Fonds PR-0264 - Times-Colonist fonds

Construction of docks at Ogden Point Construction of docks at Ogden Point Cadborosaurus Douglas Street looking north from the top of the Campbell Building in the snow Baseball season opening, Eagles vs. Pitzer & Nex Baseball season opening, Eagles vs. Pitzer & Nex Baseball season opening, Eagles vs. Pitzer & Nex Baseball players Boy with parsnip War effort, silver display War effort, sorting newspapers and magazines for overseas War effort, Princess Elizabeth's doll collection display War effort, war saving certificates War effort, bundles for Britain Nurses in an air raid shelter Shipyard worker Shipyard worker Shipyard worker Shipyard worker Ship launching Shipyard worker Ship under construction Ship under construction Ship under construction at Esquimalt Shipyard workers leaving work Shipyard workers leaving work Douglas Roller Gardens, 2855 Douglas Street Douglas Roller Gardens interior , 2855 Douglas Street Roller skating performance, Pat Bay? Fire department training tower at the rear of the fire hall, Fisgard Street Interior of City Market.  Vancouver Island Turkey Improvement Association event Interior of City Market.  Vancouver Island Turkey Improvement Association event Chinese school, Fisgard Street Victoria Day parade, Yates Street Armoured car and security men on Broad Street (in front of Brackman and Ker) Fire at Rock Bay Fire at Rock Bay Vancouver Island Athletic Association (VIAA) float in front of Dr. Fraser's house on Brought... Group at beach.  Possibly Gorge Victoria Cougars players with boy in trench coat Victoria Cougars hockey game at Memorial Arena Victoria Cougars hockey game at Memorial Arena Victoria Cougars team portrait Concert at Memorial Arena Douglas Street looking north from top of Campbell Building Government Street looking north from Courtney Street Parade on Yates Street Looking north on Quadra Street from Pandora Avenue. 1515 Quadra on right War effort, Chinese backed Victory Loan drive War effort, Bundles for Britain.  Netta Hunter, left and Edith Aaronson, right
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Times-Colonist fonds

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  • Photographs

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  • [ca. 1900]-[1983] (Creation)

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175,000 photographs : negatives

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Victoria's Times-Colonist newspaper was established in 1980 when the Daily Colonist and the Victoria Times merged.

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Fonds consists of glass plate negatives and 4x5 and 35mm black and white safety film negatives taken by staff and free lance photographers for the Daily Colonist and the Victoria Daily Times, The Express and the Times-Colonist newspapers. The negatives date from approximately 1900 to 1991.

The negatives relate to the following subjects: news events; scenes of the city and surrounding area including buildings, city streets, and views; some up-island locations including Duncan, Nanaimo and Ladysmith; commercial and industrial activities such as store fronts and interiors, and manufacturing operations; sporting events; military personnel and activities; war effort activities; recreational activities; school and church activities; transportation and shipbuilding as well as individual and group portraits which appeared in the “Society” section. The latter include anniversary, wedding, christening and engagement portraits.

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Fonds consists of 6 series based on who took the photograph for what newspaper (newspaper initials in parentheses):

1. RL Pocock (DC) 1890s-1930s
2. William Halkett (VDT) 1948-1983
3. Irving Strickland (VDT) 1964-1975
4. Staff photographers (VDT, Strickland, Halkett et al) 1938-1959
5. Staff photographers (DC) 1940-1965
6. Staff photographers 1942-1947 [dates are approximate]

Fonds consists of nine separate accessions acquired by the BC Archives and the City of Victoria Archives over the course of twenty five years. Although there are 175,000 negatives in total, only 14,000 are currently accessible at the item level. More will become available in the future.

Arrangement is by subject headings created for this fonds, as no discernible original order was maintained (e.g. by date in the paper). Envelopes containing up to 7 negatives each are filed by top term (TT) by date, then narrow term (NT) by date. Undated negatives are placed at the beginning of each topical group.

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