Series GR-2866 - Administrative records

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Administrative records

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  • 1930-1985 (Creation)

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15 cm of textual records, 62 photographs and 1 microfilm reel

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Located at the mouth of the river of the same name on the north side of Kamloops Lake, 10 km west of Kamloops, Tranquille was established as a tuberculosis sanitorium, the first one west of Ontario, in 1907, with the British Columbia Anti-Tuberculosis Society as the owner/operator. The unofficial name from 1910 to 1918 was the King Edward Sanatorium or King Edward Memorial Sanatorium. In 1921 it was purchased by the BC government, and administered by the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary. In 1935 it was administered by the Tuberculosis Control Division, Provincial Board of Health. In 1946 administered by the Dept. of Health and Welfare. In 1959 Tranquille was converted to a facility for the mentally and physically handicapped, dropping the word ‘’sanatorium’’ from the name. The institution closed in 1984.

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The series consists of miscellaneous administrative records created by the Tranquille Sanatorium between 1930 and 1984.

The records include certificates of accreditation; historical essays and notes regarding the history of the institution; pamphlets produced for staff orientation and visitors; photocopied news clippings regarding the closure of Tranquille and a small amount of minutes and correspondence of the Medical Superintendent ca. 1969. The series also includes a file from 1930-1941 regarding the water licence, rail crossing and property leases; scrapbooks, which have been microfilmed; 48 b&w photographs showing Kamp Kiwanis and 14 colour slides which document a 1969 presentation of art ceremony at the institution.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Human Resources, Tranquille in 1985.


Photographs (48 b&w prints and 14 colour slides) were removed from the records in 1993 and separately accessioned as 199306-007. The photographs were reunited with the records in 2017 and are in GR-2866 box 2, file 5.

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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.
There is one restricted file, GR-2866, box 2, file 4.

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Accession number(s): 94-8222; G86-078, 199306-007.

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  • Box: GR2866-0001
  • Box: GR2866-0002
  • Box: B12903
  • Box: 002340-1013