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Report on the physical features, soil conditions and agricultural possibilities of the N.E. section of the Province of British Columbia...

  • C/D/30.9/C24
  • Series
  • 1913-1915

The series consists of a report collected by the Dept. of Agriculture in 1915. The report was written by Agricultural Surveyor W.H. Cartwright and contains information on the physical features, soil conditions and agricultural possibilities of an area just north of the Peace River Block, recorded between April 1913 and October 1914. The report is illustrated with 22 black and white photographs and is accompanied by meteorological readings and some correspondence between Cartwright and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture.

British Columbia. Dept. of Finance and Agriculture

[Pacific Great Eastern Railway inaugural run, August 1956]

Special event coverage. Chronicles the August 28-30, 1956, inauguration of through-service on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway between North Vancouver and Prince George. Premier W.A.C. Bennett and other dignitaries ride the three inaugural trains, which are eagerly greeted by the residents of towns along the route. A rockslide at Mile 18 on Howe Sound delays the journey until a bulldozer clears the tracks. At Williams Lake station, a mock frontier lynching is staged for the entertainment of the premier and his party. Following footage of the arrival in Prince George, the film also shows progress on northward expansion of the PGE line (including bridge and grade construction), and ends with shots of oil rigs in the Peace River Region.

Unidentified female near Pouce Coupe ; Ma Murray on the Alaska Highway

CALL NUMBER: T4036:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1953? SUMMARY: An unidentified woman (with an English accent) near Pouce Coupe talks about isolation, local customs, and "moonshine".

CALL NUMBER: T4036:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], [1953 or 1954] SUMMARY: In a 1953 or 1954 speech, "Ma" Murray talks about the "menace" of the Alaska Highway opening the region to Anglo-Saxon settlement.

Dawson Creek story

SUMMARY: Half-hour radio program about the development of Dawson Creek, B.C., and the construction of the Alaska Highway. Includes songs and a recording of Dawson Creek's first city council being sworn in.;

James Beattie correspondence

The file consists of correspondence inward to James Walker Beattie, guide and outfitter, 1912-1916. Contains correspondence and monthly game reports of the Hudson Hope detachment of B.C. Provincial Police.

History at Silver Sands, 1952-1968

The file consists of reminiscences of life in the Peace River district by Marian Bratt, the operator of the Silver Sands fishing lodge, called "History at Silver Sands, 1952-1968" The file also includes ca. 140 photographs that show construction of lodge, activities at lodge, oil drilling, P. G. E. railway construction, highway construction, snow and winter scenes 1952-1962.

Bratt, Marian

Reports on education by William Plenderleith

The file consists of two reports by William Plenderleith from 1937. The first is titled "An Experiment in the Reorganization and the Administration of a Rural Inspectoral Unit in British Columbia." The second is a typescript copy titled "Report on Education in New Brunswick", with appendices dealing with the Matsqui - Sumas - Abbotsford Administrative Area and the Peace River Plan.

Partial list of Peace River homesteaders, 1912-1929, for Townships 77-80, Ranges 14-16, West of 6th meridian

The file is a print out copy of a partial list of Peace River homesteaders, 1912-1929, for Townships 77-80, Ranges 14-16, West of 6th meridian: Dawson Creek, Rolla and Pouce Coupe. It was prepared by G.R. Clare of Dawson Creek in 1984 using data from the BC Provincial Archives. The list is sorted alphabetically by date of application for entry as a homesteader on land parcel, and by Provincial Archives file number.

Report on trip taken in August, September and October 1923 by John M. Holzworth in Northeastern British Columbia in the interests of the United States Biological Survey on the subject of mountain sheep and caribou distribution

The file consists of a photocopy of a report on trip taken in August, September and October 1923 by John M. Holzworth in Northeastern British Columbia in the interests of the United States Biological Survey on the subject of mountain sheep and caribou distribution.

Two Peace River trips

The file contains photocopied information about two Peace River trips, one from 1911 by John W. Mercer and the second in August-September 1987 by Mercer's daughter "Bobs" Kirkham (Alice Katharine Mercer), granddaughter Tinkey Turner and Mathlene Leiding. J.W. Mercer traveled from Vancouver to Edmonton via Pine Pass and the Athabasca River locating coal and gas claims in 1911. In 1987 his daughter's party travelled from Norwick, Vermont to B.C. to retrace his route.

