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Albert H. Maynard photographs of the Provincial Museum’s natural history collections

Series consists of 104 photographs by Albert Hatherly Maynard documenting the natural history collection at the Provincial Museum (now the Royal BC Museum) in Victoria, British Columbia between 1886 and the 1920s. Images document 19th- and 20th-century bird and mammal specimen preparation and display, the museum's natural history gallery and exhibit design, diorama fabrication, a collection of British Columbia wildlife, collection housing, and exhibit areas of the first three locations of the Provincial Museum: the Provincial Secretary’s office (1886-1889), the former Law Court (1889-1898), and the East Wing (1898-1968) of the Legislative buildings.

By the 1890s, Maynard was working as a taxidermist for the Provincial Museum and was involved with the Natural History Society of British Columbia, an auxiliary and independent organization that aided the growth of the museum’s natural history collection in the 1890s to early 1900s.

Maynard, Albert Hatherly

BC Provincial Museum correspondence inward and other material

  • GR-0512
  • Series
  • 1921-1922

7 Letters inward from George Fraser to Dr. C.P. Newcombe concerning botany, including photographs and clipping. Typewritten transcripts prepared by Botanical Division, B.C.P.M.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Walter Brown Anderson fonds

  • PR-1619
  • Fonds
  • [1901]-1926

The fonds consists of passport, certificates, notebooks, annotated atlas and correspondence of Walter Brown Anderson. The fonds also includes photographs attributed to Walter Brown Anderson ranging between [1901] to 1926. The photographs consist of prints and negatives (predominantly glass plates) of various subject matter.

Photographs associated with accession 198009-005 primarily depict logging operation sin the Kootenay region, views around Golden and the Columbia River, and survey part of the Tesla Lake area. Accession 198009-005 contains copy negatives and no original material.

Photographs associated with accessions 198007-001, 198007-021, and 198007-022 primarily depict scenes in and around Victoria and Vancouver Island, and consist of both views of people, buildings, and street scenes, as well as flora, fauna, and natural geography. The photographs contained in 198007-001 are prints, many of which have identifying information printed in the album. Photographs in accession 198007-021 and 198007-022 are glass plate negatives and are the originals for several of the print photographs.

Anderson, Walter Brown, 1872-1963

Provincial Secretary correspondence on diverse topics

  • GR-1668
  • Series
  • 1872-1934

The series consists of miscellaneous correspondence inward and outward on diverse topics. Most of these records pertain to the 1920s and early 1930s. Included are files dealing with the exclusion of Orientals (1921), the preservation of Craigflower schoolhouse and other historic sites, acquisitions (of paintings and photographs) by the Archives department, removal of Indian totem poles, petitions protesting the dismissal of Judge Helen Gregory MacGill (1929), and the Bedaux Sub-Arctic Expedition (1934). Early files include a memorandum on the benefits of establishing a Treasury Board for the provincial government (1872) and a letter of introduction for John Blair, landscape architect (1896).
Also included is a schedule referred to in order-in-council no. 911, confirmation of reserves, reductions of cut-off's and new reserves, Ditchburn-Clark Commission.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Provincial Museum correspondence

  • GR-0078
  • Series
  • 1912-1939

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Museum between 1912 and 1939. Records include letters inward and responses to Francis Kermode (Director), William A. Newcombe (Asst. Biologist), or Ian McTaggart Cowan (Asst. Director) concerning the collection and acquisition of birds, mammals and other biological specimens.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Provincial Museum photos of Jordan Meadows

  • GR-2531
  • Series
  • 1947-1948

The series consists of photographs taken or acquired by George A. Hardy of the Provincial Museum in 1947 and 1948, in order to produce "A report on a study of Jordan Meadows, Vancouver Island." The Jordon Meadows valley is on Southern Vancouver Island between Jordan River and Shawnigan Lake. This report was published as part of the Provincial Museum's annual report for 1948 and contains reproductions of eight of the photographs.

The photographs consist of 21 negatives and 27 prints (accession 198206-046), mostly taken by Hardy during his 1947 and 1948 field trips to document the natural landscape of Jordan Meadows. All but two of the negatives have accompanying prints. Approximately six of the prints were copied from photographs loaned to Hardy by Mrs. C. Bannerman (née Cis Weeks, one of the early settler family Weeks that settled in the Jordan Meadows valley). The photographs contain images of the natural topography and foliage of the valley, as well as photographs of the Weeks family home and the earlier cabin. In addition there are two notecards containing a rough timeline of activity in the Jordan Meadows area, probably compiled by Hardy during his research.

There are also six glass lantern slides made from the negatives, possibly intended for an illustrated lecture (accession 198203-106). These slides mainly show the old cabin and area.

British Columbia. Provincial Museum of Natural History and Anthropology

Provincial Museum visitor registers

  • GR-0147
  • Series
  • 1887-1951

Series consists of 15 volumes of Provincial Museum visitor registers. Each volume contains the name of the visitor, the location of the visitor's residence, and the date of visit.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Liquor Control Board correspondence and licence files

  • GR-0770
  • Series
  • ca.1925-1954

The series consists of selected Liquor Control Board (LCB) correspondence files, club licence files, and beer licence files created between 1925 and 1954.

The correspondence files are arranged by LCB file number and include records relating to the establishment of liquor stores, imports, prices, protests and prosecutions. The files also include Chairman W.F. Kennedy's correspondence between 1932 and 1951, correspondence with other government departments and miscellaneous correspondence.

The Club licence files contain the club constitution, lists of members, description of premises, etc. Beer parlor licence files may contain blueprints, inspection reports, descriptions of premises, and photographs. Both sub-series contain physical descriptions and floor plans and are arranged by LCB file number.

British Columbia. Liquor Control Board

The silent ones : out-takes

The item is a film reel of out-takes from 1957. They depict the 1957 expedition of the BC Provincial Museum and the University of British Columbia to Anthony Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) to salvage Haida totem poles and other relics.

The silent ones

The item is a composite print of a documentary film from 1957. It depicts the expedition of the BC Provincial Museum and the University of British Columbia to Anthony Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) to salvage Haida totem poles and other relics. Scenes at the abandoned villages of Ninstints, Tanu and Skedans.

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