RBCM Archives

Series GR-3571 - Premier’s correspondence

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Premier’s correspondence

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  • 1988-1998 (Creation)

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63.75 m textual records, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, colour photographs, ephemera

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British Columbia. Premier's Office

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The series consists of both incoming and outgoing correspondence received and created by the Office of the Premier between 1988 and 1998. The records were managed by the Correspondence branch and include correspondence with both the public and representatives of other government bodies. Incoming correspondence from the public is arranged alphabetically by surname in groupings based on year. In many cases, members of the public enclosed video tapes, audio cassettes, artwork, books, and ephemera in their correspondence. Many of these items, particularly those deemed to be oversized, were removed by Correspondence branch staff and placed at the end of the accession with an out-guide noting the sender’s name, date of correspondence, and details such as title or video running time. However, staff did not place corresponding out-guides in the file with the original letter. Correspondence from the public addresses a variety of concerns, including issues of local, national or international interest, personal grievances, and general letters of protest or support for government decisions. The series covers the terms of several premiers, including Bill Vander Zalm, Mike Harcourt, and Glen Clark.

While the majority of the series consists of correspondence from the public, it also includes copies of outgoing ‘flimsies’ sent by the Premier’s office. These letters were usually sent in reply to those received from the public. Flimsies are arranged by date and are often grouped into files based on month. The series also consists of messages sent by the Premier congratulating sports teams or individuals, or in recognition of special events. Lastly, the series consists of correspondence with local, provincial, and national government bodies. These were usually arranged by date and level of government, and were placed at the end of an accession by the originating office.

Although some boxes contain "issue lists" created by the originating office, this is not always the case. Where applicable, these are noted on the file list. Researchers wishing to find correspondence relating to a particular topic are advised to consult all correspondence files from the relevant time frame.

The series is covered by ORCS primary 11100 of schedule 881099 (Office of the Premier and Executive Council).

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Transferred from the Office of the Premier and Cabinet Office in August 2016.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Accession number(s) : 89-1260, 89-1355, 91-0546, 91-9222, 92-1887,92-4157, 93-4623.

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