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Public Works specifications and other material

  • GR-0070
  • Series
  • 1872-1924

The series consists of specifications for Public Works buildings, including occasional plans and contract forms, created between 1872 and 1924 by the Dept. of Public Works.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Correspondence and reports from Department of Provincial Secretary

  • GR-1665
  • Series
  • 1887-1953

This series contains miscellaneous correspondence and reports. These records were originally a part of the Provincial Secretary's central registry but, for reasons unknown, became separated from the department's main files. A wide variety of subjects are addressed in these records.

Many of the records in this unit concern investigations carried out under the authority of the Departmental Inquiries Act and the Public Inquiries Act. Many relate to conditions in public institutions and activities of government employees. Many inquiries relate to hospitals and schools in the province, including Vernon Mental Hospital, Tranquille Sanatorium, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and Provincial Mental Hospital at Essondale. Other inquiries and Commissions include bribery of the Liquor Control Board, the Beban Mine disaster, Royal Commission on Dominion Provincial Relations, Inquiry into the death of John Meredith Sweeney and the state and management of the Quartermaster Stores of the Provincial Police Force.

The records also relate to child welfare programs, including the general management of the Provincial Industrial School for Boys and to the Girls' Industrial School, ca. 1930-1945. Additional documents in this collection relate to subjects such as squatters' claims at the Granville Townsite [Vancouver (1887)], to the Fraser River Flood Relief programme (1894), applications for seed, the Victoria Consolidated Hydraulic Mining Co., government perquisites, legislation, estates, and to proposed sites for the University of British Columbia (1910). "Anti-Oriental" petitions and voting returns of the 1924 beer-by-the-glass plebiscite also included.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Administrative records

  • GR-2569
  • Series
  • 1890-1947

The Provincial Secretary was responsible for the administration of grants to public hospitals, and later regulation of the the hospitals, until the Hospital Insurance Service was established as the third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare in 1948. At that time the regulation of hospitals became the responsibility of the Hospital Insurance Service Branch. This collection is comprised of 6 series of records relating to the administration of the public hospitals of B.C.: files for individual public hospitals relating to special grants (1915-1947), annual reports of the public hospitals (1921-1933), correspondence of the Provincial Secretary and the Deputy Provincial Secretary with the public hospitals (1921-1933), a card series detailing monthly grants to the individual hospitals (1923-1941), a card series entitled "Liquor profits to hospitals" (1922-1929) and a card series detailing grants to orphanages and other charitable institutions and organizations (1890-1934). The series are not all complete. While there are annual reports of the hospitals for the years 1921-1937, the only complete sets are for 1921, 1923-1925, 1934 and 1936. Boxes 1-11 : Files re: special grants to individual hospitals (may contain blueprints, photos, reports, correspondence, etc.) 1915-1947 Boxes 12-15 : Annual reports of hospitals 1921-1937 Boxes 16-19 : Correspondence of the Provincial Secretary and Deputy Provincial Secretary re: hospital funding 1921-1933 Boxes 20-22 : 3 card sets detailing funding to hospitals and other charitable institutions 1890-1941

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Public Works contracts and other material

  • GR-0054
  • Series
  • 1893-1926

The series consists of records created by the Dept. of Public Works between 1893 and 1926. The files contain contracts, specifications, and plans of Public Works buildings such as schools, gaols, court houses and hospitals. They are arranged chronologically.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Tranquille Sanatorium records

  • GR-2654
  • Series
  • 1909-1956

In 1907 the British Columbia Anti-Tuberculosis Society built the Tranquille sanatorium for the care of persons afflicted with Tuberculosis. The provincial government purchased the sanatorium in 1921 from the Society. This unit includes a small amount of material from the pre-1921 period (1909-1920).

