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Bureau of Mines photograph albums

  • GR-3264
  • Series
  • [188-?]-1936, 1966

The series consists of photographs taken by or collected by the Bureau of Mines, where they were compiled into 30 photograph albums. Some of the albums, or parts of the albums, were compiled at the end of the year's work and were intended by the Provincial Mineralogist to document his annual summer field work throughout the province.

Many of the photographs were published each year in Department bulletins and in the Annual Report of the Minister of Mines. There is a coding in the albums which indicates that a photograph was used in the Annual Report. For example, “R1925 - A182” signifies that the photograph was used in the 1925 Annual Report of the Minister of Mines on page A182. Each Annual Report of the Minister contains narrative descriptions of the field trips taken by the Provincial Mineralogist and other Bureau of Mines staff, so it is possible to trace the relationship each year between these field trip narratives and the photographs.

W. Fleet Robertson (Provincial Mineralogist from 1898 to 1925) took some of the photographs. Beginning ca. 1906, Harold T. Nation was an assistant to the Provincial Mineralogist, and travelled with him on his summer field trips, taking photographs, compiling many of the photo albums and indexing them. Exceptions were the years 1914-1917, when Nation served in the military in Europe, after which he returned to his former position. Others from the Bureau of Mines who contributed to the creation of the albums include: W.A. Carlyle, (W. Fleet Robertson's predecessor as Provincial Mineralogist); J.D. Galloway (Robertson's successor); Herbert Carmichael (an Assistant Mineralogist); and Newton W. Emmens. They took photographs or directed that photos be taken to document their work in the field. Many photographs are labeled “B.C. Bureau of Mines” but the photographer is not identified.

Some of the albums, or parts of albums, appear to have been compiled, not an annual basis, but at a later date, and were labeled “miscellaneous.” They relate to the mining industry, geology, mineralogy, and local culture, but are not related to the annual field trips. The Provincial Mineralogist's office collected some of these from private sources including mining companies and miners. Professional photographers whose work is found in the albums include: R.J. Hughes (Trail, BC), Hughes Bros. (Trail, BC), Joseph F. Spalding (Fernie, BC), Carpenter & Co. (Rossland, BC), Carpenter & Millar (Rossland, BC), The Dominion Photo Company (Vancouver), Richard H. Trueman (R.H. Trueman & Co., Vancouver), E.F. Tucker, and Leonard Frank. There are a small number of photos taken by Charles Camsell of the Geological Survey of Canada, 1911, so it is possible others were taken by federal government employees.

Subjects include a very wide range of industrial and cultural activities and geographic features. These include: mines and mining operations and equipment; mining camps, prospectors, miners' houses, powder magazines, first aid teams, fire brigades, mine rescue squads and stations; immigrant workers; refineries, smelters, coke ovens, concentrators, brickyards, slag dumps and tailings; railways and rail trestles; boats, scows, ships, and dredging; landscape and terrain features including rivers and mountain ranges; mining industry towns, schools, hospitals, hotels, churches, government offices and wireless offices; First Nations activities and culture, including totem poles, grave sites, and villages; whaling and whaling stations; horse pack trains, Hudson's Bay Company posts; and conferences and congresses attended by Bureau of Mines staff.

Many of the photos are annotated with directions for the printing/publication process. Many are pieced together to create panoramas. Some albums have accompanying individual indexes and some have been indexed in the master alphabetical index.

