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Provincial Police records relating to the Victoria district

  • GR-0107
  • Series
  • 1877-1928

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1877 and 1925. The records relate to the Victoria district and include the following: Police and gaol diary, 1877; Provincial Police record books, Jan. 1894 to Nov. 1898; office diaries, 1911 to 1914 and 1921 to 1924; report book, 1916 to 1925; files relating to informations, warrants and depositions, 1893 to 1909; and deposition case files from 1919 to 1923 and 1925.

There is also a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the Vancouver Daily Province from 1927-1928 created by the Victoria Criminal Identification Department. The clippings relate to a variety of crimes reported in the paper. They are arranged by date and indexed by name of the individuals in the paper. The scrapbook was likely used as a reference for tracking repeat offenders.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Victoria District)

Tranquille Sanatorium records

  • GR-0108
  • Series
  • 1927-1958

The series consists of records created by the Medical Superintendent of Tranquille Sanatorium between 1925 and 1958. The records include correspondence, memos, reports and subject files.

Tranquille Sanatorium

Correspondence and applications for pool room licences

  • GR-0109
  • Series
  • 1913-1919

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1913 and 1919. The records consists of applications for pool room licences under the Act to amend the Pool-rooms Act of 1913.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Liquor license correspondence file

  • GR-0110
  • File
  • 1900

The file consists of British Columbia Provincial Police correspondence re application for liquor licence of R. Cunningham, Port Essington, B.C., 1900.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Provincial Museum correspondence inward

  • GR-0111
  • Series
  • 1897-1970

The series consists of correspondence inward (with responses) to the director, assistant director, curators, and other personnel of the Provincial Museum. The correspondence is with collectors, amateur and professional naturalists, museum officials, and federal and provincial government departments and agencies and was created between 1897 and 1970.

The files include correspondence with the museum's first three directors (called "Curators" prior to 1913): John Fannin (1886-1904), Francis Kermode (1904-1940), and G. Clifford Carl (1940-1969). However, very little of the correspondence generated during Fannin's tenure has survived, while most of the Kermode files date from the post-1918 period.

The series also includes index cards created between 1925 and 1937 which records index details about letters in A-Z, and letters out, A-R.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Crown land pre-emption records

  • GR-0112
  • Series
  • 1859-1971

The series consists of pre-emption records created by the Lands Branch and its predecessor bodies between 1859 and 1971. The Chief Commissioner of Lands was responsible for the administration of Crown lands under successive governments (Colony of Vancouver Island, Colony of British Columbia, Province of British Columbia) until 1911. In 1929 the Minister delegated authority for Crown lands to the Lands Branch, headed by the Superintendent of Lands.

The series includes 216 volumes of certificates of pre-emption and 33 volumes of pre-emption registers. Some volumes contain certificates of Improvement and certificates of purchase.

Most of the volumes of certificates are arranged by district and then numerically by pre-emption number although there are many cases where individual documents from files are spread out throughout an entire volume. There are also some pre-emption numbers that are missing from volumes. One or more volumes cover the pre-emption registrations for each land district, and volumes 86-90 and 246-248 relate to railway lands on Vancouver Island, particularly in Cowichan and Nanaimo Districts (1884-1887). Pre-emptions were generally numbered sequentially based on the Land Act enforced at the time. Sequences can be found in the collection based on the Land Acts of 1860, 1870, 1874, 1875 and 1884. The New Westminster land district also includes a sequence based on rural or country land pre-emptions. Some land districts maintained the same numbering sequence throughout the entire time period. If no date is mentioned in the description, the sequence is based on the 1884 Act.

The pre-emption registers (volumes 213-245; microfilm reels B13858-B13860) summarize the information from the certificates. Each volume covers the pre-emption registrations for a district. The pre-emption registers are arranged in Lands Branch volume number order, volumes 1-27 (including three a volumes where two volumes are required for a district), followed by three unnumbered volumes that cover Fort St. John and Victoria. Each register lists pre-emptions in registration number order, with an alphabetical index of pre-emptors' names at the back. The following information is recorded: registration number, date of registration, pre-emptors name, lot number (not always recorded), acreage (for ca. 1915 on), certificate of improvement number (if issued), file number (sometimes), and remarks (either a code number, possibly accompanied by a date, or a phrase: cancelled, abandoned, or no application or declaration received). This information is hand-written in columns with printed headings.

British Columbia. Lands Branch

Orders-in-council

  • GR-0113
  • Series
  • 1872-2009

The series consists of orders-in-council arranged numerically by year and then by OIC number. The series also includes some maps and text attachments which were transferred in 1974 from the Dept. of the Provincial Secretary. The records were created between 1872 and 2009. Orders-in-council can be issued for a variety of reasons, including creating simple legislation and granting political appointments. OICs are issued in the name of the Lieutenant-Governor.

