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National Film Board of Canada. Still Photography Division [graphic material]. 

Sub-series consists of

1. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
2. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
3. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
4. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
5. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
6. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
7. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
8. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
9. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
10. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
11. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
12. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
13. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
14. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
15. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
16. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
17. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
18. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
19. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
20. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
21. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
22. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
23. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
24. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
25. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
26. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
27. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
28. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
29. Sir Robert Borden collection [graphic material]
30. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
31. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
32. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
33. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
34. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
35. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
36. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
37. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
38. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
39. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
40. Canada. Immigration Division collection [graphic material]
41. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
42. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
43. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
44. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
45. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
46. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
47. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
48. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
49. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
50. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
51. National Film Board of Canada. Photo Library collection [graphic material]
52. National Film Board of Canada. Photo Library collection [graphic material]
53. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
54. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
55. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
56. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
57. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
58. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
59. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material]
60. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
61. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
62. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
63. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material]
64. National Film Board of Canada collection [graphic material] (118-080101-6)
65. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material] (119-080094-2)
66. National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque collection [graphic material] (122-080020-1)
67. National Film Board of Canada [graphic material] (1996-02085-4)
68. National Film Board of Canada [graphic material]
69. National Film Board of Canada [graphic material]

Date(s)

[ca. 1879], 1941-1984

Place of creation

Canada

ca. 320,000 photographs : b&w and col.; col. transparencies.

Scope and content

This sub-series contains photographic materials from the Still Photography Division and its various subsidiaries and incarnations. The materials cover a broad range of subjects that deal with Canada including industrial development, the Arctic, sporting events, state visits, war-time activities, city landscapes, etc.

Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-501033
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-803535
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-501034
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-803544
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-803545
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-801710
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-801712
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-801715
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-801703
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-801709
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-500825
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-196667
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative PA-501032
90: Open
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90: Open
Box
38
from 45 to 65
from 1/X1 to 1/X2
1B DAP-10B
1B DAP-12A
from 1B DAP-19A to 1B DAP-19B
from 2/X1 to 2/X3
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35/X1
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90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
1
from 6 to 7
9
12
from 14 to 37
90: Open
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90: Open
Box
from 1 to 16
from TCS 00964 to TCS 00977
from TCS 00980 to TCS 01013
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
from 1 to 93
from 05298 to 05299
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
1B DAP-9B-1
1B DAP-9B-3
TCS 01090
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
09044
1B DAP-10B
2M DAP-19A-54
from N 446 to N 447
TCS 01424
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
from 45 to 158
from 00144 to 00145
from 01617 to 01619
2000864640
from 1/X1 to 1/X11
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from 5/X1 to 5/X4
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from 8/X1 to 8/X4
from 9/X1 to 9/X4
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N 490
RV1 085
RV1 097
RV1 099
from RV1 101 to RV1 102
RV1 109
RV1 127
RV8 307
GL 075
GL 0075
RDV 025
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
from 35 to 38
2001009259
from N 280 to N 285
N 324
from N 356 to N 357
from N 360 to N 366
N 495
from N 284.1 to N 284.2
from N 367A to N 367B
from RV7 133 to RV7 153
INT 020
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
from 18 to 19
from 21 to 23
from 28 to 29
31
from 33 to 39
from 41 to 43
from 45 to 53
from 55 to 59
from 1/X1 to 1/X2
1/X4
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2/X4
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03650.1
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
3
90: Open
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90: Open
Volume
from 114 to 116
90: Open
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Volume
from 17 to 66
from 69 to 112
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
31
C 0095
from N 507 to N 508
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
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Box
31
03922
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
31
06229
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Graphic (photo)
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from 61 to 153
2001162109
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
01681
10: Closed
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
03423
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
03423
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
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03423
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90: Open
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03628
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from 03904 to 03905
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
06229
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90: Open
Box
06229
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06229
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06229
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06229
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Box
06229
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90: Open
Box
06229
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06229
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06229
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06229
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06229
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06229
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06229
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06229
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06229
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90: Open
Box
06229
90: Open
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90: Open
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06229
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from 20717 to 20737
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2000912802
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2000912802
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2000912802
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
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2000912802
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
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2000912802
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
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2001009259
90: Open
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2001009259
INT 019
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2001320177
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INT 022
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INT 022
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90: Open
Box
N 450
from N 453 to N 465
from N 469 to N 470
N 504
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
N 409
from N 426 to N 427
N 429
from N 431 to N 432
N 448
RV1 133
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
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Box
N 497
N 502
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N 503
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N 505
90: Open
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N 512
from N 514 to N 515
90: Open
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90: Open
Box
from N 522 to N 524
from N 527 to N 528
N 530
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
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RV8 308
RDV 025
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
RV8 307
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
SC 0424
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
TCS 00921
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
from TCS 01170 to TCS 01172
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
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TCS 01186
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TCS 01192
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TCS 01200
90: Open
Archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright expired for all photographs taken before 1 January 1949; copyright Government of canada for all photographs taken after 1 January 1949.