Container No. Photograph Album
001302-0001 -- Bureau of Mines photographs miscellaneous album, H.T. Nation [album misc. B] ca. 188-?-1919
001302-0002 -- Bureau of Mines D, photographs ca. 1898-1917
001302-0003 -- B.C. Bureau of Mines [E] miscellaneous photographs compiled from October 1927
001302-0004 -- 1895 Bureau of Mines [photo album 29]
001302-0005 -- 1896 Bureau of Mines
001302-0006 -- Bureau of Mines, 1897-1898
001302-0007 -- Bureau of Mines photos 1898, 1899, 1900
001302-0008 -- Dept. of Mines, 1901, 1899-1901
001302-0009 -- Bureau of Mines 1902
001302-0010 -- Bureau of Mines, 1903, Victoria, B.C.
001302-0011 -- Photographs : 1905
001302-0012 -- Bureau of Mines photos collected during 1909 [Harold T. Nation]
001302-0013 -- 1907 Bureau of Mines, Victoria B.C.
001302-0014 -- 1908 photos by Bureau of Mines, Victoria B.C.
001302-0015 -- Odd photos collected in the Provincial Mineralogist's office, entered Nov. 1910
001302-0016 -- Summer trip of the Provincial Mineralogist to the Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers and the Slocan Mining Division, 1911
001302-0017 -- Provincial Mineralogist trip to Cassiar, 1912.
001302-0018 -- Photos for 1913 report, taken by W.F. Robertson, B.G. Forbes, W.M. Brewer, J.D. Galloway
001302-0019 - 1914 photos. Photos with report of Newton W. Emmens on Trout Lake & Lardeau 1914
001302-0020 -- [Bureau of Mines photo album 1915]
001302-0021 -- Photographs : Dept. of Mines album 1916
001302-0022 -- Photographs : Bureau of Mines 1917-1918-1919
001302-0023 -- Photographs : Bureau of Mines 1920-21
001302-0024 -- Photos received at the Bureau of Mines during 1921 & 1922, compiled by Harold T. Nation
001302-0025 -- 1923 current photos, Bureau of Mines, 1920-1925
001302-0026 -- Dept. of Mines album : photos 1925 continued, 1926, 1925-1926
001302-0027 -- Bureau of Mines photographs 1926 (continued), 1927, 1922-1928
001302-0028 -- Bureau of Mines, Victoria, B.C. misc. photos, compiled by Harold T. Nation, 1927 [misc. album C], 1895-1927
001302-0029 -- Bureau of Mines photographs, 1926-1930, 1966
001302-0030 -- Dept. of Mines album 1930, [ca. 1930-1936]

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines

Miscellaneous family trees

The series consists of miscellaneous family trees, originally created between 1951 and 1970, some with updated notes.
MS-3508.1: Dunsmuir, Robert family tree. - 1951-1952. - 1 page and 1 mylar copy.
MS-3508.2: Dallas, A.G. family tree. - 1953. - 1 page
MS-3508.3: Robson, A. family tree / compiled by I. Andak. - 1970. - 1 page.
MS-3508.4: Thomson, Wm. family tree. - 1953, 2009. - 1 page + accompanying material.
MS-3508.5: Work, John family tree. - 1952. - 1 page.
MS-3508.6: Dougas, James family tree / compiled by Margaret Jane MacIntosh. - 1952, 2016. - 1 page + accompanying material.
MS-3508.7: Anderson, A.C. family tree. - [ca. 1950]. - 1 page.
MS-3508.8: Hart, John family tree. -1958. - 1 page.

Continuing Care facilities budget files

  • GR-4126
  • Series
  • 1991 - 1992

This series consists of records documenting the financial operation of community care facilities across BC established under the Community Care Facility Act (RSBC 1996, c.60), repealed and replaced with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (SBC 2002, c.75). The records were created and maintained by the Continuing Care Division of the Ministry of Health (1976-2001) between 1991-1992 in BC. The Continuing Care Division monitored the operation of continuing care facilities such as family care homes, group homes, private hospitals, and intermediate care facilities and provided funding for these facilities to house individuals unable to live independently in the community due to different health related issues.

