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Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.) photographs

Series consists of 545 photographs of the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.), thought to be taken by Richard or Hannah Maynard. In 1880-1881, Richard Maynard was hired to document the construction of the C.P.R. but photos within this series may have been taken at later dates or by other photographers. Images depict trains ("rolling stock"); views of locations along the construction route, including rivers, bridges, and mountains; tracks and construction in progress; wrecks following accidents; snowsheds; and portraits of workers.

Maynard (family)

Columbia Forest District range and land use records

  • GR-4069
  • Series
  • 1985-1998

This series consists of a variety of range management and recreational land use records created from 1985-1998 by the Columbia Forest District, a division of the Nelson Forest Region. The series also includes records from the Revelstoke Forest District, Golden Forest District, and Mica Creek Forest Station. All files were managed as part of the Columbia Forest District when the files were closed.

The series includes the following types of records:

Range management records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act. This includes their issuance, amendment, transfer, billing, monitoring, policy, and administration. This may include records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures. Records may include tenure application forms, grazing plans, range use plans, correspondence, maps, surveys and reports.

Forest Service facilities, sites and trail files relate to the routine maintenance, rehabilitation and development of Forest Service recreation sites and trails. Includes records relating to the planning, designation, assessment, design and construction of recreation sites and trails. Types of records can include correspondence, reports, studies, published material, photos, and maps.

There are also files regarding related brochures and recreation maps, as well as protected areas strategies.

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 15700-20, 16300-20, 16400-50, 16660-40, 16700-05, 16700-06, and 16800-20 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Columbia Forest District

Revelstoke Supreme and County Court civil orders

  • GR-3753
  • Series
  • 1953-1995

The series consists of civil court orders issued by the Revelstoke Supreme Court and the County Court of Yale between 1953 and 1995. Orders are a formal expression of the court’s will, and orders in this series cover a variety of civil issues, including adoptions, foreclosures, family maintenance, divorce, letters of administration, consent orders, and will disputes.

The records arrived at the Archives in shannon folders, and were placed in acid-free folders. Researchers should note that Revelstoke appears to have restarted numbering volumes from 1 at the beginning of each year, with the result that there are multiple volume 1s. Researchers should use the volume and folio numbers in conjunction with the year of the order they are looking for.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Revelstoke)

The great barrier pt. 1

The item consists of a video cassette tape (VHS) copied in 1990 from a 3/4 inch U-Matic video tape created by the National Archives of Canada in 1989.

The contents include a copy of the following film:

The Great Barrier : part one / Gaumont-British Pictures Corporation, copyright Rank Film Distributors, 1937, b&w, sound.

Canada. National Archives of Canada

The great barrier pt. 2; Trans-Canada air pageant pt. 2; Nine cents per capita

The item consists of a video cassette tape (VHS) copied in 1990 from a 3/4 inch U-Matic video tape created by the National Archives of Canada in 1989.

The contents include copies of 3 films about various British Columbian topics created between 1930 and 1941 as follows:

The Great Barrier : part two / Gaumont-British Pictures Corporation, copyright Rank Film Distributors, 1937, b&w, sound.
Trans-Canada air pageant and miscellaneous aeroplanes : part two / W.M. Archibald, copyright Air Canada, 1930, b&w & col., silent.
Nine cents per capita / British Columbia. Provincial Board of Health, copyright Government of British Columbia, 1941, b&w, sound.

Canada. National Archives of Canada

Revelstoke Forest District operational records

  • GR-4067
  • Series
  • 1969-1989

This series consists of a variety of records created by the Revelstoke Forest District and its predecessor the Revelstoke Forest Ranger District. Most records are from 1987-1989.

There are three subseries of records:

The first are wild fire case files. These records are arranged by an annual sequential number with the prefix “N04-”. Each fire was also given a unique three or four letter name. Records include maps, fire reports, reviews, work plans, resource requests, fire diaries, firefighter time sheets, financial records related to the costs of fighting the fire, and claims made as a result of fire damage. Personnel records of firefighters are restricted.

The second subseries contains annual reports for the following timber tenures: Forest Licence A18992, Timber Sale Licence A10295, Timber Sale Harvesting Licences A02117 and A04330, and Tree Farm Licence 23.

The third subseries contains a variety of operational and subject files related to protection and pest management. The files are arranged by Ministry of Forests file directory number. Subjects include pesticides, herbicides, fire management, fire hazards, fire suppression, the use of prescribed burns, and fire control plans for specific timber tenures. The records include policies, procedures, reports, maps, photos, and correspondence.

