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Remains of an ancient civilization on Vancouver Island

The file consists of a report written by James Deans regarding evidence of early habitation on the southeastern part of Vancouver Island. The last page of the report includes several rough pencil sketches of artifacts found by Deans elsewhere on Vancouver Island in 1870 and 1874. Pages 21, 22, 25 and 26 of the report are missing.

John Waddell diary

The diary documents the journey of miner John Waddell (1818-1870) to Vancouver Island in 1862 in search of gold during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Also included are notes on his journey to San Francisco in early 1862 aboard the California steamer Northern Light. The diary also describes his dealings with George A. Walkem, third Premier of British Columbia.

The transcript, completed by the donor in May 2017, includes and introduction and notes relevant to the diary's content.

Stock shot files

The series consists of images shot by Destrubé Photography and retained for future sale to and use by clients as stock images. Subject matter includes aerial views of Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island locations; BC Ferries vessels and other ships; people at work in various industries; views of the Queen Charlotte Islands; and “scenic heritage” (cemeteries, ghost towns. old buildings, etc.)

Donald MacLachlan fonds

  • PR-2303
  • Fonds
  • 1886-2011

The fonds consists of records documenting the professional and personal life of Donald MacLachlan. The predominant theme of the records is MacLachlan's involvement in the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, its history, operations, and advocacy when threatened with closure. The records contain textual material, photographs and plans, maps and drawings both created and collected by MacLachlan.

MacLachlan, Donald F.

South Island Forest District executive records

  • GR-4017
  • Series
  • 2000-2007

This series consists of executive correspondence, briefing notes and associated records created by the South Island Forest District for the years 2000-2007. Correspondence may be replying to letters from other government bodies, other levels of government, First Nations, members of the public, and forestry companies. Records relate to a variety of subjects. Most regard concerns with logging in a particular area, forestry practices, and consultation with First Nations. Records regard forest use across southern Vancouver Island, including Clayoquot Sound.

Records are covered by the Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS) numbers 280-20 and 280-30.

British Columbia. South Island Forest District

Port McNeill Forest District forest development plans

  • GR-4104
  • Series
  • 1985-2002

This series consists of forest development plans created from 1985-2002 by the Port McNeill Forest District, a division of the Vancouver Forest Region. The majority of the records relate to Tree Farm Licences (TFL).

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. The records relate to TFL 6, TFL 25, TFL 37, TFL 39, TFL 43 and TFL 47. Over the years, TFL boundaries and rights holders may have changed. 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).

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 impacted First Nations; reasons for why a plan or amendment was or was not approved; advertisements in newspapers and the Gazette; maps and map overlays; reports; and charts.

The series also includes development plans for the following other types of timber tenures: replaceable forest licences, replaceable timber sale licences, and woodlot licences.

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, 19600-55, 19710-20 and 19720-55 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Port McNeill Forest District

Campbell River Forest District operational records

  • GR-4087
  • Series
  • 1990-2001

This series consists of a variety of operational records created by the Campbell River Forest District, a division of the Vancouver Forest Region, from 1990-2001. This includes land and resource management records, range tenures, and procedure files.

The series includes the following types of records:

Records relating to Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMP) consider all resource values within a given area of land. This area of land can consist of a TSA, a forest district, or other areas as designated. Each plan is prepared by an Interagency Planning Team in consultation with the public. These plans can be further subdivided into resource units and resource management zones. The participants in the planning process may build scenarios that include a set of resource management objectives and strategies both for the entire planning area and for each of the smaller units it contains. This primary includes the development, monitoring and review and amendment of plans for specific areas, and input from the public. The series includes terms of reference for the establishment of LRMPs.

Records relating to Local Resource Use Plans (LRUPs) to resolve resource use conflicts in specific areas at the local level. Includes records relating to data concerning a specific area - usually a watershed or other distinct resource management unit.

Utilization records regard the guidelines followed by the Ministry of Forests concerning the harvesting of timber
and the resulting affects on fish habitat. Includes guidelines, audits of licensees to ensure compliance with
guidelines, action/assessment plans.

The series also includes one district inventory program file and a range tenure file. There are also procedures related to engineering, road damage, forest service roads, district program planning, nurseries silviculture obligations and silviculture treatments.

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

The records were classified as 12380-25, 12440-20, 12600-20, 15700-20, 19910-20, plus several procedure files ending in the secondary "-02" in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Campbell River Forest District

Allan D. Taylor film collection

The collection consists of video copies of 36 film items from the Allan D. Taylor collection held by Library and Archives Canada. These selected items (mainly newsreel footage and out-takes) depict British Columbia events, leisure activities, scenery and cityscapes in Victoria and Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, or in the Interior (for example, Kamloops and Lillooet), during the period 1907-1931. Several items filmed during World War One show events related to the war, including the departures of various military units for the conflict. The collection includes at least one item fillmed by Vancouver filmmaker A.D. "Cowboy" Kean, and a few others that are attributed to him.

