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Firm declarations

  • GR-2540
  • Series
  • 1894-1914

Firm declarations. Firm indexes and individual indexes to this volume are in GR-2539.

British Columbia. County Court (Victoria)

Frank Stanley Martin fonds

  • PR-2382
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1963

The fonds consists of 92 black and white 13 x 9 cm photographic prints of Victoria and area, taken by Frank Stanley Martin between 1956 and 1963. Most of the photographs are numbered from 1-77 (no number 38 or 76) with an additional 17 unnumbered prints. Most are identified on the back with the date and place and some include other information. This information may have been recorded by Martin. In several cases, his attributions as to street names may not be correct.

The photographs are mostly of Victoria streets and buildings and include the Post Office, Customs building, shops and offices, the Court house, street scenes, homes and apartment buildings. There are also a few photos of Beacon Hill Park, the Breakwater and Oak Bay.

Martin, Frank Stanley

George Frederick Stalker fonds

  • PR-2275
  • Fonds
  • 1892

The fonds consist of a series of drawings by Ottawa architect G.F. Stalker under the pseudonym Alma for the 1892 competition to design the British Columbia Parliament Buildings. Although the plans are numbered from 1 to 15, only 13 plans were donated.

Stalker, George Frederick

Gertrude Durand fonds

  • PR-0932
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1987 [Microfilmed 1988]

The fonds consists of a microfilmed copy of a scrapbook correspondence, clippings and photographs.

Durand, Gertrude Huntley, 1886-1987

Glendale Lodge Society records

  • GR-3678
  • Series
  • 1970 - 1996

The series consists of the records of the board of directors, the Administrative Heads Committee (Department Head Committee), Accreditation Committee, Policy and Procedure Committee, Senior Management Team, Resident Services Committee, Resident Programme and Policy Committee, the Implementation Committee, and the Finance and Administration Committee.

The records includes meeting minutes, executive director’s reports, Glendale/Tillicum administrator’s reports, Oak Bay Lodge reports, chief executive officer’s reports, department month-end reports and audits, and the annual reports of the society and of various departments. This reporting includes resident incident reports (numbers of incidents involving residents on a monthly basis), and reports giving considerable detail on personnel.

Other records in addition to minutes are: correspondence; policy and procedure manuals; reports and studies; the society’s constitution and bylaws; Glendale organization charts (including Tillicum Lodge and Oak Bay Lodge); and a history in booklet form of the society (The Glendale Lodge Society 1970-1982 by Rosemary Neering).

Subject matter includes all aspects of the operation of the facilities. This includes coordination with provincial ministries, (including the Ministry of Social Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Services and Housing); appointments of board members; the operation of group homes in general; and all issues surrounding the closure of the Glendale facilities.

The creator of the records had no classification or coding system applied to the records. They are arranged generally by creating body (for example by the name of a committee) and then grouped chronologically.

Glendale Lodge Society

Gretchen Brewin fonds

  • PR-2184
  • Fonds
  • 1991-2001

The fonds consists of the records created by Gretchen Brewin in her capacity as MLA including her time as Deputy Speaker, Speaker and Minister for Children and Families. The fonds consists of the following series: political workbooks, 1992-2001; day timers, 1993-2001 and general office files, 1991-2001.

Brewin, Gretchen

Guestbook from the open house at the Parliament buildings, November 5, 1991

  • GR-3344
  • Series
  • 5 Nov 1991

The record consists a bound volume guestbook created for the open house at the Parliament buildings in Victoria, BC to mark the swearing-in of Premier Mike Harcourt and the executive council on November 5, 1991. Visitors to the event signed the guestbook with their names, addresses and the occasional comment.

