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Pacific Great Eastern Railways lands survey of resources

  • GR-3084
  • Series
  • [ca. 1926-1968]

The series consists a survey of resources of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway lands undertaken by the Government of British Columbia, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the Canadian National Railways. The contents include maps, drawings and photographs.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources

Reports of the Assistant Timber Inspector at Nelson

  • GR-1213
  • Series
  • 1912

This series contains reports by the Assistant Timber Inspector at Nelson on timber cut and royalties payable by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Doukhobor Society.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Railway Department correspondence files

  • GR-0817
  • Series
  • 1912-1953

This series consists of incoming and outgoing general correspondence files, 1912-1953, concerning railways operating in British Columbia. Includes extensive correspondence files on the Westminster Bridge (the Fraser River railway bridge at New Westminster); the British Columbia Electric Railway; correspondence relating to common carriers and industrial railroads; legislation affecting the Railway Department, etc. Box 14, Files 1 to 28 are Minister of Railways: general [correspondence] and Box 14, Files 29 to 38 are miscellany.

British Columbia. Railway Dept.

Reginald Tomlinson fonds

  • PR-0162
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1910, 1949

The fonds consists of builders specifications (1949) for the SS Princess Marguerite, a description of Princess fleet vessels of the Canadian Pacific Railway, timetables and photographs of Reginald Tomlinson.

Tomlinson, Reginald

Record books

  • GR-2352
  • Series
  • 1905-1950

The series consists of record books from criminal cases from Supreme and County courts in Vancouver, 1905 to 1950. Volumes 1-4 are in the format of a record book. Volumes 5-13 are cause books. Also included in volume 1 is a list of Special Constables appointed under the Railway Act for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Vancouver and Lulu Island Railway, and the Vancouver, Victoria and Eastern Railway, 1908-1914 and an account of money received and disbursements from Speedy Trials for October and November 1906.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

Railway Department records

  • GR-0877
  • Series
  • 1904-1952

This series consists of records of the Railway Department, 1904-1952. Records include agreements regarding running rights over Fraser River bridge at New Westminster; certificate regarding the amalgamation of the Howe Sound and Northern Railway and the Pacific Great Eastern Railway; contract for PGER locomotives; and leases for land and equipment.

British Columbia. Railway Dept.

Records relating to Special Constables under the Railway Act

  • GR-2884
  • Series
  • 1903-1996

The series consists of applications, certificates of appointment, oaths, certificates of dismissal and indexes for Special Constables under the Railway Act filed at the Vancouver Court Registry between 1903 and 1996. Appointments were made by a Vancouver Police Magistrate or a Vancouver Stipendiary Magistrate (or Deputy) or the Chief Commissioner of Police for the Dominion of Canada on the recommendation of member of the Department of Investigation for the railway company. Certificates of dismissal were issued by the Superintendent or an Inspector of the Department of Investigation of the railway company. This collection has records for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canadian National Railway, the Great Northern Railway and Via Rail Canada.

British Columbia. Court Registry (Vancouver)

Crown land records

  • GR-1408
  • Series
  • 1901-1952

This series contains certificates granted with the object of facilitating registration of title to a portion of Crown lands granted to the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company and the Kaslo and Slocan Railway Company (2 vols.), 1901-1904. It includes notices from the Deputy Minister of Lands certifying grants, 1920, 1937, 1941, and 1952.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Patrick O'Farrell fonds

  • PR-1641
  • Fonds
  • 1900, 1912-1933

The fonds consists of O'Farrell's correspondence relating to his work with the CPR.

O'Farrell, Patrick

Edmund Duchesnay fonds

  • PR-1010
  • Fonds
  • 1897

The fonds consists of a diary (1897) kept by Duchesnay while examining the Stikine River and the country between Telegraph Creek and Teslin Lake for the proposed Canadian-Yukon railway.

Duchesnay, Edmund, d. 1901

Thomas O. Kilpatrick fonds

  • PR-0594
  • Fonds
  • Photocopied 1973, 1975 (originally created 1893-1965)

The fonds consists of copies of records created by Thomas O. Kilpatrick. They include appointments, correspondence, subject files and a diary.

Kilpatrick, Thomas O., d. 1939

Bordertown Publishing collection

  • PR-2282
  • Collection
  • 1886-1966 ; predominant 1920s-1950s

The collection consists of photographic negatives that mainly depict railway operations in western Canada, particularly British Columbia, from 1886 to 1966. The collection was accumulated from photographs shot or collected by Albert Paull, Roy Jennings and P.H. "Spike" Brown, as well as some other private collectors. These photographs document the history, equipment and operations of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railways, Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, and Pacific Great Eastern Railway. A wide range of subjects is depicted, including locomotives (steam, electric and diesel), rolling stock, snow plows, stations, water towers, trestles, bridges, right-of-way scenes, and interior views. In addition, there is a small group of industrial subjects, including images relating to the National Harbours Board, various collieries, the Victoria and Sidney Railway, and a number of lumber companies on Vancouver Island. The negatives are organized in five alpha-numeric series, using prefixes that indicate the subject railways -- CP, CN, EN, and PGE -- and IND (for industrial and miscellaneous subjects). The collection also contain a small amount of textual material, including two copies of Bordertown's published "Catalog No. 1" and two typescript copies of the complete Bordertown collection index, prepared in 1979. (See "Finding Aids", below.)

