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Private and independent school statistics

  • GR-4073
  • Series
  • 1964-1979

This series consists of statistical information related to private and independent school enrollment and curriculum for the years 1964-1979. Some statistics were collected for the Dominion Bureau of Statistics and Statistics Canada. Information relates to student demographics, teachers, length of instructional time, and subjects offered.

British Columbia. Dept. of Education

Revelstoke Forest District operational records

  • GR-4067
  • Series
  • 1969-1989

This series consists of a variety of records created by the Revelstoke Forest District and its predecessor the Revelstoke Forest Ranger District. Most records are from 1987-1989.

There are three subseries of records:

The first are wild fire case files. These records are arranged by an annual sequential number with the prefix “N04-”. Each fire was also given a unique three or four letter name. Records include maps, fire reports, reviews, work plans, resource requests, fire diaries, firefighter time sheets, financial records related to the costs of fighting the fire, and claims made as a result of fire damage. Personnel records of firefighters are restricted.

The second subseries contains annual reports for the following timber tenures: Forest Licence A18992, Timber Sale Licence A10295, Timber Sale Harvesting Licences A02117 and A04330, and Tree Farm Licence 23.

The third subseries contains a variety of operational and subject files related to protection and pest management. The files are arranged by Ministry of Forests file directory number. Subjects include pesticides, herbicides, fire management, fire hazards, fire suppression, the use of prescribed burns, and fire control plans for specific timber tenures. The records include policies, procedures, reports, maps, photos, and correspondence.

British Columbia. Revelstoke Forest District

Jeanie Lucinda Musgrave fonds

  • PR-0518
  • Fonds
  • 1870

The fonds consists of Jeanie Lucinda Musgrave's diary, including an account of her marriage to Anthony Musgrave, Governor of British Columbia, in San Francisco and her return to the colony. [Also available on microfilm.]

Musgrave, Jeanie Lucinda

Information systems project files

  • GR-3796
  • Series
  • 1983-2003

The series contains the records of the System Services Branch of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks and its predecessors. The records relate to various initiatives in the 1980s to early 2000s to establish information systems to collect data and make it accessible to the general public. They also discuss central data systems for the use of ministry staff and issues regarding maintenance of these systems. Some records also provide a catalog of existing and proposed information systems within the Ministry.

Types of records include feasibility reports, surveys, research reports, status reports, project overviews, correspondence, proposals, presentations, training resources, information needs report and project assessments.

Projects represented in the series include:

The BC Recycling Hotline: telephone line meant to provide information to callers regarding reducing solid waste, recycling, the proper disposal of hazardous waste and alternatives to environment-damaging products and behaviours. Callers could also inquire about waste management policies, programs in their area and related legislation.

Data Warehouse (DW) project: a repository for storing data produced by BC Environment. Its aim was to improve access to integrated information within the ministry via better technology for storing, delivering and manipulating data by staff. In addition, the data warehouse was intended to serve as a single repository of Ministry data which public can access, particularly in regards to the Forest Practices Code.

Habitat Referral Tracking System Database: a system used to record, track and report on fish habitat referrals received by the Fisheries and Habitat management. Files include a manual for informatics professionals responsible for its maintenance, a proposal from Pangea Systems Inc for the design and development of the system, a training manual, memoranda, and a charter.

Integrated Pest Management Information System: a system that provides information to people about alternatives to pesticides for controlling pests. Includes 1 floppy disk.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS): data regarding locations in BC.

Environmental Protection Program (EPP) information system: includes a proposal from DMR Group Inc., project statement and status reports.

Contaminated Sites Information System: for monitoring data from different areas in the province.

FPC/FRBC Needs Analysis Project: a project to identify the information needs of businesses in the Omineca-Peace Region related to the implementation of the Forest Practices Code and Forest Renewal BC Information. Includes proposed projects and outcomes.

Water Management Branch Information Management Plan: regarding information systems and ongoing projects related to information technology in the workplace.

FRBC/Wildlife: development of a species inventory with data standards for land use planning initiatives. Also initiatives for providing information to the public to assist in preserving biological diversity in BC, including habitat mapping and ecosystem inventories. Records include the project charters, correspondence and summaries.

Detailed Ecosystem Inventory Database: provides a suite of tools to efficiently manage and operate ecosystem inventory projects with the purpose to facilitate the field collection and management of detailed ecosystem data. Records include the project charter.

Species Inventory Database Development Project: a standardized data capture system and provincial repository for wildlife inventory data. Records include a project assessment report.

Integrated Registry Project: a centralized registry that will integrate all previous and multiple systems of registers for land and resource data.

Problem Wildlife Management System: to improve the recording and reporting of problem wildlife information in support of provincial wildlife resource management.

Conservation Officer On-Line Reporting System: for monitoring offences and offenders of fish, wildlife and environmental legislation.

