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Gordon McGregor Sloan fonds

  • PR-2030
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1965

The fonds consists of textual records and photographs related to the career and personal life of Gordon McGregor Sloan. This includes: his work on federal and provincial commissions; his arbitration and mediation of various labour disputes; his service on the British Columbia Court of Appeal; his private legal practice and his social and family life. The records are arranged into nine series that reflect his professional roles, his personal life, and specific records types found in the fonds. Series 1, Commission records, consists of reports, indexes, notes, commissioner's record books and correspondence related to the Commission on the Capture of Salmon in the Sooke Area and Purse-Seines in the Gulf of Georgia, 1939, the Commission on Workmen's Compensation, 1941-1942, and Commission on Forest Resources, 1943-1945. Series 2, Arbitration records, includes, annotated reference material, exhibits, submissions, newspaper clippings and editorials, correspondence, notes, agreements, briefs, a record book, and contracts related to various arbitrations. These arbitrations include: railway arbitration, IWA arbitrations, West Coast Shipbuilders arbitration, Ford Motor Company of Canada arbitration, Metalliferous mines dispute, telephone company arbitration, Sommers' case, and BC civil servants. Series 3, Appeal Court correspondence, includes correspondence related to staffing, wage issues, appointments and resignations. This series also includes biographical notes about Gordon McGregor Sloan's career. Series 4, Appeal Court records, consists of factums, judgements and memorandums of proceedings before the Appeal Court. A few of these records are annotated by Sloan. Series 5, Administrator correspondence and commissions, includes incoming and outgoing correspondence of Chief Justice Sloan in his position of Administrator of the Province of British Columbia (in absence of the Lieutenant-Governor), his commissions, and an opening and closing speech to the Legislature. Series 6, Legal diaries and correspondence, are yearly appointment diaries kept by Gordon McGregor Sloan while he practised law from 1924-1933. Many of the diaries include notes and correspondence. Series 7, Personal records, consists of correspondence, invitations, programs, newspaper clippings, personal journals, short stories and financial records. Some of the records belong to Nancy Sloan and relate to other family members including father, William Sloan. Also included in this series are some records of the Young Liberal Association and the Laurier Club held by Gordon McGregor Sloan and his son David Sloan. Series 8 is family and professional photographs. Series 9 is published material with annotations from Gordon McGregor Sloan's library. Publications related to law and forestry, without annotations, were removed. Some publications which were identified as exhibits from the Commission on Forestry Resources, 1943-1945, were integrated into the records of GR-0520.

Sloan, Gordon McGregor

Diverse mining records

  • GR-1771
  • Series
  • 1864-1896

The series consists of a small group of diverse mining records created between 1864 and 1896 by the Dept. of Mines and its predecessor bodies. It includes declaratory statements (Cariboo district) concerning the partnerships formed, applications for leaves of absence and mining court records from the Omineca district.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines

Helmcken family fonds

  • PR-0879
  • Fonds
  • 1848-1920

The fonds consists of the papers of Dr. John Sebastian and Harry Dallas Helmcken. Also includes certified copies of various death certificates, correspondence, account books, contracts, medical notebooks and case books of the other members of the Helmcken family. [Portion of the fonds also available on microfilm.]

Helmcken (family)

Squamish Forest District silviculture records

  • GR-4081
  • Series
  • 1910-2005

This series consists of silviculture experiment files created from 1910-2005 by the Squamish Forest District, a division of the Vancouver Forest Region. The ministry defines silviculture as “the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests and woodlands to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society on a sustainable basis.” These files document the historical silviculture treatment work that has been undertaken on specific areas of land that are referred to as openings.

The majority of the records are silviculture opening files. These files were created from the 1970s on, but may include earlier records. Openings document the historical silviculture treatment work that has been undertaken on specific areas of land that are referred to as openings. These files regard changes in the forest cover, changes in prescriptions, cut boundaries and records involving impacts on silvicultural treatments. Files may contain a wide variety of record formats including textual records, maps and photos. The textual records include computer printouts, photocopies, cards, field notes, reports and correspondence.

