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Alice Ravenhill fonds

  • PR-1688
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1945

The fonds consists predominantly of records relating the publication of “Meet Mr. Coyote”, “Folklore of the Far West”, “The Native Tribes of British Columbia”, and “A Corner Stone of Canadian Culture”. In addition to these records there are correspondence and notes that tangentially relate to these publications and the creator’s interest in the artwork of B.C. indigenous populations. This includes works of art produced by both the Society for the Furtherance of B.C. Indian Arts and Crafts as well as William A. Newcombe.

The fonds includes drafts, additional legends and artwork that were not published as part of above listed works, correspondence, and records relating to the British Columbia Indian Arts and Welfare Society. Of note, the fonds also contains the doctoral certificate awarded to the creator in 1948 by the University of British Columbia and two examples of embroidery by the creator. These latter two are part of accession 199306-036 and have been assigned reference numbers PDP00679 and PDP00680.

Of those records relating to the writing of “Folklore of the Far West” some had already been re-housed and organized according to their geographic region of origin upon their initial arrival at the Archives; namely those in accessions 199306-036 and F/1/R19. This order was not further disturbed by the archivist in the process of arranging these records. Those records in accessions 86-064 and 81-152C, which had not been previously processed, were left in the order in which they were bound on entry to the archives and include records relating to each of the publications listed above.

Ravenhill, Alice, 1859-1954

Harbour Navigation Company fonds

  • PR-0856
  • Fonds
  • 1914 ; ca. 1924-1951

The fonds consists of the Harbour Navigation Company's photographs, which include one album and several loose photos and postcards. These images depict the Wigwam Inn and Belcarra Park (both on Indian Arm), and social activities at those locations, as well as the company's vessels, captains and personnel. Vessels shown include the "Fort Langley", the "Harbour Princess", the "Hollyburn" and the "Scenic". Several photos were taken by the Dominion Photo Company, and some by the Royal Canadian Air Force. The photographs were collected by Joan Hughes from the Harbour Navigation Company and former staff members.

Harbour Navigation Company

John Robertson Stewart fonds

  • PR-0278
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1870

The fonds consists of bills and invoices.

Stewart, John Robertson, d. 1873

Victoria and Island Publicity Bureau fonds

  • PR-2243
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1938

The fonds comprises 19 35 mm motion picture prints (and four copies) of films that were circulated to the public by the Victoria and Island Publicity Bureau. The films were produced between 1922 and 1938, mainly by the Canadian Governnment Motion Picture Bureau. They include travel films about Victoria and Vancouver Island, as well as films about British Columbia's logging and fishing industries, sports fishing, mountaineering, and Canadian wildlife and birds. Non-BC titles include films about the Royal Mint in Ottawa, a Guide's Association tournament in Nova Scotia, and log driving in eastern Canada.

Victoria and Island Publicity Bureau

Robert William Torrens fonds

  • PR-2402
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1865

The fonds consists of correspondence and reports written by and about Robert William Torrens between 1858 and 1865. In 1859 and 1865, Torrens took part in several different expeditions that took him to Haida Gwaii, along the Nass River, through the area of Clayoquot Sound, and to Bear River. During these trips, he interacted with many local Indigenous populations, and wrote about these encounters in his reports. The fonds also includes several letters of recommendation for Torrens and his 1865 oath of office for the position of stipendiary magistrate for the colony of Vancouver Island.

Torrens, Robert William (1826-1887)

Archibald Menzies fonds

  • PR-1261
  • Fonds
  • 1790-1794 [Microfilmed ca. 1991]

The fonds consists of collected material created by or pertaining to Archibald Menzies. It includes a microfilm copy of Menzies' journal written on Captain George Vancouver's voyage to the Northwest Coast, as well as correspondence (inward and outward), two miniature portraits of Menzies and his wife, as well as other miscellaneous documents. The fonds also includes Menzies' signet ring with his seal and the motto "Will God I Shall.'

Menzies, Archibald, 1754-1842

William Sterling fonds

  • PR-0274
  • Fonds
  • 1873-1883 [Microfilmed ca. 1989]

The fonds consists of receipts, licences to trade and sell liquor, an inventory of goods and a licence to operate a saloon.

