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Vancouver (B.C.) Series
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British Empire and Commonwealth Games photograph album

The record consists of a photograph album created by Charles De Mara to commemorate his visit to the British Empire and Commonweath Games held in July and August 1954 in Vancouver.

The album contains 11 colour and 94 black and white photographs of various events at the games including opening ceremonies, diving at the Empire pool (University of British Columbia), boating events at Vedder Canal and track and field events. The field event photographs include some of the famous "Miracle Mile" run where both Roger Bannister and John Landy ran the mile in less than four minutes. Each photograph has a caption, a date and often additional information about the event photographed. The black and white photographs have been numbered with two identifying numbering systems; a straight sequential number from 1 to 94, and a composite number that may refer to a negative film and item number.

There are also 11 black and white commercial postcards probably purchased by De Mara and glued in the album with the photographs. The postcards are not numbered.

The album also contains event tickets, programs and various souvenir guides and has a souvenir cloth crest glued into the inside front cover.

De Mara, Charles Marvyn

Activism posters and flyers

Series consists of 20 posters of various sizes, some in colour but most are printed or copied with black ink only. Many of the posters announce events presented or sponsored by the Progressive Workers' Movement (P.W.M.). Numerous are protesting the Vietnam War.

Victoria and Vancouver shipping registers

This series contains shipping registers for Victoria covering the period 1867-1908, and for Vancouver covering the period 1890-1945. Registers show tonnage, registered ownership, previous registrations, place of construction, description of vessel, particulars of engines, etc.

Reel B02527, Victoria (1867-1891); Reel B02528, Victoria (1881-1891); Reel B02529, Victoria (18971908); Reel B02530, Vancouver (1890-1945).

Canada. Marine Branch

Canada. Dept. Of Marine And Fisheries.

Transaction Registers for ships registered at Victoria 1867-1908 and Vancouver 1891-1898 and 1917-1945. The reels also contain Registers for various Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick ports 1841-1950. Among details to be found are where and when ship was built; owners; builders; number of decks, masts, details of rigging etc.; length, breadth, depth; tonnage; details of engines; changes of ownership and final fate of ship (i.e. reason for being taken off Registry). Some Victoria volumes are indexed.

Reel B08475 (NAC reel C-1214, Vol. 147) Victoria 1897-1908
Reel B08476 (NAC reel C-3184) Quebec, Ontario, Victoria
Reel B08477 (NAC reel C-3185) Weymouth, Annapolis, Victoria
Reel B08478 (NAC reel C-3188)

Canada. Department of Marine and Fisheries

Canada. Dept. Of Finance

Correspondence of the Finance Dept. regarding the liquidation of the short-lived Bank of Vancouver. Includes correspondence with the liquidators of the Bank of Vancouver, the Canadian Bankers Association, other banks and Bank of Vancouver depositors.

Purchased from the Public Archives of Canada, 1971.

Canada. Department of Finance

United States. Department Of State.

Diplomatic despatches. Despatches from U.S. consuls in Vancouver, Canada. Reel B09742, Nov 1890 - Apr 1898; B09743, May 1898 - Mar 1900; Reel B09744, Apr 1900 - Dec 1901; reel B09745, Jan 1902 - Dec 1903; reel B09746, Jan 1904 - Aug 1906.

National Archives microcopy T-114.

United States. Department of State

New Vancouver Court House correspondence and other material

  • GR-0077
  • Series
  • 1900-1912

The series consists of records created by the Dept. of Public Works engineer between 1900 and 1912. Records include correspondence, memoranda, plans, and specifications concerning the Vancouver Court House.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works. Public Works Engineer

Vancouver Family Court case files

  • GR-0208
  • Series
  • 1942-1972

The series consists of selected Family Court case files created by the Vancouver Provincial Court and its predecessor, the Vancouver Family Court, between 1942 and 1972.

The sample files were chosen by the Court and consist of case files created under the following acts:
Box 1: Children of Unmarried Parents' Act
Box 2: Juvenile Delinquents Act
Box 3 : Protection of Children Act
Box 4: Wives and Children's Maintenance Act

Although the files are identified by name, there is no discernible arrangement or file code system for the sampled files.

British Columbia. Provincial Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver-Westminster District Police records

  • GR-0311
  • Series
  • 1897-1952

This series consists of records of the Vancouver-Westminster District Police, 1897-1952. The series includes letterbooks, 1897-1918; daily record books, 1898-1952; notes from daily police reports of constables, 1907-1911; and a chief constable's diary, 1911. Records are arranged chronologically by type.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Vancouver-Westminster Police District)

Architectural proposals and consultants reports

  • GR-0386
  • Series
  • 1967-1974

This series consists of architectural proposals and consultants reports on topics connected with the construction of public buildings, urban development, siting, traffic patterns, and design requirements. Reports have been created for the Department of Public Works by various sources, including Arthur Erikson Architects, The Environmental Analysis Group (TEAG), UBC School of Architecture, BCIT, Vancouver City Planning Department, and other various architects and engineers.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Vancouver-Westminster Police District records

  • GR-0397
  • Series
  • 1899-1951

This series consists of records created or used by the Provincial Police office in the Vancouver-Westminster Police District, also referred to as the Vancouver District of Division E. Records date from 1899-1951. They include investigations; offence books; crime reports; office log, ledger and daily office diaries; descriptions of wanted persons; bulletins; records of prisoners handled by patrol wagon; Constable registration book providing reasons for their visit to Vancouver; reports received at the Provincial Police office with notes of instructions; Orders filed chronologically by order number from the Police commissioner in Victoria; and CIB special circulars : judicial decisions and department rulings, mostly "war circulars" related to World War II impacts on Canadians.

