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Kamloops district (B.C.) Series
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Vivian Morcom Bray photo scrapbook

Series is a photo scrapbook with ca. 400 black and white photographs. The photographs are detailed/described by the creator (Vivian Morcom Bray) in his own words and depict persons/places including but not limited to Kamloops, Revelstoke, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos, circa 1912-1950.

Photos depict life events of this period including the 1948 flood in and around Kamloops.

Bray, Vivian Morcom

Ashcroft Police Court record books

  • GR-0033
  • Series
  • 1911-1961

The series consists of record books created by the Ashcroft Police Court from 1911 to 1922 and 1948 to 1961.

British Columbia. Police Court (Ashcroft)

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

Timber cruiser reports

  • GR-0180
  • Series
  • 1912-1914

The series consists of Forest Branch records created between 1912 and 1914. The series contains timber cruiser reports by W.J. Kelly on diverse tracts, including holdings of the Lillooet and Cariboo Land Company, Ltd. Reports include numerous photographs and maps.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Mining leases

  • GR-0254
  • Series
  • 1876-1930

The series consists of mining leases filed at Victoria and arranged by mining district. The records were created by the Chief Gold Commissioner between 1876 and 1930.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner

Kamloops Government Agent land records

  • GR-0522
  • Series
  • 1877-1977

The series consists of the business records, 1877-1977, of the office of the Kamloops Government Agent, including the records of several additional positions usually held by the same individual: Gold Commissioner, Mining Recorder, and Land Commissioner for the Kamloops Land District. The series also includes records of the Canadian Department of the Interior; most created and received by the Dominion Lands Agent at Kamloops as part of the administration of the Railway Belt.

Record types and subject matter include, but are not limited to the following: land alienation through pre-emption or purchase from the provincial government and homesteading or purchase from the federal government; a variety of leases of Crown land; other more general types of records; and records regarding Indigenous peoples and Indian Reserves.

Records related to land alienation include: applications for pre-emption records; land classification reports; forms completed by land inspectors of the Department of Lands Inspection Branch; declarations of occupation and permanent improvement on pre-emption claims; applications for homestead entry, cancellation, and abandonment; homestead Inspector’s reports; affidavits in support of an Application for Entry for a homestead, pre-emption or purchased homestead; land sales records including applications to purchase and certificates of purchase.

Records related to a variety of leases and other uses of Crown lands include: grazing leases; foreshore leases; dredging leases; indentures to reassign leases; special use permits; timber permits; water records including conditional water licenses, and permanent water licenses; applications for irrigation schemes; petroleum and natural gas leases; quarry leases; bar leases; coal leases; mining leases regarding surface and subsurface rights; applications for lease of crown-granted mineral claims; applications for placer leases under the Placer-Mining Act; and the lapse of a lease or forfeiture of a mineral claim to the Crown.

Other more general types of records include: correspondence regarding Crown grants; inquiries about land availability; surveyor’s reports; preliminary plans and correspondence for the surveys of townships; Soldier Settlement Board records including forms, correspondence and records of soldier land grants; attestation papers and discharge certificates; naturalization papers; personal correspondence; correspondence files on specific topics such as hay permit regulations or precipitation measurements; records regarding taxes; and business records of the office, including inter-department correspondence, circulars, and memorandum related to matters of land administration.

Files also exist for specific Indian Reserves, and can include correspondence; water records; surveys; and inspection reports created in the process of allotting new, and canceling existing Indian Reserves. Some files document instances of overlapping land use and conflict between settlers and Indigenous peoples on specific parcels of land.

Files are generally either correspondence files on a particular subject, or a variety of records related to a particular piece of land. Many files cover a wide time period and may be associated with multiple individuals or companies as land rights were often transferred to others or cancelled and reapplied for. Only the name of the first and last individual listed on the file is included in the file list. This means there may be additional names associated with files not included on the file list. The file list may also only include part of the legal description of land in cases where the description was exceptionally long, or included many different pieces of land. Single individuals may also have multiple files for each piece of land they are associated with.

Cartographic materials, consisting of blueprints and hand-drawn maps or plans, indicating the parcels of land relevant to the file, are commonly found throughout the records.

No file list or indexes were transferred with these records from the Kamloops Government Agent. Most files only included numbers with no clear names, so titles were created by the archives based on the contents of the files or by transcribing information on relevant file backs.

A fire on 17 September 1893 at the Dominion Lands Office in Kamloops destroyed some files. The contents for these files are marked [empty]. Files marked as [file back only] were likely destroyed in the fire, but then had their titles and some additional information transcribed by Lands employees onto file backs from letter books or other surviving records which were not transferred with these records.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Kamloops)

Record book

  • GR-0589
  • Series
  • 1884-1901

This series consists of a record book of cases heard at Savona's Ferry, Oct. 1884 - June 1885 and charge book from Ashcroft Gaol, Nov. 1884 - Sept. 1901.