Taylor, Allan D., 1916-1999

Trans Canada video press kit and Vancouver Island highway project : update summer 2000

The item is a videocassette containing news footage from 1997 and an industrial video from 2000 which includes an update and overview of construction on the Vancouver Island Highway Project. The VIHP included highway and bridge construction and improvement from Victoria to Campbell River, and was scheduled for completion by 2002. Footage includes the opening of the Sable River Bridge, June 1998; the opening of the Mud Bay-Courtenay section by Premier Dan Miller, September 1999; and the management of environmental concerns such as stream protection and fish habitat creation.

William McLean interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): William McLean : life as a prospector - Alice Arm, Zeballos from 1910 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: William McLean talks about life as a prospector. He came to Canada from Scotland in 1907 and came to Stewart, B.C. in 1910. He discusses the Premier Mine, Alice Arm in 1911, prospecting and work in the mines, the telegraph line route, settlers at Alice Arm, the Esperanza mine, mining in 1912, telegraph operators, Ole Evintson and The Dolly Varden, the Dolly Varden Mine in 1913, Alice Arm; before 1914, Anyox Mine to 1935, more about Alice Arm, life to 1938, going to Zeballos (Vancouver Island) for 15 years as a prospector. TRACK 2: McLean continues with more on the Zeballos region, climate changes near Alice Arm, reasons for returning to Alice Arm in 1953, ore on McGraw Mountain, getting old and the attitude that drives prospectors on, more about Alice Arm, the discovery of molybdenum deposit, characters, a list of mines, narrow gauge railway and the shipment of ore, miscellaneous logging from 1923, farming near Alice Arm, wildlife, prospecting up Hastings Arm, local ores, prospecting attitudes, and a brief comment on company mining in the past and present.;

Port McNeill Forest District operational records

  • GR-4105
  • Series
  • 1986-1994

This series consists of various operational records created from 1986-1994 by the Port McNeill Forest District, a division of the Vancouver Forest Region.

The series currently consists of fish and forestry guidelines created for tree farm licences (TFLs) and other forest tenures. Guidelines are provided for major licensees and smaller scale companies operating as part of the Small business forest enterprise program (SBFEP). The records relate to the guidelines followed by the Ministry of Forests concerning the harvesting of timber and the resulting affects on fish habitat. The records include maps, photos, guideline assessment action plans, correspondence, reports, and audits related to compliance or completed work.

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 19910-20 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Port McNeill Forest District

Road to the Pacific Rim ; Island builders

The item is a documentary video from 1993 containing two programs. They show the history, construction and improvement of Highway 19, from Campbell River to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, during the 1970s. The road opened on September 21,1979. The story is told through studio interviews with retired or long-time Highways employees, including Dan Bowen, George Dodge, Dennis Dodsworth, and Al Tranfield, as well as former Port McNeill mayor Gerry Furney. Also includes archival Super 8 footage of the construction, shot by George Dodge.

Arthur Holmes interview

CALL NUMBER: T4397:0001 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1992-03-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Brief description of Holmes' family background, including clerical career of father, the Reverend George Hedley Holmes (later Archdeacon), who served in Alberta and northern Saskatchewan. Steps by which Arthur became a clergyman and his decision to move to BC. Condition of the "West Coast Mission" on west coast of Vancouver Island: vicarage a 2 room shack, no utilities; no minister previous 7 years. Account of founding of Anglican Church on west coast in 1913. Comments about ship, "Princess Maquinna", which provided means for clergy to get around. Description of Tofino church, St. Columba. Churchyard rhododendrons a major attraction for visitors. TRACK 2: Condition of the mission in 1949 when Reverend Arthur Holmes arrived. Holmes revives a travelling motion picture business to raise money for mission. Services held in Port Renfrew, nearby logging camps, Bamfield, Ucluelet, Sarita River, Kildonan, Ucluelet, Tofino, Tahsis, Zeballos. Bamfield an attractive stop. Comparison of Shantymen, Roman Catholic church and United Church on west coast. Holmes establishes a presence in more distant communities. Story of unusual funeral service for deceased Sikh. Religious background of parishioners. Anglican services sometimes informal. Today, United and Anglican churches alternate serving "the charge of Tofino and Ucluelet" every two years. Early travel between Ucluelet and Tofino. A rector's duties. In 1949 many baptisms due to absence of clergyman for 7 years. Some unusual funerals. CALL NUMBER: T4397:0002 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1992-03-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Holmes recounts experiences as member of hospital board, including inadvertently getting caught up in Tofino-Ucluelet rivalry over a temporary replacement for burnt down Tofino hospital. Account of building new church at Ucluelet with donations from suppliers, parishioners, boat and ship owners. Origins of church name, "St. Aidan's-on-the-Hill". Services in other communities held in halls, private homes. Holmes' personal relations with Tofino and Ucluelet very good today; Holmes to donate his family library to churches in both towns. TRACK 2: Description of corner-stone laying for new Ucluelet church and of later consecration. Uses of church basement. Names of some loyal parishioners in Ucluelet. Core of ex-Newfoundlanders strong supporters. Dedicated parishioner, "Ted" E.A. Welland, superintends construction of Ucluelet church. Diocese head office seem not very interested in west coast. New Tofino rectory building. Good relations with Ucluelet RC priest, Father Carney. Description of eccentric Tofino parishioner, George Maltby. Comments about loyal Tofino parishioners Mrs. Alma Sloman and Mrs. Benny Arnet. Schedule of "Princess Maquinna" determined date of visits to other communities. Travel on the Maquinna. Maquinna was seaworthy. Comments on evacuation of Japanese. Holmes left mission due to marital difficulties. Discussion of Holmes' achievements. Visits to west coast in recent years. Method of reporting to Victoria. Types of church records prepared by minister. Origin of films shot by Holmes and used in mission work. Telephone service at Ucluelet in early 1950s.