Muirhead, Cecil Davidson, 1899 - 1976.

Reminiscences entitled "Three weeks or there about in the life of a Northern policeman". Mr. Muirhead was appointed police constable at Finlay Forks in the fall of 1924. This is an account of a winter journey made from Finlay Forks to Fort McLeod then on to Prince George and back to Finlay Forks, ca. December-January, 1924/1925. It includes descriptions of people met, methods of crossing rivers, and police cases.

Presented by Mr. Muirhead's great niece, Charlene Rees, Victoria, 1989.

Muirhead, Cecil Davidson, b. 1899

Taming the Rocky Mountain Trench

Documentary. Life in a logging camp in Central British Columbia, where men and machines are racing against time to bring out the mill's quota of lumber before the Peace River backs up and floods the valley. The film shows the valley as it was before it was flooded, and a type of logging operation which has given way to one which utilizes virtually every scrap of log.

Father Emile Jungbluth interview

CALL NUMBER: T3991:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): [Moberly Lake missionary] RECORDED: Chetwynd (B.C.), 1982-03 SUMMARY: Father Emile Jungbluth, O.M.I., recalls his experiences as a Roman Catholic missionary among the Indians of the Peace River Region, 1936-1982. TRACK 1: Radio systems; connecting Moberly Lake with Halfway River and Fort St. John. "Barbwire radio" between St. Theresa's Church and Hudson's Bay Company, Moberly Lake. Speakers hanging in trees; tape recording. TRACK 2: Attempts at agriculture on Moberly Lake Reserve. Building of St. Theresa's Church. Father Jungbluth was supported by benefactors from Alsace while living at Moberly Lake. Supported himself by selling projector and films, repairing; watches, radios, etc., and sawing wood.;

CALL NUMBER: T3991:0002 RECORDED: Chetwynd (B.C.), 1982-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Description of missionary territory under Grouard - McLennan Diocese (Horse Lake, Wabiti, Pipestone Creek, Kelly Lake, Fort St. John). Stopover at Brainard's between Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek. Following the rodeo circuit to see all the Indians of the area. TRACK 2: Marriage registrations of Indians; baptisms, etc. Trip to the Halfway River Indian Reserve to marry Indians.;

Father Cesaire Mariman interview

CALL NUMBER: T3992:0001 RECORDED: Chetwynd (B.C.), 1982-03 SUMMARY: An oral history interview with Father Cesaire Mariman, O.M.I., who discusses the work of Oblate missionaries, the mission at Eleske (Alberta), the Beaver Indians, and Father Emile Jungbluth, O.M.I. TRACK 1: First encounter with Beaver Indians at Prophet River. Watchmaking and watch repair. Father Jungbluth obtains a motorcycle to travel his missions in the Fort St. John area; Father Mariman's own system of a bicycle pulled by a husky dog. TRACK 2: Father Mariman discusses the history of the mission at Eleske, Alberta. Arrival of church bell. Building of St. Bernadette Church. First arrival of Fathers Jungbluth and Mariman at Eleske in 1935; condition of church; showing of films. The shrine and grotto; pilgrimages. Witching for water.;

CALL NUMBER: T3992:0002 RECORDED: Chetwynd (B.C.), 1982-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Father Mariman talks about learning the grammar of the Beaver Indian language. [TRACK 2: blank.];

Prince George Police Court record books

  • GR-0015
  • Series
  • 1917-1960

The series consists of police court record books. Books typically show name of prosecutor, name of defendant, nature of the charge, costs, name of arresting office, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks".

British Columbia. Police Court (Prince George)

Northeastern District Mining Engineer correspondence

  • GR-0207
  • Series
  • 1917-1937

The series consists of records created by the Resident Mining Engineer of the Northeastern district between 1917 and 1937. Records include correspondence inward and outward, largely with Deputy Minister and Provincial Mineralogist and files re lecture series run jointly with Dept. of Education in 1930's.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines. Resident Mining Engineer. Northeastern District

Omineca Gold Commissioner records

  • GR-0225
  • Series
  • 1869-1929

The series consists of records created by the Omineca Gold Commissioner between 1869 and 1929. It includes correspondence inward, mining leases, register of free miners' certificates and manual of record and accounts.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Omineca)