Sterling, William

Kuper Island Indian Industrial School fonds

  • PR-0609
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1938

The fonds consists of records of the Kuper Island Indian Industrial School and includes correspondence, daily journals, pupil progress reports, punishments books, a clothing issue register, agricultural work record book and a trades instructor memorandum book, quarterly reports and accounts and stores records books.

Kuper Island Indian Industrial School

British Columbia Land and Investment Agency fonds

  • PR-2013
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1960

The fonds consists of articles of association (1896-1913), Board of Directors and annual general meeting minutes (1887-1948), minutes of meetings of the four percent debenture stockholders (1896-1956), Victoria office mortgage registration book (1903-1919), revocation and grant of powers of attorney (1892-1935), reports, notices, licences, correspondence, and other records of the Victoria and Vancouver offices. Records of the Victoria office include correspondence (1858-1960) with Thomas Dixon Galpin, the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company, the Great West Life Assurance Company, the Montreal Rolling Mills Company, and the Company's Nanaimo and Vancouver agencies and its London office, as well as correspondence and papers relating to Mayhew and Harlow, the Phoenix Assurance Company, Nicholles and Renouf Ltd., Frederick George Walker, the Douglas estate, and the estates of James Crawford, Jean-Baptiste Timmerman and Rev. Arthur Whiteside. Fonds also includes photographs of BCLIA properties, employees and offices. Fonds includes records of predecessor companies, Thomas Allsop and Company and Allsop and Mason. The fonds is arranged into 124 series.

A metal key for the BC Land and Investment Agency building was transferred to the BC Archives from the City of Victoria Archives in 2021. It is stored in container 935638-0679.

British Columbia Land and Investment Agency, Ltd

Indar Singh Gill family fonds

  • PR-2381
  • Fonds
  • [193-]-1968

The fonds consists of records relating to Indar Singh Gill and his family, and document his private, religious, and social life. The records include four different Sikh prayer books, a diary in which Gill recorded the family's basic vital information, some business and financial records, and the passports of Gill and his wife, Bhagwant Kaur. Kaur's passport documents the immigration of her and their oldest children from India to Canada in 1938. The fonds also contains 20 photographs of the Gill family.

Indar Singh Gill family

John and Lily McIllree fonds

  • PR-0557
  • Fonds
  • 1874-1910 [Microfilmed ca. 1975]

The fonds consists of diaries and notebooks of John McIllree and two journals by Lily McIllree. It also includes a file of photocopied miscellaneous records relating to the family.

McIllree, John, 1851-1925

Doukhobor history photograph collection

  • PR-0137
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900-1960]

The collection consists of copies of photographs pertaining to Doukhobor history collected by Koozma John Tarasoff as part of a 1958 B.C. centennial project.

Photographs document the history of Doukhobors, from beginnings in Russia in the 19th century, emigration to North America, and current history to the mid 20th century. Images depict all aspects of culture, individuals and communities.

Sources of the copies include, but are not limited to: The "Tregouboff" collection, a collection belonging to Ivan Mikhailovitch Tregouboff, of Moscow, who was a close friend of Lev N. Tolstoy and the Doukhobors; Vogue Studio, Nelson, BC, courtesy of Helmuth Mayrhofer (photographer); Bill Verigin of Vancouver; Anna Brinton, a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and writer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (referred to as the "Popoff album"); Larry A. Ewashen; Jennie Petroff and Lydia Linitsky (the Petroff sisters) of Saskatchewan; the editors of Iskra, a Russian language Doukhobor publication in Grand Forks, BC and Mir, an English language Doukhobor publication also in Grand Forks, BC..

Photographs document the history of Doukhobors, from beginnings in Russia in the 19th century, emigration to North America, and current history to the mid 20th century. Images depict all aspects of culture, individuals and communities.

Tarasoff, Koozma John, collector

Otto Nordling fonds

  • PR-0342
  • Fonds
  • 1951-1978

The fonds consists of Otto Nordling's correspondence from Martha Louise Black, an address book, a history of St. Mary's Hospital (Dawson, Yukon) and pamphlets and clippings about the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway and pensions.

Nordling, Otto

Sylvia Spring fonds

  • PR-2138
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1967] -1970

The fonds consists of Sylvia Spring's short film "Madeleine" (National Film Board, 1969) as well as the A and B rolls of a short film called "Welcome to the Library" (BCIT, ca. 1970). It also includes audio recordings regarding Canadian art and poetry.