Containers 941119-0002, 941119-0004, and 941119-0006 contain proclamations. These ledgers include a copy of the order-in-council relating to the proclamation, and a copy of the proclamation. Each book contains an index listing both the OIC number and the subject of the proclamation.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Department of Agriculture reports

  • GR-0114
  • Series
  • 1927-1972

The series consists of reports acquired by the Deputy Minister of the British Columbia Department of Agriculture between 1927 and 1972. There are both published and draft reports which cover all aspects of agricultural issues including dairy farming, soil erosion, land reclamation, fruit farming, marketing, exports and irrigation. Many of the reports are illustrated with photographs, maps, graphs and other technical material.

The reports were written by the Provincial Department of Agriculture and other Provincial Departments such as Lands, Forests and the Water Rights Branch. Some of the reports are from the Federal Department of Agriculture or other agents. The reports are arranged numerically by numbers applied by the Deputy Minister's office although the attached numbers have come off some of the reports and there are gaps in the series.

British Columbia. Dept. of Agriculture. Deputy Minister

Correspondence and copies of theatre programmes

  • GR-0115
  • Series
  • 1932-1957

The series consists of records relating to school and community drama created by the Dept. of Education. It includes copies of theatre programmes from communities throughout the province from 1933 to 1939; correspondence regarding the 5th Annual BC Drama Finals in Vernon, 1957; and a British Columbia Drama Association cashbook dated 1932 to 1955.

British Columbia. Dept. of Education. Community Programmes Branch

Health Services and Hospital Insurance records

  • GR-0116
  • Series
  • 1959-1965

The series consists of files created by the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance, Office of the Minister relating to the Hospital Insurance Service Branch. The records were created between 1959 and 1965 and while the bulk of the files relate to specific hospital construction projects, there are also files relating to provincial infirmaries, legislation and other subjects.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Dept. of Health and Welfare executive records

  • GR-0117
  • Series
  • 1948-1966

The series consists of the office files of Alex Porteous, the administrative assistant to the Minister of Health (later the Associate Deputy Minister of Mental Health Programs) created between 1948 and 1966. His job description included public relations for the Ministry and the files relate mostly to public relations work for the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service, but also to the Mental Health Services and the Social Welfare Branch.

The files contain speeches of senior ministry officials, press releases, internal publications of several of the branches and divisions and general subject files of research material.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health and Welfare

Minister of Health records

  • GR-0118
  • Series
  • 1953-1965

The series consists of records created by the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance between 1953 and 1965.
They contain the executive files of the Minister, Eric Martin and include files relating to Woodlands, the Provincial Mental Hospital, Valleyview, Dellview, Skeenaview, Tranquille, the Crease Clinic, various mental health centres, and legislation relating to mental health. The files also include monthly reports on the activities of the various branches of the Mental Health Services for the years 1960-1964.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Health Services and Hospital Insurance general files

  • GR-0119
  • Series
  • 1944-1961

The series consists of records created by the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance between 1944 and 1961.
They contain general files relating to the Health Branch from the office of the Minister of Health Services and Hospital Insurance. The bulk of the files relate to public health, provincial infirmaries, hospital construction projects, and hospital insurance.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Health Branch files with regard to legislation

  • GR-0120
  • Series
  • 1960-1965

The series consists of records created by the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance between 1960 and 1965.
These are general files relating to the Health Branch from the office of the Minister of Health Services and Hospital Insurance. The bulk of the files relate to specific legislation administered by the Ministry of Health, such as the Health Act, the Dentistry Act, and others.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

Minister of Health Services and Hospital Insurance correspondence

  • GR-0121
  • Series
  • 1962-1965

The series consists of files from the office of the Minister of Health Services and Hospital Insurance, 1962-1965, relating to the other Departments of the government of B.C.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

School inspectors' reports

  • GR-0122
  • Series
  • 1918-1957

The series consists of School Inspectors' reports created by the Dept. of Education between 1918 and 1957. The reports are arranged alphabetically, by name of school or community, for the years 1918-1938; thereafter, reports are filed alphabetically by name of teacher.

Evaluations of a number of private schools are included, as well as assessments of manual training and domestic science programmes in various schools. These reports contain evaluations of individual teachers and assessments of education programmes in all types of schools throughout the province. The report forms varied over the years, but in most instances they contain information on teachers' qualifications, teaching methods and classroom discipline, pupils' progress, and the availability and condition of teaching equipment.

