Fonds IH 1995.71 - Frank Goodship fonds

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Frank Goodship fonds

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CA NWM IH 1995.71

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  • 1949 - 1954 (Creation)
    Goodship, Frank

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2383 photographs

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Biographical history

Frank Goodship was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia Saturday October 23, 1926. His early education was in Port Moody and then the Chilliwack area where his family is assumed to have lived. At age 18 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he served from 1944 until 1945. After his military service he went to the University of British Columbia from 1946 until 1947. From 1948 until 1950 he worked as a photographer for the Chilliwack Progress newspaper before moving to the British Columbian newspaper in New Westminster from 1949 until 1954. He was known to use a Graflex Speed Graphic camera, a favourite of press photographers.
During his time at the Columbian he was the first salaried staff photographer and was responsible for building their darkroom facilities. Previously local photographers developed at their own facilities. In an undated newspaper article it is noted that he has been taking “a special course in TV production at UBC” and lists him as an ardent motor race participant. It goes on to mention that he has left the British Columbian to become a co-coordinating producer at the CBC affiliate CBUT in Vancouver, which first broadcast in December of 1953. He would work for the CBC from 1954 until 1961.
In 1961 Mr. Goodship left the CBC for a position with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation as part of a Canadian aid programme to set up local broadcasting for the African continent. He would work to those ends until 1965. From 1965 until 1987 he worked for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He died December 14, 1990 in Geneva Switzerland shortly after his 64th birthday.

Custodial history

Donated by wife, Jean Goodship, in 1995.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of the photographs Frank Goodship took during his employment at the British Columbian newspaper. Many of these photographs were published in the newspaper. A search of the newspaper has provided additional information about these photos. In these cases, the date of the paper and the page number on which it appeared has been noted in the scope and content. The exact captions have usually not been added but all names of individuals given by the paper have been included. Please not that not all photographs are available online. In many cases, a number of simliar shots were taken for the same shoot. In these cases, the archives has chosen what it thinks the best and most representative shots. The other photos may be viewed at the archives. The fonds has been divided into five series.

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The arrangement is based on how the photographs were stored. Thus the arrangement is physical rather than subject based. The photographs in this fonds were found stored in individual envelopes and in other cases they were stored in small boxes and larger envelopes. This formed the basis for the series. The amount of contextual information ( i.e. descriptions and dates) varies. See the series descriptions for more information. A file system has been created that is based partially on the original arrangement (see Series A, for example) and partially imposed by the archivist.
There are several other points that need to be mentioned. In some cases photographs appeared to have been not filed properly. In these cases then, the file titles may not completely accurate. Also in some cases the dates found typed on the envelopes (see Series A) turned out to be incorrect based on the search of the newspaper. These dates have been corrected and the publication date used instead. In some cases, there could be two dates: The date the photograph was taken and the date it appeared in the newspaper. This latter date is listed in the scope and content field.

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  • English

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Financial support for processing this fonds was received from the Government of Canada through Library and Archives Canada, administered by the Canadian Council of Archives

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New Westminster Museum and Archives

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December 16, 2011

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