All opening files include maps or site plans, a forest attribute cover form and other documents related to the opening. Additional documents commonly found in files include: various survey or assessment forms; computer printouts titled the History of Crop Establishment and Tending which provides a history of use and information regarding prescriptions, site preparations, reforestation and stand tending; prescription documents, which provide the management plan for the area; stand tending cards and reports, which show completed forest treatments; and various reports.

Other types of records relate to audits and assessments for major licensees, a 5 year silviculture plan for the district, and
silviculture trials.

The ministries responsible for creating these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

The records were classified as 12380-30, 18765-20, 18750-20 and 18990-20 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Squamish Forest District

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

British Columbia Cattle Company fonds

  • PR-2015
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1905

The fonds consists of correspondence inward to John Irving, Secretary Treasurer, and C.S. Baxter, probably the accountant, primarily from company directors, officials and employees: R.P. Rithet, President; Thomas Ellis, director; F.W. Jackson, manager of the company's Triangle Ranch, Quilchena; and John Lowther, manager of the Canoe Creek Ranch. Correspondence deals with miscellaneous matters relating to the management of the two ranches and the sale of beef cattle.

British Columbia Cattle Company

Kamloops County Court civil case files

  • GR-2398
  • Series
  • 1885-1949

The series consists of civil case files from the Kamloops County Court, 1885 to 1949. Civil case files may contain the notice of claim or notice of petition, writs and affidavits, orders and a final judgment. The files are arranged by file number order.

British Columbia. County Court (Kamloops)

Fee books

  • GR-0661
  • Series
  • 1889-1895

This series consists of three volumes of fee books from the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Volume 1 covers January 1889 to Jul 1895; volume 2 July 1891 to March 1894; and volume 3 March 1894 to November 1895. Volumes record services by date but do not give the charge.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Fee books

  • GR-0660
  • Series
  • 1864-1886, 1895-1915

This series consists of 22 volumes of fee books, recording fees owing to the Supreme Court. Volume 1 and 2 are for New Westminster, under the Colony of British Columbia Supreme Court of Civil Justice. The third volume covers New Westminster and Victoria from the Vancouver Island Supreme Court of Civil Justice. Volumes 4 to 22 were created after 1870 when both courts merged into the Supreme Court of British Columbia, based in Victoria.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Drewry family fonds

  • PR-2331
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1984

The Drewry family fonds consists principally of the personal and business papers of William Stewart Drewry (1859-1939) and his son John Haworth Drewry (1894 – 1988). Both men were licensed surveyors who worked privately, and also for the B.C. government at various times. Also included are records relating to the Drewry households, and the personal correspondence of their wives, Clare Lillian (Hazard) Drewry and Donalda (Jennings) Drewry.

Further, the fonds also includes correspondence and military records of John Haworth Drewry who enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and saw active service in France during 1918, as well as publications, maps used and created by both men in the course of their work, and a collection of family photographs.

The records have been arranged in four series: the records of W.S. Drewry,(MS-3139), the records of J.H. Drewry, (MS-3140), the records of Donalda Drewry (MS-3141), and the Drewry family series (MS-3142). It should be noted that as J.H. Drewry worked for W.S. Drewry, there is some overlap between these two series.

Drewry (family)

Guy Houghton Blanchet fonds

  • PR-1201
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1970

The fonds consists of correspondence, journals, drafts of his "Search in the North", as well as an autobiography, short stories, poetry and photographs.

Blanchet, Guy Houghton, 1884-1966

Register of schools, school trustees and teachers

  • GR-0462
  • Series
  • 1917-1946

This series consists of 33 volumes of register of Schools, school trustees and teachers. Records include registers showing the location of rural and assisted schools (1 vol.), names of trustees of rural and assisted school districts, 1917-1946 (29 vols.) and names of teachers in provincial public schools, 1918-1921 (3 vols.).

