Title and statement of responsibility area
Archives research collection
General material designation
- moving images
- sound recording
- textual record
- multiple media
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Based on the content of the fonds.
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- British Columbia Archives
Physical description area
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
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.
Scope and content
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.
Immediate source of acquisition
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
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.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
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.
Includes Microfilm, microfiche and photocopies.
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