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British Columbia sketchbook

File consists of one sketchbook containing photographs, drawings, and watercolour paintings of British Columbia scenery and animals.

Some of the photographs in the album titled British Columbia have been attributed to British photographer Charles MacMunn. Charles MacMunn was a professional photographer who worked out of Victoria, B.C. between ca.1883 and ca.1900.

8 photographs stored loose at the back of the album have been placed in a separate file folder.

Drawings and watercolours given the following pdp numbers: pdp10216-10242

Journey to Yukon 1898

File consists of one sketchbook, created as part of Fripp's work as "special artist correspondent" to the Daily Graphic. The images depict a number of people travelling together with animals and provisions. Many of the images show daily routines such as washing, cooking, setting up camp, and travelling. Other images are of animals, both wild and those brought with the travelling party. The images are pencil sketches in varying stages of completion. Sketches given the following pdp numbers:pdp10142-10214


The file consists of a sketchbook created by Edward Mallandaine. Originally catalogued as E/C/M29.1 and later transferred to visual records and given item level catalogue numbers PDP3987-3406.

Lightning Creek correspondence and reports

  • GR-0199
  • Series
  • 1909-1932

The series consists of correspondence and reports created by the Dept. of Mines between 1909 and 1932 re Lightning Creek Gold Gravels and Drainage Company Ltd. and the activities of Charles Henry Unverzagt.

4 blueprint maps were transferred to the Map Division and given individual item level numbers:
CM/A2066: Section six (6) Lightning Creek drill map, Wingdam, B.C.
CM/A2067: [Map of the Cariboo Mining District] / drawn by E. Hence, 35 B'way, N.Y. City
CM/B2038: Plan of lease holds and real estate claims, Lightning Creek owned by the late Cariboo Consolidated Ltd. (excepting the Gladstone R.E) and purchased by L.A. bonner about 1907 / traced by Vancouver Map & Blue from original prepared by Cariboo Consolidated Ltd.
CM/B2039: Map of Lightning Creek, Cariboo, B.C. showing properties and concessions of the Lightning Creek Gold, Gravels and Drainage CoY Ltd. / E. Kingscombe Arch. Vancouver, B.C.

A promotional poster was transferred to the Visual Records Division and given the item number PDP09743.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines. Deputy Minister

Provincial poster collection

Series consists of posters created by various B.C. government ministries. Topics and events include, but are not limited to, centennial and bicentennial celebrations, travel within the province, Expo 86, venereal disease prevention, drinking-driving counterattacks, trades' skill profiles, birds, animals, and environmental protection.

Lewis Lewis

Item consists of one portrait photograph of Lewis Lewis. The photograph appears to be the source material for the Yokohama-e silk portrait of Lewis Lewis (PDP10108).

[Sketchbook containing landscapes]

The item consists of one sketchbook which contains approximately 17 sketches and/or watercolour paintings, many of which are unfinished. The subjects of the works are not identified, but all are landscapes or nature scenes, some of which feature buildings. The name "Emma Cope" is inscribed on the first artwork; no other names appear within the sketchbook.

One work within the sketchbook has been catalogued as PDP03315; the other works have not been assigned reference codes or described at the item level. PDP03315 has been identified as Metlakatla [Metlakahtla].

Boundary Commission journals

Journals of service with the Boundary Commission, 20 April, 1858 - 17 July 1862 containing many water colour sketches (PDP3187-PDP3213).

Map to accompany the journals was transferred to the map collection (CM/B442).

Pringle family correspondence

The series consists of letters from Alexander David Pringle to his wife and his father in England, describing his journey from England and his life in Hope; letters of his wife, Marie Louisa Pringle, to Pringle's relatives and to her brother in England; outline notes of a book on B.C. [drawn up by M.L. Pringle for A.D. Pringle?]; pen and ink sketch of interior of rectory, Hope, 1859; post card, 1909, with picture of "Church of England, Hope, B.C.".

Journalism and essays

Series consists of articles, typescript drafts, essays, biographies, notes, clippings, etc. relating to Alaska, the history of British Columbia, historic sites in British Columbia, Indigenous people of British Columbia, the pelagic sealing industry, etc. The series also includes invitations to events and 124 black and white photographs, mostly of Smith's time in Japan and China.

Edward Mallandaine papers

Reminiscences: diaries and notebooks, 1846-1858, 1862-1896 (22 vols.); sketchbook and diary, August - October 1859; account books; printed notice re night school, 1877; papers accumulated as collector of road taxes, including correspondence, minute books, Victoria road district, 1861-1874, assessment rolls, Victoria, Esquimalt, Metchosin and Sooke road districts, various tenders, reports, bills; correspondence with Dept. of Militia and Defence as Paymaster, no 11 Military district, 1874-1879.

Finding aid: file list.

Mallandaine, Edward, 1827-1905

Rithet family personal papers and business records

Series consists of correspondence and letterbooks of R.P. Rithet, Elizabeth (Munro) Rithet (wife of R.P.R.), John Rithet, W.J. Munro, 1868-1915; miscellaneous notebooks and papers of various members of the Rithet family; ledgers and cash books of Welch, Rithet and Co., 1863-1879 with sundry time sheets, 1944; indentures, 1860-1897; sealing captain's assignments with R.P. Rithet and Co. concerning indebtedness and bill of sale of various schooners.