Tree farm cutting permits from the Port Alberni Forest District

  • GR-3640
  • Series
  • 1955-1992

The series consists of tree farm cutting permit files from the Port Alberni Forest District. These files document the permit application process and the general administration of existing cutting permits in forests that are part of tree farm licences (TFL) 20, 21, 22, 44, 46 and 54. The records were created between 1955 and 1992.

The series is arranged by accession, then the tree farm number followed by the cutting permit number. The files contain forms, reports, correspondence and maps. The files consist of cutting permit applications, ministry approvals, revisions to the permit, forest appraisals, a description and maps of the area that will be logged, future plans for the area as well as ministry audits of the work that has been undertaken.

The files are for TFL 44, TFL 20 and TFL 21. In 1984, TFL’s 20 and 21 were consolidated to create TFL 44.

The ministries that were responsible for these records are:
1955-1962 Dept. of Lands and Forests
1962-1975 Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources
1975-1976 Dept. of Forests
1976-1986 Ministry of Forests
1986-1988 Ministry of Forests and Lands
1988-2005 Ministry of Forests

The records have been classified as 19700-45, 19700-46 and 19700-47 in the Forest Operational Classification System (ORCS). These numbers are covered under the old forestry file code number 880-3.

British Columbia. Port Alberni Forest District

Real islanders

The item is a promotional video from 1991. It shows Ministry of Transportation and Highways employees on Vancouver Island in their various work situations. Includes an original song written by Scott Littlejohn and Tom Parkin, and sung by Bobby Teesdale.

CHEK-TV news : [forest fire stock shots]

News footage. Stock footage of forest fires and forest fire fighting. Includes footage of: airtankers dropping fire retardent; burned-over areas; small towns at risk; testing of fire equipment; number of fires burning in the province; impact of lightning strikes; financial impact of forest fires in the province; rapattack crews in action; etc.

[Fish hatchery]

News item. Footage of a fish hatchery and its operations. Includes interviews with hatchery workers, with discussion about federal and provincial fisheries jurisdictions.

Visitor's book

  • GR-2707
  • Series
  • 1951-1986

Distinguished Visitors Books, 1951-1986, signed by the British Royal family, other royalty, Field-Marshall Montgomery of Alamein, Heads of State, Ambassadors, etc. Vol. 1, Aug. 1951 - Sept. 1969; Vol. 2, Oct. 1969 - July 1978; Vol. 3, Aug. 1978 - March 1986. Vol. 4 contains signatures of those admitted to the Order of the Dogwood, Nov. 1966 - Oct. 1980, with signatures including the British Royal Family, Major-General George Pearkes, Nancy Greene, and Terry Fox.

Photographs depict visits to Victoria and Vancouver by Prince Philip and Prince Andrew as part of a Royal tour which included the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, AB. Photos include sites visited such as the Vancouver Rowing Club, downtown Victoria and a presentation of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards held in the Legislative Assembly chamber. Also depicted are: Minister, Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry, Grace McCarthy; Mike Young (Mayor of Victoria); Premier W.R. (Bill) Bennett, and Lieutenant Governor Henry Pybus Bell-Irving.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Cumberland Museum oral history collection

  • PR-1857
  • Collection
  • 1974-1985

The collection consists of oral history interviews with Cumberland residents pertaining to coal mining and community life in Cumberland and area.

Cumberland Museum

Trevor Green interview : [Wiles, 1984]

RECORDED: Lake Cowichan (B.C.), 1984-10-04 SUMMARY: In an interview with Roger Wiles, Trevor S. Green discusses his life in the Cowichan Valley; the Lake Cowichan area; the history of the Simpson Estate at Marble Bay; and stories about its various owners, especially Mrs. Jeanne S. Simpson.

History of coal mining collection

  • PR-1789
  • Collection
  • 1978-1984

The collection consists of interviews pertaining to the history of coal mining on Vancouver Island.

Coal Tyee Society

Susan Mayse oral history collection

  • PR-1988
  • Collection
  • 1982-1984

The collection consists of oral history interviews about Victoria and Vancouver journalists and Vancouver Island people and events. Collection includes interviews with Arthur Mayse and H.H. (Torchy) Anderson.

Mayse, Susan, collector

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