Spring, Sylvia

William Law Ogilby fonds

  • PR-2208
  • Fonds
  • 1892

The fonds consists of an illustrated diary written in a school exercise book of William Law Ogilby's experience as a chainman on a survey of a portion of the western boundary of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway Belt on Vancouver Island. A photograph, presumed to have been taken on the survey, depicts Ogilby and two other men at their camp at an unidentified location.

Ogilby, William Law

John T.E. Gowlland fonds

  • PR-1942
  • Fonds
  • 1853-1869 [Microfilmed 196-]

The fonds consists of Gowlland's log books for the Ganges and the Plumper, including one completed during a survey of Vancouver Island in 1859-1860.

Gowlland, John T.E.

T.F. Harper Reed fonds

  • PR-0470
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1901-1903, 1918-1975

The fonds consists of photographs of Northern B.C. and the Yukon and survey crew activities on the Alaska Canada Boundary Survey as well as correspondence, legal papers, notebooks, autobiographical material, and annotated publications.

Reed, T.F. Harper

John Irvine fonds

  • PR-2194
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1910

The fonds consists of three photo albums created by John Irvine between 1894 and 1910. Many of the photographs are of railway survey campsites and features in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and California but some of the earlier photographs are city views of buildings in Ottawa, including the Parliament buildings after the fire in February 1897. The albums are uniform in size and appearance: black, pebbled covers with the "Photographs" embossed in gold on the top left front. The pages, which are stiff gray cardboard, are bound with red cord. The albums measure 18 by 30 cm. The mounted prints vary in size and tone from 7 x 12 cm to 19 x 15 cm, and from b&w to sepia. Nearly all of the photographs have a double white line border drawn around them and almost all are captioned in white ink. Several of the photographs are identified with "Yours truly Jno Irvine" and may be portraits of Irvine himself.

Irvine, John, 1868-1911

Alan Thomson fonds

  • PR-0152
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1920

The fonds consists of diaries relating to the Alberta-British Columbia boundary surveys.

Thomson, Alan

Bill Roozeboom fonds

  • PR-2339
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1971

The fonds consists of three films created by Bill Roozeboom. They are described under MS-3322.

Roozeboom, Bill

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. fonds

  • PR-2293
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1857-1991], predominant 1890-1950

The fonds consists of the business records of Pemberton Holmes Ltd. and its predecessor companies, including Pemberton & Son, Pemberton & Son Ltd. and Pemberton, Holmes Ltd. It also consists of records which relate to personal business activities and personal family matters. The records were created between 1859 and 1989, with the bulk of the material dating from the founding of Pemberton & Son in 1887 to approximately 1950. The records document the business and economic life of the province, and many aspects of social history. The geographic scope of the records includes the entire province of British Columbia, and to a lesser degree, parts of the Prairie Provinces and Washington State. Of particular significance are records for Victoria, Oak Bay, Port Alberni and southern Vancouver Island, Vancouver and the lower mainland of British Columbia.

The company records are evidence of a wide range of business and legal transactions, including the brokering of private mortgages, property sales and transfers, the renting of residences and small business premises, insurance purchases and servicing, estate management, and investments in industries such as mining. The parties to the business and legal transactions range from large companies and institutions to the average person wishing to rent or purchase a house, lot or farm. The records reflect that a major client of Pemberton & Son was the Anglican Synod of the Diocese of British Columbia, for whom the company served as financial agent.

The company remained a family enterprise, and it appears the principals of the company tended to maintain personal records intermingled with company records. Frederick B. Pemberton was principal trustee of the J.D. Pemberton estate, which included large land holdings in Oak Bay, which over time were sold and subdivided. The records reflect the fact that the management of the family estate was integrated with the activities of the company. Furthermore, just as his father had farmed in Oak Bay, Frederick operated a farm in Gordon Head and an 1100-acre farm at Cowichan Station; the records generated by these operations were closely interwoven with the company. Similarly, in the case of Brentwood College, the principals of Pemberton Holmes Ltd. had a personal involvement in its founding and management, and at the same time, their company had a business relationship with the school. Personal records include but are not limited to: tax returns, insurance policies, and records concerning purchase and sale of securities, goods and services. They also consist of family photographs, ephemera, and correspondence. The latter includes letters from J.D. Pemberton to his daughter, the artist, Sophie Pemberton.

The fonds includes approximately 2750 business files, originally in docket envelopes, which made up the main filing system of Pemberton & Son and its successor companies. Most of these files consist of client transaction records, including business and legal documents with accompanying correspondence. A majority of the files concern specific properties or lots, and relate to the sale, conveyance, mortgage, rent or lease of those properties. A smaller number relate to a person, estate, organization, company, or subject, but not to a specific property. The physical housing of these files was, in most cases, a string-bound, reinforced, docket envelope, which contained the folded documents. The fonds also consists of a large group of financial records, including 103 bound ledger books, journals and cash books. There originally were links between these financial records and the docket files, but it is often not possible now to establish those links, and significant gaps exist for both groups of records.

Other textual materials include correspondence, annual reports, minutes of directors and shareholder meetings, monthly and annual financial statements and reports, tax returns, legal documents including wills and other estate records, records for real estate sales particularly in the Greater Victoria area, and routine office records. Records of some clients (notably, relating to an estate) have been maintained as they were originally filed, in their own series. There is a smaller amount of ephemera, including newspapers, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, and collected published material including brochures and pamphlets.

The records include published and unpublished maps, fire insurance maps, subdivision plans, blueprints, architectural drawings, advertising display materials, and photographs of the Pemberton Holmes buildings and various buildings and locations in Victoria and the south Vancouver Island region.

The fonds also contains business and personal records of Frederick George Pennington (Fred) Maurice, who worked for the company for 52 years (ca. 1926-1977) and who became a director of the company. In the 1980s, in his retirement, Fred Maurice wrote an unpublished history, which is a part of the fonds. Largely anecdotal in nature, his manuscript covers Pemberton and Holmes family history (ca. 1850 to 1940) and company history (ca. 1887 to 1940). In the course of his research, it appears Maurice removed some records from their original locations. His handwritten annotations and bookmarks also appear on or with some of the records.

The Pemberton & Son office building at Fort and Broad Street, Victoria, BC, was destroyed by fire on March 23, 1909. In his history, Fred Maurice attributes "significant blanks" in the company's early records to this fire.

Pemberton Holmes Ltd.

Gordon McGregor Sloan fonds

  • PR-2030
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1965

The fonds consists of textual records and photographs related to the career and personal life of Gordon McGregor Sloan. This includes: his work on federal and provincial commissions; his arbitration and mediation of various labour disputes; his service on the British Columbia Court of Appeal; his private legal practice and his social and family life. The records are arranged into nine series that reflect his professional roles, his personal life, and specific records types found in the fonds. Series 1, Commission records, consists of reports, indexes, notes, commissioner's record books and correspondence related to the Commission on the Capture of Salmon in the Sooke Area and Purse-Seines in the Gulf of Georgia, 1939, the Commission on Workmen's Compensation, 1941-1942, and Commission on Forest Resources, 1943-1945. Series 2, Arbitration records, includes, annotated reference material, exhibits, submissions, newspaper clippings and editorials, correspondence, notes, agreements, briefs, a record book, and contracts related to various arbitrations. These arbitrations include: railway arbitration, IWA arbitrations, West Coast Shipbuilders arbitration, Ford Motor Company of Canada arbitration, Metalliferous mines dispute, telephone company arbitration, Sommers' case, and BC civil servants. Series 3, Appeal Court correspondence, includes correspondence related to staffing, wage issues, appointments and resignations. This series also includes biographical notes about Gordon McGregor Sloan's career. Series 4, Appeal Court records, consists of factums, judgements and memorandums of proceedings before the Appeal Court. A few of these records are annotated by Sloan. Series 5, Administrator correspondence and commissions, includes incoming and outgoing correspondence of Chief Justice Sloan in his position of Administrator of the Province of British Columbia (in absence of the Lieutenant-Governor), his commissions, and an opening and closing speech to the Legislature. Series 6, Legal diaries and correspondence, are yearly appointment diaries kept by Gordon McGregor Sloan while he practised law from 1924-1933. Many of the diaries include notes and correspondence. Series 7, Personal records, consists of correspondence, invitations, programs, newspaper clippings, personal journals, short stories and financial records. Some of the records belong to Nancy Sloan and relate to other family members including father, William Sloan. Also included in this series are some records of the Young Liberal Association and the Laurier Club held by Gordon McGregor Sloan and his son David Sloan. Series 8 is family and professional photographs. Series 9 is published material with annotations from Gordon McGregor Sloan's library. Publications related to law and forestry, without annotations, were removed. Some publications which were identified as exhibits from the Commission on Forestry Resources, 1943-1945, were integrated into the records of GR-0520.

