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Learning and Instructional Development Centre fonds

  • F-18
  • Fonds
  • 1963-2014

Fonds consists of predominantly of media works (photographs, moving images, sound recordings, graphic materials) created by LIDC and its predecessors. Records were created in the course of the department's work to provide media and technical support for university teaching and research; support instruction in the development of innovative teaching methods; produce publications to communicate and promote SFU and its programs; and create an audio-visual record of campus events and activities. Records include photographs in various formats (negatives, contact sheets, prints, slides), graphic design materials (drawings and cartoons), sound recordings and moving images; textual records comprise print publications created for client departments.

The fonds has been arranged into five series based on media type and subject:

Learning and Instructional Development Centre

Joint university / college projects

Sub-series consists of records relating to projects undertaken jointly by SFU and other universities and colleges, including Fraser Valley College, Cariboo College, the Shuswap / Secwepemc Cultural Education Society (SCES), and The University President's Council (TUPC), a forum comprising the presidents and senior administrators of British Columbia's universities. Records include correspondence, reports, proposals, budgets, meeting minutes, agreements, and notes and working papers.

Photographic material

Series consists of photographs created by the staff photographers of LIDC and its predecessors. Negatives and contact sheets were systematically maintained, organized by year-based serial numbers (see sub-series 4 for description of the system). Two groups of subject-based files were also maintained, organized alphabetically: a set of slides (sub-series 2) and a set of unnumbered prints and negatives (sub-series 5. Subjects include SFU's architectural competition and design, interior and exterior architecture; opening ceremonies, presidential installations, Convocation and other special events; faculty portraits and images of students, faculty and staff in classroom and campus settings. Photographers whose works are represented in the series include Chris Hildred, Ron Long, Eddy Chan, Greg Ehlers, and Fred Kyba. Record types include negatives, contact sheets, slides and prints.

The series is arranged into three sub-series; note that there is no sub-series 1 or 3 (retired; see note on Arrangement).

  • Slides, 1967-2003 (F-18-1-2).
  • Numbered contact sheets, negatives and prints, 1963-2001 (F-18-1-4).
  • Unnumbered prints and negatives, 1967-1999 (F-18-1-5).

Numbered contact sheets, negatives and prints

Sub-series consists of photographic negatives, contact sheets and prints created by staff photographers of LIDC and its predecessors. Contact sheets are pages of thumbnail images developed from the negatives. Contact sheets were organized by the creators by year, assigning a unique year-based serial number to each sheet (e.g. IMC 72062 = contact sheet 62 from 1972 created by the Instructional Media Centre). It is the contact sheets (rather than individual images) that were indexed (see note below on Finding aids).

For a few years (1987-1989), prints were developed from the negatives and filed by the same contact-sheet number system. Not all contact sheet negatives in these years were developed into prints; and the number of the prints post-1989 is very small. In the file-level contact sheet descriptions, the Physical storage section indicates the availability and container number of the contact sheet and any associated negatives and prints. In a small number of cases, contact sheets or negative may be missing, meaning they were not transferred to the Archives.

For photo subjects, see the parent series description for F-18-1, Photographic materials.

Note that the 1963 negatives pre-date the construction of the university and were later incorporated by IMC into its photo system. There are no contact sheets for the 1963 images.


Sub-series consists of one documentary produced by LIDC, From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration. The sub-series was established in 2018 to accommodate the transfer of this production, with anticipation of future transfers of similar material. The sub-series, however, is now closed.

Reports and publications

Series consists of reports and publications produced by LIDC and its predecessors to communicate the department's activities and programs. Record types include annual reports, newsletters, brochures, and posters. Includes materials created by the former Centre for University Teaching.

From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration

File consists of the born-digital movie "From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration" and accompanying .pdf learning package produced by SFU's Teaching and Learning Centre. Produced by Jordan Paterson; writers Jordan Patterson, Paul Yeung, and Denise Fong.

The following text is from a December 2, 2010 press release:

SFU premieres Chinese Canadian immigration film

Simon Fraser University’s Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) and the multicultural non-profit S.U.C.C.E.S.S. premiered a new one-hour documentary on the plight of early Chinese immigrants to Canada to a packed audience last month.

"From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration" is a richly layered exploration of the fate of pioneer Chinese-Canadians through the eyes of their young descendants.

CBC, Fairchild TV and China’s Guangdong TV, which has 50 million viewers, are slated to broadcast the documentary in the New Year.

With interviews in four languages—Cantonese, Mandarin, Taishanese and English—the film captures on a personal level the impact of the infamous Head Tax and Exclusion Act imposed on Chinese immigrants to Canada from 1923 to 1947.

TLC video producer Jordan Paterson and his crew follow current-day young Chinese Canadians from their homes in British Columbia to their ancestral roots in China’s Guangdong province where most of Canada’s head-tax payers originated.

Through 20 interviews of young and old immigrant family members sharing stories, Paterson records current-day Chinese-Canadians reflecting on how injustice has shaped their family histories and fate.

“Throughout the film we explore the empty homes built by Chinese-Canadians in their ancestral villages in China as they were not permitted to own property in Canada due to government restrictions,” says Paterson.

“In these ancestral villages are the lost stories of the women left behind during exclusion who have been silent for generations. This film asks us all to come to terms with the historical injustices that still affect us today and to determine how we can prevent their recurrence.”

Among those interviewed are 102-year-old Charlie Quan, the oldest known head-tax payer in Canada, local Vancouver activist Sid Chow Tan and Vancouver police chief Jim Chu.

The film and a companion website were financed through a $200,000 grant from the Canadian government’s Community Historical Recognition Program and took a year to complete.

Digital videotapes

Sub-series consists of digital video footage of campus events taken by LIDC staff. LIDC began using digital video cameras ca. 2002. Files 1-8 represent earlier analog materials later transferred to DVCam; file 109 is 1965 footage shot by CBC and transferred in 2006. Events documented include public lectures and readings, dance and theatre performances, building dedications, award and special ceremonies, anniversaries and commemorations.

Unnumbered prints and negatives

Sub-series consists of photographic prints and negatives that were not assigned standard control numbers by the creating department (see sub-series 1-4 for description of the numbering system used by LIDC and its predecessors). Subjects include SFU architecture, campus scenes, and photos of university community members (Pauline Jewett, Chris Davies, David Skulski, A.J. Grants, Paul Cote, Wolfgang Youngrau, James B. Griffin, and R.W. Wylie). File 1 contains a series of photographs from the life of SFU Chancellor Gordon Shrum, including a World War I portrait and photos of his years at UBC and BC Hydro; some of these images were used in the the film produced by the Audio-Visual Centre This is SFU (1972).


Sub-series consists of slides created by LIDC photographers, maintained in alphabetically organized files based on subject. The exact relationship between the slides and the negatives and contact sheets in sub-series 4 is not clear; slides may have been created from the original negatives, but (with very few exceptions) there is no cross-reference on the slide back to a negative. For the general range of subjects, see parent series description (F-18-1).

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