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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 sub-series:

A. Departmental files
B. Federal files
C. General files
D. Railway files

British Columbia. Premier

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

Records of the Legislative Internship Programme

  • GR-3691
  • Series
  • 1979-1982

The series consists of records collected by Clarence Reser during his employment in the Office of the Legislative Internship Programme, and includes manuals, reports and correspondence.

The Program was established in January 1976, patterned after the Parliamentary Internship Program introduced in the Canadian House of Commons in 1969, enabling Canadian university graduates to supplement their academic training by observing the daily workings of the Legislature first-hand and by providing Members of the Legislative Assembly with additional assistance during the parliamentary session. The Program is sponsored by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

The fonds also includes photographs depicting legislative interns, circa. 1979, the B.C. Legislature and Members of the Legislative Assembly. Also included is a ceramic trivet depicting the Legislative Assembly buildings and commemorating the 23rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, British Columbia tour, September 1977.

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Office of the Speaker

Donated Surplus: Being a Series of Autobiographical Essays

The series consists of a typescript copy of "Donated Surplus: Being a Series of Autobiographical Essays". They are reminiscences of Clive Cornish's boyhood in Vancouver, school days at Vernon Preparatory School (1920-1922), and early career as bank junior and clerk in salmon exporting house. Also contains sketch of his later career as chartered accountant and freelance writer. Includes memoir and autobiographical manuscript of the his father, Edgar Osman Cornish, a prominent salmon canneries exporter and commission agent.

Correspondence outward

The series consists of two letterbooks created by Archibald McDonald from April 1838 to August 1841 and from August 1841 to May 1842. The books contain McDonald's correspondence copies to Hudson's Bay Company officials and officers and relates to all aspects of the administration and operation of Fort Colvile.

Nanaimo waste book

The series consists of a waste or account book, kept at Fort Nanaimo between 1854 and 1861. There are entries concerning supplies for individual employees as well as supplies listed for general labour for November 1854. There are inventories made in October of each year from 1855 to 1861, consisting of lists of stock, supplies, livestock and furniture as well as lumber, coal, fur and cash information.

Nanaimo correspondence : James Dougas - Joseph W. McKay

  • A/C/20.1 N15
  • Series
  • 1936 (originally created Aug. 1852 - Sep. 1853)
  • Part of Fort Nanaimo fonds

The series consists of a bound, typed, transcript copy of a letter book kept by Joseph W. McKay at Fort Nanaimo, 1852-1853. The letters are between McKay and James Douglas, who was based at Fort Victoria. The first letter in the book is dated August 24, 1852 and is from Douglas who directed McKay to proceed to Wentuhuysen Inlet, commonly known as Nanymo Bay, to formally take possession of the coal beds on behalf of the Hudson's Bay Company. The correspondence then continues between the two men until September 27, 1853 and is mostly concerned with the coal mining operations taking place. Missing letters, most notably the section from November 6, 1852 to April 4, 1853, are listed with a note from Judge Howay explaining that "the letters were left blank in the original book, it evidently having been Mr. McKay's intention to copy them later."

Nanaimo journal

  • A/C/20.1 N15.2
  • Series
  • 1936 (originally created Aug. 1855 - Mar. 1857)
  • Part of Fort Nanaimo fonds

The series consists of a bound, typed, transcript copy of a journal kept by Captain Charles Edward Stuart at Fort Nanaimo, 1855-1857. Stuart kept daily notes on the weather, details of ships and people arriving, and work taking place. Most of the entries are brief but many are longer with more detailed information about events happening in and around the Fort.

Correspondence outward : W.H. McNeill

The series consists of a volume of letterbook copies of outward correspondence kept by Captain W.H. McNeill while based at Fort Nisqually 1841-1842. Most of the letters are to John McLoughlin or James Douglas at Fort Vancouver and detail the work being carried out at Fort Nisqually along with requests for food and equipment. Other letters are to Captain James Scarborough directing the activities of the schooner Cadboro and to James Yale at Fort Langley.

The book also contains five letters from 1845 written from Sitka, New Archangel and Fort Stikine. They are to Captain Humphreys of the steamer Beaver, John McLoughlin and John Work regarding McNeill's dispute with Humphreys over transport to Fort Stikine. There is also a letter to the HBC committee in London regarding activity on the coast.

The second half of the volume has been flipped upside down and used for the writing of lines, presumably by a child practicing writing.

