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Research notes of Wilson Duff

Referred to as the Wilson Duff Papers, these records are microfilm copies of primarily the original research and field notes of Wilson Duff who was curator of Anthropology at the British Columbia Provincial Museum from 1950 to 1965 and deal with the ethnology of aboriginal peoples in British Columbia. Some field notes of other museum anthropologists are also included. The original papers consist of approximately 1.5 meters of textual records. The majority of them were microfilmed in order to make the contents available to clients of the then British Columbia Archives and Records Service. The Royal British Columbia Museum retained the original papers including some maps, typescripts and oversize material that were not microfilmed.

Wilson Duff received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Masters Degree in anthropology from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1951. From 1950 to 1965 he served as Curator of Anthropology for the British Columbia Provincial Museum (now the Royal British Columbia Museum). He also directed the British Columbia Government Anthropology Program from 1960 to 1965. From 1965 until his death in 1976 he was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. During his term as Curator of Anthropology with the Museum, Wilson Duff conducted the research work documented in these papers. The papers are a diverse collection of material, consisting of field notes, maps, official and unofficial records, and copies of published and unpublished works. Records of later museum anthropologists also form a part of this collection. The Wilson Duff Papers document many aspects of Indigenous history and culture, and include important linguistic information. They also document the activities of Wilson Duff and other staff of the Provincial Museum.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Victoria City official census, 1891

The series consists of a microfilm copy of the Victoria City official Census, 1891. The microfilm was made by the Public Archives of Canada in 1983 from a carbon copy of the census (MG 9 F 3).

The returns of census in 1891 were taken as a result of the city's belief that the federal census had placed Victoria's population at too low a figure. Census lists heads of households and single people alphabetically with either address or occupation; number of members of household and numbers of those household members identified as either Indian or Chinese.

After the alphabetical list of householders residents of the Protestant Orphans' Home, St. Ann's School, St. Joseph's Hospital, Indian reserves, and crews of the barques Callao and Serica are listed. Under "miscellaneous", numbers (but no names) were counted for crews on ships in harbour, boarders at St. Angela's College, Old People's home, City lock up and First Nations people camped on Store Street.

Canadian hydrographic charts

The series consists of published charts produced by the Canadian Hydrographic Service between 1909 and 1990.
The charts are listed according to chart number. Multiple editions of a chart are listed chronologically according to date of edition or latest correction.
Researchers are directed first to identify the chart numbers of the desired charts using one of the Index sheets described at the beginning of the chart list, and then to use the list to identify the call numbers for the desired charts. Most of the charts have been copied onto 105mm microfiche, which are arranged in call number order in the Archives Reference Room.

Canadian Hydrographic Service

Franz Boas papers relating to American Indian linguistics

The series consists of microfilmed copies of the Boas collection of American Indian linguistics. Consists of notes and manuscripts produced by Boas and material collected by him. For description, see J.F. Freeman, "A guide to manuscripts relating to the American Indian in the Library of the American Philosophical Society", Philadelphia, 1966 [NW 016.9701 F855].

Reference numbers from the published guide (Freeman, John F. A guide to Manuscripts relating to the American Indian in the Library of the American Philosophical Society. (NW 016.9701 F855) are:

Boas Collection 372 Roll 1 (PABC Reel #A-236)

Source: MS Finding Aids

Finding aid: list of contents of reels [A00236-A00268], and conversion list of numbers from the published guide for reels [A00537-A00554].

American Philosophical Library (Philadelphia, PA)

Great Britain. Colonial Office.

Entry Books, series 2, British Columbia: Commissions, Instructions to Governors, Petitions, Grants, Orders-in-Council, Warrants, Letters, etc. 2 Sept 1858 - 14 Feb 1871. (C.O. 381/18). Index on p. 494.

