Photographs from the post 1962 numeric classification system [graphic material]
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Photographs from the post 1962 numeric classification system [graphic material]Hierarchical level:SeriesDate:1896-1980.Reference:R1196-11-1-EType of material:PhotographsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:205822Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsSeries includes:134 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1896-1980.Place of creation:CanadaExtent:ca. 247 500 photographs: various formatsLanguage of material:EnglishAdded language of material:English, FrenchScope and content:The series consists of photographic records from the post 1962 numeric classification system. This classification system is a two block numeric sequence. The first block of numbers refers to the year the image was taken or the year it was integrated into the new classification scheme and the second number is assigned by the ascending numeric order of the image. This classification was likely used between 1962 and ca. 1982.
The series consists of photographs covering different aspects of Canadian life including economic, political, and social. It contains a large number of photographs of rural landscapes, cities, national and international political figures, Canadian industry, as well as photographs of Norman Bethune and Robert Peary's Arctic exploration. The series also contains photographs that were commissioned for use by specific government departments. Some photographs were featured in the NFB Photostories.
Please consult the linked accession records for more information.Provenance:Additional name(s):Biography/Administrative history:National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque : In 1942 the National Film Board of Canada established a photography division whose mission was to specialize in documentary photography. The division's purpose was to boost domestic confidence and increase the patriotic sentiment among the Canadian public by documenting activities of the army and the civilian population taking part in the war effort. In the 1950s, the division changed its focus to documenting everyday Canadian life, thereby promoting tourism, industry, and Canada's natural resources for the national and international audiences. In 1970s, the section of the photo division responsible for production of documentary photography came under the jurisdiction of Information Canada. The responsibility of artistic aspects of photography remained with the NFB. The Photothèque was re-established in the NFB in 1975/1976 after the Photothèque at Information Canada closed. The Photothèque was a photo library of images that documented various aspects of Canada and Canadian life. The Photothèque remained with the NFB until the early 1980s until it was transferred to the Department of Supply and Services.Additional information:Custodial history:The images in this classification system were split into two parts in 1971 when the Government of Canada restructured its management of photographs. The photographs that were considered to be more artistic remained under the control of the NFB's Still Photography Division and eventually became the basis for the photography collection at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography at the National Gallery of Canada.
Some of these images were transferred to the Archives from the NFB in the 1970s but the majority were transferred to the Archives in the 1980s likely due to the shift of the Photothèque to the Department of Supply and Services and then in the 1990s when the Photothèque in Supply and Services was shutting down.Arrangement note:This series description and arrangement was altered as part of a re-arrangement and re-description project in 2019/2020. These photographs, item and accession records, were previously arranged in the Still ¨Photography Division Sub-series of the Phototheque series of the NFB fonds.Source:Government
Non-Crown photographs taken before 1 January 1949: copyright expired.
Non-Crown photographs taken after 31 December 1948 or photographs with copyright unknown: researchers have the responsibility to establish the name of the person or organization holding copyright.
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