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Commission on the Labour Dispute at Burns and Company Limited (1937)

  • GR-0912
  • Series
  • 1937

The series consists of the records of the Commission on the Labour Dispute at Burns and Company Limited,1937 under Judge J. Charles McIntosh, which investigated the labour dispute between Burns & Company of Vancouver and its employees. The records consist of correspondence and vouchers, transcripts of the proceedings, submissions, affidavits of discharged employees, exhibits and the final report.

British Columbia. Commission on the Labour Dispute at Burns and Company Limited (1937)

J.R. Davidson fonds

  • PR-2266
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1915

The fonds consists of 28 letters written by J.R. Davidson to his parents between 1894 and 1915. The senior Davidsons lived at Muirhouse, Davidson's Mains, Midlothian Scotland. The first letter, from 1894 is from when Davidson was at Eton School. The next two letters are from August 1907 when Davidson was on board the R.M.S. Corsican, emigrating to Canada. The rest of the letters date from 1910 to 1915 and give details of Davidson's commercial operations as the owner and proprietor of the Art Emporium in Vancouver. The letters to his father deal mainly with the financial aspects of the business while the letters to his mother focus on more personal matters.

Davidson, J.R.

Vancouver County Court book debt indexes

  • GR-3146
  • Series
  • 1916-1960

Book debt indexes: 1916-1946; 1947-1954; 1954-1957; 1958-1960. These volumes are alphabetical indexes to the Register of book accounts assigned. They are alphabetical by name of the assignor and include the following information: case number; name of assignor; name of assignee; date instrument registered with the Vancouver court; and the register reference number (volume and page). The register of book accounts assigned are found in GR-1894.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Vancouver County Court register of book accounts

  • GR-1894
  • Series
  • 1916-1960

Register of book accounts assigned for courts sitting at Vancouver Court Registry. Vol. 1: 1916-1924; vol. 2: 1924-1936; vol. 3: 1936-1948; vol. 4: 1948-1960. These volumes record agreements between debtors and creditors. They include the following information: case number, name of assignors, assignor's address, assignor's occupation, name of assignee, nature of instrument used, date of instrument, date instrument registered with the Vancouver court, and the amount of purchase or mortgage moneys. GR-3146 is an index to these volumes.

British Columbia. County Court (Vancouver)

Jules Dassonville fonds

  • PR-1383
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1884

The fonds consists of two account books listing jewelry and watch repair jobs.

Dassonville, Jules

Smith family fonds

  • PR-0230
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1932

The fonds consists of business and personal correspondence, documents, and photographs created by or relating to the Smith family of Victoria between 1860-1932. Included in this fonds are contracts, receipts (MS-2703), a journal of 1863-1864 bakery deliveries (E/B/Sm6), and photographs of the M.R. Smith & Co. bakery (MS-3458), founded by M.R. Smith; a scrapbook created by Selina Smith between 1895 and 1932 of correspondence, calling cards, and documents pertaining to her music students (MS-1992) as well as photographs of Selina and her students (MS-3458); Hamilton Smith’s business papers for M.R. Smith & Co. as well as reports, offer of lots for sale (MS-2703), and photographs of the Smith family businesses, employees, friends, homes, and places in Victoria (MS-3458); and photographs of Victoria taken ca. 1895 by Garrett Smith (MS-3459). Also includes a one-page letter from Philip R. Smith to his father, William Smith in 1860 (E/B/Sm6).

Smith (family)

Jim Ryan fonds

  • PR-2163
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1995

The fonds consists of photographs and other records from 1908 to ca. 1995, created or collected by Jim Ryan in the course of his career as a photographer. There are approximately 105,738 photographs, mostly black and white and colour negatives, but also including prints, slides and glass slides. The fonds also includes textual records consisting of news stories, copies of Ryan's publications, a few letters and other such material. The majority of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area and include images of the harbour, the city, buildings, events and parks. There are many photographs of British Columbia politicians, notably W.A.C. Bennett, as well as distinguished visitors, federal and local politicians. There are also photographs of local characters, children and ordinary people. Although most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, there are occasional images taken in other areas of Vancouver Island as well as some of Ryan's travel photographs. Some of the earliest material relates to World War I and may be Ryan family photographs or items that Ryan collected out of interest.

The fonds also includes motion picture film material, including completed films, production elements, news stories shot for television, and selected reels of footage.

Ryan, Jim, 1920-1998

Kurtz and Company fonds

  • PR-0610
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1891

The fonds consists of a bank book.

Kurtz and Company

British Canadian Fire Insurance fonds

  • PR-1231
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1917

The fonds consists of a minute book from meetings of the Board of Directors and general meetings of the British Canadian Fire Insurance company.

British Canadian Fire Insurance Co.

Pharmaceutical Association of British Columbia fonds

  • PR-0425
  • Fonds
  • 1873-1944

The fonds consists of the records of prescriptions dispensed by five B.C. pharmacies including: Thomas Shotbolt Ltd., Williams Drug Store, D.E. Campbell and Company, Grant Pharmacy and Westminster Pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical Association of British Columbia

Sweeney Cooperage fonds

  • PR-0732
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1966

The fonds consists of articles of incorporation, minutes, bylaws, financial records, industrial appraisal books, photographs, drawings and maps.

Sweeney Cooperage

Corporate registry files

  • GR-1526
  • Series
  • [ca. 1860]-2004

The series consists of registry files created by the Corporate Registry, documenting the registration, corporate history and dissolution of all companies, societies and co-operatives that operated in British Columbia, and were dissolved between 1860 and 1993. In accordance with the Company Act, companies, societies and co-operatives that carry on business in British Columbia must register with the Corporate Registry and must regularly submit reports and other records to the registry office. For example, companies must file an annual report each year along with forms recording any changes to the head office and/or records office locations, and changes to the company directors. The file that the Corporate Registry creates may contain an assortment of documents.