Early reports on provincial elementary schools also contain information on the size and condition of the school buildings and grounds. As a rule, the inspectors' reports were arranged alphabetically, by name of school inspected, and filed chronologically under various categories. During the years 1918-1937, the main categories were "Elementary Schools," "High Schools and Superior Schools," and "Manual Training and Domestic Science." There were, however, frequent exceptions and alterations to this filing system. For example, during the years 1929-1931 Vancouver schools (i.e. those administered by the Vancouver School Board) were filed separately from other municipal schools; during the years 1934-1938 the Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and the Blind was accorded a separate file. Between 1928 and 1937 files pertaining to certain "private schools" were also kept separately. "Private schools" in this instance included some independent schools such as Crofton House, Vancouver, several religious colleges, and a number of Indian residential schools. In addition, rural elementary schools were listed separately from other provincial elementary schools during the years 1928-1937. The "Rural Schools" reports were prepared by Miss Lottie Bowron, Rural Teachers' Welfare Officer (Women's). Her reports often contain detailed accounts of the conditions faced by teachers in small, isolated communities.

In many ways these reports complement the School District Information Forms prepared by the Teachers' Bureau in the 1920s [see GR-0461]. The Department of Education adopted a new filing system in 1938. From that year until 1957, when this series ends, all public school inspectors' reports, irrespective of school categories, were filed alphabetically under the names of individual teachers.

British Columbia. Dept. of Education

Vancouver Children's Aid Society reports and cheque register

  • GR-0124
  • Series
  • 1922-1964

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Superintendent of Neglected Children between 1922 and 1964. The records contain three volumes documenting changes of disposition of children in the care of the Children's Aid Society, Vancouver, B.C.
Vol. 1: Records of Roman Catholic children, 1922-1942;
Vol. 2: Records of Protestant children, 1922-1942;
Vol. 3: Cheque register, 1945-1964.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Neglected Children

Returned Soldier's Aid Commission records

  • GR-0126
  • Series
  • 1916-1920

The series consists of records created by the Provincial Secretary between 1916 and 1920, in his capacity as chairman of the British Columbia Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission.

The records include daily orders issued by Col. J.S. Harvey, Commander of Unit "J", Military Hospitals, No. XI District Depot Casualty Company and Hospital Section (Victoria, B.C. and Hastings Park, Vancouver, B.C.). The series also includes lists of B.C. men who served in the armed forces of Canada and Great Britain during the First World War. The lists are arranged by servicemen's former civilian occupation.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Department of Social Welfare executive records

  • GR-0128
  • Series
  • 1936-1966

The series consists of records created by the Deputy Minister and the Associate Deputy Minister of the Dept. of Social Welfare between 1936 and 1966. The series includes subject files, correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes of meetings and speeches.

British Columbia. Dept. of Social Welfare

Tuberculosis Control Division director's records

  • GR-0129
  • Series
  • 1940-1959

The series consists of correspondence and subject files of the Director of the Tuberculosis Control Division created between 1940 and 1959. The Director's office was located at the Vancouver General Hospital.

British Columbia. Division of Tuberculosis Control

Department of Human Resources case files sample

  • GR-0130
  • Series
  • ca.1945-1972

A systematic sample of early case files including some of the earliest applications for the Old Age Assistance, Disabled Persons Allowance and Blind Persons Allowance programs; case files from the Island Youth Centre; and files representing the generalized case loads of the regions, including social allowance, pensions, boarding and nursing homes, foster homes, unmarried mothers, and all matters that were dealt with by the Welfare Field Service. In January 1975, E.L. Northup, the Associate Deputy Minister, sent out an operational directive (No. 201974/75) to all Regional Directors, District Supervisors, Municipal Administrators, Divisional and Institutional Heads and Senior Administration, requesting that the various offices send a random sample of their files inactive since 31 December 1966, to the Provincial Archives. The sampling instructions were to "select every 5th file from each group until the sample is complete". A certain number of files were requested from each Region, the Island Youth Centre and the Division of Aging. Although the instructions were to sample only from files inactive since 31 December 1966, some of the files received do include material up to 1972. Region 2 - 25 Region 3 - 15 Region 4 - 15 Region 5 - 40 Region 6 - 25 Region 7 - 15 Region 8 - 15 Region 9 - 15 Region 10 - 20 Region 11 - 50 Island Youth Centre - 10 Division of Aging - 25 of each case category cited (B.P.A., D.P.A., S.A., O.A.S.) The file list is composed of the information received from the transferring office, program represented and/or name of applicant. Some information has been severed from the file descriptions in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Where information has been removed, this is indicated by the following annotation: [severed].

