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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

Similkameen District water rights records

  • GR-0840
  • Series
  • 1873-1929

This series consists of records of the Water Commissioner, Fairview, B.C., related to water rights, 1873-1929. Contains copies of water grants, applications, indentures, expropriations, agreements, letters inward from the Comptroller of Water Rights and Deputy Comptroller 1919-1923; and water rights determinations by the Board of Investigation. Also includes water rights records pertaining to the Grand Forks Water District, Osoyoos Water District and the Okanagan Valley generally.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch. Similkameen Water District

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

Records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, Similkameen Division

  • GR-0825
  • Series
  • 1905-1920

This series consists of records of the Assistant Commissioner of Lands, Similkameen Division, Yale District, 1905-1920. Records include two volumes of declarations for Certificates of Improvement, nos. 1-182 and 183-561. The declarations give a description of improvements made on preempted lands. Some certificates are from Osoyoos Division, Yale District. There is an index at the back of each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Canadians at work : Valley of the blossoms

SUMMARY: Radio program with Bill Herbert and John Sherman (?), announcers, with Syd Hubble ?), chief dispatcher for British Columbia Tree Fruits Organization; part of farm radio broadcast from CKOV by Harry Mitchell (?), announcer; A.K. Lloyd (?), President and General Manager of British Columbia Tree Fruits Organization, including sounds from machines producing apple juice; Paul Wallbruchk (?), General Manager of British Columbia Food Processors Plant; George D. Fitzgerald (?), fruit farmer, about: British Columbia, Okanagan Valley, fruit farming, cooperatives, marketing, fruit products, irrigation.

Commission On Protests Of The Okanagan And Upper Nicola Indian Bands, 1954.

This series consists of records of the Canadian government's Commission on Protests of the Okanagan and Upper Nicola Indian Bands, 1954. The commission investigated protests against the inclusion or omission of certain people from membership in the bands. Records include a report of Commissioner C.W. Morrow.

Presented by Judge C.W. Morrow, Vernon, 1978.

Canada. Commission on Protests of the Okanagan and Upper Nicola Indian Bands, 1954

J.W. Inglis interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-05-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. J.W. Inglis, born 1897, talks about life in the Lumby area, 1892 to 1914. He describes his father's background; coming to the Okanagan Valley, including the trail they took and their first impressions; Creighton Valley; impressions of the Lumby area after 1897; the people in Lumby; the French Canadian settlers; other people in the area; logging; the Richland Land Boom from 1910 to 1912; Cherry Creek gold rush and the development of Lumby. TRACK 2: Mr. Inglis continues with more on mining; the Monashee Pass area around 1900; people; school days; growing up in Lumby; his father's dairy farm; social life; the effects of World War I; Indians; encounters with various animals; the Lumby Hotel; a bank robbery in 1913; blacksmiths; hockey in Lumby, including the "Flying Frenchmen"; and French songs.

Okanagan Region Fish and Wildlife Branch oral history interviews

  • GR-3374
  • Series
  • 1967-1974

The series consists of 27 audio recordings, on 33 audio cassette tapes. There are also 38 interview summaries, including 11 additional interviews for which tapes were not received. Interviews are with Fish and Wildlife Branch officials, trappers, hunters, fishermen, and other Okanagan residents regarding the fish and wildlife populations of the Okanagan Region.

The interviews were recorded by Donna Butler and Jill Pruden. The project was supervised by Jack N. Bone, Wildlife Technician for the B.C. Dept. of Recreation and Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Branch, Okanagan Region.

Joseph William McKay papers

These records relate to McKay's career as a chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company including correspondence, a journal, notes regarding ceremonies and traditional beliefs of Indigenous people of BC, and his recollections as Chief Trader.

Okanagan Shuswap Forest District operational records

  • GR-3911
  • Series
  • 1987-2011

This series consists of operational records of the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District and its predecessors, 1987-2011. This series may contain records created by the Salmon Arm Forest District, Penticton Forest District and Vernon Forest District in the Kamloops Forest Region. These districts (or parts of them) were amalgamated to form the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District in 2003.

Records primarily relate to resource management, silviculture audits, appeals and procedures.