Omineca Gold Commissioner records

  • GR-0233
  • Series
  • 1871-1906

The series consists of records created by the Omineca Gold Commissioner between 1871 and 1906. It includes correspondence outward and miners leave of absence counterfoils.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Omineca)

Records of mining claims and other material

  • GR-0257
  • Series
  • 1909-1939

The series consists of records created by the Sub-Mining Recorder at Fort Grahame between 1909 and 1939. It contains records of claims, applications for certificates of work, powers of attorney, correspondence outward to the Mining Recorder in Smithers and instructions as to the duties of Sub-Mining Recorders. Records may also relate to the Omineca Mining Recorder.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines. Sub-Mining Recorder. Fort Grahame

Project files

  • GR-0880
  • Series
  • 1949-1976

This series consists of records of the Ministry of Environment (previously the Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources), Power and Special Projects Division. Records include correspondence, feasibility studies, consultants' reports, engineering studies, application hearings, submissions, progress reports, contract drawings and tender documents regarding hydro-electric projects, water licenses, flood control, petroleum refinery pollution, sewerage treatment plants, fisheries and wildlife, and environmental impact, 1949-1976.

The collection largely contains materials relating to Arrow Lakes Dam, 1949, 1954-1969; the Jordan River redevelopment project, 1968-1972; the Babine Lake development (Fulton River dam), 1967-1970; the Columbia River Mica Dam project, 1954-1970; the Duncan Lake storage development, 1971-1973; the Kootenay canal development, and the Portage Mountain development (Peace River W.A.C. Bennett Dam), 1958-1967. It also includes hearings and submissions regarding the Iona Island sewage treatment plant, 1957-1959; records of Canada - B.C. Consultative Committee on the Okanagan basin agreement, 1970; B.C. Comptroller of Water Rights hearings regarding Nechako River, 1949; various B.C. Research Council reports, 1966-1973; and International Joint Commission (U.S. and Canada) hearings, 1955.

Boxes contains the following material:
Box 1 : Hydro-electric projects, miscellaneous reports and correspondence
Box 2: Tsitikia-Schoen Resource Study Hearings (Date: 1975)
Box 3: B.C. Hydro and Power Authority Reports, Mica, Arrow Lake, Duncan Lake Dams, 1965-1973; Recreation in Columbia River basin, 1961; Soil Convention Papers, 1964; Committee on International Hydro decade (Dates 1961, 1964-1973)
Box 4: Water License, Dam Applications, Hearings and Submissions (Dates 1949-1976)
Box 5: Fraser River (Dates 1957-1974)
Box 6: B.C. Research Council Reports (Dates 1966-1973)
Box 7: Okanagan Valley, Kettle Valley (Date 1975)
Box 8: Sewage Disposal, Iona Island (Dates 1957-1959)
Box 9: Wildlife and Fisheries (Dates 1965, 1969)
Box 10: Petroleum Refineries Pollution, Solid Waste Disposal
Box 11-13: Jordan River Redevelopment Project (Dates 1968-1972)
Box 14-28: Arrow Lake Dam (Dates 1958-1969)
Box 29-30: Babine Lake Development (Fulton River Dam) (Dates 1967-1970)
Box 31-39: Columbia -River Hydro-Electric Projects (Dates 1954-1966)
Box 40-45: Duncan Lake Storage Development (1961-1973)
Box 46-51: Kootenay Canal Development (Dates 67-1973)
Box 52-72: Portage Mountain development (W.A.C. Bennett Dam, Peace River) (Dates 1958-1968)
Box 73-86: Miscellaneous Contract Drawings and Tender Documents
Box 87: Additional Jordan River Redevelopment reports (Dates 1968-1969)
Box 88: Author and title catalogue cards

British Columbia. Power and Special Projects Division

Lists compiled by the District forester/Regional Manager

  • GR-0994
  • Series
  • 1948-1980

This series consists of a list of sawmills, planer mills and barker-chippers organized by Ranger District until 1979 and by Forest District thereafter, compiled by the District forester/Regional Manager. Contains information as to name of mill or mill owner, address, physical location, type, i.e.: portable, stationary, farmer, planer in connection with saw mill, or equipped with gang saws, capacity per shift in cubic meters (mbm before metrication) and projected expansion. Compiled twice a year until 1955, annually thereafter.

British Columbia. Prince George Forest Region

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