Happy Holidays and all that from the
Archives! Also, a reminder that the Archives will be closed from noon on
December 24, 2019, until 9am on January 2, 2020, for the holiday season.
This year’s season’s greeting comes from
the Jack Boothe
fonds. We thought Jack Boothe’s fun holiday card wishing the recipient
“Greetings from the moon” was an appropriate card to pay homage to the moon
landing of 50 years ago. Although the exact year this card was drawn for is
unclear, we can surmise from some of its clues that it was for a Christmas
sometime between 1969, when the Jack and his second wife Aileen (née Brownrigg)
moved to West Vancouver (note the Duchess Avenue address), and 1972, the last
Christmas before Boothe’s death, which occurred in August 1973.
We are very pleased to announce that all 1,936 posters in the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives (BCGLA) collection are now available online, thanks to funding from the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS). The B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives Audiovisual and Graphic Material Digitization Project was chosen as one of 21 national projects that received funding from the NHDS late last year. This funding, made possible thanks to the generous support of a private donor, allows cultural heritage institutions and organizations to digitize and make accessible Canadian documentary heritage materials. The Archives received $71,388 to digitize, describe and provide online access to almost 2,000 posters, 5,400 photographs, and over 200 video and audio recordings from the BCGLA dating back as far as the 1940s.
The digitization project began by re-housing, describing and digitizing the posters series. With a grand total of 1,936 posters, the collection represents a broad range of events and is an interesting example of the history of graphic design in Vancouver. Continue reading →