May 21, 2022

An Estimated Two Million Photo Negatives From the Vancouver Sun and The Province Donated to Vancouver Archives

From The Vancouver Sun:

The Vancouver Sun and Province are donating their collection of photographic negatives to the Vancouver Archives — the largest donation in the history of the civic institution.

The donation of an estimated two million images spanning more than half a century will more than double the Archives’ collection of 1.6 million negatives.

The negatives include all photo shoots from the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s, when the papers switched over to digital photography and electronic archiving. There are also many negs from the 1960s, some wonderful images from the 1950s, and a few from the 1940s.


“We’re going to do our best to get the descriptions up in a timely fashion, and then we will tackle digitization, project by project,” said Gordon. She expects the first photos in the donated collection will be available to the public in 2019.


Postmedia [owners of the newspapers] will retain the copyright to the images. The negatives being donated can be accessed by the public, and downloaded once they have been scanned. The donation is not intended to make the images available for commercial use; in the case of such requests, permissions from Postmedia would be required and fees would apply.

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