Subseries SS05 - Assorted photographs of Riverview Hospital

Centre Lawn 1923 Building for Chronic Male Patients Staff Officers - J.B. Pumphrey, Dr. D. D. Freeze, Frank Vert, E. Rosselle, H. Hoult Provincial Mental Hospital Staff Night Staff 1913 - Reynolds, Chief Theroux, Christopherson, Deputy Chief Jamieson, J. McDonald, D... Entrance to Chronic Building Office Reception Room A corner in Laboratory Corridor connecting Wings of Chronic Building Clinical Office Dispensary Lavatory - showing shower baths Day Room Day Room Dormitory Lavatory Bursar's Office Bursar's Office with Bursar Gowan McGowan Officer's Dining Room Operating Room Patients Amusement Room Kitchen Scullery - Showing Cold Storage Plant Patients Dining Room Patients Dining Room Laundry Hospital for the mind, Mount Coquitlam BC Beauty parlour, Provincial Mental Hospital Interior views: West Lawn photograph collage
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Assorted photographs of Riverview Hospital

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  • Graphic material
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  • [191-] - 2008 (Creation)

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3,179 photographic negatives and prints: b&w and col.; multiple dimensions ; multiple processes
1 scrapbook: 24 pages ; 22 x 32 cm (includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera)
1 photograph album: 12 x 16 cm

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This subseries consists primarily of photographs that depict aspects of social and administrative life at Riverview Hospital and the nursing school. These photographs include staff and volunteer portraits, identification photographs, retirement and goodbye teas, awards dinners, luncheons, grand openings, seminars, lectures, courses, staff trips, holiday events, displays, and graduations from the School of Psychiatric Nursing. Additionally, this subseries contains photographs depicting the interiors and exteriors of buildings on Riverview Hospital grounds, the Woodlands School (TWS), as well as various public works projects, vehicles, and medical supplies used by the hospital staff.

Record types consists largely of silver gelatin negatives in large format cellulose acetate sheets and cellulose acetate film strips. The subseries also contains chromogenic colour negative film strips and large format sheets, silver gelatin DOP prints, a photograph album, and a scrapbook.

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Some cellulose acetate negative sheets and cellulose acetate film strips are between Stage 1 and Stage 2 deterioration. They do not exhibit vinegar syndrome but are are exhibiting signs of image silver deterioration. Some negatives exhibit silver mirroring and silver ion migration spots. Significantly, silver ions have formed colloidal silver, causing the support of some negatives to change colour to a yellowish-orange, varying in opacity between negatives. See the Finding Aid for the identification numbers of deteriorating negatives.


The subseries was arranged into six Files by the archivist, corresponding to the larger groupings of subject matter in the photographs. The arrangement is:

File 1: Retirement Teas
File 2: Buildings, Public Works, and Vehicles
File 3: Safety Committee Activities
File 4: Volunteer Activities
File 5: Events, Meetings, and Seminars
File 6: Portraits.

Within these Files, photographs are arranged chronologically. See each file list for original folder titles which include names, dates, locations, and events.

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