Graphic (photo) Microfiche facsimiles and subject access copied from the original index cards from the National Film Board Still Photo Division. The microfiche apply mostly to pre-1962 and post-1962 numerical series. Located in Reference Room, 395 Wellington Street. FA-80 90 (Microform)

Graphic (photo) Vol.1-2: list of WR series captions; Vol 4: list of WR, WRC, WR, WRC, WCE, WRF, WRM, WRN, WRP series captions; Vol. 8: list of K, PP, SF, CP series captions; Vol. 9-12: list of K1-K3055A series captions, Vol. 13, 19-22: list of PP series captions;Vol. 16-18: list of numerical series captions 10,001 - 64,885 Located in Reference Room, 395 Wellington Street. FA-80 90 (Paper)

Graphic (photo) Vol. 5 (2000791572) Subject Catalogue Still Photo Library – NFB, 1952; Vol. 6 (2000791572) NPC file for numerical index with corresponding NPC numbers; Vol. 7 (2000791572) Catalogue of Still Pictures, Ottawa, 1948; Vol. 14 (2000791573) RAIC Filing Book: RAIC1 –RAIC226; Vol. 15 (2000791573) Reporter's Note Book: SF1 – SF 3794; Vol. 23 (2000791582) Canadian Picture Index (1930 – 1961); Vol. 23a (2000791583) La collection de photographies du BCGC (1930 – 1961); Box 2 (2000791572) Text on Royal Tour '39 and Tobacco Farming; Box 3-5 (2000791575) Photo Story Layouts; Original photostories and feature releases catalogues located in containers 2000791573 and 2000791574 with copies available in Room 326, Reference Room, 395 Wellington Street; Technical Operations Branch Annual Reports and Quarterly Fiscal Reports located in container 2000791574; Press release posters located in container 2000791579; Captions for commercials located in container 2000791579. Located in at the Gatineau Preservation Centre FA-80 90 (Paper)

Graphic (photo) Vol. 1-4 Index 1986: French and English versions of the collection description. Apply only to post-1984 numerical series. Located in Reference Room, 395 Wellington Street. FA-260 90 (Paper)

Graphic (photo) 16 boxes of original index cards with captions sorted by negative number (post-1984 numerical series) located in containers 2000814970 to 2000814985. Located in at the Gatineau Preservation Centre FA-260 90 (Paper)

Graphic (photo) Microfilms 1-17, copies of original index cards; Microfilms 1-8, copies of original plastic pockets. Coverage spans only the post-1984 numerical series. Located in Reference Room, 395 Wellington Street. FA-260 90 (Microform)