Volume 1 is a register of rural and assisted schools, ca 1918-1946. The schools are listed alphabetically and the location of each school is described. For example: "JACKSON BAY - a post office on Lewis Channel - Topaz Harbour route of Union Steamship Company from Vancouver;"

Volumes 2-30 are registers showing the names of school trustees of rural and assisted schools. The registers are arranged by year, beginning in 1917/1918 (vol. 2) through 1945/1946 (vol.30). Each register is organized alphabetically by name of school.

Volumes 31-33 are entitled "Teachers' Index Books." These registers are arranged alphabetically by name of teacher. The registers also show where each teacher was posted and the teacher's residence or postal address. The Teachers' Indexes for 1918-1920 (vols. 31 and 32) list teachers in all categories of public schools City, Rural Municipality, Rural and Assisted. The Index volume for 1920-1921, however, only shows teachers who taught in Graded City Schools and in Rural Municipality Schools; teachers at small country schools (i.e. rural and assisted schools) are not listed in Vol. 33.

British Columbia. Dept. of Education

Percy E. Barraclough fonds

  • PR-1092
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1920

The fonds consists of photographs of surveying trips to Port Simpson and along the Alaska boundary survey.

Barraclough, Percy E.

Norman Charles Stewart fonds

  • PR-2200
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1954, [200-]

The fonds consists of personal annual diaries or journals kept by Norman Charles Stewart and a transcript created by Joan Dakers. The original diaries are for the years 1910, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1939, 1945, 1947, 1952 (2 v.), 1953 and 1954. These records supplement the official surveyor field books he would have maintained as a BC Land Surveyor working for or with the Surveyor General's department. The transcript includes detailed copies and summaries of diaries from 1910 to 1951. Not all the supplemental information in the original diaries was transcribed.

Stewart, Norman Charles, 1885-1965

Censor of Moving Pictures Appeal Board records

  • GR-4097
  • Series
  • 1929-1963

This series consists of records created and maintained by the Censor of Moving Pictures Appeal Board from 1929-1963. The records consist of three volumes of minute books relating to appeals of decisions made by the Censor of Moving pictures on banning all or parts a movie.

Each entry states the title of the film, date, some information about the film, what Board members reviewed the film, whether the appeal granted or rejected, and information on the payment of fees required for an appeal. If the appeal was grated there is a note as to whether the Censor's decision was upheld, or if the film passes.

Many records related to each appeal have been pasted into the minute book. These may include: a notice of appeal from the film's creator filed with the Censor of Moving Pictures; correspondence with the Censor or Appeal Board; briefs summarizing the film submitted by the film’s creators, including arguments for why it should not be banned; newspaper clippings and articles about the film; cheques or receipts related to the payment of fees; letters summarizing the Appeal Board's decision, including lists of any scenes from the film that must be cut or age restrictions for the film's audience. The minute books also include lists of Appeal Board members for given years.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General. Censor of Moving Pictures

Censor of moving pictures records

  • GR-0490
  • Series
  • 1914-1963

This series consists of records of the Censor of Moving Pictures from 1914-1963. Records include correspondence between the Censor's Office and film distribution companies. Most of the correspondence, along with carbon copies of the censor's reports, deal with the elimination of objectionable scenes and dialogue from commercial films made in the 1930s. Also included are summary lists of rejected films, ca.1914-1932, and correspondence regarding censored films, ca.1940-1960.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General. Censor of Moving Pictures

Correspondence regarding steam boiler inspections

  • GR-4096
  • Series
  • 1907-1909

This series consists of one volume of correspondence outward related to steam boiler inspectors and contraventions of the Steam Boiler Inspection Act, from 1907-1909. The majority of the correspondence is from the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works. The volume is labelled volume number two and is indexed alphabetically by name of addressee.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works. Chief Commissioner

Tree farm forest management plans from the Port Alberni Forest District

  • GR-3659
  • Series
  • 1971-2005, predominant 1981-2005

The series consists of tree farm forest development plans and forest management plans and created for tree farm licences (TFLs). The records were created by the Port Alberni Forest District, and its successor the South Island Forest District, between 1971 and 2005. Many of the records relate to the forestry management in the Barkley Sound, Clayoquot Sound, Walbran and Fairy Creek areas. Including forest that was the focus of protests and acts of civil disobedience in the 1990s, known as the Clayoquot protests or War of the Woods.

