Weekend Magazine collection [graphic material]

  • Record Information – Brief
    Local class no.: colour negs & prints TCS00824 to TCS00841, nitrate RV5-060 to RV5-069, safety film 1B/DAP-8A, diacetate 1B/DAP-18A, prints 1B/DAP-8AAccession number: 1979-249 NPC, Box number: 1--9, 4455, 4458--4459, 4462--4463, 4469--4470, 4472, 4477, 4479, 04452A, 04454A--04455A, 04457A, 04460A, 04463A, 04465A, 04467A--04468A, 04470A, 04472A, 04477A, 04479A, 1B DAP-18A-1, 1B DAP-8A-01--1B DAP-8A-02, 1B DAP-8A-04, 1B DAP-8A-06, 1B DAP-8A-08, 1B DAP-8A-10, 1B DAP-8A-12--1B DAP-8A-16, INT 021, RV5 062--RV5 063, RV5 066--RV5 067, 1B DAP-8A-02--1B DAP-8A-06, 1B DAP-8A-08--1B DAP-8A-22, TCS 00825, TCS 00829--TCS 00835, TCS 00837--TCS 00841
    Local class no.:
    colour negs & prints TCS00824 to TCS00841, diacetate 1B/DAP-18A, nitrate RV5-060 to RV5-069, prints 1B/DAP-8A, safety film 1B/DAP-8A
    Type of material:
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
    Item ID number:
    Link to this page:
    This link identifies the web page describing this particular record. Unlike the temporary link in your browser, this link will allow you to access, and reference, this page in the future.
    To link to this descriptive record, copy and paste the URL where ever needed (wiki, blog, document).
  • Accession includes:
    132 lower level description(s)
    View lower level description(s)
    Place of creation:
    [70,000] photographs b&w
    [44,262] photographs col.
    Language of material:
    Scope and content:
    In 1951, weekly Montreal-based paper The Standard was repackaged, combining the old rotogravure and magazine sections and jettisoning the newspaper component and all fiction, to become Weekend Picture Magazine. This weekly magazine was circulated to homes throughout Canada through a distribution arrangement with a growing number of local newspapers. The distribution agreement enabled the magazine to reach record circulation numbers (approx. 2.5 million at its peak in combination with French language sister magazine Perspectives). Perspectives was launched in 1959 and at first was little more than a duplicate of the English language Weekend (articles written in English were simply translated, and Weekend staff photographs were re-used in different layouts). Perspectives, though, quickly grew into a separate entity in its own right, providing original and relevant French language articles and original photography to its readers. In the mid-60s Weekend faced its first true business competitor when Southam launched its own weekly magazine in similar format, "The Canadian". Immediately dividing the print advertising market in two, Weekend struggled to continue. Historically keeping a number of talented photographers on as permanent staff members it came to rely more heavily on freelancers and found many other ways to cut costs and remain competitive. In 1977 under editorship of John MacFarlane the magazine's head offices were moved to Toronto and the magazine was completely redesigned. The magazine stopped using staff photographers all together and under newly appointed art director Robert Priest Weekend Magazine adopted a modern look. Weekend ceased to be published in 1979 (after having been briefly combined with "The Canadian" as "The Canadian Weekend," a failed experiment). During this year, the historic photo library of Weekend Magazine was transferred to the then Public Archives of Canada. The collection consists of many -though not all- of the images published in The Standard for the years 1945-1951 and for the new publication Weekend Magazine 1951-1977. There is a relatively small quantity of photographs used in Perspectives and date from 1959-1972 only. (The majority of the Perspectives photographs were taken by Weekend staff photographers). The photographs are generally arranged by docket number and so are mainly chronological. It should be noted that while close to all of the negatives in the collection would have appeared in print in the publications, many of the total number of images that appeared in the publications are not to be found in this collection. The Standard, Weekend and Perspectives all used photography created by other sources, such as National Film Board of Canada photostories and newswire images. In addition, through human error or the decision to create storage space, many items were destroyed or lost. Despite this, the collection is overwhelming in scope, providing a wealth of Canadian commercial and documentary photography. In addition to photographic images used in publication, there are a number of photographs taken but never used in publication. This material dates primarily to 1966-1975 but many Standard assignments contain "outs" (though not full rolls, as the Weekend material does). Weekend Magazine's appeal to readers was its bright colour photographs, and so this makes up a large portion of the collection. There is also a large quantity of black and white copy negatives; Weekend's policy (loosely followed) was to create copies of photos taken by non-staff and return the originals to the freelancer after use in publication. The owners of the Montreal-Perspectives publications was the Montreal-based McConnell family. One of their subsidiaries was Canada Wide Feature Service, a news service bureau that re-used many images from this collection in other national and interntional publications.
    Finding aid:
    Graphic (photo): (Electronic) file-level (99 99: Closed pending processing)

    Graphic (photo): (Paper) Description of the collection and a list of selected photo stories, arranged chronologically from 1945 to 1970. FA-375

    Graphic (photo): (Paper) Original envelopes listed by negative number, date, story title and photographer. Located in 2000814222-27, 29-30, 36-42, 44-48, 50-66, 71-72 FA-300

    Graphic (photo): (Microform) For the photos 1951-1976, a cross-index by name exists. Index microfilm reels available in NL Ref Room 2nd Floor. [Since 2015 the index microfilm reels are available for self-service consultation in the Reference room on the 2nd floor, 395 Wellington Street. The 13 index reels are housed in the microfilm cabinets under the call number AI21W43.] (90 90: Open)

    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Known staff photographers include: Ronny Jaques, Louis Jaques, Glay Sperling, George Scodras, Andy Graetz, Bert Beaver, Charlie King, Julius Szelei, Frank Prazak, Ernest Hillen, Bruce Moss, Jacques Coulon. For images taken by these individuals, copyright rests with Library and Archives Canada.
    Physical description note:
    Graphic (photo): 26, 27, 31
    Arrangement note:
    chronological . nitrate and colour segregated .
    Subject heading:
    Other system control no.:
    Related control no.:
    1979-249 NPC
    1979-249 NPC
    Group 2 1514
    Group 2 1517
    Group 2 1519
    Group 2 1524-1
    Group 2 1524-2
    Group 2 1526-1
    Group 2 1541
    Group 2 1563
    Group 2 1846-2
    Group 2 1854-5
    Group 2 1859-3
    Group 2 1882-4
    Group 2 1889-3
    Group 2 1894-1
    Group 2 1900-1
    Group 2 1909-1
    Group 2, 1329
    Group 2, 1425
    Group 2, 1507
    Group 2, 202
    Group 2, 2100
    Group 2, 25387
    Group 2, 2548
    Group 2, 2733
    Group 2, 2839-2
    Group 2, 3748
    Group 2, 5682-2
    Group 2, 5690
    Group 2, 5808-1
    Group 2, 5808-2
    Group 2, 584
    Group 6, File 4457, page 1
    Group 6, Folder 7 January 1967 to 22 January 1967
    Other accession no.:
    1979-249 NPC
  • Conditions of access:
    Terms of use:
    For all magazines (The Standard, Weekend and Perspectives): when photographer was on staff, copyright is held by Library and Archives Canada. When photographer was freelance, copyright held by photographer until expiration. One exception known: Jock Carroll had been a permanent staff photographer/writer but when he left Weekend his photographs and copyright to them were transferred to him.
    Credit: Name of photographer / Library and Archives Canada / PA-
    Graphic (photo): Nil

    You can order materials in advance to be ready for you when you visit. You will need a user card to do this.

    Cannot visit us on site? You can purchase a copy to be sent to you. Some restrictions may apply.


Date modified: