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Alma Russell letters

Series consists of letters of British Columbia men on active service with Canadian and British Expeditionary Forces, 1914-1918. Includes letters from W.J.H. Holmes and other land surveyors; also letters from former members of Provincial Library and Archives staff. Several letters addressed to Miss Russell, who collected and preserved correspondence as a war memorial.

Alma Russell miscellaneous papers

Series consists of a draft and revised draft of Russell's reminiscences of her career as a librarian in the Provincial Library; correspondence inward (1 item), 1924; certificates of membership (B.C. Library Association, Order of Good Times); historical sketches of early explorers; brief accounts of Indian legends.

Archives Department correspondence, annual reports and lists of donations

  • GR-0299
  • Series
  • 1919-1949

The series consists of correspondence inward and outwards, 1925-1943 with gaps; monthly and annual reports and lists of donations received by the Archives Department of the Provincial Library, 1919-1929, 1934. It also includes Provincial Library reports from 1944 to 1949.

British Columbia. Legislative Library

Bureau of Statistics records

  • GR-0153
  • Series
  • 1895-1898

The series consists of correspondence inward and outward of the Secretary of the Bureau, R.E. Gosnell, 1895 - 1898. It also includes statistical returns from various municipalities in the province, 1897-1898, which are arranged alphabetically by the name of the municipality.

British Columbia. Bureau of Statistics

Ceremony for the dedication of the site of British Columbia's Centennial survey monument : programme

  • GR-2052
  • Series
  • Jun. 1967

The series consists of a copy of the program for the dedication ceremony of the site of British Columbia's Centennial Survey Monument which took place at the new Museum and Archives precinct at the corner of Government and Belleville Streets in Victoria on Wednesday June 21, 1967.

The program includes a description of the ceremony, speeches, press release, photocopies of relevant newspaper articles, photocopy of invitation and guest list and six black and white photographs of the ceremony including the unveiling of the monument and an aerial view of the site.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources

Commission on Redefinition of Electoral Districts (1975) records

  • GR-0290
  • Series
  • 1975

The series consists of records created by the Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts in 1975.
Records include transcripts of proceedings, exhibits, correspondence and the final report.

The series also includes recorded hearings of the Commission held in Vernon, Kelowna, Revelstoke, Merritt, Cranbrook, Rossland, and Nelson in 1975.

Correspondence and exhibits were filed in no apparent order. Some pieces of correspondence and/or exhibits were numbered, but the numbers had no meaning for filing purposes. Neither an index nor a list of exhibits has been found.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts (July 21-Nov. 7, 1975)

Commission on Redefinition of Electoral Districts, 1965-1966

  • GR-0295
  • Series
  • 1965-1966

The series consists of records created by the Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts (1965), between 1965 and 1966. The records include transcripts of proceedings, exhibits, correspondence, general files and a report. The series also includes a map of the Peace River Reservoir showing the water level at 2200 ft.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry into Redefinition of Electoral Districts (1965)


  • GR-0747
  • Series
  • 1907

Letter to Provincial Archivist E.O.S. Scholefield from Anthropologist James A. Teit regarding Simon Fraser's identifications of the Shuswap, Chilcotin and Thompson River Indians.

British Columbia. Legislative Library

Letters : Provincial Library

  • GR-0543
  • Series
  • 1915-1936

The series consists of carbon copies of the outward correspondence of the Provincial Librarian and Archivist created between April 1, 1915 and May 29, 1936. The correspondence has been bound in 30 volumes and does not include any enclosures or copies of inward correspondence. The letters are filed chronologically, each letter being numbered. An alphabetical index, giving the name of the correspondent and the letter number, is at either the front or the back of the volume, with the exception of volumes 14, 15 and 17. In addition, the numbers of previous and subsequent letters with the same correspondent are hand written on some of the letters themselves.