Sloan, Gordon McGregor

Helmcken family fonds

  • PR-0879
  • Fonds
  • 1848-1920

The fonds consists of the papers of Dr. John Sebastian and Harry Dallas Helmcken. Also includes certified copies of various death certificates, correspondence, account books, contracts, medical notebooks and case books of the other members of the Helmcken family. [Portion of the fonds also available on microfilm.]

Helmcken (family)

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company fonds

  • PR-2016
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1900

The fonds consists of three series: correspondence inward (1890-1908); correspondence outward (1890-1900); and, articles of association (1890?).

A metal seal embosser for the London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company was transferred to the BC Archives from the City of Victoria Archives in 2021.

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company

British Columbia Cattle Company fonds

  • PR-2015
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1905

The fonds consists of correspondence inward to John Irving, Secretary Treasurer, and C.S. Baxter, probably the accountant, primarily from company directors, officials and employees: R.P. Rithet, President; Thomas Ellis, director; F.W. Jackson, manager of the company's Triangle Ranch, Quilchena; and John Lowther, manager of the Canoe Creek Ranch. Correspondence deals with miscellaneous matters relating to the management of the two ranches and the sale of beef cattle.

British Columbia Cattle Company

Drewry family fonds

  • PR-2331
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1984

The Drewry family fonds consists principally of the personal and business papers of William Stewart Drewry (1859-1939) and his son John Haworth Drewry (1894 – 1988). Both men were licensed surveyors who worked privately, and also for the B.C. government at various times. Also included are records relating to the Drewry households, and the personal correspondence of their wives, Clare Lillian (Hazard) Drewry and Donalda (Jennings) Drewry.

Further, the fonds also includes correspondence and military records of John Haworth Drewry who enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and saw active service in France during 1918, as well as publications, maps used and created by both men in the course of their work, and a collection of family photographs.

The records have been arranged in four series: the records of W.S. Drewry,(MS-3139), the records of J.H. Drewry, (MS-3140), the records of Donalda Drewry (MS-3141), and the Drewry family series (MS-3142). It should be noted that as J.H. Drewry worked for W.S. Drewry, there is some overlap between these two series.

Drewry (family)

Guy Houghton Blanchet fonds

  • PR-1201
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1970

The fonds consists of correspondence, journals, drafts of his "Search in the North", as well as an autobiography, short stories, poetry and photographs.

Blanchet, Guy Houghton, 1884-1966

Percy E. Barraclough fonds

  • PR-1092
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1920

The fonds consists of photographs of surveying trips to Port Simpson and along the Alaska boundary survey.

Barraclough, Percy E.

Norman Charles Stewart fonds

  • PR-2200
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1954, [200-]

The fonds consists of personal annual diaries or journals kept by Norman Charles Stewart and a transcript created by Joan Dakers. The original diaries are for the years 1910, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1939, 1945, 1947, 1952 (2 v.), 1953 and 1954. These records supplement the official surveyor field books he would have maintained as a BC Land Surveyor working for or with the Surveyor General's department. The transcript includes detailed copies and summaries of diaries from 1910 to 1951. Not all the supplemental information in the original diaries was transcribed.

Stewart, Norman Charles, 1885-1965

Shepherd family fonds

  • PR-2202
  • Fonds
  • 1880-[ca. 1939]

The fonds consists of photographic negatives and a photograph album dating between the 1890s and late 1930s. The fonds also includes a scrapbook of chiefly World War One newspaper clippings, photographs, drawings and memorabilia assembled by Margaret Millicent Shepherd; diaries and notebooks kept by Francis Holden Shepherd between 1916-1919; a few newspaper clippings and school report cards; and an issue of the Nanaimo Free Press dated 14 Apr 1880 with the marriage notice for F.H. Shepherd and Jane (Jennie) Holden.

Shepherd (family)

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