System for Environmental Assessment and Management: computerized data storage and retrieval capabilities for ambient and discharge monitoring results for defined sites.

Terrain Resource Information Management (TRIM) system: its aim was to migrate digital mapping and geographic data into a new relational database management system where by integration, manipulation, distribution and security would be improved. The records from this project are somewhat arranged by project phase (milestones) and include steering committee minutes and agenda, contracts, proposals, reports, reference material on different components comprising the infrastructure of the system.

British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks

Unemployment Relief Committee files

  • GR-2524
  • Series
  • 1930-1933

The series consists of Unemployment Relief Committee files kept by the Provincial Secretary from 1931 to 1933. The files contain records regarding the provision of direct relief for unemployed men and include: organization charts, financial information, circulars, copies of registration forms, correspondence between Provincial departments as well as intergovernmental correspondence between the Provincial and Federal or Municipal governments. There are also memoranda prepared for the Provincial Secretary and reports and requests for information from the Provincial Police, Government Agents, District Engineers and other groups.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Hospital construction and equipping cost statements

  • GR-2530
  • Series
  • 1920

The series consists of financial statements solicited by the Provincial Secretary's office in 1920. Forms were sent to hospitals throughout the province requesting that each hospital provide the cost of constructing and equipping their hospital for the period 1903 to 1920. Some of the completed forms are accompanied by correspondence.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Magistrate's record book

  • GR-0857
  • Series
  • 1860-1862

This series consists of a record of land claims and government reservations, by William George Cox, Esq., Magistrate, Rock Creek, B.C., 1860-1862. Cox was the magistrate and Gold Commissioner for this area at the time. The volume includes descriptions of land claimed by settlers, as well as general government reserves and Indian Reserves. The back of the volume was used as a Sheriff's book for the County of Cariboo, and a police charge book, 1861.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Rock Creek)

Land and mining record book

  • GR-0833
  • Series
  • 1859-1870

This series consists of a ledger and general record book, 1859-1871. The creator of the volume is not clear, but was likely the Government Agent who worked in or around Lytton. The volume was used for several purposes overtime. It includes the following types of information: list of pre-emptions for Lytton City; mining licences, free miner's certificates, liquor licences, trading licences, garden plots and ground rentals from the Lytton area (Fraser Canyon to Kamloops); records of miners and storekeepers occupying Crown land as garden plots and residences throughout the Fraser Canyon area; copies of bridge toll agreements and ferry operation contracts for places on the Fraser River, Thompson River, Nicola River, Savonna's ferry, Anderson River and Bridge River.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Lytton)

Columbia Forest District timber tenures

  • GR-4068
  • Series
  • 1931-1998

This series consists of a variety of records related to timber tenures predominantly created from 1975-1998 by the Columbia Forest District, a division of the Nelson Forest Region. The series also includes records from the Revelstoke Forest District, Golden Forest District, Kootenay Lake Forest District, and Mica Creek Forest Station. All files were managed as part of the Columbia Forest District when the files were closed.

The series includes the following types of timber tenures: forest licences, timber licences, timber sale licences, timber sale harvesting licences, cash timber sale licences, licences to cut, timber marks, timber berths, woodlot licences, special use permits and road permits. There are also records related to tree farm licences (TFL) 23, 55 and 56. The majority of files relate to cutting permits. Licensees were required to apply for a forest licence or similar tenure and cutting permits in order to harvest timber. Records regard the issuance, evaluation, administration, monitoring, planning, replacement, cancellation, deletion and extension of these timber tenures.

The records include legal documents, operations information, correspondence, forms, reports, maps, photos, licences, permits, permit amendment or renewal documentation, applications, logging plans, reports, silviculture prescriptions, major licensee silviculture audits, stumpage adjustment, salvage information, and financial records.

Additional types of records include: subject files on weather, mining and oil exploration, tree seeds, resource analysis program, and forest road planning; a timber tenures ledger; files regarding audits of licensees to ensure compliance with guidelines for managing and preserving fish habitat; and a few silviculture opening files.

The ministries responsible for creating these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

The records were classified as 18765-20, 18750-20, 19500-45, 19540-25, 19565-25, 19570-25, 19580-45, 19600-45, 19620-25, 19720-20 and 19910-20 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Columbia Forest District


  • GR-1323
  • Series
  • 1902-1937

This series contains correspondence files, inward and outward, covering all topics for which the Attorney General was responsible, including legislation and opinions to other departments. During this period, Attorney General responsibilities included industrial schools, motor vehicles, Liquor Control Board, Game Commissioner, Inspector of Municipalities, Registrar of Companies, Inspector of Factories, Inspector of Electrical Energy and Inspector of Tramways.