Graphic (photo) Technical Operations Branch Annual Reports and Quarterly Fiscal Reports located in container 2000791574; Press release posters located in container 2000791579; Captions for commercials located in container 2000791579; Original slides with corresponding storylines located in container 2000791583; 39 boxes of original envelopes and index cards with images and captions sorted by subject with negative number located in containers 2000855979 to 2000855016; Original index cards and envelopes with images and captions sorted by negative number located in containers 2000856034 to 200085100 and 2000856104 to 2000856111. Located at the Gatineau Preservation Centre FA-80 90 (Paper)

Graphic (photo) Vol. 114-116 Created as a result of the Nitrate Re-housing Project. When caption information is too extensive to transcribe, the original envelopes have been retained. Vol. 114 contains extra caption information from CCC-111 to KJE-14 (not inclusive). Vol. 115 contains extra caption information from KB-3 to Y-82 (not inclusive). Vol. 116 contains extra caption information from F2194 to KC-131 to X-151 (not inclusive). A more detailed list of volume contents is available on the Finding Aid Shared Drive. Located at the Gatineau Preservation Centre FA-80 90 (Paper)

Graphic (photo) Further finding aid material located during Nitrate Re-housing project. Manuscript items, including sheet music for the song "Indian Dawn", the newspaper Natural Resources Canada, caption information for items VPD-42a, CCC-109, CCC-131, CCC-110,KC-86, KB-63b,GC-41, GC-42, and MD-2 can be located in the accession file, 1971-271. 90 (Paper)

Graphic (photo) This finding aid is for 127 volumes from accession 1971-271, which were re-containerized as a result of the Nitrate Rehousing Project. Finding aid consists of old and new barcod numbers, item ranges and box content information. Available on the Findind Aid Shared Drive. FA-080 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

In 1941, due to the persistent urging by John Grierson, the government incorporated the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, an agency that has been responsible for promoting tourism and trade through photographs and films, into the National Film Board. The resulting organization became known as the Still Photography Division of the National Film Board. The Still Photography Division's mandate was to promote Canadian unity and subsequently to document the dramatic events of the World War II.

With the absorption of War Information Board Still Photo Unit in 1943 into its operation as well the operations of the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau for production and distribution of still photography, the new NFB Still Photo Division consisted of a production department – with photographers, photo editors and writers (responsible for captions and text accompanying images) on staff – a still photography library and an extensive laboratory/darkroom as well as administration.

During the war and long thereafter, the Still Photo Division served the Canadian government by not only producing images and captions but also supplying photo printing services and access to its stock library for a variety of federal agencies. As well, the Division served as Canada's "official photographer" by making portraits of foreign dignitaries, carrying out assignments sponsored by various government departments and documenting important state functions including the opening of Parliament and visits by royalty and heads of state. As well, the Division supplied newspapers, magazines and school textbooks with photographs (plus foreign governments). By 1959 the Still Photo Unit boasted the largest photo library in Canada: 130,000 b&w negatives and 10,000 colour transparencies.

Around 1943 the Division became increasingly interested in photostories. These were layouts of between 4 to 9 photographs with accompanying captions and brief text. They largely focused on the Canadian civilian life during the war and on what Canadians and industry were doing at home to support the military. Prepared solely by the NFB Still Photo Division and reproduced weekly in Canadian and international newspapers, the photostories would remain the Division's primary means of disseminating image until 1960s, reaching its zenith in prominence and popularity during the 1950s.

In 1960 Lorraine Monk became the Executive Producer of the Still Photography Division, and began to organize circulating exhibitions of the National Film Board Still Photo Division collection across Canada. At that time, the Division also began to prepare publications of photography books (Centennial Publications), generally exposing the collection to the general public and emphasizing the artistic nature of photography.

In 1971 the information (documentary) side of the Still Photo Division was transferred to Information Canada Photothèque. The more artistic side of the collection remained at the NFB Still Photo Division. The Photothèque focused on the more commercial aspect of documentary photography and served as an image bank for Canadian and foreign publications. As Information Canada ceases to exist in 1975, the Photothèque operations are transferred back to the National Film Board in 1976. Only this time the Photothèque operated as a separate entity from the Still Photo Division.

