Series GR-1324 - Index to correspondence inward

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Index to correspondence inward

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.

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  • 1911-1937 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

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1 microfilm reel

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Biographical history

The Attorney-General’s Department was established in 1871 by authority of the Constitution Act of 1871 (SBC 1871, c. 147). Prior to that, from 1863 to 1866, the origins of the ministry were in the offices of the Attorney-General for the Colony of Vancouver Island and for the Colony of British Columbia. In 1866, the colonies united to form one colony, with one Attorney-General, who remained in place until British Columbia became a province of the Dominion of Canada in 1871. The Attorney-General was the official legal advisor of the Lieutenant-Governor and of the Executive Council. He was responsible for the settlement and approval of all documents issued under the public seal of the province and for the supervision of magistrates, police, and the constabulary.

In 1899, the department was reconstituted by the Attorney-General’s Act (SBC 1899, c. 5), which expanded the duties and powers of the Attorney-General to include: management and direction of correctional institutions, the British Columbia Provincial Police, and the administration of public affairs; provision of legislative and legal advice to the representative of the Crown and the heads of government departments; administration of justice within the Province; and regulation of all litigation for and against the Crown and public departments within the jurisdiction of the Legislature.

At various times several different agencies have been under the direction of the Attorney-General, such as the Industrial Schools for Boys and for Girls, Factories Inspection Branch, Electrical Energy Inspection Branch, Mothers’ Pension Board, Municipal Branch, Provincial Board of Health, Prohibition Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and Superintendent of Neglected Children. In most instances these agencies have later been placed under the management of other departments, absorbed into new organizations, or abolished altogether.

In 1976, the Dept. of the Attorney-General was renamed the Ministry of the Attorney General (OIC 3199/76).

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The series consists of a microfilmed subject index to Attorney-General correspondence inward, created between 1911 and 1937. The index is primarily for the years 1911-1919, although there are some entries from as early as 1901 and references to as late as 1937. For the period 1911 to 1919, each year has a separate index, arranged by boxes or drawers. Within each drawer entries were made chronologically. The year of the index is marked on only the first page of each volume.

The record also contain descriptions of the filing systems for the periods 1919-1924 and 1925-1937. In these it lists the acts, their sub-headings, and their file code numbers. Although specific letters are not given individual numbers in the index, it is possible to use it to estimate where they might appear in the correspondence series GR-1323.

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Microfilm transferred to the BC Archives by the Ministry of Attorney General in March 1983.


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The original volumes were microfilmed in December 1962 by the Central Microfilm Bureau. Disposition of original volumes unknown.

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These records are restricted. Please contact the BC Archives for information about access.

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See GR-1323 for Attorney-General correspondence, 1902-1937

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Accession number(s): G83-021

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  • Box: B02371