TFLs are a type of timber tenure which grants a virtually exclusive right to harvest timber and manage forests in a specified area. They are issued for a term of 25 years, but can be replaced every 5-10 years.

These files document the management of TFL 20, TFL 21, TFL 22, TFL 25, TFL 44, TFL 46, TFL 47, TFL 54 and TFL 57. Over the years, TFL boundaries and rights holders may have changed. For example, in 1984, TFL 20 and 21 were combined to form TFL 44, and TFL 44 was later divided to create TFL 57 in 1999.

TFL holders are required to submit a management plan every five years to the Chief Forester (RSBC 1996, c. 157, s. 35, and BC Reg. 23/2013). The Forest Act requires that the plan must:

  1. Be prepared by a professional forester;
  2. Include inventories of forest, recreation, fisheries, wildlife, range and cultural heritage resources in the area;
  3. Be consistent with the tree farm licence, legislation and regulations;
  4. Propose objectives regarding the management and utilization of timber resources, the protection and conservation of non-timber values, forest fire prevention and suppression, forest health, silviculture, and road construction and deactivation;
  5. Include proposals for meeting proposed management objectives;
  6. List measures to identify and consult with persons using the licence area for purposes other than timber production;
  7. Include a timber supply analysis that analyzes the short term and long term availability of timber for harvesting;
  8. Include an operational supply projection for the licence area, in support of the timber supply analysis that indicates the availability of timber.

These records include draft and final management or development plans; revisions or amendments to existing plans; correspondence between the ministry and licence holders, as well as correspondence with ministry staff; records related to public review of the development plans; consultation and correspondence with First Nations; reasons for why a plan or amendment was or was not approved; advertisements in newspapers and the Gazette; and maps and map overlays. The series also includes some records related to the construction, maintenance and deactivation of forest service roads in the TFLs.

The records have been classified as 19710-20 and 19710-30 in the Forestry Operational Classification System (ORCS).

The ministries responsible for these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

British Columbia. Port Alberni Forest District

Shepherd family fonds

  • PR-2202
  • Fonds
  • 1880-[ca. 1939]

The fonds consists of photographic negatives and a photograph album dating between the 1890s and late 1930s. The fonds also includes a scrapbook of chiefly World War One newspaper clippings, photographs, drawings and memorabilia assembled by Margaret Millicent Shepherd; diaries and notebooks kept by Francis Holden Shepherd between 1916-1919; a few newspaper clippings and school report cards; and an issue of the Nanaimo Free Press dated 14 Apr 1880 with the marriage notice for F.H. Shepherd and Jane (Jennie) Holden.

Shepherd (family)


  • GR-1323
  • Series
  • 1902-1937

This series contains correspondence files, inward and outward, covering all topics for which the Attorney General was responsible, including legislation and opinions to other departments. During this period, Attorney General responsibilities included industrial schools, motor vehicles, Liquor Control Board, Game Commissioner, Inspector of Municipalities, Registrar of Companies, Inspector of Factories, Inspector of Electrical Energy and Inspector of Tramways.

The finding aid (see Notes area) consists of a guide to Attorney General correspondence records held by BC Archives, and a file list showing file numbers, dates, and microfilm reel numbers. The guide relates not only to this body of records, but also to related records; the file list relates only to GR-1323.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners

  • GR-1327
  • Series
  • [1862], 1872-1937

This series contains inquisitions and inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia [1862], 1872-1937. To obtain the inquest number for inquests on reels B02374 to B02445, consult the contemporary indexes and registers. For indexes and registers see GR-0432.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

George Andrew Sargison fonds

  • PR-1693
  • Fonds
  • 1841-1872, 1883-1900

The fonds consists of Sargison's diaries, notebooks, and letterbook. Fonds includes minute book of the Building Committee of the Canadian Wesleyan Methodist New Connexion Church of Montreal, of which Sargison was a member, and minutes of the Blue Ribbon Club of Victoria, B.C.