This unit includes records of the Anti-Tuberculosis Society, correspondence of the medical superintendent of Tranquille Sanatorium with his counterparts at many sanatoria in North America and with the Deputy Provincial Secretary. The reports of the Central Council of the Tuberculosis Division and the Coordinating Committee at Tranquille give a good picture of life in the institution, as does the file labelled "Pests". The lectures and examinations for student nurses give a useful view of the understanding and treatment of the disease. The unit also includes packages for various departmental conferences in the 1930s which show how the various branches of the Department of the Provincial Secretary were coordinated.

In 1958, when it was no longer required as a tuberculosis hospital, Tranquille was transferred to Mental Health Services.

Tranquille Sanatorium

Public Works correspondence

  • GR-1615
  • Series
  • 1910-1970

The series consists of general correspondence files created by the Dept. of Public Works between 1910 and 1970.
The files are concerned primarily with Provincial Government buildings including the Parliament Buildings, Provincial Archives, Provincial Museum, as well as jails, courthouses, hospitals, office buildings, etc. throughout the province. The series also contains files relating to the control of Japanese nationals during World War II.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Hospital constitutions and bylaws

  • GR-3724
  • Series
  • 1911-1987

The series consists of correspondence, memos, annual reports, draft bylaws, procedures, short reports, constitutions, certificates created under the Societies Act, and small booklets, usually pertaining to a hospital society’s constitution and bylaws. The records provide evidence of the process of developing and amending constitutions and bylaws for hospital societies across British Columbia. Hospital societies appear to have been governed under both the Hospitals Act and the Societies Act, and the Revised Statutes of British Columbia has noted that “notwithstanding the Society Act, a society that owns or operates a hospital shall not exercise any of the borrowing powers conferred by the Society Act without the prior approval of the minister.” (RSBC 1979, c. 176) Under later iterations of the Hospitals Act, a society could not change its constitution or bylaws without ministerial approval. In many cases, however, amendments appear to have been made to the consitutions and bylaws in this series in order to comply with changes made to the Societies Act.

Records in this series are arranged alphabetically by institution name. The BC Cancer Foundation has been filed under “c” for “Cancer Foundation,” and the Mount Waddington Hospital Society was filed under “P” for Port McNeill.

Some of the files originally had records on both the left and right side of the file folder. The metal clips holding these records in place have been removed for preservation purposes. Records that were originally on the left side of the file can be found on the top of the records and are face down. Records that were originally on the right side of the file are on the bottom of the pile, and are face up.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Hospital Programmes Administration Files

  • GR-1549
  • Series
  • 1911-1946

This series contains Hospital Programmes Administration files covering the period 1911-1946. Records include correspondence and reports relating to the operations of community hospitals throughout the province. Includes correspondence pertaining to resident physicians, local hospital boards, and the administration of the Hospital Act.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Frederick Bell fonds

  • PR-1175
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1973

The fonds consists of diaries, correspondence and miscellaneous papers. Fonds includes photographs of Garibaldi Park and of the Bell Family, as well as copies of prints from the National Archives of Canada and approximately 37 published maps. The fonds also includes files on hospital accreditation created by F.C. Bell between 1955 and 1959.

Bell, Frederick, 1883-1971

Register of licences to private hospitals

  • GR-0281
  • Series
  • 1913-1957

The series consists of a register of licences to private hospitals created by the Hospital Insurance Service and its predecessor, the Provincial Board of Health, between 1913 and 1957.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Provincial Secretary correspondence

  • GR-0157
  • Series
  • 1913-1916

The series consists of correspondence, 1913-1916, that was originally a part of the Provincial Secretary's Central Registry. The records include grant applications from charitable organizations (e.g. Salvation Army Rescue and Maternity Home, Vancouver); petitions from various citizens groups and trades organizations (e.g. re: Pacific Great Eastern railway, prohibition, and Weekly Half Holiday Act); plus files on diverse topics such as the Belgian Relief Fund (which was administered by the Provincial Secretary), the Progress Club of Vancouver, the provincial coat-of-arms, prohibition, half-day closing, the Provincial Archives and W.W. Walkem's "Stories of Early British Columbia".

