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Provincial Game Warden records

  • GR-0446
  • Series
  • 1905-1922

This collection is comprised of records relating to the development, implementation and administration of game management policies in British Columbia, 1905-1922. It includes correspondence, reports, vouchers and licences, as well as information regarding firearms regulation and prosecutions under game laws. Records were created by the Provincial Game Warden, Deputy Game Wardens and other related staff.

Researchers will find these records particularly useful for tracking the development and implementation of early provincial game management policies. General correspondence and reports from Deputy Game Wardens throughout the province contain information regarding the status of game in various areas over time. Difficulties in enforcing policies such as regulation of trophy hunters and the need for firearms licences are documented in these materials. Development of the game base as an economic resource through payment of licence fees, and international promotion of the province as a sportsperson's centre, were key components of A. Bryan Williams' approach to game management and the results of this can also be studied in these records. Conflicts between the provincial approach to the game resource and that taken by some Indigenous peoples can be studied in this collection. Many of the Deputy Game Wardens saw military service abroad during World War I and the records include some relevant correspondence.

See Table of Contents below for a general sense of the collection organization and finding aid for a detailed file/item list. The contents of some files are listed in a hardcopy index (i.e. an item list) available in the reference room. The series is arranged by record type into the following sub series and sub-sub series:

A. Indexes : Box 1
B. Correspondence : Boxes 2-117
B(1) Personal and semi-official correspondence of A. Bryan Williams, Provincial Game Warden : Boxes 2-4
B(2) Correspondence out : Box 4
B(3) Letterbooks of correspondence out : Boxes 5-11
B(4) General correspondence inward and outward : Boxes 12-94
B(5) Correspondence re: firearms licences : Boxes 95-117
C. Deputy Game Wardens : Boxes 118-149
C(1) Monthly reports Boxes : 118-126
C(2) Correspondence Boxes : 127-149
D. Returns re: firearms licences : Boxes 150-158
E. Vouchers : Boxes 159-161
F. Licences : Box 161
G. Prosecutions : Boxes 162-166
H. Miscellaneous : Boxes 166-167

British Columbia. Provincial Game and Forest Warden

Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0056
  • Series
  • 1910-1912

The series consists of correspondence inward to Superintendent of Provincial Police from May 1910 to August 1912.

The records are filed chronologically within the following categories:

  1. General, from government departments (1907-1912) (Volumes 1 to 4)
  2. Wanted or missing (Volume 5)
  3. District: Atlin, Hazelton, Skeena, Boundary, Cariboo, Hazelton, Kamloops, Kootenay west, east, southeast, and northeast, Nanaimo Comox, West coast, Vancouver, Vancouver Westminster, Victoria and Yale (Volumes 6 to 31).

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Provincial Police circulars and wanted posters

  • GR-4000
  • Series
  • 1884-1928, 1936-1948

This series consists of a variety of circulars (later referred to as orders), wanted posters, informations and warrants. The records were created and used by the Provincial Police Force from 1884-1920s and general orders from the 1920s-1948. The series contains several volumes with have both types of records intermingled. Some volumes are indexed by subject or name of the wanted person.

Circulars and orders provide a concise summary of changes to criminal charges, and other the directives and instructions sent to police staff. Most circulars are copied and provided to all constables and inspectors from the Police Superintendent or police Headquarters in Victoria, but some are sent from regional offices or other officials to their subordinates. General circulars or orders would have been sent to all offices.

Most of the wanted posters, informations, and warrants were received from police in other provinces or the United States, in hopes of locating wanted or missing persons. Some were created by the BC Provincial Police and are related to crimes committed in British Columbia. Photos or drawings of the individuals, fingerprints and writing samples may be included on the posters.

Two volumes were created by the central Provincial Police Force office from 1914 to 1923. Records include written circulars provided as instructions to various police force staff across the province; notices of changes to legislation or regulations; and wanted posters or descriptions of wanted persons. Records have been glued into volumes by the date they were created or received by the office.

There are also several files of loose circulars and wanted posters, some from the Nelson office of the Provincial Police Force and the Motor Vehicle Branch in Victoria. Some circulars may have be received from other members of government, such as the Attorney General. One file of circulars relates specifically to the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

There is also one file of nominal rolls from 1927 listing each staff and their position.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

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

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.

Records of the Superintendent of Police

  • GR-3980
  • Series
  • 1903-1936

This series consists of a variety of administrative and operational records from the office of the Superintendent of the BC Provincial Police Force, from 1903-1936. This includes some correspondence that was not transferred as part of an existing correspondence series.

Most files consist of correspondence or reports and statistics submitted from police divisions, districts and stations across the province to the Superintendent’s office. Some of this information was compiled into various ledgers in the Superintendent's office. Records include staff pay lists; estimates; lists of constables, lockups and stations; car, launch and mileage reports; monthly financial analysis; monthly crime analysis, duty analysis, revenue analysis and collections; monthly revenue analysis submitted to the Attorney-General; monthly and annual financial statements for provincial police expenses in each municipality; and inventories of government property or equipment. This includes staffing data complied to answer questions asked of the Attorney General in the Legislative Assembly regarding staff who left police service and soldiers returned from World War I.