British Columbia. Police Court (Savona's Ferry)

Records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, Yale District

  • GR-0826
  • Series
  • 1859-1886

This series consists of the records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, Yale District, 1859-1886. Records include five volumes of pre-emption records. Volume 1, nos. 1-392 (1859-1872); Volume 2, nos. 275-312 and 1-24 (1870-1871); Volume 3, nos. 25-279 (1871-1884); Volume 4, certificates of record of unsurveyed land, nos. 250-294 (1874-1885); Volume 5, certificates of record of unsurveyed land, nos. 292-295 (1883-1886). Volumes 1 and 4 have nominal indexes.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Land and mining record book

  • GR-0833
  • Series
  • 1859-1870

This series consists of a ledger and general record book, 1859-1871. The creator of the volume is not clear, but was likely the Government Agent who worked in or around Lytton. The volume was used for several purposes overtime. It includes the following types of information: list of pre-emptions for Lytton City; mining licences, free miner's certificates, liquor licences, trading licences, garden plots and ground rentals from the Lytton area (Fraser Canyon to Kamloops); records of miners and storekeepers occupying Crown land as garden plots and residences throughout the Fraser Canyon area; copies of bridge toll agreements and ferry operation contracts for places on the Fraser River, Thompson River, Nicola River, Savonna's ferry, Anderson River and Bridge River.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Lytton)

Minute books

  • GR-0841
  • Series
  • 1910-1913

This series consists of two volumes of Water Rights Branch Board of Investigation minute books of meetings regarding the adjudication of water rights claims and the issuance of water licenses pursuant to the Water Act, 1909.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch. Board of Investigation

Administrative records relating to Forest Protection Plans

  • GR-0992
  • Series
  • 1929

This series consists of Forest Protection Plans, 1929, by S.E. Marling (288 pp.). Includes information on ranger stations, buildings, boats, equipment, fire lookouts, organization, trails, forest cover, causes of fires, and list of settlers with telephones.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Kamloops Forest District operational records

  • GR-1191
  • Series
  • 1917-1981

This series contains the operational records of the Kamloops Forest District relating to range and timber management. The records include correspondence files pertaining to improvements, pest control, public sustained-yield units, timber berths, tree farm licences, farm woodlots and timber marks. Some records were inherited from Cariboo, Vernon and Southern Interior Forest Districts, and from the Canadian Forestry Service during its administration by the Railway Belt.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Commissioner of Grazing's records

  • GR-1206
  • Series
  • 1919-1920

This series contains the Commissioner of Grazing's file carbon copies of free grazing permits issued in the Vernon and Cariboo Grazing Districts as well as a letter transmitting grazing fees (form) from the Kamloops Grazing District. The boundaries of grazing districts coincide with those of the forest districts of the same name.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1227
  • Series
  • 1972-1976

This series contains files from the Public Information and Education Division. The records consist of correspondence of the Minister of Lands, Forests and Water Resources on controversial matters including: multiple use in the Nitinat Triangle (1972) and Fry Creek (1972-1973) areas, and the Eden Fire (1973-1975). This series also contains the report of the Committee for Ranger District Organization (1976) which was appointed as a result of the Eden Fire controversy.

British Columbia. Forest Service. Public Information and Education Division

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1228
  • Series
  • 1933-1954

This series contains general correspondence files regarding Provincial Forest Reserves coded MFR Supervision according to the Forest Service filing system described in Operational Manual with instructions to Forest officers ... (Victoria, 1942), pp. 109-110, 341-353. For a copy see GR-0944, Box 1. Files containing this code pertain to all correspondence and reports dealing with Forest Reserves, policy, methods of classification for Reserve, regulations, Orders-in-Council establishing boundary surveys, etc.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Annual grazing reports

  • GR-1238
  • Series
  • 1951-1955

This series contains grazing annual reports for the years 1951, 1952, 1954 and 1955. The reports are typescripts with inset photographs.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Ranger meeting minutes

  • GR-1262
  • Series
  • 1951

This series contains the minutes of the 1951 Ranger Meeting.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Ranger patrol diaries

  • GR-1355
  • Series
  • 1916-1917

This series contains ranger patrol diaries. The series includes the diaries of D. Wallace, whose ranger district was probably the Nicola valley and adjacent parts of the Railway Belt.