Resource management related records regard integrated resource planning guidelines, geomorphology studies, fish inventory reports, stream classification studies, watershed research projects, community watershed policies, pesticide application reports and a local resource use plan (LRUP) for Cherryville. Records include correspondence, briefing notes, manuals, forms and reports.

Silviculture audit and assessment files audit the processes and status of timber cut blocks to ensure foresters are keeping sites clean, following rules and complying with their silviculture obligations. Major licencees’ files can include multiple assessment forms for different cut blocks. Records can include pre-harvest silviculture prescription regulation checklists, pre-harvest silviculture prescriptions, correspondence, Forest Practice Board audit and investigation records for specific timber sale licenses (TSLs), and compliance reports for soil conservation, regeneration, and free growing obligations.

Appeal records include a few files from the Timber Harvesting Appeal Board, appeals to the Chief Forester and pricing appeals to the Regional Manager. Records can include procedures, decisions and correspondence.

Procedure and policy files regard residue and waste measurement, forest revenue inspector investigations, utilization, timber harvesting, billing, accounts receivable, pricing, silviculture compliance, silviculture, timber sale licences, district evaluation, protection, fuel management, fires, aviation management, trespass, collection management, timber export, waste management, scaling, compliance, tree farm licences, soil degradation, hydrology, geomorphology, research, visual resource management and forest planning. Records include correspondence, briefing notes, manuals, forms, reports, reference materials and training materials.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:

British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

This series is classified under ORCS numbers, 12210-30, 19910-20, 17370-25, 17370-40, 12605-20, 18360-60, 18765-20, 18765-30, 19020-40, 19020-30, 21680-20 and 14680-40 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261). Procedures and policy files end with the secondary numbers "-00" and "-02".

British Columbia. Okanagan Shuswap Forest District

Okanagan Shuswap Forest District forest tenure records

  • GR-3910
  • Series
  • 1969-2006

This series consists of forest tenure records from the Okanagan Shuswap district and its predecessors, 1969-2004. This series may contain records created by the Salmon Arm Forest District, Penticton Forest District and Vernon Forest District in the Kamloops Forest Region. These districts (or parts of them) were amalgamated to form the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District in 2003, and continued to manage the existing tenures in the new District.

The series includes a variety of forest tenure records, including tree farm licences, replaceable forest licence cutting permits, timber licence cutting permits, licences to cut, non-replaceable timber sale licences, replaceable timber sale licences, woodlot licences and special use forest use permits. Files contain forest development plans, management plans, legal documents, annual reports, operations information and a TFL management plan recreation analysis report. Records regard the issuance, evaluation, administration, monitoring, planning, replacement, cancellation and extension of forest tenures

Records in these files include licences, correspondence, maps, photos, road permits, annual reports, inspection reports, pre-harvest prescriptions and assessments, cutting permits, licence replacements, licence applications, silviculture prescriptions, harvest inspection reports, status clearance forms, logging plans and records regarding cancellation, extension of licences, and some archaeological impact assessments.

The majority of files consist of replaceable forest licence cutting permits. These files provide licences to harvest windblown salvage timber, harvest salvage from pine beetle infested timber, burn logging debris, clear timber for road right-of-ways, etc. Records include maps, silvculture information system definitions, silviculture and stand treatment reports, activity reports, amendments, burn plans, logging inspection reports, logging plans, harvesting reports and some photos.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)
British Columbia. Dept. of Forests (1975-1976)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

This series is classified under ORCS numbers 19500-45, 19500-60, 19540-25, 19570-25, 19580-45, 19600-25, 19600-55, 19620-25, 19620-45, 19700-45, 19700-20, 19710-20, 19710-30, 19710-45, 19720-20 19720-25, 19720-45, 19720-50 and 19720-60 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Okanagan Shuswap Forest District

Okanagan Shuswap Forest District silviculture records

  • GR-4006
  • Series
  • 1962-1994

This series consists of silviculture openings from the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District and its predecessors from 1962-1994. This series may contain records created by the Salmon Arm Forest District, Penticton Forest District and Vernon Forest District in the Kamloops Forest Region. These districts (or parts of them) were amalgamated to form the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District in 2003.

The Ministry of Forests defines silviculture as “the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests and woodlands to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society on a sustainable basis.”