The finding aid (see Notes area) consists of a guide to Attorney General correspondence records held by BC Archives, and a file list showing file numbers, dates, and microfilm reel numbers. The guide relates not only to this body of records, but also to related records; the file list relates only to GR-1323.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General


  • GR-1318
  • Series
  • 1951-1975

This series contains general correspondence between the Deputy Minister and Agents-General for British Columbia in London. The series includes a confidential report from the Fire Marshall on a fire that occurred at Government House in 1957. There is also general correspondence with the B.C. Commissioner for Trade and Tourism, San Francisco (1962-1974) and general inquiries to the Hon. the Premier (1953-1969). Letters includes notes and petitions from Vancouver City Archivist (Major Matthews) to HM the Queen, praying that the Westminster Regiment be allowed to bear the suffix "Royal." There are also three photographs of BC House in London, England, taken in 1951.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Alexander Douglas and Elsie Turnbull fonds

  • PR-0170
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1990

The fonds consists of A.D. Turnbull's files as an MLA, material relating to his time as Minister of Health and Welfare as well as personal papers that reflect his association with various professional, national and community organizations. It also includes reminiscences by Elsie Turnbull, photographs and a few maps.

Turnbull, Alexander Douglas

Victoria Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-1304
  • Series
  • 1859-1941

This series contains probate files for estates probated in Victoria, ca. 1859-1941. The probate files from 1859 to 1917 are organized more or less alphabetically within date groups or ranges and have been numbered, sequentially, from 1 to 5307. From 1918 onwards, probate files were assigned numbers by year in the order of filing and are more or less in chronological order. The originals of files 1 to 5307 have been retained as well as being microfilmed. Files from 1918 onwards are only available on microfilm.

In addition to the file names provided in the finding aid, an index for this collection is also available on microfilm (see GR-1417, reel B01990). Reel B01990 should be used if a name is not found on the file list, as there are 103 missing files. If a will number is provided, it can be used to locate a copy of the will in GR-1052 or GR-1574.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Gertrude Durand fonds

  • PR-0932
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1987 [Microfilmed 1988]

The fonds consists of a microfilmed copy of a scrapbook correspondence, clippings and photographs.

Durand, Gertrude Huntley, 1886-1987

Victoria Supreme Court orders

  • GR-1566
  • Series
  • 1880-1998

The series consists of orders issued by the Supreme Court in Victoria between 1880 and 1998. Orders dating from 1880 until December 1946 were microfilmed and the originals destroyed. Records after this period are maintained in their original bound form. Many, but not all of these volumes, include nominal indexes at the front of the ledger. Records in this series deal with a variety of matters, including adoptions and divorces. Orders are the formal expression of the will of the Court.

Records in this series were managed under secondary 51400-25 of the Court Services Operational Records Classification System (schedule 100152). They were selected for full retention because of their significant historical, evidential and informational value.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Victoria)

Ronald Greene collection

  • PR-0819
  • Collection
  • 1861-1930

The collection consists of photographs and records acquired by Ronald Greene. It includes a scrapbook containing poetry, sample letters, photographs and clippings.
Collection also includes an album of Hydrex Industries photos (197902-003); an album of an unknown Victoria family, ca. 1910 (197911-005); copies of photographs copied from B.C. Land collection (197903-005); copies of a photograph album which documents the Victoria Dial Exchange installation in 1930 (198103-001); a postcard of H. I. H.: Prince Fushimi at the Big Tree, Stanley Park, 1907 (198109-001) and a photo of the New Westminster Public School, photographer R. Maynard (198601-008).

Greene, Ronald A., 1938-

Records of the Provincial Health Officer

  • GR-3518
  • Series
  • 1984-1988, 1997-2010

The series consists of the records of the Provincial Health Officer from 1984-1988 and 1997-2010. These records are arranged into subseries for each Provincial Health Officer.

Subseries 1 is the records of H.M. Richards, Provincial Health Officer from approximately 1981 to 1993, though records only cover the dates 1984-1988. Richards had previously been the Assistant Deputy Minister, Preventative Services. Records may also be those of Ron de Burger the later, Assistant Deputy Minister, Preventative services and Robert Fisk, Acting Provincial Health Officer.

The majority of records relate to epidemiology, AIDS and tuberculosis. Records include correspondence, including letters from concerned members of the public and interest groups, draft and final copies of educational material and pamphlets, reference material, and reports.

Subseries 2 is the records of Dr. Perry Kendall, who served as the Provincial Health Officer from 1999-2018. The series consists largely of news releases, correspondence, annual reports, presentations, and notes dating from 1997 to 2010. The series includes records that address the health of the province’s aboriginal population, air quality, fall prevention for the elderly, infant mortality, teenage obesity and activity levels, teenagers’ sex education, and a provincial drug strategy. The series also consists of a VHS recording of Dr. Kendall at a December 15, 2004 press event, as well as a DVD and audio dubbing master for the short informative film “Step by Step : preventing falls among the elderly.”

