Series - Government photographs records

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Government photographs records

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    • 1936-1995, predominant 1971-1995 (Creation)

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    Physical description

    ca. 420,500 negatives

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    Administrative history

    The Publicity Bureau was established when publicity functions were transferred from Executive Council. It was transferred to Economic Affairs in 1948.

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    The Publicity Bureau was established in 1948 when it was transferred from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. It was transferred to Provincial Secretary in 1959.

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    The Film and Photographic Branch was established on April 1, 1948. The role of the Branch was to provide the Government of Alberta with in-house film and photographic services. It was transferred to the Provincial Secretary in 1959.

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    The Film and Photographic Branch was formed in 1959 when it was transferred from Economic Affairs. It was transferred to Industry and Development in 1961.

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    The Film and Photographic Branch was transferred from Provincial Secretary to the Ministry of Industry and Development in 1961. It was transferred to the new Ministry of Industry and Tourism in 1968.

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    The Film and Photographic Branch was transferred from Industry and Development to the new Ministry of Industry and Tourism in 1968. It disbanded in 1972.

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    Order in Council 191/72 authorized the formation of the Public Affairs Bureau. Order in Council 555/73 defined its mandate as being responsible for: the promotion of widespread interest in the Province of Alberta, its resources, development, people and in the activities of the Government; public relations, advertising and information services and related functions required by every department of the Government; all Government advertising, publications and printing. It was transferred to the Ministry of Government Services in 1975.

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    The Public Affairs Division was established in 1975 when the Public Affairs Bureau was transferred to Government Services. It disbanded in 1982 when responsibility for public affairs was transferred to a Minister without Portfolio.

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    Starting in 1982, the Public Affairs Bureau reported to William Payne, Minister without Portfolio. In 1983, Order in Council 503/1983 under the Public Service Act (R.S.A. 1980, c. P–32) designated the Public Affairs Bureau as a department for the purposes of the Public Service Act. Subsequently, the Public Affairs Bureau reported directly to Payne as a Minister without Portfolio (1982-1986), the Minister of Advanced Education (1986-1989) and finally Executive Council (1989-2017). It disbanded in 2017.

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    Scope and content

    The series consists of photographic images created for or by the Government of Alberta. The images include scenes of:

    • Governors-General, Lieutenant-Governors, Premiers, Ministers, politicians, Members of the Legislative Assembly, deputy ministers, civil servants, and members of government boards and committees;

    • official government events and ceremonies, including royal visits, tours, conferences, official presentations, trade missions, and trade show displays;

    • Indigenous and Metis peoples, including scenes of traditional activities and community events;

    • government buildings, such as the Legislature Building, the Jubilee Auditoria, hospitals, jails, courthouses, local provincial buildings, and Alberta Liquor Control Board facilities;

    • tourism, sport and recreation activities, including skiing, curling, golfing, hockey, camping, swimming, and other activities;

    • local communities, including aerial views, main streets, as well as facilities and buildings such as town halls, arenas, apartment buildings, churches, community halls, swimming pools, stadiums, office buildings, restaurants, television stations, libraries, hospitals, hotels and motels, shopping centers, neighborhoods and houses;

    • provincial and community events such as coronation celebrations, concerts, picnics, rodeos, regattas, the 1955 Golden Jubilee activities, the 1967 Canadian centennial celebrations, the 75th Anniversary celebrations in 1980, festivals, winter carnivals, Christmas displays, the Calgary Stampede, and the Edmonton Exhibition / Klondike Days;

    • commercial activities, such as movie productions, ranches, breweries, potteries, chemical plants, canneries, meat packers, mines, wool mills, factories, oil rigs, oil fields, pipelines, gas plants, refineries, and other industries;

    • agricultural activities, such as farming, irrigation projects and dams, creameries, dairies, grain elevators, Master Farm Families, 4-H programs, agricultural schools, and seed cleaning plants;

    • transportation infrastructure, such as roads, highways, bridges, airports, railway stations, and ferries;

    • landscape and wildlife scenes, including views of parks, mountains, lakes, rivers, badlands, buffalo and other animals;

    • health promotion activities, including blood donation clinics, vaccination and tuberculosis screening;

    • cultural activities, such as art shows, museums, paintings, plays, and exhibitions; and

    • other events such as fires, floods, fire prevention training, and accidents.

    The series also includes a number of photographic prints and slides produced from the negatives.

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    Physical condition

    Immediate source of acquisition

    The records were acquired by direct transfer and through records schedules 1976/102 and 1981/020.


    The images are arranged by photo job number.

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        Restrictions on access

        There are no restrictions on access.

        Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

        Subject to the Copyright Act. Permission for use required.

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        Some file and item lists are available.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

        General note

        Includes all or parts of accessions GR1973.0466, GR1976.0377, GR1981.0160, GR1986.0438, GR1987.0014, GR1987.0139, GR1988.0612, GR1989.0332, GR1989.0516, GR1994.0223, GR1995.0048, and GR2000.0802.

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