Correspondence outward

The series consists of correspondence out from Fort Vancouver, 1846-1848, signed by Peter Skene Ogden and James Douglas. The records consist of originals, borrowed transcripts and transcript copies. Almost all of the letters are addressed to Dr. W.F. Tolmie, at Fort Nisqually

Correspondence outward

The series consists of correspondence from Peter Skene Ogden at Fort Vancouver to W.F. Tolmie at Fort Nisqually, written between 1847 and 1848. Some of the letters are transcript copies only.

Correspondence outward

The series consists of correspondence outward written by Dugald Mactavish between 1854 and 1858 from Vancouver, Washington Territory. The letters are a mixture of original records and transcript copies from other sources. They are mostly written to W.F. Tolmie at Fort Nisqually and to Henry Peers or William Sinclair at Cowlitz Farm. The letters are primarily concerned with the sale and transport of goods between various forts but also touch on local events and news.

Files of Centennial Photographers Ltd.

  • GR-0626
  • Series
  • 1958

This series consists of the paper files of Centennial Photographers Ltd. who endeavoured to compile a photographic record of centennial events, 1958. Most records consist of correspondence.

Centennial Photographers Ltd.

Correspondence and other material regarding salaries

  • GR-0633
  • Series
  • 1930

This series consists of correspondence, memoranda and notes regarding salary adjustments in the Provincial Secretary's Department.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Memorandum (incomplete) of Social Assistance Branch

  • GR-0636
  • Series
  • 1944

Incomplete memorandum on the Department's Social Assistance Branch, prepared by E.W. Griffith, Assistant Deputy Provincial Secretary.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Newspaper clippings and other material

  • GR-0638
  • Series
  • 1906-1908

This series consists of newspaper clippings concerning public health and the campaign to establish an institution for the treatment of tuberculosis. Includes one photograph, "Lepers at D'arcy Island".

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Oath of Allegiance and other material

  • GR-0642
  • Series
  • [1952-1960?]

Oath of Allegiance and Oaths of Office, Instructions, and Commission.

British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor

Treasury letterbook and other material

  • GR-0643
  • Series
  • 1859-1871

This series consists of records relating to the Colony of British Columbia Treasury. Records include letterbook correspondence of the Acting Colonial Secretary with the Treasurer (1859); record of claims for allowance of civil and military officers (1861-1868); and an account of expenditures (1870-1871).

British Columbia. Treasury

Correspondence index

  • GR-0644
  • Series
  • 1872-1875

This series consists of an index of correspondence from the Department of the Provincial Secretary, 1872-1875.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Forms and other material

  • GR-0646
  • Series
  • 1920-1947

This series consists of forms used and procedures followed in the execution of various statutes administered by the Provincial Secretary. Records also include minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, and newsletters of the B.C. Provincial Government Employees Association, 1945-1947.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Arbitration award correspondence

  • GR-0691
  • Series
  • Photocopied 1978 (originally created 1973)

This series consists of a photocopied award in the matter of an arbitration between Okanagan Telephone Company and the Federation of Telephone Workers of British Columbia and Nicola Arden Arnott (grievor).

British Columbia. Dept. of Labour

Letters inward from Gilbert Malcolm Sproat

  • GR-0695
  • Series
  • 1872

This series consists of letters inward from Gilbert M. Sproat, Agent General, London, England, received by the Provincial Secretary, 1872.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Correspondence from convention held at Harrison Hot Springs

  • GR-0700
  • Series
  • 1946

This series consists of eight pages of correspondence regarding subjects arising from the convention held at Harrison Hot Springs, B.C., September 23, 24 and 25, 1946 to be submitted to the Hon. the Premier and the Cabinet by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Guides and indexes to correspondence

  • GR-0702
  • Series
  • 1902-1937

This series consists of guides and indexes to correspondence from the Department of the Attorney General. Records include a subject index, 1911-1918; a guide to filing system, 1902-1911, including index to subject drawers; a guide to filing system, 1919-1924; and a guide to filing system, 1925-1937.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Record book

  • GR-0714
  • Series
  • 1861-1863

This series consists of one volume of a Colony of British Columbia Supreme Court of Civil Justice record book of cases heard at Yale, Lytton, Lillooet, Quesnel Forks, Antler Creek, Beaver Lake, Hope, Douglas, and New Westminster, from 1861-1863.

British Columbia (Colony). Supreme Court of Civil Justice

Select Standing Committee on Mines minute book

  • GR-0720
  • Series
  • 1890-1908

This series consists of a minute book from the Select Standing Committee on Mines minute book, 28 February 1890 - 6 February 1908, and one file of correspondence and memoranda.

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Select Standing Committee on Mines

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