The carbon copies are not signed but the Provincial Librarian and Archivists are as follows:
1915-1919: E.O.S. Scholefield
1920-1926: John Forsyth
1926-1934: John Hosie
1934-1936: W.K. Lamb

Most of the correspondence is routine and deals with book orders and payments but there are also letters regarding the move to the new library in 1915, the acquisition of archival records, procuring transcript copies of archival records, comments about the war, information and advice about historical research and many other topics.

British Columbia. Legislative Library

Library Services Branch records

  • GR-1387
  • Series
  • 1919-1979

This series contains correspondence, statistical returns, and reports of the Public Library Commission (PLC) and its successors, the Library Development Commission and the Library Services Branch. The series includes files of PLC pioneers Helen Gordon Stewart, H.N. Lidster, and C.K. Morison, plus records of PLC members at Provincial Library and Archives. The records also contain documents relating to regional libraries in Fraser Valley, Okanagan district, and Vancouver Island, along with correspondence pertaining to provincial library schools and associations.

British Columbia. Library Services Branch

Madge Wolfenden interview : [Gundry, 1991?]

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), [1991?] SUMMARY: In an interview with Fran Gundry, Madge Wolfenden discusses her career as a librarian and archivist at the Provincial Library and Provincial Archives of British Columbia. Madge Wolfenden Hamilton (1893-1992) worked at PABC from 1914 to 1954. She was Acting Provincial Archivist from 1942 to 1945, and Assistant Provincial Archivist when she retired in 1954. The interview begins with a discussion of her schooling in Victoria, B.C., her higher education, and her apprenticeship at the Victoria Public Library and the University of California, Berkeley.

McTavish, George Simpson, 1863-1943. Hudson's Bay Company Factor, Cannery Manager.

Autobiographical note, letters inward from T.C. Elliott, 1938, 1941, two to Provincial Librarian, 1911 and 1912; memorandum and text of speech on La Perouse; journal of trip from Winnipeg to McDame Post, 1890; back of volume contains information re H.B.C. deed poll, including calculation of value of shares up to year 1872; MS. on winter travel with pen and ink sketch; "Not Forgotten (non oblitus)" [reminiscences of H.B.C.]; correspondence with Buckingham Palace, 1940; letter to A.S. Morton re "Not Forgotten".

McTavish, George Simpson, 1863-1943

Memorandum and auditor's report on Archives investigation

  • GR-0301
  • Series
  • 1931

This series consists of a memorandum to John Hosie, Provincial Archivist, enclosing a report of the Auditor of Revenue to the Comptroller General concerning an investigation of the Archives, dated 1931.

British Columbia. Legislative Library

Provincial Archives records

  • GR-0975
  • Series
  • 1856-1970

This series consists of Provincial Archives records. Records include 3 visitors books, 1918-1944; miscellaneous correspondence, reports, memoranda and accounts removed from central filing system; and drafts of pioneers' stories, 1954. Contains some records and accounts of the Provincial Library.

Provincial Archives of British Columbia

Provincial Librarian correspondence inward

  • GR-1710
  • Series
  • 1912-1914

This series contains correspondence from S.J. Clarke Publishing Company (Chicago), concerning E.O.S. Scholefield and F.W. Howay's history book, "British Columbia: From the Earliest Times to the Present" (1914). The correspondence is mainly addressed to Scholefield over his tardiness in completing his manuscript.

British Columbia. Legislative Library

Provincial Librarian correspondence outward, personal and private letterbooks

  • GR-0146
  • Series
  • 1900-1913

The series consists of correspondence outward (private letterbook) of E.O.S. Scholefield (1900-1906), correspondence outward (letterbook) of the Provincial Librarian (1911), and correspondence outward (personal letterbook) of the Public Library Commissioner (1910-1913).

British Columbia. Legislative Library

Provincial Library and Archives staff

L to R: Standing: Herbert Killam, John Forsyth, Cecil Le Meseurier, E.O.S. Scholefield, John Hosie, J.D. Fraser; Seated: Muriel Cree, Katherine Austin, Alma Russell, Madge Wolfenden, Elizabeth Frances (Mrs Herrick) Mcgregor; Sitting in front: Geo[ffrey] Bidlake.

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