New in the public domain 2017

On January 1st, the copyright expired for some of our holdings: they are now in the public domain in Canada. These digital materials may now be legally re-used for any purpose. Here’s a quick look at some of the images, maps, moving images and audio that have become easier to re-use.

Black Sunday in Gastown is a recording of a June 13, 1966 CBC radio program which describes the events of the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886. It features interviews with five Vancouver seniors who remember the fire. Major J.S. Matthews, first City Archivist of Vancouver, is heard paying tribute to all the survivors of the fire. Note the audio starts about 18 seconds in to the recording. Here’s our full description.

This is a map of British Columbia that was specially created for Canada’s Centennial and also commemorated British Columbia’s 1966 centennial. It would be interesting to compare this to commemorative materials produced for Canada’s sesquicentennial this year. Here’s the hi-res version with the full description.

British Columbia : an historical illustrated map commemorating two centenaries, 1867-1967, 1866-1966. Reference code AM1594-: MAP 539

British Columbia : an historical illustrated map commemorating two centenaries, 1867-1967, 1866-1966. Reference code AM1594-: MAP 539

Here’s a detail from an image of the 1966 UBC Graduation Dance, held at the Pacific Showmart Building at the PNE. The hi-res version is here.

U.B.C. graduation dance, June 3, 1966. Reference code AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6633

U.B.C. graduation dance, June 3, 1966. Reference code AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6633

This 1966 interview from CHAN-CHEK TV came to us when we acquired the Playhouse Theatre records. It was thought to be related to the Playhouse Theatre, but when the old 2” videotape was digitized, it was found to be a local television interview by Bob Dawson, director of the Mount Seymour Ski School. It may have been used as a prop. The video cuts out in a few places, but that’s the best transfer that could be made from the old tape. Here’s the full description in our database.

This is just a small selection of the items which have recently come into the public domain.

2 responses to “New in the public domain 2017

  1. That’s a beautiful BC map. I notice that Whistler and Blackcomb aren’t labelled on the map. I’m not very familiar with its history, but I wonder if Whistler and Blackcomb were only given their names after they were purchased for development? And wow, the audio quality in that ski interview much clearer than I expected—especially for 1966.

  2. Heather Gordon

    The Whistler Museum and Archives Society has an interesting history of the area on its blog: http://bit.ly/2qxkxko

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