Sargison, George Andrew, 1827-1900

Sunshine Coast Forest District timber tenures

  • GR-4094
  • Series
  • 1966-1999

This series consists of a variety of records related to timber tenures created from 1966-1999 by the Sunshine Coast Forest District, a division of the Vancouver Forest Region.

The series includes the following types of timber tenures: forest licences, replaceable timber sale licences, non-replaceable timber sale licences, tree farm licences, timber licences and woodlot licences. The series includes cutting permits for the following tree farm licences: TFL 10 and TFL 39. Records regard the issuance, evaluation, administration, monitoring, planning, replacement, cancellation, deletion and extension of these timber tenures.

The records may include legal documents, operations information, development plans, correspondence, forms, applications, Forest Service memos, approval letters, reports, maps, licences, permits, photos, and charts.

The series also includes fish and forestry guidelines for major licensees and small business licence holders. these are in the form of assessment action plans and CFFG audit records.

The ministries responsible for creating these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

The records were classified as 19500-45, 19580-45, 19600-30, 19600-45, 19600-55, 19620-25, 19700-45, 19720-20, 19720-45, 19720-55, 19910-20 and 19910-30 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Sunshine Coast Forest District

Vilhelm Schjelderup fonds

  • PR-0189
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1908-1933

The fonds consists of Schjelderup's photographs during his survey work in northern British Columbia.

Schjelderup, Vilhelm, 1885-1968

Judge Ruggles minute books

  • GR-1846
  • Series
  • 1919-1931

Minute book of cases heard before Judge H.D. Ruggles, Nov 1919 - Nov 1931. Also includes lists of interpreters, official stenographers, and typists.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Personnel administration files

  • GR-2679
  • Series
  • 1974-1984

The series consists of files from the Personnel Administration Branch of the Ministry of Health, and its predecessor, the Dept. of Health, created between 1974 and 1984. The series includes general files on discipline, hours of work, and labour relations files including correspondence and negotiations with BCGEU (British Columbia Government Employees Union), BCGPEA (B.C. Government Professional Employees Association), CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), RNABC (Registered Nurses Association of B.C.), and RPNABC (Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of B.C.). The files also include daily copies of the outgoing correspondence of several senior personnel officers.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

H.C. Chapman fonds

  • PR-1277
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1941

The fonds consists of H.C. Chapman's photographs, including family picnics in Goldstream park and Beacon Hill Park, Kamloops centenary in 1912, views of Victoria (Empress Hotel, the Gorge, inner harbour, Chinatown), Duncan, Banff, 1939 Royal Visit, copies of photographs from WWI, and other subjects. See the attached file list.

those of Banff and notable events in B.C., including royal and presidential visits.

Chapman, H.C.

Vancouver lock-up charge books

  • GR-0602
  • Series
  • 1895-1925

This series consists of police charge books containing name of prisoner, date of charge, offence, disposition of case and remarks. Volumes 2-4 are titled Provincial Lock-Up, Vancouver, B.C. There is also one index book titled "Vancouver office lockup calendar minute book " created by the Vancouver Provincial Police.

British Columbia. Provincial Court (Vancouver)

Records relating to water works and water power projects

  • GR-1236
  • Series
  • 1915-1953

This series contains records relating to water works and water power projects. The records consist of International Joint Committee hearings, proceedings before the Comptroller of Water Rights, hearings on the Buttle Lake project before a special committee of the B.C. Legislative Assembly, applications, submissions and briefs, engineering data, technical reports, and specifications. Includes materials pertaining to the Kootenay River reclamation projects of the West Kootenay Power and Light Company, 1929-1950; the Columbia River reclamation project at Golden and Windermere, 1913-1915; the Powell River Company's project at Lois River, 1930; the B.C. Electric Railway Company development at Jordan River, 1929; the Burrard Power Company projects at Stave River and Alouette Lake, 1924; the B.C. Power Commission development of Buttle Lake on Vancouver Island, 1951-1953; and miscellaneous other projects.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

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