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Public health engineering plans

  • GR-3546
  • Series
  • 1967-1989 (originally created ca. 1920-1989)

The Health Act of 1893 (SBC 1893, c. 15) established a system by which the government would review and approve public water supplies, and systems of sewerage, that are contemplated by municipalities and incorporated companies, and, in later health act revisions, individuals. The series contains engineering plans from ca. 1920 to 1989.

The records consist of copies of engineering plans submitted to the government by third parties and approved by government in accordance with the Health Act. The plans are of various scale and sizes. They government stamped the plans to show the date of the approval. The plans are numbered sequentially from 1 to 18171. Each number represents an application. There are also plans at the end of the series that are numbered from 12-001 to 14-002. Most applications consist of one plan though some applications consist of multiple plans. An index to plans 1-18171 are available in GR-3547.

The following government offices were responsible for approving these plans:

Provincial Board of Health 1920-1946
Dept. of Health and Welfare 1946-1959
Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance 1959-1973
Dept. of Health 1973-1976
Ministry of Health 1976-1979
Ministry of Environment 1979-1989

The records have been classified as 32900-30 in the Health Safety and Protection Operational Records Classification System.

British Columbia. Ministry of Environment (1988-1991)

Register of licences to private hospitals

  • GR-0281
  • Series
  • 1913-1957

The series consists of a register of licences to private hospitals created by the Hospital Insurance Service and its predecessor, the Provincial Board of Health, between 1913 and 1957.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Provincial secretary correspondence

  • GR-0344
  • Series
  • 1917-1926

This series consists of correspondence inward and outward, and interdepartmental memos of the Provincial Secretary, pertaining to provincial mental health care institutions, mothers' pensions, child welfare, and adoption laws from 1918-1926.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Photograph album : smallpox

  • GR-2190
  • Series
  • 1932

The series consists of a photograph album created in 1932 by the Provincial Board of Health to document the 1932 outbreak of smallpox in Vancouver. The album contains 47 b&w photographs taken of patients at the Vancouver General Hospital. The photographs are nude shots of 17 individuals, male and female, both adult and children, who either survived or died of smallpox. Strips of paper have been pasted over the eyes and the patients have been identified by initials only in order to provide some privacy. The photographs were taken over several days and show the progress of the disease in several individuals. They are accompanied by case histories of each patient which includes the patient's initials, age, symptoms, vaccination history, history of disease in patient and whether they lived or died. The album also contains two studio portraits of three siblings who did not contract the disease because they had been vaccinated.
The photographs were taken at the Vancouver General Hospital under the direction of A.K. Haywood, M.D., General Superintendent. Copies were sent to Dr. H.E. Young, Provincial Health Officer who had multiple copies of the album made up and sent to Health Officers across Canada and the United States.

British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health

Provincial Board of Health glass negatives and slides

  • GR-2192
  • Series
  • 1922-1932; [ca. 1946]

The series consists of glass slides and negatives created by the Provincial Board of Health from 1922 to 1932 and ca. 1946. The photographs were created to document the infectious diseases of leprosy and smallpox, 1922 to 1932, and the slides in particular were used to provide information to health care professionals about infectious diseases. Another set of slides, made ca. 1946, were created to educate people about the steps Civil Defence units would take to provide medical service in the event of an atomic bomb.

British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health

The great barrier pt. 2; Trans-Canada air pageant pt. 2; Nine cents per capita

The item consists of a video cassette tape (VHS) copied in 1990 from a 3/4 inch U-Matic video tape created by the National Archives of Canada in 1989.

The contents include copies of 3 films about various British Columbian topics created between 1930 and 1941 as follows:

The Great Barrier : part two / Gaumont-British Pictures Corporation, copyright Rank Film Distributors, 1937, b&w, sound.
Trans-Canada air pageant and miscellaneous aeroplanes : part two / W.M. Archibald, copyright Air Canada, 1930, b&w & col., silent.
Nine cents per capita / British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health, copyright Government of British Columbia, 1941, b&w, sound.

Canada. National Archives of Canada

Newspaper clippings and other material

  • GR-0638
  • Series
  • 1906-1908

This series consists of newspaper clippings concerning public health and the campaign to establish an institution for the treatment of tuberculosis. Includes one photograph, "Lepers at D'arcy Island".

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Public Health Branch newspaper clipping books

  • GR-0144
  • Series
  • 1916-1925

The series consist of five newspaper clipping books created by Public Health Branch between 1916 and 1925.

British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health

Certificate of merit

The item consists of a certificate of merit given to the Provincial Health Department of British Columbia for its exhibit at the 1937 New York Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.

British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health