Fonds OSC-ARC-14 - Kelowna Capital News photographic fonds

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Kelowna Capital News photographic fonds

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  • Photographic material

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ca. 600,000 photographs ; 35mm and contact sheets.

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The Kelowna Capital News is a free community newspaper, published once weekly. Central Okanagan Capital News is alternative and supplementary title. The paper was founded in 1930 by Leslie L. “Les” Kerry, who published the first issue on August 30 of that year. The Capital News was initially printed on a hand-cranked Gestetner duplicator. In the 1950s, ownership transferred to Kerry’s daughter Jane and her husband, Graham Takoff. In 1970, Takoff, assumed the role of publisher and increased publication frequency to thrice weekly by 1978. Business locations have included the base of Bernard Avenue and Enterprise Way (since 1990). Takoff sold the Capital News to Lower Mainland Publishing Ltd. in 1993, which ended 63 years of family ownership and marked the sale of the largest privately owned community newspaper in Western Canada at that time. Lower Mainland Publishing Ltd. sold its interest in the paper in 2001 to a group of Kelowna investors including Bruce Hamilton, then-owner of the Kelowna Rockets Junior Hockey Team. This group sold the paper to Black Press in 2003. Karen Hill is the publisher as of 2022.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated from the Kelowna Capital News directly to UBC Okanagan Library in December of 2019.

Scope and content

The fonds consists exclusively of news photography captured by Kelowna Capital News staff from 1978 through 2000. Coverage includes events, persons, and locations assessed as newsworthy at the time, predominantly concerning Kelowna and its immediate adjacencies. Attributed photographers include Val Gluschenko, Glen Schaefer, Rainer Ziegenhagen, Larry Langton, Mike Condon, Maev Brennan, Paul Saturley, Mark Zuehlke, Gordon Bazzana, Kevin Bird, and Allyson Jeffs.

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The fonds is arranged chronologically as received. Item-level identifications are ongoing (1980-1983 complete) with reference to the original Kelowna Capital News issues. Identified photographs are being separated for full description and digitization.

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UBC Okanagan Special Collections has incomplete coverage of the Kelowna Capital News from Wednesday, January 6, 1937 (vol. 7 no. 20) through Wednesday, December 20, 1939 (vol. 10 no. 17). These items have been separated from the Zoellner-Whitham Family fonds, and catalogued as a serial.
The Royal BC Museum has complete coverage of the Kelowna Capital News on microfilm from 1930 to 1995.
The Kelowna Public Archives has complete coverage of the Kelowna Capital News in bound print volumes from 1960 to 2009.

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Compiled by Paige Hohmann (2022).

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“Former Kelowna Capital News owner and publisher dies.” Kelowna Capital News (website). Accessed June 14, 2022.
“Then & Now: Newspaper world is one of facing new challenges daily.” Kelowna Capital News (website). Accessed June 14, 2022.

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