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Returned Soldier's Aid Commission records

  • GR-0126
  • Series
  • 1916-1920

The series consists of records created by the Provincial Secretary between 1916 and 1920, in his capacity as chairman of the British Columbia Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission.

The records include daily orders issued by Col. J.S. Harvey, Commander of Unit "J", Military Hospitals, No. XI District Depot Casualty Company and Hospital Section (Victoria, B.C. and Hastings Park, Vancouver, B.C.). The series also includes lists of B.C. men who served in the armed forces of Canada and Great Britain during the First World War. The lists are arranged by servicemen's former civilian occupation.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Health Association of British Columbia fonds

  • PR-1111
  • Fonds
  • 1918-2002

The fonds consists of the records of the Health Association of British Columbia and its predecessor organization the British Columbia Hospitals' Association. The records date from 1918 to 2002.

Health Association of British Columbia

Hospital photographs

  • GR-3423
  • Series
  • 1920-1974

The series consists of photograph files created by the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service between 1949 and 1974 and including photographs back to 1920. The photographs, mostly black and white prints, are arranged in files alphabetically by community and consist of photographs of interior and exterior shots of hospitals and hospital construction, In addition to the files, there is a scrapbook of hospital photographs, also arranged alphabetically by community. The accompanying negatives are arranged by number.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Public Works contracts and other material

  • GR-0071
  • Series
  • 1924-1954

The series consists of contract sets for diverse public works: buildings, bridges, roads and road works, ferries and ferry facilities, etc. The contract sets, usually signed by the contractor and the minister, often include the notices to contractors as they appeared in The British Columbia Gazette, tender forms, schedules of quantities, specifications, contracts, insurance policies, correspondence, and plans.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Hospital programs photographs

  • GR-3422
  • Series
  • 1929-1977

The series consists of photographs created by the British Columbia Hospital Programs and its predecessor body, the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service, between 1949 and 1975 and including photographs back to 1929. The photographs are mostly black and white prints but there are also negatives and some colour prints. The photographs are in no particular order and document proposals, construction, ceremonies and openings of provincial hospitals. There are also press photos of senior staff, ministers, MLA's and branch staff. Occasionally a piece of correspondence relating to the photograph is included in the file.

British Columbia. Hospital Programs

Provincial Secretary executive records

  • GR-0496
  • Series
  • 1929-1947

This series consists of executive records of the Provincial Secretary, covering a wide variety of topics. The Provincial Secretary's department was responsible for a broad range of legislation and activities - including the civil service, provincial elections and (until 1946) health and welfare services. These records comprise part of the former Provincial Secretary's Central Registry. This registry consisted of general correspondence, policy directives, branch reports, inter-departmental memoranda, circulars, grant applications, and a host of miscellaneous documents.

The finding aid consists of two parts. Part I is a box/file list showing the original order and arrangement of the records. The records fall into six categories or subseries:

A. General correspondence: correspondence inward (with replies), reports, circulars, etc.
B. Appointments: correspondence, commissions, oaths of allegiance of coroners, magistrates, and other appointed officials.
C. Resident Physicians: correspondence re: grants paid to physicians in isolated communities
D. Grants: correspondence and reports pertaining to grants paid to various community groups and charitable organizations, service clubs, etc.
E. Workmen's Compensation Board: circulars, etc.
F. Contemporary card indexes: alphabetical subject index cards. Part II: Subject Index

Part II of this finding aid consists of a subject index compiled by the Provincial Archives of BC. The index indicates the main topics or subject areas - e.g. Provincial Infirmary, Elections, Industrial Schools, etc. which are documented in GR-0496. The index does not claim to be comprehensive or exhaustive, but it should help researchers to locate documents which concern particular institutions or activities.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Policy administration manual and other material

  • GR-0620
  • Series
  • ca. 1930-1940

This series consists of a manual containing memoranda, correspondence and forms pertaining to the administration of policy by officials in the Provincial Secretary's Department, 1940-1950.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Deputy Provincial Secretary records

