Series F-61-1 - Photographic material

UNS 73124 UNS 1973 Unnumbered 2 UNS 73126 UNS 73001 UNS 1973 Unnumbered 3 UNS 73127 UNS 1973 Unnumbered 1 UNS 73128 UNS 73125 UNS 71771 UNS 71772 UNS 72001 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 11 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 22 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 07 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 09 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 08 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 20 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 10 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 01 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 14 UNS 74002 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 21 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 06 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 19 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 15 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 18 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 02 UNS 1974 Unnumbered 03 UNS 74085
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Photographic material

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  • Source of title proper: Title supplied by the archivist based on the contents of the series.

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  • 1971 - 1998 (Creation)

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Physical description

Analog originals:
ca. 3300 photographs : contact sheets
ca. 66000 photographs : negatives

Digitized copies:
ca. 630 photographs : contact sheets (ca. 200 GB, pdf, tiff)

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Series consists of photographs made by staff photographers in the department. Initially the Information Office relied on the Instructional Media Centre for photographs for its publications, but in 1972 it began to take its own photos. Photography subjects focus on newsworthy people, places and events at Simon Fraser University, as well as portraits of alumni, faculty, staff and students. From 1972 to 2000, the department created and managed its photographs in analog format, as contact sheets and negatives (sub-series 4). Around 2000, the department switched digital photography (sub-series 5, not yet processed).

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In the initial arrangement of the fonds in 1998, the Archives organized photographic material into separate sub-series for contact sheets (F-61-1-1) and negatives (F-61-1-2), reflecting the physical separation by which they were originally maintained (in separate sets of binders). Later, an accrual of a duplicate set of contact sheets and negatives was assigned to its own separate sub-series (F-61-1-3). In 2022, the Archives discontinued this arrangement, replacing these three sub-series with a single unit for the analog materials (F-61-1-4) in order to better incorporate descriptive data about the images from the legacy Photo Index database, which is organized by contact sheet number (see sub-series F-61-1-4, notes on Arrangement and Finding aids). The archivist created a separate sub-series (F-61-1-5) for digital photographs created from 2000 on; transfers have been received but not yet processed.

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  • English

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Restrictions on access

The records are open with no access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright in the bulk of these records belongs to SFU (materials made in the course of employment). The Archives provides access to these materials under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC BY-NC). There may be some exceptions where photos included in the series were created by non-SFU third parties; these will be noted in file-level descriptions where applicable.

Finding aids

A photo index is available for the analog materials; see sub-series 4.

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Associated materials

For other large sets of university-related photographs, see series F-18-1 in the Learning and Instructional Development fonds and series F-17-1 in the Peak Publications Society fonds.

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Further accruals are expected. Two transfers of born-digital photographs (2000-2020) have been received but not yet processed; they will be arranged in sub-series 5.

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RAD July 2008 edition



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Revision history:

  • December 1998 : series first arranged and described.
  • February 2022: series re-arranged, sub-series 1-3 retired, replaced by sub-series 4; sub-series 5 added but materials not yet processed (Richard Dancy).

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  • English

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