In 1984 the Still Photo Division became Canadian Museum of Canadian Photography, affiliated with the National Gallery of Canada. The Photothèque continued to exist as part of the Department of Supplies and Services. However, by 1990 due to financial restructuring, the Photothèque closed its operations permanently.

Additional information

Accessions dated post-1971, were sent to the National Archives at various times to complete the Still Photography Division photography collection. They came predomintantly from Information Canada Phototheque.

Custodial history
During the corporate restructuring of the Still Photography Division and its merger with Information Canada, a large number of photographs that were deemed unprofitable or irrelevant were transferred from the Photothèque to the National Archives. This transfer constituted the 1971-271 accession. This was the largest accession of photographic materials from the National Film Board and contained items from the Motion Picture Bureau, War Information Board and the Still Photography Division.

Arrangement note
The Still Photography Division materials were divided into numeric series. Between 1945 to 1961 there were about 100,000 items in the first of the numeric series. The number sequence began at 10,000 to accommodate space for any photograph that may potentially be integrated into the numeric series at a later date. The second numbering sequence followed in 1962 to about 1982. The Still Photography Unit of the National Film Board changed the numbering system from whole numbers to the "year-range" format, e.g. "61-5665". The prefix indicated the year of the photograph was taken with the other digits referring to the sequence of photos in that particular year. These series were mostly commissioned to do work for individual government departments. The post-1982 Numerical Series consisted of 12-digit, 4-part sequence where each part of the number refered to its subject classification according to the Index Guide (DAP/FA-260 vol. 2/3) located in Room 326. Each numerical part refered to the main subject, the sub-heading, geographical location and the range when the item was made for the file.

Government

Related control no.

1. 1942-001 NPC
2. 1942-020 NPC
3. 1942-021 NPC
4. 1942-057 NPC
5. 1942-058 NPC
6. 1942-059 NPC
7. 1942-060 NPC
8. 1942-061 NPC
9. 1942-062 NPC
10. 1942-063 NPC
11. 1943-124 NPC
12. 1943-125 NPC
13. 1943-126 NPC
14. 1943-127 NPC
15. 1943-128 NPC
16. 1943-129 NPC
17. 1943-130 NPC
18. 1945-051 NPC
19. 1945-052 NPC
20. 1948-005 NPC
21. 1948-006 NPC
22. 1949-047 NPC
23. 1950-041 NPC
24. 1951-027 NPC
25. 1951-028 NPC
26. 1951-031 NPC
27. 1956-059 NPC
28. 1961-079 NPC
29. 1961-080 NPC
30. 1961-094 NPC
31. 1961-097 NPC
32. 1961-118 NPC
33. 1962-022 NPC
34. 1962-044 NPC
35. 1962-078 NPC
36. 1962-133 NPC
37. 1964-086 NPC
38. 1966-099 NPC
39. 1969-117 NPC
40. 1970-148 NPC
41. 1970-166 NPC
42. 1970-169 NPC
43. 1971-271 NPC
44. 1973-012 NPC
45. 1975-381 NPC
46. 1976-068 NPC
47. 1976-208 NPC
48. 1979-019 NPC
49. 1979-241 NPC
50. 1980-041 NPC
51. 1980-121 NPC
52. 1980-155 NPC
53. 1981-093 NPC
54. 1981-094 NPC
55. 1981-211 NPC
56. 1982-015 NPC
57. 1982-029 NPC
58. 1982-177 NPC
59. 1984-001 NPC
60. 1984-326 NPC
61. 1985-110 NPC
62. 1985-148 NPC
63. 1987-027 NPC
64. 1988-025 NPC
65. 1990-295 DAP
66. 1991-262 DAP
67. 1994-291 DAP
68. 1996-152 DAP
69. 118-080101-6
70. 119-080094-2
71. 122-080020-1
72. 1996-02085-4