Series MS-1321 - British Columbia Electric Railway Company records

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British Columbia Electric Railway Company records

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  • 1867-1967 (Creation)
    British Columbia Electric Railway Company

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Originals, 5.5 m

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The British Columbia Electric Railway Company was formed in 1897 through the amalgamation of a number of electric street railways and electric power facilities in Vancouver, Victoria, and New Westminster. The BCER operated numerous subsidiary companies to provide streetcar and electric services. In 1926 a corporate reorganization resulted in the establishment of a new holding company, British Columbia Electric Power and Gas Company.

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The Victoria Branch of the BCER Company was organized in 1897 and registered in BC in January 1898. The records in the unit, including records of predecessor companies, are grouped in 6 categories: Administration, Light and Power, Transportation, Advertising and Publicity, Shortt Commission (1917) and Miscellany. Administration includes financial records (accounts, appropriations, reports of corporate officials, salary ledgers - which reflect company organization - etc.). Light and Power includes reports and statistics re power production and consumption, substation journals, engineering reports on the progress of the Jordan River development, Jordan River powerhouse journals (1912-1966), Goldstream powerhouse journals, records of predecessor companies as well as Public Utility Commission reports and appraisals of BCER property (1939). Transportation includes internal reports, correspondence and financial records of predecessor company (National Electric Tramway and Lighting Company, Victoria Electric Railway and Lighting Company, Consolidated Railway Company). Advertising and Publicity includes advertising files of copy and newspaper ad schedules, clipping books of newspaper ads and news items. Included in the Shortt Commission records are 3 volumes containing proceedings, evidence exhibits and the report. Miscellany includes some statistical data on rivers in BC some scorebooks of the Jordan River Athletic Club as well as minutes and club files of the BC Electric Tennis Club.

Abbreviations used in these records include: BCEP&GC : British Columbia Electric Power and Gas Company; BCER : British Columbia Electric Railway; BCERCO : British Columbia Electric Railway Company; BCPC : British Columbia Power Corporation; CRC : Consolidated Railway Company, Victoria Branch; C&UW : Cumberland and Union Waterworks; NET&LC : National Electric Tramway and Lighting Company; NUC : National Utilities Corporation; PUC : Public Utilities Commission; RL&PC : Royston Light and Power Company; VEC : Victoria Electric Company; VER&LC : Victoria Electric Railway and Lighting Company; VGC : Victoria Gas Company; VIPC : Vancouver Island Power Company.

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Presented by BC Hydro per Dorothy Tupper, Information Services Dept., Victoria, 1981.


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Maps/plans transferred to the map collection.

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Related records in MS-0004 and MS-0494 and F1980:204-F1980:215.

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Photographs have been transferred to Visual Records accessions 198101-13, 198303-19 and 198201-86.

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BCER booklets "Inspection of Jordan River hydro-electric development" (various dates) have been transferred to the BC Archives Library.

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Accession number(s): MS-1321; 81-006

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