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Office of the Speaker

Herbert Anscomb fonds

  • PR-2329
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1911-1993; predominant 1924-1972]

The fonds consists of the records of Herbert Anscomb, who had one of the longest and most important political careers in the history of British Columbia. They document his activities as Reeve of Oak Bay, B.C., Mayor of Victoria, opposition member in the B.C. legislative assembly, cabinet minister in the B.C. government in numerous portfolios, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of British Columbia, and member of the federal Royal Commission on Transportation from 1959 to 1962. Predominantly, the records relate to his political career which began with his election to Oak Bay council in 1924 and ended with his defeat in the provincial election of 1952. The fonds also consists of a relatively small number of records concerning his personal life, family, and his involvement in the wine and brewing industry.

The documentary forms most significant in number include correspondence, photographs, and speeches (in public, in the legislature, and for radio broadcast). In smaller numbers the documentary forms include handwritten notes which were passed from MLAs to Anscomb during sittings in the legislature, magazine articles, and political campaign literature such as brochures, posters and pamphlets. The fonds also includes collected editorial cartoons, caricature drawings and other art work, certificates, reports, guest and visitors books, and ephemera.

The records reflect a wide range of subjects; these include: government, politics and economic policy during the depression and World War II, the province’s coalition government, infrastructure building, political competition against the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF party), the single transferable vote electoral system, the process of appointment to government jobs, hospital insurance, and the history of the Conservative Party in B.C. and its relationship with the federal party.

The fonds consists of six series, as follows:
• Provincial political records
• Municipal political records
• Personal records
• Royal Commission on Transportation records
• Photograph album
• Newspaper clippings scrapbooks

Records of particular note include detailed diaries which Anscomb kept as Minister of Mines, Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Public Works, and Minister of Municipal Affairs in the early to mid-1940s. The fonds also consists of a rich collection of photographs which document in particular his career as mayor of Victoria and as a B.C. government cabinet minister.

The fonds also consists of a series of 12 volumes of newspaper clippings dating from 1924 to 1978. These scrapbooks cover Anscomb’s entire political career; subjects include all aspects of government and politics in Oak Bay, Victoria and the province of B.C., and not just articles pertaining to Anscomb himself. The fonds includes a manuscript of an unpublished autobiography Anscomb began in 1953.

Where possible the archivist has arranged records chronologically. Where files clearly had been used together as a group by their creator, that order was maintained.

Anscomb, Herbert, 1892-1972

IATSE, local 168 fonds

  • PR-2335
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1983

The fonds consist of records created by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, local 168 (IATSE) created between 1909 and 1983. The bulk of the records detail the activities of the moving picture machine operators (also called Victoria Motion Picture Projectionists' Union) in Victoria who formed local 168. Most of the records appear to have been created by Secretary/Presidents R.A. Jones and R. Baiss.

The fonds includes minute books (1909-1913; 1927-1938); financial cash, audit and account books (1921-1952); miscellaneous correspondence and contract files, including blank forms and constitution and by-laws (1937-1957) and IATSE publications including a 1926 copy of combined convention proceedings held between 1893 and 1926 and two copies of the IATSE Bulletin from 1982 and 1983.

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, local 168


  • GR-2878
  • Series
  • 1923-1946

Index for GR-2223, Bankrupts and Authorized Assignment case files handled by the Official Receiver.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Index book

  • GR-3761
  • Series
  • [1882-1885]

The series consists of one index book that may have been created by the Victoria Supreme Court as an index to probate cause books during the 1880s. The majority of the individuals listed died in British Columbia between the years of approximately 1882 to 1885. The vast majority of these deaths took place in the vicinity of Victoria and many of the individuals are listed in GR-1304. The index provides the name of the individual and a page number, which likely corresponds to a probate cause book that has yet to be located and transferred to the Archives. Individuals listed in the book are both male and female, and the listings include the names of Chinese, Japanese, and Indigenous individuals

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Indexes to Victoria probate files and BC probated wills

  • GR-1417
  • Series
  • 1861-1988

The series consists of indexes to Victoria probate files and to probated wills in the Central registry.

