Title and statement of responsibility area
General material designation
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Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title supplied by the archivist based on the contents of the series.
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
1971 - 1998 (Creation)
Physical description area
ca. 3300 photographs : contact sheets
ca. 66000 photographs : negatives
ca. 630 photographs : contact sheets (ca. 200 GB, pdf, tiff)
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Archival description area
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Scope and content
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).
Immediate source of acquisition
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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Script of material
Location of originals
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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.
A photo index is available for the analog materials; see sub-series 4.
Generated finding aid
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.
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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Rules or conventions
RAD July 2008 edition
Level of detail
Dates of creation, revision and deletion
- 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).
Language of description