Collection F2 - Archives research collection

Register of Baptism at Fort Vancouver, River Columbia, Northwest Coast of America Baptisms solemnized in the Parish of Victoria, Vancouver Island Register of Marriages at Fort Vancouver, River Columbia, Northwest Coast of of America and at Vic... Register of Marriages at Fort Vancouver, River Columbia, Northwest Coast of of America and at Vic... Christ Church Cathedral Parish register marriages Register of Burials at Fort Vancouver, River Columbia, Northwest Coast of America Burials in the Parish of Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, Vancouver Island Aircraft carrier in dry dock, Burrard Shipyards, Vancouver. The south yard of Burrard Shipyards, Vancouver; MS-1230. End of shift at Burrard Shipyards, Vancouver; MS-1230. The SS Fort Wallace, World War II victory ship; MS-1230. A 1914 Studebaker on Saanichton wharf opposite James Island in 1917 A group from James Island at the Saanichton wharf South end of James Island as it appeared when the island was bought in 1913 Car ferry slip Ready to operate James Island main wharf and incline soon after start of dynamite plant construction Construction camp The "tent city" on the southwest spit of James Island Bi and tri nitrating house Bi & tri nitrating house Bi & tri nitrating plant Mono nitrating house Taken from water tanks, looking down on the office roof Fresh water well on east spit Power line to well The tug Earth fill going into barricades Engineers and draughtsmen Staff clubhouse
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  • 1785-1991 (Creation)
    British Columbia Archives

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Biographical history

From 1893 to 1908 all archival functions were performed by the Legislative Library. In 1908 R.E. Gosnell was appointed as the first Provincial Archivist. The original name of the organization was the Provincial Archives, later expanded to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia (PABC). The archives grew alongside the legislative library, and shared the same building and facilities until 1970, and the same individual held the dual positions of Provincial Archivist and Legislative Librarian until 1974. On March 1, 1989, the Provincial Archives of British Columbia was merged with the Records Management Branch of the government of British Columbia to form the British Columbia Archives and Records Service (BCARS). In 1996, BCARS was united with the Information and Privacy Branch of government. The resulting organization was called the BC Information Management Services (BCIMS). This was divided into two sections with Information and Analysis Services providing for records management and information and privacy and Archives and Information Access branch representing the traditional archives as it existed before its merger with the records management branch in 1988. This administrative structure lasted for two years until 1998, when the Information and Privacy Branch was removed and the remaining portions were renamed the British Columbia Archives. This structure existed unchanged until 2003 when the British Columbia Archives was merged with the Royal British Columbia Museum as a branch of the Royal British Columbia Museum Crown Trust.

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The collection consists primarily of copies or records collected by the archives, loaned to the archives or donated to the archives. These records encompass all aspects of the political, economic, social and cultural history of the province. They come from all over the world but have a BC connection. These copies come from other archives, universities, historical societies, institutes and individuals.

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Access to and use of private records may be subject to donor restrictions and the federal Copyright Act. There are usually restrictions around use and reproductions. In some cases researchers may view the records but photocopies are not permitted.

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The dates of creation for these records vary and the date shown on the descriptions may not be the date of creation. It might be the date the record was acquired.

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Includes Microfilm, microfiche and photocopies.

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Accession number(s): V1985:31; F1987:22; 94-8198; 75-G-055; GR-0469; GR-1333; GR-1334; GR-1486; GR-1547; G29A; GR-1994; GR-1995; GR-1996; GR-2002; GR-2007; 804A; GR-2017; GR-2044; GR-2045; GR-2046; GR-2047; GR-2048; GR-2049; 805A; GR-2073; GR-2074; GR-2075; GR-2077; GR-2078; GR-2908; GR-2927; GR-2929; GR-3261; MS-0123; 95-2142; MS-0530; MS-0855; MS-1529

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