Most files consist of silviculture opening records which document the historical silviculture treatment work that has been undertaken on specific areas of land that are referred to as openings. These files regard changes in the forest cover, changes in prescriptions, cut boundaries, changes in site prescriptions and records involving impacts on silvicultural treatments.

Files may contain a wide variety of record formats including textual records, photographs and maps. The textual records include computer printouts, photocopies, cards, reports and correspondence. Other types of records include prescription documents, which provide the management plan for the area; stand tending descriptions and reports, which show completed forest treatments; traverse sheets, which provide location information; planting reports; final harvesting reports; surveys; site plans; and inspection reports.

Opening files are arranged in several numerically ordered groups by a classification number. The first part of that number (ex. 82E097) corresponds with the National Topographic System location codes and the second part of the number consists of a sequential three digit number applied to each file.

Ministries responsible for the creation of this series, and their dates of the responsibility, are:

Dept. of Lands and Forests 1945-1962
Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources 1962-1975
Dept. of Forests 1975-1976
Ministry of Forests 1976-1986
Ministry of Forests and Lands 1986-1988
Ministry of Forests 1988-2005

Classified as 18750-20 in the Forests Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Okanagan Shuswap Forest District

Okanagan Shuswap District range management records

  • GR-3909
  • Series
  • 1952-2010

This series consists of records related to range management from the Okanagan Shuswap district and its predecessors, 1952-2010. This series may contain records created by the Salmon Arm Forest District, Penticton Forest District and Vernon Forest District in the Kamloops Forest Region. These districts (or parts of them) were amalgamated to form the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District in 2003, and continued to manage the existing tenures in the new District.

Files relate to grazing licences or permits and range improvement files. Each file relates to a particular topic or range tenure.

The majority of records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits (ORCS 15700-20) as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act. This includes their issuance, amendment, transfer, billing, monitoring, policy administration, and creation of plans specific to tenures, such as Grazing System Plans. Also includes records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures. Records include tenure application forms, grazing plans, authorized livestock, correspondence, maps, photos, First Nations consultation records, documents determining range boundaries and use, and information on range improvements and clearing. Note that there may be additional individuals or companies who held the tenure who are not listed in the file title.

Range improvement files (ORCS 15740-20, 15740-35) relate to structural and non-structural resource improvements. Records concerning structural improvements may include: fences and cattleguards, water developments and trails. Non-structural improvements may include prescribed burns, silvicultural treatments for forage enhancement, grass seeding, fertilization, salting, weed management and timber harvesting. Records include correspondence, improvement authorizations, maps of location of planned improvements, invoices, improvement reports, project specifications, contracts, progress reports, invoices, improvement completion reports and water licences.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)
British Columbia. Dept. of Forests (1975-1976)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

This series is classified under ORCS number 15700-20, 15740-20 and 15740-35 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Okanagan Shuswap Forest District

Summerland Police Court record book

  • GR-1840
  • Series
  • 1934-1939

Record book for Summerland, Oct 1934 - Feb 1939. This volume also includes cases from Peachland and "Unorganized Territory".

British Columbia. Police Court (Summerland)

Penticton Police Court record books

  • GR-1839
  • Series
  • 1910-1950

Provincial Police Court record books for 1910-1929 and 1932-1950 showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant, nature of the charge, costs, name of arresting officer, name of gaol or lockup, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks" .

British Columbia. Provincial Police Court (Penticton)

Archibald McKinlay Diary Part 2

File consists of the diary of Archibald McKinlay, the second part of two. The diary documents his travels in the role of reserve commissioner through the Okanagan region, and also contains copies of outward correspondence and expenses. A loose sheet in the back of the diary contains copies of letters written by James McKinlay and a list of plants.

McKinlay, Archibald, 1811-1891

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.

Accommodation and cultural persistence: the case of Sikhs and the Portuguese in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia / Joy Annamma

The item is a microfiche copy of a thesis by Joy Annamma titled "Accommodation and cultural persistence: the case of Sikhs and the Portuguese in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia." xv, 373 p: figs., maps, tables. Thesis (Ph.D.), University of British Columbia, 1982. Vita. Bibliography: p 345-359. Canadian theses on microfiche, 62965.

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