Peter Cotton papers

Peter Neve Cotton was one of Victoria's most distinguished architects. He designed many contemporary homes and business complexes, but was best known for his restoration and heritage architecture. Among the buildings he restored were Craigflower Manor, Craigflower School House, Emily Carr House, Point Ellice House, and St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cathedral. He also refurbished the old post office in Duncan (now Duncan City Hall). Cotton was born in Merritt, B.C. on 13 March 1910. He spent his boyhood in New Westminster and attended local schools. He worked in the design departments of several large retail stores in Vancouver and in 1939 enlisted in the Canadian Army. He went overseas with the Seaforth Highlanders, then transferred to the British Army Intelligence Branch. He served with distinction in Egypt and Italy and was discharged with the rank of captain. At the end of the war, Cotton enrolled at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He graduated with a degree in architecture and was instrumental in the founding of UBC's faculty of architecture. He afterwards studied design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and art history at the University of Victoria. A keen historian, Cotton also devoted considerable time to independent research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, and various American institutes and academies. Prior to settling in Victoria in the late 1950's, Cotton and fellow architect, Alfred Staples, designed and manufactured furniture in Vancouver. Their modernistic pieces were marketed under the name "Perpetua." Cotton then joined the architectural staff of the provincial Department of Public Works and was involved with the rebuilding of Government House - an experience which sparked his interest in historical architecture. That interest was expressed not only in his heritage building projects, but also in his manuscript history of B.C.'s vice-regal mansions. In 1961 Cotton set up his own architectural practice, one of which he subsequently conducted from his own heritage home on Admiral's Road, Esquimalt. His practice grew substantially in the late 1960's, as public interest in historic buildings increased. Cotton's practice and reputation increased further in the 1970s, despite the fact that Cotton suffered from a circulatory disease. The disease cost him his right leg, which was amputated in 1977. The disease also contributed to his death on 31 December 1978. The collection chronicles the whole of Cotton's life and reflects his many interests and activities. Records include: diaries, daybooks, school report cards, undergraduate papers, and personal correspondence inward plus letters written by Cotton while serving with Canadian Army overseas, 1940-1945, financial records, business correspondence, and project files relating to Cotton's work as architect and interior designer, along with notes, reports letters, and sketches relating to heritage buildings in British Columbia (primarily in Victoria).

Cotton, Peter Neve, 1918-1978

Material found near correspondence

Includes: photocopy of a sketch by L.L. Fitzgerald [original removed from file and catalogued as PDP09027] ; issue of The Week with an article on Emily (18 Feb 1905); notice re exhibiting work in France ; photograph of Lac Des Roches, Cariboo; article "The recent abstract work of Lawren Harris" by Sydney Smith; empty manilla envelope marked "Some very early correspondence"; Hay Dorothy and Eaton, Nan, Floral card "We have just finished"; Ruth, floral card "A tardy welcome to Small" and floral card "Hope to see you soon"

Records regarding Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition

The series consists of records relating to The "Province" Exploring Expedition of Vancouver Island, 1894 and 1896.

The first expedition, sponsored by the Province newspaper was led by the Rev. William W. Bolton and explored Vancouver Island from Cape Commerell to Woss Lake in the summer of 1894. The second, which was organized by John William Laing but led by Bolton, explored the area between Woss Lake and Alberni in 1896.

The series consists of Bolton's pencil journals covering the 1894 expedition (2 vols.); a scrapbook of clippings from the Province of Bolton's journal entries, 1894 and 1896, with introductions and some additional articles; transcripts of the Province articles; and a notebook listing photographs taken and giving barometer, thermometer, and pedometer readings.

The series also includes three maps that were originally stored with the scrapbook and ten water colours by T.B. Norgate which were physically part of the scrapbook.

Flora Alfreda Hamilton Burns papers

Flora Alfreda Hamilton Burns (1891-1983) was a freelance writer based in Victoria. This collection contains her research notes and correspondence and also material relating to her family. Her maternal grandfather, W.J. Macdonald, arrived in Victoria to work for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1851. He later became the mayor of Victoria, a member of the legislative assembly and finally a senator. Her father, Gavin Hamilton Burns, was the manager of the Bank of British North America in Victoria between 1889-1901. Her mother, Mrs. Gavin (nee Flora Alexandrina Macdonald) Burns, was a close friend of Sophie Pemberton (Beanlands/Dean Drummond). Emily Carr was a friend of both Flora Hamilton Burns and her mother. There are letters in this collection from the artist Sophie Pemberton to Flora Alexandrina Burns during her travels to California (1902), Europe (1902-1904) and later, her residence in England. The close friendship between the two results in a very informative correspondence. The letters from Emily Carr are equally interesting, revealing details of the artist's life and travels (1924-1943). The collection also includes a letter from Edith Carr to Mrs. Flora Burns (1891) and a letter from Lizzie Carr to Miss Flora Hamilton Burns (1924). Flora Hamilton Burns published a number of articles on Emily Carr and participated in exhibitions and other projects to commemorate the artist. Notes and drafts for the articles and other projects are in this collection. Boxes 3 and 4 of the collection contain material relating to Flora's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Burns. Their correspondence provides a glimpse of life in Victoria in the 1890s. Mr. Gavin Burns' notes on the history of the Bank of British North America are also included. Earlier accessions of Miss Burns papers include Add. MSS. 317 and MS-2663.

Autograph album

The record consists of an "autograph album" possibly owned by Jack Maneer. The album contains drawings, watercolours, seaweed collages and poems created by a number of artists, including May Perceval Judge of Vancouver. Drawing, watercolours and collages given the following pdp numbers; pdp10109-10140

Miscellaneous graphic material

Includes: watercolour sketch of Quamichan Anglican Church by E.A. Leather; postcards and carte de visites sent to C.F. Newcombe and W.A. Newcombe; pencil sketch of Mission House, Chilliwack by Rv. C.M. Tate; pencil sketch of unidentified man; copy of "After the Race" [PDP00256] and watercolour and pencil sketchbook by L.A. Loveland.

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