Records are arranged alphabetically by facility name and fiscal year. They include financial records such as statements of income, administrative expenses, furniture costs; salary schedules; schedules of current and projected costs including percent decrease/ increase; quarterly reports; balance sheets; auditor reports; and related correspondence. These records are classified under the one-time schedule (880181) Facility Budget Files.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Vanderhoof Forest District timber tenures

  • GR-4131
  • Series
  • 1965-2004

This series consists of timber tenure records created by the Vanderhoof Forest District from 1965-2004. Types of tenures include forest licences, licences to cut, timber sale licences, timber sale harvesting licences, woodlot licences and cutting permits. Licensees were required to apply for a forest licence or similar tenure and cutting permits in order to harvest timber. Records may regard the issuance, evaluation, administration, monitoring, planning, replacement, cancellation, deletion and extension of these timber tenures.

The files may consist of records such as applications, ministry approvals, copies of the permit or licence, revisions, correspondence, legal documents, annual reports, operations information, development plans, charts, procedures, audits, reviews, photos, development plans, timber cruise compilations, stumpage rates, appraisals, cruise cards, survey notes, photos, and maps.

The ministries responsible for creating these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:

Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water (1962-1975)
Dept. of Forests (1975-1976 )
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

The records were classified as 19500-40, 19500-45, 19500-55, 19540-25, 19620-45 and 19720-45 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Vanderhoof Forest District

Cominco sound recordings

The series consists of taped interviews and radio broadcasts, all relating to Cominco, including audio cassettes and reels. The material includes thirteen oral history interviews with retired Cominco employees, recorded by students employed under the Young Canada Works Program in the summer of 1977.

Princeton Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2506
  • Series
  • 1926-2002

The series consists of probate estate files created by the Princeton Supreme Court between 1926 and 2002. Files are arranged by file number which are assigned in the order probates are filed with the court. Note that different filing systems were used over time. Original or copies of wills may be included in the files.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Princeton)

Princeton Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4141
  • Series
  • 1986-1997, 2001

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1997 in the Princeton Supreme Court registry. One additional will from 2001 was transferred with the records.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-2506. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Princeton)

Cominco selected records

MS-2500 is an extensive collection of records selected by Cominco, from its offices in Vancouver, Trail, and elsewhere, for transfer to the Provincial Archives. The records include: annual reports, early correspondence, financial and legal records, research and development department records, records of metallurgical, smoke, chemical and fertilizer operations, diverse records of Cominco's various mines, subsidiaries, and affiliates, smoke control records, public relations department records, histories of Cominco, and personnel records.

The legal department series of documents are organized according to the Cominco assigned identifying number, the first two digits of which group the document by subject. For example, numbers beginning with .02 and .03 refer to legal documents re Rossland.

The public relations and advertising series of records were removed from their original filing sequences by Cominco staff for transfer to the Provincial Archives. In that process, evidence of their original order was lost and the series have been reconstructed by Archives’ staff on the basis of physical similarity. In cases where there was no evidence that files have previously existed as a series a note "put into series by Public Archives of British Columbia" has been put beside the series description. The public relations and advertising series contain files relating to the production and management of press releases, brochures on various Cominco operations, employee newsletters, information brochures for employees, shareholder information, some training manuals, files on donations made by Cominco to various community and recreational groups, and information prepared for submission to various regulatory and legislative bodies.

The history files series contains original records selected by Cominco officials because they were thought to be of historical interest. Records include: published and unpublished articles; notes on reference questions answered by the Cominco Library; correspondence, research notes, and draft manuscripts connected with the preparation of company histories; and notes, correspondence, lists of people interviewed, and transcripts connected with Cominco oral history project.

The old Rossland employment history cards series includes the following data on the cards: record card number, name, occupation, age, marital status, height, dependents, weight, nationality, birth, citizenship, last employer, length of employment, date leaving, signature, dates of employment, day rate and bonus earnings, clock number, department, division, classification of work, and reason for quitting, transferring or being laid off. Based on a sampling of recorded occupations, the cards appear to cover employment in the Trail operations as well as at the Rossland mines; specific place of employment is not stated on the cards.

