Bookmark and Share

Series S136 - Aerial survey photographs

[Description in progress] [Description in progress] [Description in progress] [Description in progress] [Description in progress]

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Aerial survey photographs

General material designation

  • Photograph

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title taken from records schedule.

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1950-1991 (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

Physical description area

Physical description

  • ca. 1487 photographs
  • 2 rolls of negative film

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Administrative history

The Planning Department was established on November 1, 1952 with the appointment of the Director of Planning, further to the July 1951 report commissioned by City Council from town planning consultants Harold Spence-Sales and John Bland (PD 335). The report had proposed that the Vancouver Town Planning Commission hand over the work intensive and detailed aspects of planning but maintain the advisory role to City Council (renamed Vancouver City Planning Commission in 1972). Those aspects were taken on by the new Planning Department, while the more substantial Zoning By-law interpretation and exception decision-making, as well as the broader aspects of city planning were carried out by a committee of relevant senior staff and officials, which was called the Technical Planning Board. The Board was chaired by the Director of Planning.

Previous to the establishment of the Planning Department in 1952 the Town Planning Commission was responsible for city planning (1926-1952). The earliest town planning or city planning activity was carried out under the authority of City Council, in conjunction with the Board of Works, and the Engineering Department (1886-1926).

Custodial history

Scope and content

Series consists mainly of 25 x 25 cm b&w photographs, each showing a perpendicular view of a small area of Vancouver (sometimes known as mosaics). Series also includes 11 photographs of the Cassiar Connector taken in 1991, 62 x 66 cm or smaller.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Most of the photographs were transferred from Graphic Services Division in 1991 and 1993. 1952 photographs were transferred from the Engineering Department's Mapping and Graphics Division in 1996, and 1991 photographs of the Cassiar Connector were transferred from the Administrative Division of Engineering Services in 2001.


Photographs in this public records series have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 781"

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

File list available. Key maps available (attached to file list), except for 1991 photographs of Cassiar Connector.

Associated materials

There are several regional aerial survey photographs in the Map Collection (see subject catalogue under "Aerial survey photographs"). A set of photographs taken by the Royal Canadian Air Force (ca. 1945) is in the JSM Photograph Collection (VLP 186).

Related materials


Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Rights area

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres