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Albert H. Maynard photographs of the Provincial Museum’s natural history collections

Series consists of 104 photographs by Albert Hatherly Maynard documenting the natural history collection at the Provincial Museum (now the Royal BC Museum) in Victoria, British Columbia between 1886 and the 1920s. Images document 19th- and 20th-century bird and mammal specimen preparation and display, the museum's natural history gallery and exhibit design, diorama fabrication, a collection of British Columbia wildlife, collection housing, and exhibit areas of the first three locations of the Provincial Museum: the Provincial Secretary’s office (1886-1889), the former Law Court (1889-1898), and the East Wing (1898-1968) of the Legislative buildings.

By the 1890s, Maynard was working as a taxidermist for the Provincial Museum and was involved with the Natural History Society of British Columbia, an auxiliary and independent organization that aided the growth of the museum’s natural history collection in the 1890s to early 1900s.

Maynard, Albert Hatherly

BC Provincial Museum correspondence inward and other material

  • GR-0512
  • Series
  • 1921-1922

7 Letters inward from George Fraser to Dr. C.P. Newcombe concerning botany, including photographs and clipping. Typewritten transcripts prepared by Botanical Division, B.C.P.M.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Behind the Kitchen Door project oral history collection

  • PR-2248
  • Collection
  • 1983-1984

In 1983 and 1984, the History Division of the National Museum of Man sponsored "Behind the Kitchen Door", an oral history project documenting the day-to-day experiences of British Columbia women in their households during the years 1900-1930. The project was administered through the Modern History Division of the British Columbia Provincial Museum.

The collection consists of 64 Interviews on 71 audio reels with Victoria and Vancouver area women. The focus is the otherwise undocumented day-to-day activities of maintaining and running a home in B.C. The interviews were conducted by Kathryn Thomson, Lynn Bueckert, Kathy Chopik and Catherine Hagen.

National Museum of Man (Canada)

British Columbia Provincial Museum films, videotapes and audio

  • GR-3355
  • Series
  • 1939-1986

The series consists of film material (and some videotape copies) of films produced by or for, or accumulated by, the British Columbia Provincial Museum. This material comprises a large amount of natural history films, footage and out-takes, mainly shot by curator G. Clifford Carl, as well as much smaller accessions of footage from the vertebrate zoology, exhibits, modern history and archaeology divisions. Also included is a copy of a documentary video production on the history of the museum, produced in 1986 to mark the museum's 100th anniversary.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

[CHEK-TV news film -- December 1979 and January-August 1980]

Stock shots. 1. Flood scenes - houses awash, roads washed out, etc. 2. Seaspan's Santa in the Inner Harbour. 3. More floods and washouts. 4. CUPE Local 727 on strike in a flood. 5. Snowstorm - car wrecks and toboggans. 6. Small oil spill? Divers. 7. Premier Bill Bennett and unidentified woman [Bella Abzug?]. 8. More flood footage. 9. CPR train wreck. 10. Flotsam and jetsam on the beach. Clean-up. 11. Burst pipes in Chinatown. 12. Nuns demonstrating. 13. Fire - good action shots. 14. BC Hydro pickets. 15. Glenshiel Hotel - seniors demonstrating. 16. Student rally against tuition increase. 17. Demonstration in front of the Legislature. 18. Royal visit - [given the date, probably Princess Alexandra]. 19. Lambrick Park Secondary - vandalism. 20. Sooke Forest Products. 21. Reception - Prince Charles and Grace McCarthy. 22. Damaged aircraft - light planes. 23. Airport arrival [of ?]. 24. Satellite dish at Legislature. 25. Fernwood News. 26. Fire at the British Columbia Provincial Museum. 27. Village Green Inn in Duncan. Police artist sketches. 28. Airport arrival - [state visit?]. 29. "The Daily Colonist" shuts down. 1858-1980. The last issue. 30. Moving a house through city streets. Saanichton School. 31. A satellite dish or telescope [?] on the Legislature lawn.

Essence of life

Consists of two film reels (parts 1 & 2) depicting the dependence of all living things on water. The physical properties of water are described, how water is a habitat for such creatures as insects, birds, beavers, frogs, and the use and abuse of water resources by man.

Hamilton Laing fonds

  • PR-0616
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1982

The fonds consists of correspondence, notes and manuscripts of articles and books concerning birds, mammals and plants, and notes and correspondence concerning pioneering in rural Manitoba and Comox, B.C. Personal correspondence includes that with his mother, his wife, and other family members. Fonds includes photographs, miscellaneous tax and financial records, and records relating to house construction.

Laing, Hamilton Mack, 1883-1982

Hamilton Mack Laing papers

Hamilton Mack Laing was a naturalist, photographer and journalist from Comox, BC.

Records contains correspondence, notes and manuscripts of articles and books concerning the birds, mammals and plants of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and much of southern and western British Columbia, ca. 1900-1982. The records also contain notes and correspondence concerning pioneering in rural Manitoba in the 1870s and at Comox in the 1920s; fiction and autobiographical manuscripts; and sketches and letters by Allan Brooks.

Laing, Hamilton Mack, 1883-1982

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