British Columbia. Dept. of Human Resources

Kamloops Provincial Home registers and other material

  • GR-0131
  • Series
  • 1895-1975

The series consists of records created by the Provincial Home for the aged at Kamloops between 1895 and 1975.

The records include registers of inmates from 1899 to 1974; a number of case files, lists, accounts and other administrative material. The series also includes the letter books of the Superintendent of the Home from 1899-1922 on microfilm, as well as a daily diary from 1927-1928, a visitor's register and a doctor's register. There is a poster of the rules and regulations of the home printed in 1895 and approximately 163 black and white photographs that were removed from the resident's case files.

This series also includes one volume of daily police reports and accounts from the Mount Olie Police station (1916-1917), and one volume of a daily log book from the Kamloops Provincial Goal (1917-1925).

British Columbia. Provincial Home (Kamloops)

Public Health Officer correspondence

  • GR-0132
  • Series
  • 1898-1957

The series consists of correspondence of the Provincial Health Officer, subsequently the Deputy Minister of Health, and the Director of the Division of Public Health Engineering relating to water supplies and sewer systems for municipalities in British Columbia. The records cover the period 1898 to 1957. The series also includes correspondence with the Minister of Finance, H. Anscomb (1948-1950) in box 11, files 3-18.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health and Welfare

Mental Health Branch executive records

  • GR-0133
  • Series
  • 1936-1972

The series consists of central office files of the Directors of Mental Health Services and the Deputy Ministers of the Mental Health Branch created between 1936 and 1972.

These files include a very few files of Dr. A.L. Crease, who retired as the Director of Mental Hygiene and Psychiatry in 1950 after 16 years at the helm of the Mental Health Services. The bulk of these files were created during the tenures of Dr. A.M. Gee (Director, 1951-1958) and Dr. A.E. Davidson (Director and Deputy Minister, 1958-1967). Dr. Fred G. "Tommy" Tucker was the Deputy Minister from 1967-1975.

The series also includes files of the Deputy Director (Dr. F.G. Tucker), the Nursing consultant to the Branch (Margaret M. Lonergan), and the Coordinator of Adult Psychiatric Services (Dr. H.W. Bridge).

The time period which these records represent includes many major developments in terms of treatment, insulin shock therapy (1937), electric shock therapy (1942), lobotomy (1945), penicillin and many other drugs. It also includes many new developments in care delivery, new Homes for the Aged in the 1940s and the Crease Clinic of Psychological Medicine in 1949, and the development of community mental health care centres in the 1960s.

British Columbia. Mental Health Services

Assistant Superintendent of Education correspondence

  • GR-0134
  • Series
  • 1965-1968

The series consists of correspondence files created by the Assistant Superintendent of Education between 1965 and 1968.
The files deal with a broad range of topics, including teachers' conferences, data processing, school inspectorates and staff meetings.

British Columbia. Dept. of Education

Department of Social Welfare executive records

  • GR-0135
  • Series
  • 1966-1968

The series consists of files created by the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare. They are arranged in alphabetical order and include correspondence, memoranda, reports and minutes of meetings of the Deputy Minister.

British Columbia. Dept. of Social Welfare

Department of Social Welfare executive records

  • GR-0136
  • Series
  • 1965-1968

The series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and minutes of meetings of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Director of Social Welfare) created between 1965 and 1968.

British Columbia. Dept. of Social Welfare

Civil Service Commission records

  • GR-0137
  • Series
  • 1947-1964

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Civil Service Commission. It includes personnel and general administration files and consists principally of correspondence re: recruitment, salaries, employee classifications, grievances, etc.

British Columbia. Civil Service Commission

Orders issued by the Council of Public Instruction

  • GR-0138
  • Series
  • 1891-1971

The series consists of orders issued by the Council of Public Instruction between 1929 and 1971. It also includes the indexes to the orders, and summaries of them, created between 1871 and 1971.

British Columbia. Council of Public Instruction

Education Department Central Office notebooks

  • GR-0139
  • Series
  • 1917-1945

The series consists of notebooks maintained by senior clerks in the Education Department's Central Office, showing financial grants to schools (3 v. 1917-1944). The series also includes a notebook [probably kept by S.J. Willis, Superintendent of Education] containing memoranda re: school programmes, applications for employment, membership of curriculum revision committees, school inspectors, school buildings grants and education financing, 1931-1945. As well, this notebook contains typescripts by S.J. Willis on "Accredited High School," "Teacher Training (1934)," "School Finance" and "High School Curriculum & High School Correspondence Courses".

British Columbia. Dept. of Education

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