Some records, particularly orders and circulars, may be copies provided to the Vancouver office for reference or to provide direction on changes to laws and procedures.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Vancouver-Westminster Police District)

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)

Court decisions and exhibits

  • GR-0607
  • Series
  • 1903-1904

This series consists of printed records relating to the following court cases: the Attorney General of the Province of British Columbia versus Theodore Ludgate, and the Attorney General of the Dominion of Canada regarding ownership of Deadman's Island, Burrard Inlet.

Records include Attorney-General vs. Ludgate report by Robert Cassidy to the Attorney General for British Columbia on the appeal of the Dominion of Canada from the 1901 judgment of Martin, J. (Queen's Printer, 1904, 7 p.). The series also includes various exhibits and other records, such as exhibit 6, "Extracts from blue book containing papers relating to the affairs of British Columbia, 1859-1864" (pp. 307-307(81)); "Evidence before Full Court in addition to that taken at trial" and Exhibits V,W,X,Y (pp. 366-430); reasons for judgment of Chief Justice Gordon Hunter, Justice M.W. Tyrwhitt Drake, and Justice P. A. Irving (pp. 431-445); and B.C. Supreme Court decisions (pp. 446-449). Box 2 contains several duplicates of pp. 307-307(81) and pp. 366-450.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Supreme Court record book

  • GR-0715
  • Series
  • 1905-1907

This series consists of a Supreme Court record of cases heard at Vancouver, Nelson, Rossland, Greenwood, and Victoria, 1905-1907.

British Columbia. Supreme Court

Vancouver City Police Force Inquiry

  • GR-0735
  • Series
  • 1955-1956

The series consists of records of the Vancouver City Police Force Inquiry. Records include the Commission Secretary's minutes and list of exhibits (1955-1956); a letter to the Attorney-General's office (1955); an unsigned memorandum; the interim report (1955) and the final report (1956) by Commissioner Reginald Hibbert Tupper; and 35 volumes of evidence in transcript form and transcripts of proceedings (1955-1956). Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the transcripts of evidence were never received by the BC Archives.

British Columbia. Vancouver City Police Force Inquiry

Royal Commission to inquire into the Administration of South Vancouver Municipality (1912)

  • GR-0787
  • Series
  • 1912-1913

This series consists of the records of the Royal Commission to Inquire Into the Administration of South Vancouver Municipality, 1912. The commissioner, Vancouver accountant Matthew Joseph Crehan, was appointed on 6 May 1912 to inquire into the affairs of the Municipality of South Vancouver. He investigated the administration of school affairs (purchasing of school sites, supplies, awarding of contracts, etc.) as well as the administration of the departments of the municipal government. Commission records consist of the original signed report, plus copy and five volumes of typewritten transcripts of proceedings.

British Columbia. Royal Commission to Inquire Into the Administration of South Vancouver Municipality (1912)

Commission of Inquiry Into the Affairs of Present and Past Boards of School Trustees of the City of Vancouver (1913)

  • GR-0795
  • Series
  • 1913-1914

This series consists of the records of the Commission of Inquiry Into the Affairs of Present and Past Boards of School Trustees of the City of Vancouver, 1913-1914. Commission records consist of Letter Patent appointing the commissioner and a copy of oath, Provincial Secretary's correspondence, exhibits, transcripts of evidence presented at proceedings and the original signed report(s).

The commissioner, Vancouver barrister Henry Osborne Alexander, was appointed to investigate the actions of past and present Boards of School Trustees of the City of Vancouver with regard to purchase and sale of school sites and school property, the purchase of furniture and supplies and generally all matters coming under the Board's jurisdiction. He was to investigate also the personal actions of all Board members, officers and employees, and appointments made by the Board.

British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry Into the Affairs of Present and Past Boards of School Trustees of the City of Vancouver (1913)

Commission on the Proposed Severance of Shaughnessy Heights from the Municipality of Point Grey (1914)

  • GR-0797
  • Series
  • 1914

This series consists of the records of the Commission on the Proposed Severance of Shaughnessy Heights from the Municipality of Point Grey,1914. The unit consists of evidence presented at hearings as well as the commissioner's report in which he recommended that the proposed legislation be dropped.

