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Account books

  • GR-0823
  • Series
  • 1858-1873

This series consists of three volumes of record books from the Colony of Vancouver Island Police and Prisons Department, and later and Colony of British Columbia Police, 1858-1873. Records include an account book, 1858-1863 (contains also some fire department accounts); requisition book, 1859-1861; record of constable's clothing and advance warrants, police and gaol, 1866-1873.

Vancouver Island. Police and Prisons Dept.

Applications for position as constable

  • GR-1476
  • Series
  • 1920-1923

The series consists of applications for position as constable, created by the Provincial Police Force from 1920 to 1923. The forms list the name of applicant, nationality, occupation, religion, whether temperate or abstainer, age, family, address, war service, etc.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Applications for registration of a motor and for a licence

  • GR-1474
  • Series
  • 1916-1920

The series consists of applications for registration of a motor and for a licence in respect thereof, created by the Provincial Police Force from 1916 to 1920. Applications give the make, style, no. of cylinders, engine no., etc., of vehicle; owner's name and address of place vehicle kept. Include application nos. 8943-8950, 8992-8993; 8994-9002; 9003, 9005-9012; 9013-9015, 9026-9030.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

British Columbia Provincial Police correspondence

  • GR-1576
  • Series
  • 1890-1911

This series contains correspondence inward and outward of the Provincial Police Force Headquarters in Victoria, principally received or signed by Sergeants J.M. Langley and F.R. Murray but including letters received or signed by the Superintendent and by various constables. The letters deal with matters concerning both Vancouver Island and the coast, and the province generally. They also include the Superintendents' report of his inspection of goals, lock-ups, and police posts, 31 December 1903.

There is also a letterpress book of correspondence from the Superintendent of Provincial Police J.S. Hussey, Sgt. John M. Langley, Provincial Constables Frank C. Ireland, John McKenna, Frank Murray, Arthur Carter, D.G. Cox and Daniel Campbell.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Victoria District)

British Columbia Provincial Police Veterans' Association fonds

  • PR-1126
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1985

The fonds consists of correspondence, bulletins pertaining to association activities, a collection of B.C. Provincial Police documents, and photographs of activities of the association and of BCPP activities, including Doukhobor protests.

British Columbia Provincial Police Veterans' Association

Correspondence and applications for pool room licences

  • GR-0109
  • Series
  • 1913-1919

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1913 and 1919. The records consists of applications for pool room licences under the Act to amend the Pool-rooms Act of 1913.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-2573
  • Series
  • ca. 1913-1931

Boundary District Provincial Police files, consisting of correspondence, reports, jail calendars, vouchers, etc., from Coalmont, Fairview, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Hedley, Keremeos, Midway, Oliver, Penticton, Phoenix and Princeton, and correspondence with other police districts and with Victoria Headquarters.

These records were copied from originals loaned by the Penticton Museum in 1981. The originals had been transferred to the Penticton Museum and Archives by the Penticton area RCMP detachment. In 2006, the records were transferred to the BC Archives (accession 95-5924).

The numbered files that were microfilmed (40-1113 to 40-3500) appear to be consistent with the transferred originals. However, there are additional records on the microfilm (see the “Correspondence” and “Miscellaneous” sections in the Finding Aid).

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Boundary District)

Correspondence relating to the Royal Visit, 1939

  • GR-0059
  • Series
  • 1939

The series consists of correspondence relating to the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to British Columbia in 1939.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Crime reports

  • GR-3598
  • Series
  • 1932-1944

The series consists of a letterbook containing crime reports produced or collected by Sergeant John William Hooker during the course of his duties as a British Columbia Provincial Police (BCPP) officer while posted to Coquitlam, Grand Forks, Nelson, Smithers, Prince George, Clinton, Ashcroft, Spence’s Bridge, Merritt, and Kamloops between 1932 and 1944. The records cover a variety of crimes and social issues—particularly in small, rural communities. In addition to generic social issues, the records from Grand Forks (file 3) relate primarily to Doukhobors, and include reports on the settlement of Gilpin.

The majority of the reports were produced by Hooker. Some supplemental records (copies), such as an inquest, inward correspondence in relation to particular cases, and a reason for judgement are interfiled with the crime reports.

The records are arranged chronologically and by detachment location. The records do not capture all crime reports filed in a particular district, but were likely selected by Hooker. Some of these files have been labeled in pencil “Personal file.” The records consist primarily of crime reports on standard BCPP letterhead. Each report contains the district, detachment, and the date, as well as an overview of the case and persons involved.

Some of these records may also be available in GR-1388: Correspondence and other material created by the British Columbia Provincial Police Force of the Yale district. John William Hooker's personnel card, which provides details of the service of constables, including marital status, date of first appointment, station, and various postings, can be found in GR-0091, vol. 30-31.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Daily diary

  • GR-1283
  • Series
  • 1929

This series contains the daily diary kept by Constable J.H. McClinton, British Columbia Provincial Police, "D" Division, stationed at Prince George.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Daily Provincial Police reports

  • GR-0445
  • Series
  • 1913-1921

This series consists of four page report forms completed each month by BC Provincial Police Force constables at police stations throughout the province. The form provides a space for describing each day's activities and also lists personal and extra equipment issued to the constable. The completed reports were submitted to the Chief constable of the Police District, and forwarded by him to the office of the Superintendent.

