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1 cm of textual records and 2 microfilm reels [738A, A01360]
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The custodial history of these records is unknown. In some cases, the Provincial Archives obtained photocopies or transcripts of original records held by other institutions or individuals and interfiled them with the originals. The source of these copies is occasionally written on the individual letter.
Scope and content
The series consists of correspondence from James Douglas to other HBC officials, written between 1832 and 1849 while he was assigned to Fort Vancouver. The first part of the series consists of the original letters (1839 to 1848) while the second part consists of copies or transcripts of original letters (1832 to 1849) obtained from other institutions or individuals.
The letters cover all aspects of life in the Hudson's Bay Company forts including directions sent by Douglas to other Fort officials regarding men, equipment and farm operations; trading, exploration and relations with the Indigenous people; news and politics.
Original records are in poor condition.
Immediate source of acquisition
For conservation purposes the records have been separated into different folders:
Folder 1: original correspondence 1839-1848 A/B/20/V2D
Folder 2: transcript copies of above A/B/20/V2DA
Folder 3: photocopies and transcript copies of other letters 1832-1849 A/B/20/V2D
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Records digitized in 2019.
In the attached PDF, transcripts begin on page 42 and photocopies begin on page 69.
Copy available on microfilm, 738A and A01360
There are photocopies of the original letters, A/B/20/V2D
There are transcripts of the original letters, A/B/20/V2DA
Restrictions on access
Conservation restriction: Access to original files is restricted, use digital copies, microfilm or other copies.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Archives code(s): M540 (originals, transcripts and copies of borrowed material) and M538 (transcripts and copies)
The original letters were conserved in 1982.
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