In the insurance history cards in alphabetical order series, each individual represented in the file is documented by two cards. Card 1 contains the following information: name, man number, record of share certificates received, and occupation/job. Card 2 contains: date of birth, gender, marital status, nationality, date entering service, clock numbers, date of severance, reason, beneficiaries, certificate no. plan "A" group assurance c/w dates, certificate no. plan "B" group assurance c/w amount and monthly premiums, payroll deduction authorization c/w signature in full, man number and name.

The general payroll index 1898-1915, found in the IRD (industrial relations division) pay office records, Trail, records series, contains the following information: record of shifts worked, earnings per month, workplace, name, date of birth, nationality, married or single, pay period, clock no., balance, and pick-up balance. In 1916, a new format was introduced along with the existing format and additional information was captured, including: name, department, earning by month and shift, and total bi-monthly. In 1922, the format was changed to a bi-monthly debit-credit sheet with name, date of birth, nationality, marital status, period, ledger page reference, doctor, credit, balance and pick-up balance. In 1927 a “bonus” element was added. In 1932, there was another change in format and the following information was captured: clock no. name, workplace and/or job title, month, man number, month and hours worked, gross, tax, total, and bonus share.

The textual records include annual reports, correspondence, financial and legal records, research and development department records, records of metallurgical, smoke, chemical and fertilizer operations, smoke control records, public relations department records, histories of Cominco, and labour relations and personnel records.

Port Alberni Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4140
  • Series
  • 1986-1987

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1987 in the Port Alberni Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-3008. Each year, the probate numbering sequence was re-set. As such, some probate numbers within this series have been used more than once. Make note of the file number, year, and person’s name when matching records. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Port Alberni)

Cranbook Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-2995
  • Series
  • 1950-2005

This series contains probate/estate files.

The file number refers to the number assigned by the court registry rather than to the file's physical order in the box. Each year, the numbering system restarted from 1 and ascended chronologically. Thus, it is possible to have multiple files with the same number in a box, as they date from different years.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Cranbrook)

Cominco films

The series consists of films (original footage, printing elements and composite prints) which document Cominco operations in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces and territories from approximately the 1920s to the 1970s. Topics include: Cominco power plants, including the Waneta plant; mining and metallurgical operations; sulphuric acid plants; the Kootenay Lake power transmission cable; construction footage at Fording Coal Limited; and Trail diamond jubilee footage. One film, "Challenge in the Rock," presents an overview of the mining industry in British Columbia and the Yukon; another, “The March of Power," documents some of Morrison Knudsen's construction activities in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Cranbrook Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4139
  • Series
  • 1986-1998

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1998 in the Cranbrook Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-2995. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Cranbrook)

Field service systems manuals

  • GR-0339
  • Series
  • 1965; 1977-1980

The series consists of field service systems manuals created by the Ministry of Human Resources and its predecessor agency, the Dept. of Social Welfare, in 1965 and 1977-1980. The manuals provide district supervisors, social workers, and clerical staff with a working guide to the organization, administration, and operation of the Department's district offices.

British Columbia. Ministry of Human Resources (1976-1986)

Lillooet Supreme Court probate/estate files

  • GR-3017
  • Series
  • 1943-2002

This series consists of probate or estate files from the Supreme Court of Lillooet from 1943-2002. Files are arranged by file number which are assigned in the order probates are filed with the court. Note that different filing systems were used over time.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Lillooet)

Powell River Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4138
  • Series
  • 1986-1998

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1998 in the Powell River Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found from 1944 to 1988 by using the index associated with GR-2089. Request assistance from Archives staff for probates after 1988. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Powell River)

Historic Summary of Cominco

The series consists of one 20-page document, entitled “Historic Summary of Cominco,” which presents a chronological timeline of the history of the company from 1890 to 1974. Dated 21 May 1975, it appears under Cominco letterhead, and with the added information “Supervisor, Information research, Cominco.”

