Subseries SS01 - Assorted photographs

Colony Farm main house and feed barn, with Essondale construction in background Horse- unidentified young Clydesdale

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Assorted photographs

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  • Graphic material

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  • [ca. 1912] - [192-] (Creation)
  • [ca.1912] - [192-] (Creation)
  • [191-] (Creation)
    Agassiz, BC

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113 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
49 photographs : b&x glass negatives ; 20 x 25 cm
8 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 16.5 x 20.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 9 x 10 cm
5 photographs : b&w nitrate negative ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm

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Custodial history

The entire "W.J. Moore Collection of Negatives" was purchased by the Coquitlam Heritage Society in 2003 from Brian Wilson, who found the negatives at a garage sale near Summerland, BC. The Coquitlam Heritage Society donated a portion of the collection that related to Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm to the Riverview Historical Society in 2009. The glass negatives were housed on site at Riverview Hospital in the museum operated by the Riverview Historical Society until it closed in 2012. Since then, they have been stored at the home of Anna Tremere.

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The subseries consists of photographs taken by W.J.Moore and possibly by other unkown photographers depicting the buildings, livestock, farm workers (likely Essondale patients), and employees of Colony Farm and Essondale (Riverview Hospital). The subjects primarily consist of cows and horses, as Colony Farm was known across the province for the quality of its livestock. It was awarded a master breeder shield in 1930 from the British Columbia Branch of Holstein Canada. Many of the agricultural photographs also show Essondale's West Lawn building at various points in its construction. The subseries also includes 12 photographs that depict the Experimental Farm in Agassiz, B.C.

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Several negatives are damaged to varying degrees. Damage ranges from small sections of flaking emulsion on the plate, to large sections of the plates that are broken. See finding aid for information about the condition of specific negatives.


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Photographs also available as prints. Consult C5 - Box 2 and C5 - Box 3

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Access is restricted to prints to safeguard the glass negatives.

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For associated W.J. Moore photographs- see Coquitlam Heritage Society collection, Series 1, Subseries 1 (C4-S1-SS1)

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