British Columbia. Revelstoke Forest District

Autobiographical accounts and other material

The series consists of "Down Memory Lane" and "The Experiences of a Little Girl" autobiographical accounts by E.M. Leonard (Mrs. E.M. Fulmer) describing her early childhood in Salmon Arm, nurses' training at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke and work at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver. It also includes "The Story of John F. Leonard" by M. Fulmer, an account of her brother's life, a composer of operettas for Vancouver schools. Letters patent and items advertising E.M. Leonard's Peristaltic Therapeutic Apparatus.

Nelson Land Commissioner records

  • GR-4123
  • Series
  • 1892-1980

This series consists of records related to land use, management and alienation in the Nelson, Revelstoke and Kootenay land districts. The records date from 1892-1980. Records include certificates of purchase and various land registers.

There are two survey systems used in the land registers: the district lot system and the township section system. Registers may also be arranged by plan number. The registers record the alienation of land from the Crown by purchase, pre-emption, lease, mineral claims, timber use, etc. Information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and reference numbers to correspondence files and field books.

The series also includes several paper subject files and correspondence files with settlers discussing the pre-emption, lease and purchase of specific parcels of land with Government Agents in Nelson, Kaslo and Revelstoke. Most of these files have "O" file numbers assigned to them.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Nelson)

Agnes Smith interview

RECORDED: Cranbrook (B.C.), 1980-10-31 SUMMARY: Interesting description of normal school in 1917-1918. Amusing and vivid descriptions of her schools, living conditions, and the characters in the district including the bucolic suitor. She taught at both the Tonkawatla school near Revelstoke and at the Sydmouth School near Arrowhead, 1919-1920.

Revelstoke project

The item is a composite print of an industrial film from ca. 1978. It shows the planning and preparations toward the construction of the Revelstoke Dam on the Columbia River. It discusses concerns about land lost through reservoir flooding, as well as impact on wildlife and other environmental issues. Considerable footage of Revelstoke and vicinity.

Marjorie Parker interview

CALL NUMBER: T2628:0001 RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1977-01-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Family background; oriental population; characters up the Big Bend, ca. 1920; pack trains and prospecting up the Bend; early Revelstoke history; CPR; churches; business; red light district. TRACK 2: Prospectors in the 1920s; school in Revelstoke, A.E. Miller; entertainment; making of the film "Silent Barriers" [i.e., "The Great Barrier"]; first marriage and personal experiences up the Bend; work and interests outside the home; father's jobs; CPR strike 1902; ice cutting on the Columbia; south country communities.

CALL NUMBER: T2628:0002 RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), [date unknown] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: More on A.E. Miller; natural disasters; more on father's jobs -- surveying, cattle ranching, dairying, forest ranger; Indians; hobo jungle around 1915; family history; building of Connaught tunnel; snake rooms in old hotels; formation of the Revelstoke Art Club. [TRACK 2: blank?]

Hazel McIntosh interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Lardeau area, 1920s and 1930s RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1977-01-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arrival in Trout Lake, 1920; personal background; description of Trout Lake; work as a nurse's aide in Kaslo; describes Revelstoke, 1924; training as a nurse in Revelstoke, 1924-27, skis on car. TRACK 2: Meets future husband in Beaton in 1930; Comaplix, 1931; Beaton, 1931; logging and mining in the area; North Okanagan Health Unit; ferries; more on mining; nursing in Beaton and area; travel; sternwheelers.

Calder Soules interview

CALL NUMBER: T2636:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Beaton, B.C., and area, 1921-1965 (part 1) RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1977-03-04 SUMMARY: Calder Soules describes transportation, mining, taxi business, schooling in Beaton, and the Upper Arrow Lake region, 1921 to 1965.;

CALL NUMBER: T2636:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Beaton, B.C., and area, 1921-1965 (part 2) RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1977-03-04 SUMMARY: Calder Soules discusses the history of Beaton and Revelstoke, 1921 to 1965.;

Lyda Graham interview

RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1977-03-21 SUMMARY: Family arrives in Farwell, 1895; early Revelstoke hotels and businesses, 1900s; early churches and their attitudes toward each other; activities; ministers; attitudes toward prostitutes, alcohol; father's business; school days; job as a telephone operator; fire brigade; white slavery; Chinese population; Chinese funeral.

William Bilsland fonds

  • PR-1188
  • Fonds
  • 1952, 1955, 1971-1976

The fonds consists of William Bilsland's research notes, and a draft on the history of Atlin. Also included in this file is an unpublished, typescript draft (2 copies) of an earlier (1952) history of Revelstoke prepared by the author for publication by the Department of Education in the British Columbia Heritage Series and a copy of a his thesis called "A history of Revelstoke and the Big Bend." 1955.