British Columbia. Commission on the Proposed Severance of Shaughnessy Heights from the Municipality of Point Grey (1914)

Commission on the Sale by Public Auction, 1909, of Suburban Lands in the New Westminster Land District (1916)

  • GR-0808
  • Series
  • 1916

This series consists of the records of the Commission on the Sale by Public Auction, 1909, of Suburban Lands in the New Westminster Land District, 1916. The commissioner, Vancouver lawyer Robert Wilson Harris, was appointed 28 April 1916 to investigate the sale and all dealings, transfers, payments, etc. of certain suburban lands in Point Grey in district lots 139, 140, 176, 538, 540, 206, 217 and 2027 in the New Westminster land district. Commission records consist of Provincial Secretary's correspondence file, evidence presented at the hearings (reproduced as an appendix to the report) and a signed copy of the commissioner's report.

British Columbia. Commission on the Sale by Public Auction, 1909, of Suburban Lands in the New Westminster Land District (1916)

Commission on the Economic Conditions and Operations of the British Columbia Electric Railway Co. and Subsidiary Companies (1917)

  • GR-0809
  • Series
  • 1917

This series consists of records of the Commission on the Economic Conditions and Operations of the British Columbia Electric Railway Co. and Subsidiary Companies, 1917. Commission records consist solely of the original signed report.

British Columbia. Commission on the Economic Conditions and Operations of the British Columbia Electric Railway Co. and Subsidiary Companies (1917)

Commission on the 1916 By-Election in Vancouver (1917)

  • GR-0811
  • Series
  • 1916-1917

This series consists of records of the Commission on the 1916 By-Election in Vancouver, 1916-1917. Commission records consist of transcripts of evidence presented at proceedings, exhibits and the commissioners original signed report.

British Columbia. Commission on the 1916 By-Election in Vancouver (1917)

Commission on the Labour Dispute at Burns and Company Limited (1937)

  • GR-0912
  • Series
  • 1937

The series consists of the records of the Commission on the Labour Dispute at Burns and Company Limited,1937 under Judge J. Charles McIntosh, which investigated the labour dispute between Burns & Company of Vancouver and its employees. The records consist of correspondence and vouchers, transcripts of the proceedings, submissions, affidavits of discharged employees, exhibits and the final report.

British Columbia. Commission on the Labour Dispute at Burns and Company Limited (1937)

Firm indexes

  • GR-0930
  • Series
  • 1894-1964

This series consists of 13 volumes of individual firm indexes from the County Court of Vancouver, 1894-1964.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver Resources Board operational files

  • GR-0941
  • Series
  • 1973-1977

This series consists of Vancouver Resources Board operational records, 1973-1977. Records include correspondence, reports, briefs, memoranda, minutes of meetings and limited case material from the Vancouver Resources Board (V.R.B.) and related Community Resource Boards (C.R.B.'s) in the Greater Vancouver area.

The V.R.B. and its 15 constituent C.R.B.'s were established under the Community Resources Boards Act (S.B.C., 1974, Chap. 18) to perform functions of the B.C. Ministry of Human Resources in their local areas within general provincial guidelines. These functions included income assistance, protection of children, community grants, aid to the handicapped, services to unmarried parents and their children, aid to senior citizens and administration of miscellaneous other social programs.

The bulk of the records are from the V.R.B. itself, which was the umbrella organization for the delivery of social services in Greater Vancouver. Other smaller boards included Grandview Woodlands C.R.B.; Marpole Oakridge C.R.B.; Cedar Cottage Kensington C.R.B.; Dunbar West Point Grey Southlands C.R.B.; Renfrew Collingwood C.R.B.; Strathcona C.R.B.; and South Vancouver C.R.B. The collection includes limited material from these smaller C.R.B.'s and encompasses both the periods during which they were actively functioning as C.R.B.'s and during which they served as advisory bodies only.

Vancouver Resources Board

Timber investigations files

  • GR-0946
  • Series
  • 1913-1915

This series consists of Forest Branch timber investigations and inspections files, 1913-1915. Records include correspondence and reports from Nelson, Prince Rupert, Vancouver and Vernon Forest Districts. Includes file on early logging railroads, Vancouver Forest District.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Monthly statement of arrivals : British Columbia Immigration Act, 1903, Vancouver Dept.

  • GR-0978
  • Series
  • 1903

The series consists of a record book created by the Vancouver Immigration Dept. in 1903. Between 1900 and 1908, British Columbia passed nine acts which empowered officials to require prospective immigrants to pass a written test in any language of Europe prior to admission. Of the nine acts, eight were disallowed by the federal government and one (1907) was reserved by the Lieutenant-Governor.

The book records the names and passport numbers of Japanese passengers coming into the Port of Vancouver, the date of arrival, the name of the ship, where the passenger was from, and whether or not they were allowed to pass into Canada.

Canada. Immigration Branch

Federal Provincial housing projects

  • GR-1000
  • Series
  • 1951-1961

The series contains the records of James Everett Brown, Housing Commissioner, regarding Federal- Provincial housing projects pursuant to the B.C. Housing Act, 1950. It includes memoranda of agreement, correspondence, financial statements, annual reports, technical reports, and development plans regarding the Vancouver Housing Authority, Prince Rupert Housing Authority and land assembly projects in Prince George, Saanich, and Trail.

British Columbia. Housing Commissioner

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