Bordertown Publishing

Donald MacLachlan fonds

  • PR-2303
  • Fonds
  • 1886-2011

The fonds consists of records documenting the professional and personal life of Donald MacLachlan. The predominant theme of the records is MacLachlan's involvement in the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, its history, operations, and advocacy when threatened with closure. The records contain textual material, photographs and plans, maps and drawings both created and collected by MacLachlan.

MacLachlan, Donald F.

Edouard Deville fonds

  • PR-0982
  • Fonds
  • 1886

The fonds consists of albumen prints of the CPR line from Port Arthur to Victoria.

Deville, Edouard Gaston Daniel, 1849-1924

Alexander Begg fonds

  • PR-1178
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1894

The fonds consists of Alexander Begg's letterbook and questionnaires distributed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Land Department to settlers in the North West Territory and a manuscript of the "History of the North West".

Begg, Alexander, 1839-1897

William M. Sloan fonds

  • PR-2376
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1994

The fonds consists primarily of the professional records of Bill Sloan, and document his career in the forestry industry—especially as it related to land management for Canadian Pacific and the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. Many of the records appear to have been collected by Sloan either because of his personal interest in the topic or for his professional work, and as such, many of the records fall outside of the time frame of Sloan’s professional career.

The records have been described in two series: MS-3341, Professional papers; and MS-3342, Photographs.

Sloan, William McDougal , 1919-2010


  • GR-1306
  • Series
  • 1881

This series contains correspondence between Amor De Cosmos, as Special Agent to London, and others, respecting the Petition of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, to the Queen, on the subject of the Canadian Pacific Railway from March 22nd 1881 to August 31st 1881. The series includes a printed copy of B.C. legislature's petition to the Queen, along with a manuscript copy of the Canadian Pacific Railway memorandum on "Vancouver Island Railway," December 1881. De Cosmos' map showing CPR terminus at Port Moody, alienated railway land on Vancouver Island, proposed ferry routes, etc. were transferred to PABC Library & Maps Division under accession M889117.

British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor

C.H. Gamsby fonds

  • PR-0967
  • Fonds
  • 1881

The fonds consists of a diary of Canadian Pacific Railway surveys of Port Moody and Fraser Valley. [Also available on microfilm.]

Gamsby, C.H.

Andrew J. Onderdonk fonds

  • PR-1803
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1881]

The fonds consists of photographs depicting the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Pacific Section, including views of landscapes, tunnels, structures, construction workers, First Nations along the route, and portraits of the Onderdonk family, business associates, and friends.

Onderdonk, Andrew J., 1848-1905

George A. Keefer fonds

  • PR-1589
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1884

The fonds consists of copies of outward telegrams of George A. Keefer pertaining to progress reports on railway construction.

Keefer, George A.

A.I. McLean fonds

  • PR-1594
  • Fonds
  • 1877

The fonds consists of McLean's survey book for a survey near Edmonton.

McLean, A.I.

Joseph Hunter fonds

  • PR-0689
  • Fonds
  • 1874-1934

The fonds consists of notes and sketches of exploration from Quesnel to Salmon River, a journal, letterbooks, diaries, correspondence regarding Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir), Canadian Pacific Railway and surveys.

Hunter, Joseph, 1842-1935

Charles Horetzky fonds

  • PR-0803
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1875

The fonds consists of two photograph albums created by Charles Horetzky around 1875.

Horetzky, Charles

Earl Marsh collection

  • PR-2362
  • Collection
  • 1868-1999; predominant 1922-1975

The collection consists of the records gathered by Earl Marsh, who intended to preserve the history of the British Columbia Coast Steamship Service (BCCSS) and the maritime history of British Columbia generally. He primarily collected records from BCCSS employees and their family members, as well as libraries and archives.

The collection also consists of the employment records of Earl Marsh, personal correspondence pertaining to his collecting activities, and records Marsh probably used in his position as accountant for the BCCSS.

Marsh accumulated the bulk of his collection between 1964 and 1973, during the last years in which the BCCSS provided passenger services. The records themselves were created between 1868 and 1999, with the majority created between 1922 and 1975. Records in the collection pertain primarily to the province of British Columbia, Washington State, and the state of Alaska.

The main subject of Earl Marsh’s collection is the BCCSS. Marsh was interested in the practical operations of the organization and its regional context, so his collection includes records about the BCCSS’s privately-owned competitors, other branches of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company engaged in shipping, and the establishment of government ferry services in British Columbia.

