The series consists of a photograph album, known as the Indian Commission album, but possibly created by or for Dr. I.W. Powell (Superintendent of Indian Affairs for British Columbia) or A.C. Anderson (Commission and Fisheries Inspector) after 1881. It contains 100 photographs from Powell and Anderson's visits to First Nations communities on the British Columbia coast in 1879 and 1881. The photographs were taken by various photographers who accompanied Powell on his trips, including O.C. Hastings and Edward Dossetter. They are of the First Nations villages and people, the ship HMS Rocket and its crew, and landscapes encountered.