There is also correspondence to and from the Superintendent of Police regarding firearms licences, motor licences, motor vehicle accidents, Special Constables at Sooke Lake Reservoir, licence districts, Industrial School supplies, and other subjects.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

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

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)

Provincial Police records relating to the Victoria district

  • GR-0107
  • Series
  • 1877-1928

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1877 and 1925. The records relate to the Victoria district and include the following: Police and gaol diary, 1877; Provincial Police record books, Jan. 1894 to Nov. 1898; office diaries, 1911 to 1914 and 1921 to 1924; report book, 1916 to 1925; files relating to informations, warrants and depositions, 1893 to 1909; and deposition case files from 1919 to 1923 and 1925.

There is also a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the Vancouver Daily Province from 1927-1928 created by the Victoria Criminal Identification Department. The clippings relate to a variety of crimes reported in the paper. They are arranged by date and indexed by name of the individuals in the paper. The scrapbook was likely used as a reference for tracking repeat offenders.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Victoria District)

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

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

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)

Witness statements from CPR train robbery

  • GR-4041
  • Series
  • 1909

This series consists of multiple copies of transcripts of statements regarding the events of at CPR holdup and attempted robbery on 21 June 1909. There are three statements from different CPR employees recalling the details of the event which occurred outside Kamloops at Ducks. The holdup may be attributed to Bill Miner. The three employees are Mathew Fulton Crawford, Engineer; Harry Carpenter, Fireman; and Charles Lawrence, Car Repairer.

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-

Telegrams sent by Provincial Police

  • GR-0098
  • Series
  • 1913; 1941-1945

The series consists of copies of telegrams sent by the British Columbia Provincial Police in 1913 and from 1941 to 1945.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Provincial Police record of ticket sales and stock book of amusement tax tickets

  • GR-0096
  • Series
  • 1917-1920

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1917 and 1920 relating to the enforcement of the Amusements Tax Act, 1917. Includes record of ticket sales [Victoria?] and stock book of amusement tax tickets, 1919-1920.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Provincial Police correspondence and accounts

  • GR-0092
  • Series
  • 1858-1868, 1898-[ca. 1933]

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police Force between 1858 and ca. 1933.
The records include correspondence and other material regarding financial matters such as budgets, estimates, vouchers issued, revenue returns, bills, statements and receipts. The records also include correspondence and lists regarding stores, uniforms, equipment and supplies; vehicle reports and some colonial era records relating to Victoria and Vancouver Island police, prison, fire department and prisons.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Provincial Police administrative records

  • GR-2091
  • Series
  • 1941-[ca. 1950]

The series consists of records acquired and created by Colin Clarence Campbell, Clerk in the British Columbia Provincial Police Force, between 1941 and ca. 1950. There are copies of general orders, 1941-1947; nominal rolls, 1941-1948; salary lists, 1947-1949, and seniority lists, 1941-1948. In addition there are two police publications: regulations from 1945 and consolidated general orders from 1947, some lists of officers working in Oakalla Prison, 1944-1948, a list of officers and their dependents, 1948 and a list from about 1950 of the city and district municipalities policed by the R.C.M.P.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Provincial Police Inspectors' correspondence and reports

  • GR-0097
  • Series
  • 1908-1911

The series consists of records created by Inspectors in the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1908 and 1911. It includes correspondence inward to Inspectors J.H. McMullin (to Dec 1909) and Colin Campbell (Sep 1910 - Dec 1911); Inspectors' correspondence outward, 1909-1911 (indexed); and reports on inspection tours by Campbell, 1910-1911.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force. Inspector

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)

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

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

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)

Provincial Police correspondence

  • GR-0105
  • Series
  • 1918-1923

The series consists of Provincial Police Inspector's files created between ca. 1918 and 1923. The files are numbered from 50 to 106 and are subject files containing letters addressed to the Superintendent, Inspector and Chief Constable. The correspondence relates to the Victoria Police District.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force. Inspector

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

Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0057
  • Series
  • 1912-1922

The series consists of correspondence inward to the Superintendent of Police between 1912 and 1922. The records are numbered subject files which are arranged in numerical order. The series includes "aliens and enemies" files; "Form A" files in boxes 14 - 20 contain the names of enemy aliens who were required to register and report to the Provincial Police, but remained "on parole" within the community. They also include the names of enemy aliens who were already imprisoned in local jails. Other correspondence deals with issues such as bigamy, seduction, illegal sale of liquor, prostitution, burglary, sudden or mysterious deaths, gambling, arson, and escaped prisoners. During this period, the police also conducted searches for individuals reported missing by overseas family members. Such letters were usually written when an emigrant family member had fallen out of contact with his or her relatives in their home country, and are not indicative of foul play.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0055
  • Series
  • 1891-1910

The series consists of Superintendent of Police correspondence inward from 1891 to 1910. The correspondence is generally filed chronologically and alphabetically by sender's name.

With the exception of certain files in 1896 and 1897, the correspondence from 1891 to 1900 is organized by date and then by letter of the alphabet. From 1901 to 1910 the correspondence is organized by alphabet ranges, and then by varying date ranges, e.g. Jan 1901-Mar 1903 for Aa-Bx but Jan 1901-Sep 1902 for Caa-Cz. Correspondence for a particular time period is therefore also not sequential. A single year or date range is distributed over several different boxes, depending on the name of the correspondent. Date ranges are not exact, i.e. files may contain earlier correspondence than indicated if it is part of an ongoing issue. The letter ranges are guides only and do not necessarily reflect the exact contents of a file, e.g. Com-Cz may contain correspondents ranging from Cotton to Cutter only.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

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

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