsway Hotel, Port Alberni Maple Ridge Hotel Burrard Hotel, Port Moody Tourist Hotel, Port Moody Lynnwood Hotel, North Vancouver Windsor Hotel, Dawson Creek Dew Drop Inn, Dawson Creek Hart Hotel, Pouce Coupe Dawson Hotel, Dawson Creek; see also Windsor Hotel. Columbia Hotel, Rolla Pomeroy Hotel, Fort St. John Condell Hotel, Fort St. John Hudson's Hope Hotel. Fort Nelson Hotel
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William S. Lythgoe fonds

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  • [ca. 1940-1960] (Creation)
    Lythgoe, William Scott

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220 photographs and 1 cm of textual records

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William Scott Lythgoe was born in 1905 in Hexham, Northumberland, England, and married Dorothy Adeline Meredith in Vancouver in 1933. He was an inspector for the Liquor Control Board in the 1950s and 1960s (and possibly earlier). He lived in Victoria, Vancouver and Burnaby. He died in Vancouver in 1979 at age 73.

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The fonds consists of photographs of hotels, motels, public houses, bars, taverns, and saloons in all regions of British Columbia; the locations are predominantly rural areas and small towns. While focusing on the buildings, the photos also contain subjects which include: people, automobiles, parking lots, street scenes, bridges, and business establishments such as stores and restaurants. The photographs probably date from the 1940s and 1950s. The photographer(s) are not identified.

The photographs probably relate to Lythgoe's activities as an inspector for the B.C. Liquor Control Board. That body created beer license files which often contained photographs. The fonds also consists of a photocopy of a seven page key/index for the photos, broken down by regions of the province. However, the key has inaccuracies when compared against the photographs. There are annotations on the reverse side of some of the photographs, providing some historical information and description of the buildings.

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Originals given on loan by William S. Lythgoe, for copying by B.C Archives, ca. 1975-1976.


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Photographs created prior to January 1, 1949 are in the public domain. The copyright holder for photographs created after January 1, 1949 is unknown. Credit to: William S. Lythgoe and the B.C. Archives.

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220 item-level descriptions and digital images are available through the catalogue on the Archives website.

Associated materials

For additional records related to the Liquor Control Board, see: GR-0048 Liquor Control Board beer license files 1941 - 1954, GR-0052, and GR-0770 Liquor Control Board correspondence and licence files, 1925-1954.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Archives code(s): 198207-075.

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Accession number(s): 198207-075

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  • Box: 000793-0001