Canada. Environment Canada. Forestry Service

Time statements and other material

  • GR-1357
  • Series
  • 1923-1927

This series contains time statements, bills and time book for wages and hours for Project 3, North Barriere Lake Trail and Ranger's Monthly Service Report on Clifford McLane concerning the construction of a trail to Baldy Lookout.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Public relations material

  • GR-1359
  • Series
  • 1928-1948

This series contains public relations and educational reference material consisting of texts for public lectures, radio broadcasts and materials relating to ranger training prior to the establishment of the Forest Ranger School at Green Timbers. Much of the material was originally produced for the annual District Foresters Meetings.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Board of Investigation records

  • GR-1367
  • Series
  • 1911

This series contains a record of the Board of Investigation list of streams upon which water records have been issued in the Kamloops Water District by E.T.W. Pearse, Water Commissioner, Kamloops, B.C., May 5th, 1911. The series includes an index to water rights transfers in Kamloops, no date.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

Kamloops Forest Region operational records

  • GR-1452
  • Series
  • 1951-1983

This series contains operational records of the Kamloops Forest Region and its predecessor, the Kamloops Forest District from 1951-1983. The Kamloops Forest Region has included a variety of different Ranger Districts or smaller Forest Districts over time. The records in this series relate to several, including the Chase, Barriere, Clearwater and Kamloops Ranger Districts. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

The records are arranged according to the original filing number used at the Kamloops office. Records relate to grazing range management, timber management, and other administrative records of the office. This includes grazing permits; timber sale and harvesting licences; tree farm licences; firewood permits; road permits; plantations; reforestation; scaling and royalty records; and annual work charts.

This series also includes the accounts of the Kamloops Forest District, a subdivision of the Kamloops Forest Region, successor to Ranger Districts 3 (Barriere), 4 (Kamloops), 16 (Ashcroft) and 22 (Kamloops North) of the former Kamloops Forest District, and a guide to the Kamloops Regional 0 series.

The ministries responsible for Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Department of Lands and Forests (1945-1962)
Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)
Department of Forests (1975-1976)
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Kamloops Forest District operational records

  • GR-1453
  • Series
  • 1891-1981

This series contains operational records from the District Forester's office and Ranger Districts 3 (Barriere), 4 (Kamloops) and 22 (Kamloops North) including material relating to grazing, timber management, tree farm licences, fires and forest protection. The files are organized according to the system set out in "Operational Manual with Instructions to Forest Officers", Victoria, 1942. For additional information see: GR-0944, Box 1.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Forestry field diaries

  • GR-1454
  • Series
  • 1964-1965

This series contains official field diaries kept by Forest Assistant Ronald Bradley and Technical Field Officer R. Craigdallie while posted to the Barriere Ranger District (RD 3) from April 1964 through March 1965.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Bills of sale and orders-in-council

  • GR-1825
  • Series
  • 1873-1912, 1914-1922

Register of bills of sale, 1873-1912 (case nos. 1-856). This register is primarily for Clinton, but also includes bills of sale from Williams Lake, Canoe Creek, and Ashcroft. Copies of orders-in-council relating to the administration of bills of sale are also included. An alphabetical index to the names of grantors listed in this volume is tucked into the front cover. An alphabetical index to the names of grantees was later discovered in a different accession and is available in 002340-1022.

The series also consists of several type-written pages of bills of sale and chattel mortgages dating from 1914 to 1922. The 1914-1922 records were originally transferred with registers of bills of sale from Kamloops, but were not found to match the Kamloops records. The case numbers run from 1047 to 1598 and cover bills of sale from Ashcroft, Upper Hat Creek, Clinton, Lillooet and Lytton. A comparison between many of the grantor and grantee names in the 1912 and 1914 records suggests that both sets of records belong to the same series.

Related Orders-in-Council:

OIC: established C.E. Pope with authority for Polling Divisions of Williams Lake, Canoe Creek and Clinton, 25 Apr 1873

OIC: Lillooet named as a district (based at Clinton) for Bills of Sale, 1 Oct 1895

OIC: Cariboo district also to be handled at Clinton for Bills of Sale, 9 Jan 1896

OIC: changing base of County Court of Cariboo from Ashcroft to Clinton, 23 May 1905

British Columbia. County Court (Clinton)

Bench book and record book

  • GR-2185
  • Series
  • 1910-1913

Combined bench book and record book.

British Columbia. Small Debts Court (Elko)

Board of Review files

  • GR-2396
  • Series
  • 1936-1939

The series contains Board of Review files from the Kamloops County Court, created under the federal Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act, 1934 and registered in the Kamloops County Court from 1936 to 1939.

British Columbia. County Court (Kamloops)

Kamloops Division of Yale Land District lot register

  • GR-2640
  • Series
  • 1865-1938

This series consists of a Kamloops Division of Yale Land District lot register for lots 981-1768. Earliest entries date from 1865 and the volume was superseded by 1938 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1938). The register lists lots In numerical order, and records the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, pre-emption, lease, etc.): information may include the name of the purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and references numbers to correspondence files and field books. The volume contains an alphabetical name index.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Kamloops Magistrate's notebook

  • GR-3202
  • Series
  • photocopy

Magistrate's notebook from 1879. Most, but not all, of the volume is the depositions taken by Magistrates J.A. Mara, John T. Edwards, Clement F. Cornwall and John Tait concerning the December 8, 1879 murders of Constable Johnny Ussher and James Kelly by the McLean brothers (Allen, Charley and Archie) and Alexander Hare.

British Columbia. Police Court (Kamloops)

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