The index serves two purposes because the Victoria court registry was responsible for maintaining the Victoria probate files and - until the late 1980s - kept the Central Will Registry for the Department of the Attorney General. The Victoria probate numbers (for files which are in GR-1304, GR-2083 and GR-3016) appear in the left-hand column under "papers". The will numbers (for wills found in GR-1052, GR-1574 and GR-2009) appear in the right-hand column of the indexes under remarks.

Users should note that index cards for the period 1982 to 1988 cover estates probated across the province, and provide the probate number, the registry where the estate was probated, and the central will registry number.

Notes regarding the Central Will Registry :

Until July 1986, all wills in BC were kept in a separate, central location, maintained by the Victoria Court Registry. When a person died, leaving a will, the will was submitted to a court registry for probate. Staff in that registry forwarded the original will to Victoria, where it was assigned a number in a sequence that included wills from all registries in the province. Copies of the wills were often kept in the probate files for working purposes. In some cases, however, wills were sometimes returned to the custody of the respective court registries. Researchers should keep this in mind if searching for an original will.

In July 1986, Vancouver, New Westminster, Nanaimo, Chilliwack, Penticton, Vernon, Kamloops, Prince George and Kelowna began to track their own original probated wills. All other registries continued to send their original probated wills to the Central Wills Registry in Victoria.

As of August 1998 each registry is responsible for their own wills.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Indexes to Victoria Small Debts Court judgements

  • GR-1868
  • Series
  • 1932-1967

Indexes to judgements, 1932-1967. Vol. 1: index by names of creditors; vol. 2: index by names of debtors. 2 vols.

British Columbia. Small Debts Court (Victoria)

Indian lands correspondence and other material

  • GR-0504
  • Series
  • 1861-1877

This series consists of correspondence, petitions, accounts, statements of population, and reports relating to land of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia from the Department of the Provincial Secretary.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Jack Webster radio broadcast collection

  • PR-2320
  • Collection
  • 1970-1983

The collection consists primarily of radio broadcasts for 1977-1978, representing the period before Webster switched to broadcast television for his current affairs talk show. These broadcasts were recorded at both his Vancouver and his Victoria studio (Room 178 of the Empress Hotel). Also included are five (5) audio reels relating to interviews with Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1972.

Also included are the original CJOR Webster Program log books for 1977-1978 and a small number of photos of Jack Webster and selected interviewees taken during these interviews.

James William Bland fonds

  • PR-1202
  • Fonds
  • [Microfilmed ca. 1983]

The fonds consists of a letterbook containing copies of correspondence relating to James Bland's inquiries about his family background. The fonds also includes two certificates issued to James William Bland to commemorate his service with the Victoria Hook and Ladder Co.

Bland, James William, 1853-1921

Jim Ryan fonds

  • PR-2163
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1995

The fonds consists of photographs and other records from 1908 to ca. 1995, created or collected by Jim Ryan in the course of his career as a photographer. There are approximately 105,738 photographs, mostly black and white and colour negatives, but also including prints, slides and glass slides. The fonds also includes textual records consisting of news stories, copies of Ryan's publications, a few letters and other such material. The majority of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area and include images of the harbour, the city, buildings, events and parks. There are many photographs of British Columbia politicians, notably W.A.C. Bennett, as well as distinguished visitors, federal and local politicians. There are also photographs of local characters, children and ordinary people. Although most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, there are occasional images taken in other areas of Vancouver Island as well as some of Ryan's travel photographs. Some of the earliest material relates to World War I and may be Ryan family photographs or items that Ryan collected out of interest.

The fonds also includes motion picture film material, including completed films, production elements, news stories shot for television, and selected reels of footage.

Ryan, Jim, 1920-1998

Jules Dassonville fonds

  • PR-1383
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1884

The fonds consists of two account books listing jewelry and watch repair jobs.

Dassonville, Jules

Kurtz and Company fonds

  • PR-0610
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1891

The fonds consists of a bank book.

Kurtz and Company

Law stamp cash books

  • GR-2943
  • Series
  • 1913-1951

Law stamp cash books (3 vols.)