The series also includes two volumes of log books recording the receipt of the reports from constables across the province. The books are likely from the office of the Police Superintendent. One volume is dated 1913-1920 and includes a list of correspondence received by R.E. Hose, secretary of the Game Board, Vancouver. The other volume includes monthly reports from October 1904 to February 1908. The actual reports for these earlier years are not included in this series.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Detective Office day book

  • GR-3979
  • Series
  • 1914-1918, 1933-1934

This series consists of one bound day book from the Provincial Police Detective Office. The book contains daily entries by several detectives describing what they did each day, including places they traveled to, cases worked on, people interviewed and suspects apprehended. The located in Vancouver, but detective covered cases across the province, including Kamloops and Vancouver Island.

The first half of the book is written by one unnamed detective and covers the days 1 April 1914 – 10 May 1918. The second half of the book is labelled as “Vancouver District Headquarters C.I.B. Memos : C. Ledoux – M.J. Phillips” and covers the days 1 January 1933 to 31 December 1934. A variety of crimes are included, such as theft, murder and fraud. CIB likely reference to the Criminal Investigation Branch.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Frederick Hussey fonds

  • PR-0691
  • Fonds
  • 1882-1910

The fonds consists of a diary, a notebook, miscellaneous accounts and letters.

Hussey, Frederick Stephen

Gaol Service applications

  • GR-0663
  • Series
  • 1911-1919

This series consist of Provincial Police Department Forms of Application for Position as Constable used in conjunction with employment in the Gaol Service. Applications include the applicant's full name, occupation, nationality, religion, age, date of birth, height, weight, health, marital status, length of residence in British Columbia, references, experience, etc. submitted in the applicant's own handwriting. Many are accompanied by letters of reference and the Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office; some are annotated.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Hubert Mansell fonds

  • PR-2407
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1966

The fonds consists of records documenting the professional career of Hubert Mansell, an Inspector in the British Columbia Provincial Police. The fonds consists of photographs and textual records. The photographs are primarily group portraits of BC Provincial Police officers. The majority of the photographs are from the 1940s, but some are from earlier as well. A small number of the photographs have identifying information on the verso. The textual records consist of letters of transfer and recommendation, miscellaneous correspondence and a selection of BC Provincial Police nominal rolls from various dates (seemingly in support of personal research), and a collection of miscellaneous event invitations and ephemera.

Mansell, Hubert

Indigent Fund administration files

  • GR-0289
  • Series
  • 1914-1933 [predominant 192-]

The series consists of records created by the Deputy Provincial Secretary between 1914 and 1933 pertaining to the administration of funds for the "aid of the destitute, poor, and sick."

Between 1872 and 1942, an annual vote of funds was included in the estimates of the B.C. legislature. The fund, which was administered by the Office of the Provincial Secretary, originally contained $500. By 1935, this figure had risen to $110,000; but in the fund's final year of existence, 1943, the vote of funds had declined to $40,000.

The Indigent Fund, unlike the Mother's Pension, the Old Age Pension (1927), or the Veterans Assistance plans was not tied to an Act of Parliament, and thus relief was provided to people under a wide range of circumstances, and included many who failed to qualify for assistance under specific federal or provincial schemes. The fund was designed to meet the immediate and shortterm needs of rural B.C. residents (municipalities had their own funds) who through misfortune or bad planning had found themselves without "the necessities of life." The key to the fund, until the early 1930s, when the position of Superintendent of Welfare was created, was the Deputy Provincial Secretary, for it was often at his discretion that assistance was provided. He was aided in his duties by the various Government Agents, who were responsible for handling vouchers, disbursing cheques, and reporting to Victoria any new developments in individual cases. They, in turn, were assisted by Provincial Police constables who usually investigated each case and submitted a report.

The records consist of correspondence inward and outward from the Deputy Provincial Secretary's office; correspondence from Government Agents to the Deputy Provincial Secretary; Provincial Police reports on the condition of Indigents; correspondence from indigents or persons representing them to the Premier, Ministers, and the Deputy Provincial Secretary; and miscellaneous correspondence to and from various government departments and agencies such as Workman's Compensation Board, Department of Immigration, public hospitals, police departments etc.

The files are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the indigent. They are not, however, arranged alphabetically within each folder. There are two alphabetical series, as well as two sets of files titled "miscellaneous". All files have been preserved in their original order.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Joseph Dee Graham fonds

  • PR-1410
  • Fonds
  • 1892-1893

The fonds consists of Graham's diary and a letter.