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Blue books of the Colony of Vancouver Island

Series consists of "blue books" containing a compilation of statistical information, public accounts and general information about the Colony of Vancouver Island. Each volume includes a table of contents and includes the following sections: 1) Taxes, duties and other sources of revenue 2) Fees 3) Revenue and expenditure 4) Comparative yearly statements of revenue and expenditure 5) Local revenue 6) public debt 7) Military expenditure: militia 8) Public works 9) Legislation: laws, proclamations, etc. 10) Political Franchise 11) Council and assembly 12) Civil establishment 13) Officer who have given security for discharge of their duties 14) Pensions 15) Abstract of expenditure for civil, judicial, ecclesiastical establishments, etc. 16) Foreign consuls 17) Population 18) Savings banks, friendly societies, immigrants and emigrants, etc. 19) Ecclesiastical return 20) Education, newspapers and reviews 21) Coins exchanges, etc. 22) Imports and exports 23) Shipping 24) Agriculture, cultivated and uncultivated lands, wages, etc. 25) Manufactures, mines and fisheries 26) Grants of land 27) Gaols and Prisoners 28) Charitable and literary institutions.

The series also consists of 11 pages which may be draft copies of several parts of the 1863 blue book.

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Blue books of the Colony of British Columbia

Series consists of ~blue books~ containing a compilation of statistical information, public accounts and general information about the Colony of British Columbia. Each volume includes a table of contents and includes the following separate sections: 1) Taxes, duties and other sources of revenue 2) Fees 3) Revenue and expenditure 4) Comparative yearly statements of revenue and expenditure 5) Local revenue 6) Public debt 7) Military expenditure: militia 8) Public works 9) Legislation: laws, proclamations, etc. 10) Political franchise 11) Council and Assembly 12) Civil establishment 13) Officer who have given security for discharge of their duties 14) Pensions 15) Abstract of expenditure for civil, judicial, ecclesiastical establishments, etc. 16) Foreign consuls 17) Population 18) Savings banks, friendly societies, immigrants and emigrants, etc. 19) Ecclesiastical return 20) Education, newspapers and reviews 21) Coins exchanges, etc. 22) Imports and exports 23) Shipping 24) Agriculture, cultivated and uncultivated lands, wages, etc. 25) Manufactures, mines and fisheries 26) Grants of land 27) Gaols and Prisoners 28) Charitable and literary institutions.

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Testimonial

The item is a photocopy of a testimonial letter from the New Westminster Municipal Council presented to William Driscoll Gosset, Colonial Treasurer, at the time of his leaving British Columbia in 1862.

Barnard's Express way bill

The item is Barnard Express way bill no. 613, dated 1 May 1881 at Quesnelle. It details the transport of gold dust (worth $510) from Quesnelle to Victoria for R.J. Skinner.

George Vancouver correspondence

This series consists of correspondence relating to instructions and supplies for George Vancouver's expedition, 1791 and negotiations between Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra Mollinedo and George Vancouver at Nootka, 1792-1793. (CO 5/187).

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Royal Commission on Indian Affairs in British Columbia (1913-1916) transcripts

Transcripts of evidence taken at hearings of the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs in British Columbia, 1913-1916. See GR-1995.

Transcripts 1914-1915 35 cm

Transcripts of evidence taken at hearings of the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs in British Columbia, 1913-1916 (GR-1995, Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia (1913-1916).

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS: The transcripts in this unit were done by a Youth Employment Programme project in 1978 for the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. The Provincial Archives does not guarantee the accuracy of the transcripts. For further details, please read H.R. Ralston's account in box 1, file 1.

Source: MS Finding Aids

Presented by Keith Ralston, Supervisor of transcription project, 1979.

Finding aid: file list.

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

Royal Commission on Indian Affairs in British Columbia (1913-1916) : transcripts of evidence

The records include transcripts of evidence taken at hearings (1913-1916) and copies of minutes of decision for Cowichan, New Westminster, Okanagan, Kamloops and Lytton agencies taken by the Indian Reserve Commission (1876-1880).

See MS-1056 for typed transcripts.

Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia (1913-1916)

Colonial Office correspondence with Hudson's Bay Co. with regard to Vancouver Island

This series consists of transcripts of correspondence with the Hudson's Bay Company relating to the conveyance, settlement, and reconveyance of Vancouver Island. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Volumes:
Volume 1: 1822-1851
Volume 2: 1852-1856.
Volume 3: 1856-1858
Volume 4: 1858-1860
Volume 5: 1860-1863
Volume 6: 1863-1880

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Foreign Office transcripts

This series consists of 14 volumes of transcripts of despatches and reports of foreign missions in the United States of America relating to settlement in the Pacific northwest and Hudson's Bay Company claims to Oregon territory. (P.R.O., F.O.5).