The records in subseries 2 are arranged by project and were originally housed in file folders within expandable project folders. Files have been removed from the expandable folders due to over-stuffing, however, the first half of each file title reflects the title of the expandable file.

British Columbia. Provincial Health Officer

Nanaimo Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2213
  • Series
  • 1881-1948, 1949-2005

Probate/estate files from the Supreme and County courts from Nanaimo and district.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Nanaimo)

Ninian C. Murray fonds

  • PR-0516
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1870

The fonds consists of a baker's ledger.

Murray, Ninian C.

Minutes of the Council of Vancouver Island

  • GR-0819
  • Series
  • 1851-1861

This series consists of a minute book of the Council of Vancouver Island from 30 August 1851 to the prorogation of the House of Assembly on the 6 February 1861.

The series also consists of what appears to be 2 drafts - one consisting of Council minutes and the other of an ordinance. These records are dated 14 February 1857 and 2 August 1856, respectively, and deal with the granting of money for the use of the Vancouver Island House of Assembly, and for the arrangement of the affairs of the Colonial Church at Victoria. Both the ordinance and the minutes are also copied in the minute book.

Vancouver Island. Council

Water rights records

  • GR-0835
  • Series
  • 1902-1925

This series consists of letters inward to the Chief Commissioner of Lands, the Deputy Commissioner of Lands and the Minister of Lands regarding water rights generally, 1902-1912. These letters were transferred to Water Rights Branch files from Lands files and do not appear on the microfilm of Lands letters inward. Letters are arranged chronologically.

The series also includes a page regarding the disposition of Indian water rights by Board of Investigation from 1921-1925.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

Water Clauses Consolidation Act

  • GR-0838
  • Series
  • 1897

This series consists of the Water Clauses Consolidation Act, 1897, including an index at the front.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Financial returns and accounts

  • GR-0982
  • Series
  • 1861-1868

This series consists of Department of Lands financial returns and accounts. Includes financial register of land transactions and land fees, values of property registered and office and miscellaneous expenditures.

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept.

Index to letters received

  • GR-0981
  • Series
  • 1858-1864

This series consists of one volume titled "Index to letters received" covering the years 1858 to 1864. It was likely used by the colonial Department of Lands and Works to track incoming correspondence and reports. The index is arranged by the sender, then chronologically. This includes sections for miscellaneous correspondence and reports and correspondence from Boards of Survey, Courts of Enquiry, the Governor, the Attorney-General, the Assistant Commissioners of Lands and Works, Gold Commissioners, and to letters from the Royal Engineers or Military.

Some sections are missing: Military (p. 26-33), Captain J.M. Grant R.E. (p. 37-44), Captain R.M. Parsons (p. 45-50), Boards of Survey (p. 51-52), and Courts of Enquiry (p. 52-54).

British Columbia (Colony). Lands and Works Dept.

Post-war Rehabilitation Council reports

  • GR-0901
  • Series
  • 1943

This series consists of an interim report and appendix to interim report of the Post-war Rehabilitation Council, January 1943. The Council had the task of planning civil employment and vocational training of veterans of World War II.

British Columbia. Post-war Rehabilitation Council

Correspondence, memoranda and reports of the Chairman

  • GR-0900
  • Series
  • 1942-1943

This series consists of the records of the Inter-Departmental Advisory Committee on Agriculture Land Settlement, 1942-1943. Records include correspondence, memoranda and reports of the Chairman of the Land Settlement Board, William Turnbull, relating to his activities as chairman of the Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Land Settlement established by the Post-War Rehabilitation Council. The Council had the task of planning civil employment and vocational training of veterans of World War II.

British Columbia. Inter-Departmental Advisory Committee on Agriculture Land Settlement

Appeal book

  • GR-0895
  • Series
  • ca. 1907

Volume 2 of an appeal book from John Watt vs. "Cranbrook Group", "Greenwood Group", "Leckie-Tupper Group".

British Columbia. Court of Appeal

Certified copy of juror roll for Vancouver judicial district

  • GR-0863
  • Series
  • 1900

The series consists of certified lists of grand and petit jurors for the judicial district of Vancouver, created in 1900 and sent to the office of the Provincial Secretary. The lists contain the names, addressed and occupations of the jurors as well as their number on the jurors roll.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

New Westminster Jurors' Rolls and Lists

  • GR-0862
  • Series
  • 1899-1911

This series consists of six volumes of Jurors' Rolls and Lists from New Westminster. Vol. 1: 1899; vol. 2: 1900-1902; vol. 3: 1903-1906; vol. 4: Petit Jurors, 1907-1910; vol. 5: Grand Jurors, 1907-1910; vol. 6: 1903-1911.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

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