These documents include articles of incorporation, certificates of incorporation, articles of association, annual reports, director's resolutions, notices of directors, notices of office, changes of office, encumbrance and mortgage documents, ledger cards, ordinary and special resolutions, constitutions and by-laws, memoranda, correspondence with the Corporate Registry, and dissolution documents. The pre-1970 files may also contain return of allotment information.

The series is arranged into twenty sub-series that reflect the type of company and the company act that was in force at the time that the company was registered. Each sub-series has its own numbering system, preceded by a set of initials that designates the sub-series. Each company file is numbered sequentially within these sub-series. For companies with head offices in British Columbia, there are six sub-series. For companies with head offices in British Columbia, and registered between 1860 and 1910, there are five different sub-series that correspond to the five different company acts that were in force in this period. These sub-series are identifiable by the following initials: QA 1860 Company Act QB 1862 Company Act QC 1878 Company Act QD 1890 Company Act QE 1897 Company Act. Since the 1910 Companies Act, the Companies Office has maintained one sub-series, and numbering system, for all companies with head offices in British Columbia. This sub-series is identifiable by the initials "BC."

There are also sub-series documenting societies, co-operatives and extra provincial companies that carried out business in BC. Societies and co-operatives are identifiable by the following initials: S society CP co-operatives Extra provincial companies have several designations reflecting the date that they were registered. Since the 1920's, all extra-provincial companies have been given an "A" designation but prior to that date a number of different registrations were used. These registrations include: A extra provincial company B extra provincial company registration EPR extra provincial company registration LIC extra-provincial company licenced REG extra provincial registration FOR foreign registration.

The series also contains several other types of company files, each with their own designation. These are as follows: NON non registered companies PA private acts RLY railways S+L savings and loans T trusts TMY tramways. This series includes records created under earlier names of the Corporate Registry including the Companies Branch and Registrar of Companies. The series also includes company files originally created and maintained by the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

British Columbia. Corporate Registry

Alberta Lumber Company fonds

  • PR-1039
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1969

The fonds consists of correspondence files, accounting and financial records, log registers, safety files, accident reports and lumber sales records.

Alberta Lumber Company

British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds

  • PR-1252
  • Fonds
  • 1861-1967

The fonds consists of records of the Victoria Office of the British Columbia Electric Railway created between 1861 and 1967 and includes financial records, correspondence, photographs, maps and films.

Fonds includes financial records of the Victoria Gas Company (1861-1904), the Victoria Illuminating Company (1887-1890), and the National Electric Tramway and Lighting Company (1889-1944) as well as business records of the Vancouver Island Power Company (1910-1944). It also includes an engineer's report on relay protection of the high tension transmission systems of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company prepared by Westinghouse (1923), various maps and plans and twelve historical films created for the 1958 Centennial.

British Columbia Electric Railway Company

Stuart and Company fonds

  • PR-0282
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1881

The fonds consists of an account ledger, a journal and a grain book.

Stuart and Company

Smith and Champien fonds

  • PR-0231
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1903 [Microfilmed 1981]

The fonds consists of a cashbook and a daybook.

Smith and Champien (Firm)

William Turpel and Son fonds

  • PR-0033
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1923

The fonds consists of a cashbook and a daybook.

William Turpel and Son

William Harrison fonds

  • PR-0860
  • Fonds
  • 1882-1911

The fonds consists of daybooks, journals and account books, letter books, custom documents and invoices.

Harrison, William

Edgar Marvin fonds

  • PR-0683
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1882 [Microfilmed 1988]

The fonds consists of correspondence, invoices, waybills, and a small notebook containing lists of hardware, farm, garden and clothing articles as well as financial entries.

Marvin, Edgar

Silver Spring Brewery fonds

  • PR-0219
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1950

The fonds consists of records of Silver Spring Brewery and Coast Breweries between 1909 and 1950 and includes sales books, copies of bills, shipping receipts, a Brewer's Mash Book, brewer's malt stock book, statements and lists on the quantities of ingredients used and the amount of beer produced as well as the Boiler Inspector's Reports and Brewer's licence.

Silver Spring Brewery

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company fonds

  • PR-2016
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1900

The fonds consists of three series: correspondence inward (1890-1908); correspondence outward (1890-1900); and, articles of association (1890?).

A metal seal embosser for the London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company was transferred to the BC Archives from the City of Victoria Archives in 2021.

London and Canadian Fire Insurance Company

Marvin and Tilton fonds

  • PR-0682
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1922

The fonds consists of business records including outward correspondence, inventories, day books, journals, ledgers, cashbooks and cancelled cheques. [Also available on microfilm.]

Marvin and Tilton (Firm)

Alexander McLean fonds

  • PR-0566
  • Fonds
  • 1867-1873

The fonds consists of clothier's sales and account books of McLean and of Scotch House.

McLean, Alexander

R. Broderick and Company fonds

  • PR-0469
  • Fonds
  • 1869-1973

The fonds consists of a letterpress copybook and some accounts.

R. Broderick and Company

R.P. Rithet and Company fonds

  • PR-0309
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1939

The fonds consists of journals of R.P. Rithet and Company.

R.P. Rithet and Company

Vulcan Company fonds

  • PR-0013
  • Fonds
  • 1875-1878

The fonds consists of an account book of the Vulcan Company.

Vulcan Company

Thoburn Grocery fonds

  • PR-0149
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1926

The fonds consists of account books of the Thoburn Grocery.

Thoburn Grocery