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Colonial correspondence : correspondence of the Government of the Colony of Vancouver Island, 1849-1866 and of the Government of the Colony of British Columbia, 1858-1871

  • GR-1372
  • Series
  • 1852-1872

GR-1372 is an artificial series, created by the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in the 1920s and 1930s from records of the governments of the Colony of Vancouver Island (1849-1866), the Colony of British Columbia (1858-1866) and the United Colony of British Columbia (1866-1871). The records, consisting of correspondence inward to and among officials and departments, were originally organized more or less chronologically as records of the department or agency to which they were sent, e.g. Colonial Secretary, Attorney-General, Commissioner of Land and Works, etc. Letters when received were logged into a register and assigned sequential numbers with the last two numbers of the year appended, creating the file number, e.g. 105/62. Some of these registers still exist, e.g. GR-0625. The correspondence was often accompanied by enclosures such as reports, sketches and maps which were considered part of the file.

Sometime during the 1920s and 1930s, Archives staff undertook to re-organize these records into a single alphabetical series organized primarily by the name of the originating office or sender (road tolls and petitions are notable exceptions). Formerly separate records were intermingled and the original order was lost. The records were indexed using new file numbers assigned for that purpose. These are the F numbers written in red crayon on the records. Starting with the number 1, each folder of records in the new alphabetical sequence was assigned a number as well as the individual files (items) within that folder, e.g. F33/1.

It appears that later insertions into the alpha sequence, after the initial assignment of numbers, were dealt with by using letters (e.g. F85a, F85b), or a number in parentheses (e.g. F79(1), F80a(1)). When an F file required more than one folder, either letters were added to subsequent folders, (e.g. F102, F102a, F102b) or numbers in parentheses were used (e.g. F142b(1), F142b(2)). The F numbers on the documents, however, were not affected by the change in numbering as they formed one continuous sequence (e.g. F102, files 1-9; F102a, files 10-22; F102b, files 23-30b).

Some of the correspondence was transcribed by Archives staff. These typed transcripts are either in the file folders together with the originals or in a separate file folder following the file folder with the originals. Most of the transcripts were not microfilmed and consequently do not appear on the microfilm reels. The records were microfilmed 1978-1980.

See attached finding aid for more information about the history, contents, and indexing of this collection.

Provincial Archives of British Columbia

Premiers' papers

  • GR-1222
  • Series
  • 1917-1952

This series contains official reports and correspondence accumulated during the administrations of Premiers Tolmie, Pattullo, Hart, and Johnson. It includes Departmental, General, and Federal files, plus separate series of documents on Pacific Great Eastern Railway (1917-1945). It also includes applications for employment, petitions, press releases, speeches, and vouchers.

The records which comprise this unit were stored for many years in a maintenance shop adjacent to the Parliament Buildings. Storage conditions were less than ideal and in 1982 arrangements were made with the Premier's Office' to transfer the records to the Provincial Archives. It was a signal event, for the records provide documentation on virtually all facets of provincial life over a thirty-five year period. Additionally, the documents which make up GR-1222 provide a valuable record of the administrations of Premiers Tolmie (1928-1933), Pattullo (1933-1941), Hart (1941-1947) and Johnson (1947-1952). The records fall into three main categories or series, namely Departmental files, Federal files, and General files.

British Columbia. Premier

Thomas de la Pena Savaria fonds

  • PR-1515
  • Fonds
  • 1774 [Photocopied 194-?]

The fonds consists of the log book of Thomas de la Pena Savaria.

Pena Savaria, Thomas de la

W.T. Pye fonds

  • PR-1716
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1928

The fonds consists of poetry and correspondence of W.T. Pye.

Pye, W.T.

Wallace Houstoun fonds

  • PR-1528
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1857

The fonds consists of the log and letterbook of Wallace Houstoun, Captain of the HMS Trincomalee.

Houstoun, Wallace

Victoria Women's Conservative Association fonds

  • PR-1486
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1936

The fonds consists of minutes and scrapbook of the association and its predecessors, the Conservative Women's Social and Educational Club and the Victoria Liberal-Conservative Women's Association.

Victoria Women's Conservative Association

William Smithe fonds

  • PR-1608
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1887

The fonds consists of the correspondence of William Smithe.

Smithe, William, 1842-1887

William James Huston fonds

  • PR-1585
  • Fonds
  • 1892-1893

The fonds consists of Huston's diaries.

Huston, William James

William Kernaghan fonds

  • PR-1547
  • Fonds
  • 1865

The fonds consists of Kernaghan's notes and correspondence pertaining to his protest over the Hudson's Bay Company monopoly.

Kernaghan, William

William Lashley Hall fonds

  • PR-1426
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1938

The fonds consists of correspondence of William Lashley Hall regarding the 1908 Fernie fire, the Peace Arch and publishing. Includes research for and typescript of his edited version of Ebenezer Robson's diaries.

Hall, William Lashley, 1865-1947

William McGillivray fonds

  • PR-1502
  • Fonds
  • 1789-1790 [Photocopied 194-]

The fonds consists of McGillivray's journal.

McGillivray, William, 1764-1825

Ursula Jupp fonds

  • PR-0746
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1923

The fonds consists of Jupp's photographs of the Gordon Head area of Victoria, B.C., including those depicting people, scenery and events.