  • GR-0497
  • Series
  • 1930-1946

This series consists of the personal files of the Deputy Provincial Secretary, Paschal de Noe Walker, 1930-1946. Records deal with health and welfare facilities (hospitals, industrial schools, etc.), social services, elections, libraries, museums and a variety of other programmes and services administered by the Provincial Secretary's department.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Specifications and contracts

  • GR-1985
  • Series
  • [ca. 1930-1970]

Specifications and contracts (filed by area and building number). These records are associated with other unaccessioned hard copy indexes and microform drawings.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Memoranda and report on information

  • GR-0749
  • Series
  • 1934

This series consists of a memoranda and report on information collected in reference to certain phases of hospital work in British Columbia from the Provincial Secretary, 1934.

British Columbia. Provincial Secretary. State Health Insurance Research

Division of Tuberculosis Control operational records

  • GR-0378
  • Series
  • 1934-1969, 2002-2004

This series consists of records of the Division of Tuberculosis Control, including files relating to Pearson Hospital, the B.C. Tuberculosis Society, committals to sanatoria, and records relating to meetings of the staff from 1934-1969. The series also consists of two annual reports issued by the Division of Tuberculosis Control between 2002 and 2004.

British Columbia. Division of Tuberculosis Control

Publications relating to regulation of hospitals

  • GR-2650
  • Series
  • 1937-1971

Records of the Finance Division of the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service, hospital manuals issued by the BCHIS and publications relating to hospitals and hospital management.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service


  • GR-2570
  • Series
  • 1937-1956

Scrapbook of the Inspector of Hospitals. Contains articles regarding programs for the care of the chronically ill, care of the aged, child care programs, mental illness and hygiene, home care programs and other subjects. Also contains pamphlets regarding alcoholism and drug addiction.

British Columbia. Office of the Inspector of Hospitals

Private hospital establishment and inspection records

  • GR-3652
  • Series
  • 1941-1982

The series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, financial statements, lists and inventories and sale agreements relating to private hospitals across the province. The records were created between 1941 and 1982 by the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service and its successor body, the Hospital programs branch of the Ministry of Health. The records provide evidence of the licensing function of the branch, and provide information about the administrative structure of private hospitals in the province. Under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1960, c. 178, s. 10) no private hospital could be licensed without first receiving approval from the Chief Inspector. The series also provides evidence of the closure of private hospitals and the transferal of patients to other facilities. The series also includes a number of inspection reports for private facilities, although these are by no means complete and GR-2565 and GR-2567 provide additional inspection reports.

The series is arranged alphabetically by property name.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Hospital land titles and authorization records

  • GR-3653
  • Series
  • 1942-1986

The series consists of correspondence, memoranda, news releases, notes, financial statements, leases, land deeds and certificates for hospital land across British Columbia. The records were created between 1942 and 1986, with the majority of the files dating to the 1960s and 1970s. The series was created by the Hospital Programs branch of the Ministry of Health and documents the Division’s property management functions. The series consists of case files relating to the acquisition and disposal of hospital property, as well as responses to surveys sent by the Ministry of Health, and correspondence with various Land Registry Offices across the province. The surveys sent by the Ministry of Health requested that hospitals send details of their property in order to verify the existing property information held on record by the Ministry. Many of the records appear to have been generated in response to section 41 of the Hospital Act (RSBC 1960 c. 178), which states that, if a hospital is leased or transferred to another body, this action requires the written approval of the Minister.

Records in this series are covered by a variety of BC government ARCS numbers. Files are generally arranged alphabetically by the name of the hospital, although correspondence, survey, and disposition files are sometimes interfiled out of alphabetical order.

British Columbia. Hospital Programs

Reports and other material

  • GR-2656
  • Series
  • 1942-1969

This unit contains reports regarding medical services in B.C., a policy manual for the Inspection of Private Hospitals, pamphlets from the Campbell River Hospital and an index to news regarding hospitals in the B.C. Gazette.

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

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