British Columbia. Court Registry (Victoria)

Lawrence J. Wallace fonds

  • PR-2372
  • Fonds
  • 1862-2002

The fonds consists of records created or acquired by Wallace in the course of his life as a teacher, public servant and retired member of the community.

The records reflect events held across the province in celebrations of the 4 centennials in British Columbia in 1958, 1966, 1967, and 1971.

The records are primarily photograph albums or scrapbooks and were arranged by Wallace as volumes in chronological order.

A small number of records contain correspondence and personal records related to Wallace’s family history in addition to collected ephemera related to centennial celebrations.

Published material included in the donation has been transferred to the archives’ library.

Wallace, Lawrence James, 1913-2006

Legal opinions offered by Attorney General

  • GR-1459
  • Series
  • 1864-1879

This series contains legal opinions offered by Attorney General on a wide range of subjects. For more information on the subjects covered, please consult the attached finding aid.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General


  • GR-2729
  • Series
  • 1913

Letterpress book of correspondence outward from Victoria Court Registry.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Letters of Administration granted to the Official Administrator

  • GR-1552
  • Series
  • 1890-1949

This series contains Letters of Administration granted to the Official Administrator for estates probated in the Victoria Court Registry in cases where the deceased died intestate or did not name an executor who was able to act, and the Official Administrator handled the probate process. Indexes to Victoria probate records are found in GR-1417.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Letters of administration with will annexed

  • GR-2895
  • Series
  • 1915-1989

This series contains letters of administration with will annexed (Form B) from the Supreme Court of Victoria, from 1915-1989.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Lists of all persons selected as competent, qualified, and liable to serve as Grand Jurors for Victoria (B.C.) District

  • GR-0859
  • Series
  • 1884-1914

This series consists of 10 volumes of Jurors' Rolls and Lists entitled "Lists of all persons selected as competent, qualified, and liable to serve as Grand Jurors for Victoria (B.C.) District". Vol. 1: 1884; vol. 2: 1885; vol. 3: 1886; vol. 4: 1887; vols. 5 & 6: 1888; vol. 7: 1890; vol. 8: 1899-1902; vol. 9: "Grand & Petit Jurors Rolls Lists," Victoria District, 1903-1906; vol. 10: 1913-1914.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company fonds

  • PR-2016
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1900

The fonds consists of three series: correspondence inward (1890-1908); correspondence outward (1890-1900); and, articles of association (1890?).

A metal seal embosser for the London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company was transferred to the BC Archives from the City of Victoria Archives in 2021.

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company

Maps : Victoria Assessment and Collection district

  • GR-2187
  • Series
  • 1935-1936

The series consists of nine maps created or acquired by the Taxation Branch in 1935-1936. The plans were used to show the new Victoria Assessment and Collection district created October 12, 1936. The maps are printed copies of those published by the Canadian Department of National Defence in 1935. The printed maps show surveyed land lots, land district boundaries and district lots and blocks within E&N Rly. land grant. The maps were mounted on cardboard and some have been annotated with pencil to show names of property owners and boundaries.

The nine maps are as follows:

  1. Map 1: Victoria Assessment and Collection district base map showing southerly portion of Vancouver Island annotated to show 1936 new district, including printed notice from the British Columbia Gazette.
    Scale of maps 2-9 are 1:25000
  2. Goldstream
  3. Malahat
  4. Metchosin, annotated with names of property owners
  5. Saanich, annotated to show boundaries of two small lots "A" and "B" near Durrance Lake
  6. Shawnigan, annotate to show assessment boundary in Mill Bay area
  7. Sidney
  8. Sooke Bay
  9. Victoria

British Columbia. Property Taxation Branch

Marvin and Tilton fonds

  • PR-0682
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1922

The fonds consists of business records including outward correspondence, inventories, day books, journals, ledgers, cashbooks and cancelled cheques. [Also available on microfilm.]

Marvin and Tilton (Firm)

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