Jupp, Ursula (Edwards)

Wesleyan Methodist Mission (Port Simpson, B.C.) fonds

  • PR-1926
  • Fonds
  • 1874-1897, 1912 [Microfilmed 196-]

The fonds consists of baptisms (1874-1897), marriage (1874-1912) and death (1874-1897) registers of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission of Port Simpson, B.C.

Wesleyan Methodist Mission (Port Simpson, B.C.)

Victoria Fire Department fonds

  • PR-1822
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1888

The fonds consists of membership roll of the various companies of the Victoria Fire Department, correspondence, indentures, annual report, and ledger listing equipment and fires in the city, as well as accounts and receipts. Includes minutes of Tiger Company.
G/V66/V66
G/V66/V66.9
G/V66/V66a
G/V66/V66r [file, use microfilm A1198]
G/V66/V66r [book]
C/C/70/V66ft

Victoria Fire Department

Wren family fonds

  • PR-1728
  • Fonds
  • 1844-1902

The fonds consists of correspondence, mortgages, marriage licences and accounts of the Wren family, primarily of Charles and Isabella Wren. Includes correspondence of Isabella Wren as the record keeper of Lady Moffat Hive No. 17 of the Ladies of the Maccabees of the World; newsletter of Washington State School District No. 2 and extract of Pierce County Court probate court of George Daugherty; and correspondence of Horatio Calder from Henry Budd.

Wren (family)

Zanadvoraff family fonds

  • PR-0004
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1931

The fonds consists of various images including, but not limited to, 24th May parade, Yates St., Victoria; Jordan River Power Project; house at 1132 Empress Avenue, Victoria; Jordan River area, various people; unknown soldiers, East Bay Fisheries; group - "Gorge Rain, Victoria"; Beacon Hill Park, Portrait of Victor Zanadvoraff; snapshots of Holden.

Zanadvoraff (family)

Woman's Missionary Society British Columbia Conference Branch fonds

  • PR-1927
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1950 [Microfilmed 196-]

The fonds consists of minutes of meetings of the British Columbia Conference Branch of the Woman's Missionary Society, 29 April 1926 - 22 March 1950.

United Church of Canada. Woman's Missionary Society. British Columbia Conference Branch

A.C. Murray fonds

  • PR-1684
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1895

The fonds consists of Alexander Murray's correspondence from J. MacDonald of Babine Portage, William Fox at Bears Lake outpost, William Sinclair at Frasers Lake and various others from other posts.

Murray, Alexander Campbell, 1858-1931

Al Bowen fonds

  • PR-1218
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1910

The fonds consists of Al Bowen's photographs of Vancouver Island, railroad construction and camp scenes.

Bowen, Al

Albert S. Reeve fonds

  • PR-1937
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1885 [Microfilmed 196-]

The fonds consists of certificates pertaining to Reeve's naval career.

Reeve, Albert S.

Adelaide Ash fonds

  • PR-1564
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1872

The fonds consists of Ash's travel diary.

Ash, Adelaide

Agapius Honcharenko fonds

  • PR-1582
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1890

The fonds consists of correspondence and an article of Agapius Honcharenko pertaining to Alaska.

Honcharenko, Agapius, 1832-1916

Alice Ravenhill fonds

  • PR-1688
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1945

The fonds consists predominantly of records relating the publication of “Meet Mr. Coyote”, “Folklore of the Far West”, “The Native Tribes of British Columbia”, and “A Corner Stone of Canadian Culture”. In addition to these records there are correspondence and notes that tangentially relate to these publications and the creator’s interest in the artwork of B.C. indigenous populations. This includes works of art produced by both the Society for the Furtherance of B.C. Indian Arts and Crafts as well as William A. Newcombe.

The fonds includes drafts, additional legends and artwork that were not published as part of above listed works, correspondence, and records relating to the British Columbia Indian Arts and Welfare Society. Of note, the fonds also contains the doctoral certificate awarded to the creator in 1948 by the University of British Columbia and two examples of embroidery by the creator. These latter two are part of accession 199306-036 and have been assigned identifiers pdp679 and pdp680.

Of those records relating to the writing of “Folklore of the Far West” some had already been re-housed and organized according to their geographic region of origin upon their initial arrival at the Archives; namely those in accessions 199306-036 and F/1/R19. This order was not further disturbed by the archivist in the process of arranging these records. Those records in accessions 86-064 and 81-152C, which had not been previously processed, were left in the order in which they were bound on entry to the archives and include records relating to each of the publications listed above.

Ravenhill, Alice, 1859-1954

Annandale family fonds

  • PR-1721
  • Fonds
  • 1823, 1862, 1879

The fonds consists of death notice of Peter Annandale as well as letters patent and will of Alexander Annandale.

Annandale (family)

Augsburg Menighed Church fonds

  • PR-1962
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1946 [Microfilmed 196-]

The fonds consists of baptism, marriage and death registers of the Augsburg Menighed Church of Bella Coola, B.C.

Augsburg Menighed Church

Bank of British North America Greenwood Branch fonds

  • PR-1438
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1907

The fonds consists of bank manager's reports and correspondence of the Greenwood branch of the Bank of British North America.

Bank of British North America (Greenwood, B.C.)

Beanlands family fonds

  • PR-1098
  • Fonds
  • 1900

The fonds consists of photographs of the Beanlands family and servants.

Beanlands (family)

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