Lillooet Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4136
  • Series
  • 1986-2002

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 2002 in the Lillooet Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-3017. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Lillooet)

Salmon Arm Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4135
  • Series
  • 1985, 1986-1995, 1998

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1998 in the Salmon Arm Supreme Court registry. One additional record from 1985 was included with the records. Wills for probate nos. 3822 (1995) to 5626 (1998) were not transferred to the BC Archives and may be missing.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-3013. Probate/will numbers may include ‘SA’ and/or part of the year. Make note of the file number, year, and person’s name when matching records. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Salmon Arm)

Chilliwack Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4129
  • Series
  • 1986-1998

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1998 in the Chilliwack Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found using file list ‘1982-2000 only’ associated with GR-2204. In the GR-2204 file list, each alpha-numeric probate number begins with ‘CH’ or ‘CHH’. On the wills, the number begins with ‘CWH’, ‘H’, or ‘P’. Between 1985-1990 numbers may also include the final two digits of the year. Refer to the final four digits of the number to confirm a match. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Chilliwack)

Penticton Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4125
  • Series
  • 1986-1998

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1998 in the Penticton Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using file list ‘Part II: 1982-2006’ associated with GR-3007. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. In January 1989, the probate numbering sequence was re-set, starting with probate number 0020. As such, some probate numbers within this series have been used twice, but for different years. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Penticton)

Prince Rupert Supreme Court wills

  • GR-4116
  • Series
  • 1986-1998

The series consists of original wills probated between 1986 and 1998 in the Prince Rupert Supreme Court registry.

The wills are arranged by probate number, which can be found by using the index associated with GR-3010. Not all probate records have an accompanying will. The records were scheduled for full retention under Court Services ORCS (schedule 100152) 51460-30.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Prince Rupert)

Oral history interviews, field sounds, and music

The series consists of oral history interviews focusing on the European settlement and development of British Columbia, mainly covering the period 1880-1914, recorded all over the province by broadcaster Imbert Orchard. The series also includes field recordings of natural and man-made sounds, as well as some example of indigenous and folk music.

Land settlement records for Railway Belt and Peace River Block

  • GR-0436
  • Series
  • 1885-1949

This series consists of correspondence, applications for homestead entry, application for patents, and registers relating to land settlement in the Railway Belt and the Peace River Block.

GR-0436 is arranged into three series:
Series 1, BC Lands Files
Series 2, Index Maps and Township General Registers
Series 3, Homestead Grant Registers

Canada. Department of the Interior

Artwork and illustrations

The series consists of stand alone artwork as well as illustrations created by Gow. Some of the illustrations were prepared for publication. The series also contains published books which feature illustrations by Gow.

Records with regard to child welfare

  • GR-0888
  • Series
  • 1943-1969

This collection is comprised of the administrative records of the province's involvement in the field of child welfare through its Child Welfare Division and Superintendent of Child Welfare. It covers all aspects of child welfare work, including foster homes, delinquency, adoptions, illegitimacy, child welfare organizations, federal provincial relations, and professional approaches. The bulk of the collection covers the period 1950-1969, although some files are as early as 1943. Some files include photographs or architectural plans.

The series has been divided into the following sub-series:
Section A. Correspondence
Section B. Policy
Section C. Statistics
Section D. Administration
Section E. Staff (Including Training)
Section F. Federal Government
Section G. Other Jurisdictions
Section H. Related Organizations
Section I. Conferences And Committees
Section J. Native Indians
Section K. Doukhobours
Section L. Children's Aid Societies
Section L. Part 1. General
Section L. Part 2. Catholic Children's Aid Society
Section L. Part 3. Victoria Agencies
Section L. Part 4. Vancouver C.A.S.
Section M. Protection And Children In Care
Section M. Part 1. Administration
Section M. Part 2. Miscellaneous
Section M. Part 3. Resources
Section N. Foster Homes - General
Section O. J.E.F.F. Project (Joint Effort For Fostering)
Section P. Juvenile Delinquency
Section Q. Unmarried Parents
Section R. Adoption
Section S. Miscellaneous Subject Files
There is a conversion list of the ministry's original file numbering system at the end of the finding aid.

British Columbia. Child Welfare Division

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