Great Britain. Foreign Office

British Columbia portions of the 1891 census

The series consists of microfilmed copies of the British Columbia portions of the 1891 census, created by the Census Office of Canada.

The records are arranged by the five federal census districts: Cariboo, New Westminster, Vancouver, Victoria and Yale and then by sub-district within each district.

Canada. Census Office

International Fact Finding Committee (Canada-United States, 1931)

This series contains International Fact Finding Committee records to October 1931. In the early 1930s, separate Canadian and American committees (Canadian 1931, US 1930) were formed to study the proposed B.C.-Yukon-Alaska highway. The two committees met as a joint fact finding committee in Victoria in 1931. The Canadian committee did not publish a report but reported the results of its investigation to the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. The published report of the American commission contains information collected by the Canadian committee. This volume, which contains material relating to the study and the joint meeting, consists of notes on the joint meeting, route reconnaissance reports, preliminary construction estimates and individual reports on mineral, forest and water resources in the proposed route areas of British Columbia (2 copies).

International Fact Finding Committee (Canada-United States, 1931)

Strikes and lock-out files

This series contains strikes and lockouts files (National Archives of Canada, RG 27/D2, vols. 294-437). Since 1907, the Dept. of Labour has collected information on each strike and lockout In Canada and created a file on each dispute. The files contain departmental forms returned by the employer and union involved in each dispute, listing the causes of the dispute, the number of workers affected, and its duration. Also included are newspaper clippings and correspondence pertinent to the dispute. For a fuller description, see National Archives of Canada. Government Archives Division. Records of the Dept. of Labour (RG 27), pp. 48-49 (copy in Inventory no. 19).

Canada. Department of Labour

Canada. Commission On The Salmon Fishing Industry In British Columbia, 1902

The series consists of photocopies of records originally created by the Federal Commission on the Salmon Fishing Industry in British Columbia, 1902. It contains copies of unprinted reports from 1902 to 1908 to the Minister of Marine of Fisheries and record of proceedings of sittings to gather evidence.

Canada. Commission on the Salmon Fishing Industry in British Columbia, 1902

Committee on the Defences of Canada papers

The series consists of a selection of those papers submitted to the Committee on the Defenses of Canada relative to B.C. Filmed at start: "Report, by the Secretary, upon the correspondence submitted to the committee," 1 Jan. 1886, and, list of documents on film.

Canada. Department of Militia and Defence

Records relating to baptisms, marriages and burials

The series consists of copies of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials kept at Fort Vancouver, Fort Victoria, Fort Langley, and the Parish of Victoria. The original dates of the records are 1836 to 1886 while the photocopies and transcripts were probably made around 1950.

The first mission of the Church of England on the northwest coast of North America was established by Rev. Herbert Beaver when he arrived at Fort Vancouver, the Pacific Headquarters of the Hudson's Bay Company, in May 1837. With the establishment of Fort Victoria, the Hudson's Bay Company employed Rev. Robert John Staines to replace Rev. Beaver who had resigned his Fort Vancouver post in 1838. Staines arrived in 1849 and initiated construction of Victoria's District Church in 1853. Unhappy with the company's land policies, Staines sailed for England in 1854 carrying the grievances of other settlers. His ship foundered and Staines perished. His replacement was Edward Cridge who arrived at Fort Victoria on 1 April 1855. With the issuance of an ordinance by Governor Douglas "establishing regulations for the arrangement of the affairs of the Colonial Church" Cridge could hold his first regular services in August 1856. An endowment of £25,000 from Baroness Burdett-Coutts provided for the establishment of the Diocese of British Columbia and on 12 January 1859 Letters Patent were issued creating a Bishopric and appointing Rev. George Hills as Bishop. His church was consecrated on 7 December 1865 and Edward Cridge was appointed Dean. In September 1869 the Cathedral was destroyed by fire to be replaced by a second wooden structure consecrated on 5 December 1872. This was replaced with the existing stone cathedral consecrated 28 September 1929.

Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of British Columbia)

Burials in the Parish of Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, Vancouver Island

The file is a typescript copy of extracted entries of burials in the Parish of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. The entries are arranged by original page number (12 to 83) and follow directly on from the register in folder 6 with entries 89 to 664.

The information collected in the register includes the register number, name and abode of the person being buried, the date of burial, the age of the deceased and notes about who performed the ceremony.

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