Graham, Joseph Dee


  • GR-2280
  • Series
  • 1872-1873

Letterbook of correspondence outward from the Attorney General's office January 1872 - October 1872 (McCreight) and January - September 1873 (Walkem) regarding policing In the province. Indexed. There is a list of constables, and clerks of the bench and their location glued to the inside cover of the volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Liquor license correspondence file

  • GR-0110
  • Series
  • 1900

The file consists of British Columbia Provincial Police correspondence re application for liquor licence of R. Cunningham, Port Essington, B.C., 1900.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Milton Nelson MacAlpine fonds

  • PR-0536
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1967

The fonds consists of letters, police forms, police records, prisoners' effects and description book, and photographs including those depicting Doukhobors, police motor launches, and police officers. Fonds includes records of the Port Essington Office of the BCPP (information and warrants, 1909-1913) and records of the Bella Coola Office (prisoners' effects and description book, 1914-1934).

MacAlpine, Milton Nelson, 1907-

Miscellaneous police records

  • GR-4061
  • Series
  • 1867-1950

This series consists of a variety of records created by the Provincial Police Force with an unclear provenance. This means the specific person or office that created or used the records may be unknown, or the records may not fit in with other existing series. The records were created between 1867 and 1950 and relate to several areas of the province.

The series currently consists of the following items and files:

-- Blank prisoner’s effects and description book, c. 1910;
-- Blank Liquor Act form and letterhead, c. 1910;
-- Receipts for miner’s licences issued by Constable Frank Trevor at Quesnelle Forks, 1867;
-- Bridge pass form book [mostly blank], 1950;
-- Lists of prisoner transfers to Victoria Gaol, 1914-1915;
-- Lock up calendars sent to the Chief Constable, Kamloops from police in Chase, Sicamous, Savona and an unidentified location, 1918.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Monthly crime analysis and statement of fines.

  • GR-0666
  • Series
  • 1923-1926; 1930-1935

This series consists of ten volumes of Provincial Police Force monthly crime analysis and statement of fines, 1923-1926 and 1930-1935. Volume 1 is arranged by division, then district. All other volumes are arranged alphabetically by district or municipality.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

North Saanich Council minute books and Provincial Police daily diary

  • GR-0046
  • Series
  • 1906-1911, 1913-1915

The series consists of two volumes of minute books created by the Council of North Saanich between 1906 and 1911. Volume 1 covers the period of March 1906 to June 1910 and volume 2 covers June 1910 to December 1911. The volumes contain the minutes of both regular and special meetings and refer to council activities in the North Saanich and Sidney area.

Volume 2 also contains the daily diary of the Provincial Police Dept., Sidney from December 1913 to May 1915.

North Saanich (B.C. : Municipality)

Northern British Columbia Fish and Wildlife records

  • GR-1085
  • Series
  • 1909-1972

The series consists of records created between 1909 and 1972 by the Northern Division or Northern Region of the Fish and Wildlife Branch and the "D" Division of its predecessor bodies, that relate to the registration and administration of traplines and the trapping industry. For most of the years covered in these records, this division/region consisted of all of British Columbia north of a line from Quesnel to Bella Coola, including these two places as well as Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Queen Charlotte Islands, the Stikine region, Cassiar, McDames Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John and the Peace River region, the upper Fraser River valley of the McBride-Tete Jaune Cache area, the Nechako valley, the Skeena region, and the Prince George area.

The series include early files transferred from the B.C. Police, files regarding First Nations traplines, and individual trapline files, 1922-1969; records on registered guides, including guide report forms and nominal files, 1948-1972; crime investigation reports and conviction record books of violation of fish and game laws, 1930-1967; game management records including subject files on wildlife organization, management activities, and data on various species.

This series contains a large number of maps and sketches from 1909 to 1972, especially relating to the trapline and guide files. Many of these were removed from their files in 1982 and catalogued as two separate sub-series by the Map Division of the BC Archives. An index map of guiding territories was also removed.

See index map of guiding territories catalogued as CM/G6
See sub-series CM/E117 for trapline maps, 1909-1968
See sub-series CM/C2054 (previously CM/S2) for trapline sketches, 1922-1972.

British Columbia. Fish and Wildlife Branch

Oaths of allegiance, correspondence and reports

  • GR-0068
  • Series
  • 1906, 1911, 1913-1914

The series consists of various records created by the Provincial Police Force between 1906 and 1914. Box 1 contains a list of special constables sent to the Nanaimo strike in 1913, and oaths of allegiance. Box 2 contains correspondence and reports from December 1913 to January 1914 regarding the Nanaimo strike and reports of operatives in Revelstoke dated May and June 1911. Box 3 contains correspondence and operatives' reports from 1906 regarding the Fernie strike.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Penticton Police Court record books

  • GR-1839
  • Series
  • 1910-1950

Provincial Police Court record books for 1910-1929 and 1932-1950 showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant, nature of the charge, costs, name of arresting officer, name of gaol or lockup, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks" .

British Columbia. Police Court (Penticton)

Policing subject and personnel files

  • GR-0750
  • Series
  • 1942-1965

This series consists of a variety of administrative files related to the British Columbia Provincial Police Force. This includes Attorney General files P-291-2 and P-291-7, Policing of British Columbia, consisting of files on the take over of the B.C. Provincial Police by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and of various personnel files, 1942-1965.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

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