Photographs

The Archives has a photographic collection of thousands of images from both private and public sources.

Many of these images have been described individually for public reference. Subject headings (listed below) are used to access and cross-reference the images. Copies of most of our photographs can be purchased (see the Image Reproduction section below).
 

Some of the larger fonds are those of Harry Upperton Knight, W.E. John, William Penman, and the Commonwealth Games.

Photo above: Cyclists and photographer in Beacon Hill Park, stereoscopic view by Richard Maynard, 1897. City of Victoria Archives image M07139.

List of Photograph Subject Headings

*please note that these subject headings do not at present link to online images.

Image Reproduction

High quality prints of photographs and documents are available for purchase through the Archives. Reproductions are printed on photographic paper in four standard prints sizes (larger sizes available by request). Please note that reproductions are provided for personal research and enjoyment only. If you want to use an image for some other purpose, please see the “Use of Images” section.

To order a print, you’ll need an image number (such as “M00123” or “198608-03-1781” or “PR 73-4950”). If you don’t have the image number, please contact us.

Orders can be placed at the Archives. If you’re unable to visit us in person, you can submit your request via email/mail/fax by completing and returning our Image Reproduction Order Form [PDF - 566 KB]. Once we receive your request, we’ll contact you regarding payment details.

Photograph reproduction prices are as follows:

SizePrice
4 x 6 $7.50
5 x 7 $10.00
8 x 10 $13.50
11 x 14 $22.00

Please note, these prices don’t include taxes. All orders must be pre-paid.

Use of Images

Archives images are free to use for personal research and enjoyment.

Images are also free to use for a variety of non-commercial purposes; however, you do need to obtain permission from the Archives in advance.

Commercial uses also require permission and licensing fees will apply. Please familiarize yourself with our Licensing Fee Schedule [PDF - 69 KB].

To apply for permission to use an Archives image for either non-commercial or commercial purposes, please complete and return the Application for Permission and Licensing Agreement [PDF - 588 KB] in advance of your project (see sample form [PDF - 532 KB]). Once your application has been received you’ll receive written confirmation of approval. You’ll also be notified of any applicable licensing fees, which must be paid before images can be used.

The City of Victoria Archives’ licensing fees and agreement are governed by bylaw 04-057 [PDF - 119 KB], as amended by bylaws 05-087 [PDF - 10 KB] and 16-060 [PDF - 150 KB].

Please be in touch if you have any questions.