Bilsland, William, 1924-

Proceedings at public hearings under the Water Act

  • GR-0563
  • Series
  • 1976

This series contains 28 volumes of proceedings at public hearings under the Water Act Into an application by British Columbia Hydro (BC Hydro) for a water licence to divert, use and store water out of the Columbia River at a point about 3 miles upstream from Revelstoke, B.C., near the lower end of the Little Dalles Canyon.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

M.W. Abbott interview

CALL NUMBER: T1404:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Historiy of Revelstoke's Secondary School RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1975-04-02 SUMMARY: Personal information; history of school buildings; curriculum; teaching aids; school board.;

CALL NUMBER: T1404:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Historiy of Revelstoke's Secondary School (continued) RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1975-04-02 SUMMARY: School board, continued; responsibilities of teachers to students; student/teacher relationships; extracurricular activities.;

CALL NUMBER: T1404:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Historiy of Revelstoke's Secondary School (continued) RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1975-04-17 SUMMARY: Hobbies; role of school in community; duties of principal.;

Dave Barrett : [1975 fall tour, etc.]

CALL NUMBER: T1704:0037 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Penticton (B.C.), 1975-09-15 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Penticton, 15 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0038 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Oliver (B.C.), 1975-09-16 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Oliver, 16 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0039 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Greenwood (B.C.), 1975-09-16 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Greenwood, 16 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0040 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Trail (B.C.), 1975-09-17 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Trail, 17 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0041 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Fernie (B.C.), 1975-09-18 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Fernie, 18 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0042 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Cranbrook (B.C.), 1975-09-19 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Cranbrook, 19 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0043 - 0044 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Vernon (B.C.), 1975-09-23 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Vernon, 23 September 1975 (part 1 & 2). CALL NUMBER: T1704:0045 - 0046 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1975-09-24 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Revelstoke, 24 September 1975; introduced by Labour Minister Bill King (part 1 & 2). CALL NUMBER: T1704:0047 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Golden (B.C.), 1975-09-25 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Golden, 25 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0048 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Financial and economic review RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-09-30 SUMMARY: Financial and economic review, 30 September 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0049 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Press conference announcing cabinet changes RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-10 SUMMARY: David Barrett press conference announcing cabinet changes, October 1975. CALL NUMBER: T1704:0050 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dave Barrett: Premier's fall tour RECORDED: Smithers (B.C.), 1975-10-09 SUMMARY: Premier David Barrett's fall tour in Smithers, 9 October 1975.

Arvid Lundell interview ; Muriel Campbell interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Memories of Revelstoke churches, 1905-1945 PERIOD COVERED: 1905-1945 RECORDED: Revelstoke (B.C.), 1975-06 SUMMARY: Arvid Lundell: Memories of Revelstoke and the Methodist and United Churches there, 1905-1945. [Recorded 1975-06-12.] Muriel Campbell: Memories of Revelstoke and the Presbyterian, Methodist and United Churches there, 1910-1945. [Recorded 1975-06-17.]

Miscellaneous films

The item consists of six films made between 1953 and 1973:

  1. Revelstoke skiing stock shots, 1953, col si.
  2. Miss PNE, 1960, b&w si. pos.
  3. RJE Golf, b&w si. pos.
  4. Boeing Company 737 christening, 1967, b&w si. pos.
  5. Japanese oranges, 1973 col. si. pos.
  6. Endako Mines, 1973 col. si. pos.

Records created by Thomas O. Kilpatrick

The series consists of copies of records created by Thomas Kilpatrick. They include appointments; biographical information; correspondence with and relating to Sir James Hector, 1903-1965; material relating to Revelstoke, 1899-1900 and 1912-1914; material relating to to PGE, 1925-1926; material relating to snowsheds and tunnels in the Selkirk Mountains, 1898-1904; E.J. Duchesnay, diary, Sept.-Oct., 1897 and partial transcript; memorabilia.

Photographs

The series consists of 63 black and white photographs or postcards created or acquired by Hutchings in the 1920s and 1930s which mainly document the 1936 Skeena flood and its impact on Anyox and Terrace. There are also snow slide photographs taken near Lillooet and Fernie in the 1930s. In addition there are some photographs of Smithers, postcards of the Revelstoke area and several other miscellaneous photographs.

The series also includes 27 black and white copy prints loaned by Hutchings for copying by the Provincial Archives in 1972. These prints show the town site of Anyox including the dam, the smelter and various fires.

People in landscape : The luck of La Chance

SUMMARY: This program was broadcast separately from the regular season's "People in Landscape" sub-series. The Rogers Pass snowslide of 1910, which killed 58 railroad workers, is recalled by Bill La Chance -- the sole survivor -- as well as Mr. and Mrs. Philip Parker, Andy Gray, Doug Abrahamson, and G.H. Williamson.

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