Operational records of the BCCSS provide insight into the lives of crew members who worked on ships, the financial state of the company, the design and construction of ships and shipping infrastructure, coastal weather and tide patterns, and significant shipwrecks.

As an employee of the BCCSS, Marsh had a special interest in crew members. The records reveal the job duties, union contracts, and company guidelines that shaped the lives of the workers. In addition, Marsh’s collection contains a small selection of records about the Chinese Canadian crew members of BCCSS ships. Many of these workers were employed at the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act and experienced systematic discrimination by their employer.

Marsh was also particularly fascinated by the passenger services offered by the BCCSS on their line of 32 “Princess” steamships. Prior to the First World War, Princess ships represented the height of elegance and efficiency in coastal transportation. Marsh gathered numerous photographs, menus, deck plans, and newspaper clippings that convey some of the glamour of passenger travel aboard these ships.

The records originated with different creators. The majority of the records were created by the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company, which was eventually taken over by the BCCSS, the BCCSS, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Some records were created by other branches of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, such as the British Columbia Lake and River Service.

Documentary forms include scrapbooks about the BCCSS, subject files, scrapbooks about other shipping companies, original BCCSS volumes such as log and time books, ephemera and photographic negatives, files of personal records, and rolls of technical drawings. Records were originally arranged in groupings according to their subject (often indicated in a folder title) and documentary form. Within some subject groupings, Marsh arranged files alphabetically.

The subjects of BCCSS-related scrapbooks include the numerous ships in the Princess line, staff members, and other aspects of the organization's history. Among many other material types, the scrapbooks contain news clippings, original company correspondence and financial records, photographs, and technical drawings. Marsh arranged these scrapbooks in rough alphabetical order.

Marsh maintained subject files on numerous ships in the Princess line, BCCSS staff members and history, and the history of other shipping companies, including the Puget Sound Navigation Company and Black Ball Ferries Limited. He kept his files on BCCSS ships in rough alphabetical order.

Marsh’s scrapbooks about non-BCCSS companies cover other branches of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and organizations based in Washington State and the state of Alaska. These scrapbooks were not maintained in any discernible order.

Marsh maintained log books and time books from the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company and BCCSS; however, few complete sets of log books and time books exist for various ships. He also collected road maps and ephemera such as post cards, along with photographs, negatives, and slides, in random order in shoeboxes.

Marsh included his own personal correspondence and employment records in the collection. These materials were originally received in labelled files.

Marsh kept technical drawings in large rolls. Often, a roll featured upwards of 20 drawings of a single ship.

The archivist arranged the collection in six series that reflect Marsh’s original order:

MS-3254 - Scrapbooks, Canadian Pacific Railway Company records, and subject files
MS-3255 - Ship log books
MS-3256 - Time books
MS-3257 - Personal correspondence, employment records, and journal
MS-3258 - Photographs, road maps, and ephemera
MS-3259 - Technical drawings, map, and construction specifications for BCCSS ship Princess Louise II

Marsh, Earl John

Ashdown Green fonds

  • PR-0816
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1874

The fonds consists of Green's diaries relating to survey work for the Canadian Pacific Railway and a survey of Saltspring Island.

Green, Ashdown, 1840-1927

Daniel Wishart Mainguy fonds

  • PR-0592
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1884

The fonds consists of journals describing Daniel Mainguy's travels, his life at Chemainus and his work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. [Also available on microfilm.]

Mainguy, Daniel Wishart

George Hargreaves fonds

  • PR-0857
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1878

The fonds consists of George Hargreaves' diary, survey notes relating to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and photocopies of correspondence and a "sketch" sent to friends in England.

Hargreaves, George, d. 1910

Records relating to the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Belt and the Canadian Pacific Railway terminus at Burrard Inlet

  • GR-1404
  • Series
  • 1860-1912

This series contains records relating to the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Belt and the Canadian Pacific Railway terminus at Burrard Inlet. The records consist of correspondence, memoranda and other records from the Lands Department. Central files are extracted and filed separately (see f.1 for a list of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo files). These includes correspondence and plans of government reserves at Burrard Inlet and indenture of grant to British Columbia and Vancouver Island Spar Lumber and Sawmill Co., 1860-1866; these materials were filed separately as they pertained to lands comprising the Canadian Pacific Railway terminus at Coal Harbour.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Malcolm McLeod fonds

  • PR-0570
  • Fonds
  • 1823-1899

The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts and notes relating to the Puget's Sound Agricultural Company, the North West Territories and the selection of a route for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

McLeod, Malcolm, 1821-1899

Vernon Denton fonds

  • PR-1402
  • Fonds
  • 1806-1808, 1852-1943

The fonds consists of Denton's correspondence relating primarily to Simon Fraser, copies of Simon Fraser's 1806 and 1808 journals, notes on the fur trade, the Gold Rush, the building of the CPR, and other significant historical events.

Denton, Vernon

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