Subseries SS02 - Essondale (Riverview Hospital) photographs

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Essondale (Riverview Hospital) photographs

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  • Graphic material

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  • [ca. 191-] - [ca. 192-] (Creation)

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3 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 6 x 8 cm
2 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 5 x 7.5 cm
2 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 5.5 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 2 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5 x 7 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5.5 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5.5 x 7 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 6 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 6.5 x 8.5 cm

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Custodial history

The glass negatives were donated by a friend of John Davidson's widow. They were housed on site at Riverview Hospital in the museum operated by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society until it closed in 2012. Since then, they have been stored at the home of Anna Tremere.

Scope and content

The subseries consists of 13 b&w glass plate negatives depicting the West Lawn building, which opened in 1913, as well as interior shots of various labs and lounges, and the dormitory. There is also a photograph of an unidentified building, and an interior shot of the shoe workshop at the Provincial Hospital for the Insane in New Westminster, B.C.

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One negative is damaged, with the top left and bottom left corners missing.

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The photographs have been arranged in the order in which they arrived.

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      Access is restricted to prints to safeguard the glass negatives. Consult copy prints or digital scans.

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      General note

      Some of the photographs were borrowed and used in the publication, "Riverview Hospital: A Legacy of Care and Compassion" published by British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services , 2009.

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