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Vernon Llewellyn Denton records

Correspondence relating mainly to Simon Fraser and an atlas produced by Denton; notes and a typed manuscript relating to Simon Fraser, plus several copies of Fraser's 1806 and 1808 journals and letters 1806-1807. There are notes on the fur trade, early Vancouver Island, the Cariboo gold rush, Sir James Douglas, confederation and the Canadian Pacific Railway; and on Louis Riel and the Metis rebellions.

Denton, Vernon

Ashdown Green fonds

  • PR-0816
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1874

The fonds consists of Green's diaries relating to survey work for the Canadian Pacific Railway and a survey of Saltspring Island.

Green, Ashdown, 1840-1927

Charles Horetzky fonds

  • PR-0803
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1875

The fonds consists of two photograph albums created by Charles Horetzky around 1875.

Horetzky, Charles

A.I. McLean fonds

  • PR-1594
  • Fonds
  • 1877

The fonds consists of McLean's survey book for a survey near Edmonton.

McLean, A.I.

George Hargreaves fonds

  • PR-0857
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1878

The fonds consists of George Hargreaves' diary, survey notes relating to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and photocopies of correspondence and a "sketch" sent to friends in England.

Hargreaves, George, d. 1910

Stoney Creek Bridge, C.P.R.

Item consists of one photograph of the Stony Creek C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway Company) bridge. "Stoney Creek Bridge, C.P.R.", "Photo by R. Maynard, Victoria, BC", and "296 feet high" are captioned along the bottom of the photograph.


  • GR-1306
  • Series
  • 1881

This series contains correspondence between Amor De Cosmos, as Special Agent to London, and others, respecting the Petition of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, to the Queen, on the subject of the Canadian Pacific Railway from March 22nd 1881 to August 31st 1881. The series includes a printed copy of B.C. legislature's petition to the Queen, along with a manuscript copy of the Canadian Pacific Railway memorandum on "Vancouver Island Railway," December 1881. De Cosmos' map showing CPR terminus at Port Moody, alienated railway land on Vancouver Island, proposed ferry routes, etc. were transferred to PABC Library & Maps Division under accession M889117.

British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor

C.H. Gamsby fonds

  • PR-0967
  • Fonds
  • 1881

The fonds consists of a diary of Canadian Pacific Railway surveys of Port Moody and Fraser Valley. [Also available on microfilm.]

Gamsby, C.H.

Andrew J. Onderdonk fonds

  • PR-1803
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1881]

The fonds consists of photographs depicting the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Pacific Section, including views of landscapes, tunnels, structures, construction workers, First Nations along the route, and portraits of the Onderdonk family, business associates, and friends.

Onderdonk, Andrew J., 1848-1905

Correspondence and other material

Series consists of correspondence between H.A.F. McLeod, resident engineer for the Canadian government, C.P.R. contract 62, Drynoch, B.C., and S.P. Tuck, division engineer for Andrew Onderdonk, about construction of line. Also contains specifications, statement of work done by Peter Quina and a diagram of Onderdonk contracts made by the donor, H.A. Price.

Letterpress copy book containing private outgoing correspondence

Series consists of a letterpress copy book containing Tuck's private outgoing correspondence from Cape Breton, St. Johns, New Brunswick and British Columbia concerning the Intercolonial Railway, St. Peter's Canal (Cape Breton) and the construction of the Fraser Canyon section of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

George A. Keefer fonds

  • PR-1589
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1884

The fonds consists of copies of outward telegrams of George A. Keefer pertaining to progress reports on railway construction.

Keefer, George A.

Daniel Wishart Mainguy fonds

  • PR-0592
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1884

The fonds consists of journals describing Daniel Mainguy's travels, his life at Chemainus and his work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. [Also available on microfilm.]

Mainguy, Daniel Wishart

Vicinity of Eagle Pass

Item consists of one photograph of C.P.R. railroad tracks receding through flat, open land and waters into distant mountains. A woman in a light-coloured dress is standing next to the tracks, on the viewer's left.


Item consists of one photograph of the village of Lytton, taken from a distance, with railway tracks in the foreground. "Lytton, C.P.R." is captioned on the image.

Edouard Deville fonds

  • PR-0982
  • Fonds
  • 1886

The fonds consists of albumen prints of the CPR line from Port Arthur to Victoria.

Deville, Edouard Gaston Daniel, 1849-1924

Album [views of British Columbia and Quebec]

File consists of one photograph album containing photographs depicting scenes and people in British Columbia and Quebec. The British Columbia photographs depict Indigenous people, the Canadian Pacific Railway at Yale Canyon and various views of Fraser Canyon, a paddle wheeler on the Fraser River (Hope, Yale), a pack train and G.M. Sproat, fishing operations, hunting along the Skeena River, militia and navy groups, and the H.M.S. Caroline at Esquimalt.

Some of the portraits of Indigenous people included in this album appear to have been taken during Department of Indian Affairs tours of inspection in 1873 near Cape Caution (including J-04207). In the album, the photographs are dated 1883.

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