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Public Works lantern slides

  • GR-3297
  • Series
  • [ca. 1859-1936]

The series consists of photographs of engineering projects managed by the Dept. of Public Works. The photographs consist of glass lantern slides, some numbered. The views photographed include bridges, road works, buildings and general views and may have been taken between 1859 and 1930. Many of the slides are credited to J. Howard A. Chapman, a well known photographer based in Victoria between 1895 and 1936.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Esquimalt Graving Dock, Thetis Cove, Esquimalt Harbour : plans

This unit consists of plans, renderings and photographs prepared in connection with two calls for tenders on the dry dock in Thetis Cove, Esquimalt Harbour (now called Naden Graving Dock). The first call was published in the British Columbia Gazette beginning Nov. 25, 1871. The submission of Thomas A. Bulkley was the only tender (plans in item 1) received by the deadline of Mar. 20, 1872, and this was rejected. Mr. Bulkley was then hired as Chief Engineer to the British Columbia Government. He was responsible for, among other things, preparing plans and specifications to be put at the disposal of bidders when the Government invited further tenders beginning Apr. 27, 1872 (closing Nov. 15, 1872). These latter plans form the bulk of the unit.

Miscellaneous engineering photographs

  • GR-3294
  • Series
  • [ca. 1891-1957]

The series consists of photographs of engineering projects managed by the Dept. of Public Works. The photographs consist of both prints and negatives. The projects photographed include bridges and roads and were taken between 1891 and 1957.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Lands and Works records regarding Cariboo District roads

  • GR-0831
  • Series
  • 1899; 1912-1914

This series consists of three volumes of records relating to road construction and repairs in Cariboo district. Volume 1, road expenditures, 1899 created by the Department of Lands and Works. Volume 2, road appropriations and expenditures, 1912-1913. Volume 3, road appropriations and expenditures, 1913-1914. Volume 2 and 3 created by the Department of Public Works.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-0830
  • Series
  • 1900-1913; 1957

This series consists of correspondence and other records from the Department of Lands and Works, and its successor, the Department of Public Works. Records include correspondence inward and tenders for Victoria Court House, 1900-1904, Government House, 1900-1904, and Parliament Buildings, 1900; specifications for Victoria Graving Dock; specifications and agreement for Lytton highway bridge, 1913; and weekly building progress reports, Government House, 1957 (reports 30-75 only).

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Transportation and Highways library files

  • GR-1146
  • Series
  • 1907, 1933-1957

The series consists of files created by the Dept. of Highways (and its predecessor body, the Dept. of Public Works, Highways Branch) in 1907 and between 1933 and 1957. Most of the files refer to the First Narrows Bridge Company and seem to have been transferred to government when the British Columbia Toll Highways and Bridge Authority acquired the shares in the company and took over the First Narrows Bridge (also known as the Lions Gate Bridge) in 1955. The files concern trust deeds, articles of association, correspondence and various other documents about the company and include two technical drawings of the bridge and its approach through Stanley Park (box 2, folder 4).

The series also includes two files of invitations, received and declined, of the opening of the King George VI Highway in October 1940, a single file with a partial transcript of a 1954 hearing before the Committee of Forestry and Fisheries and a single file from 1907 regarding a proposed bridge at Second Narrows, Burrard Inlet.

British Columbia. Dept. of Highways

Public Works correspondence photograph files

  • GR-3288
  • Series
  • 1910-1970

Series consists of photographs created by the Department of Public Works to document buildings and other projects from 1910 to 1970. Although the original series consisted of a set of correspondence files which included correspondence, photographs and other material, the photographs were removed prior to microfilming in 1976. The microfilmed correspondence files were transferred separately and catalogued as GR-1615. The photograph files contain images of government buildings from around the province including interior, exterior and site shots. They are arranged by file number, taken from the original correspondence file. Files without a number are arranged alphabetically by area after the numbered sequence.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Pamphlets and brochures from public works files

  • GR-0210
  • Series
  • ca. 1910 - ca. 1960

The series consists of pamphlets, brochures, and advertisements describing products and services offered by diverse companies in connection with Public Works construction and maintenance programmes, from between ca. 1910 and 1960.
The material was culled from the Public Works correspondence files before microfilming.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

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

Correspondence

  • GR-1349
  • Series
  • 1912-1914

This series contains correspondence relating to the ferry at Hope, B.C.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Public Works albums

  • GR-3295
  • Series
  • 1912-1935

Series consists of photographs created by the Department of Public Works to show various engineering projects, 1912-1935. The photographs are arranged in albums and each one documents separate projects including bridge construction and road works.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Engineering photographs

  • GR-3293
  • Series
  • [ca. 1913-1954]

The series consists of photographs of engineering projects managed by the Dept. of Public Works. The photographs were held in the Office of the Senior Bridge Design Engineer and consist of both prints and negatives. The projects photographed include bridges, roads, ferries, machinery, damage, buildings, topography, culverts, miscellaneous structures, portraits, signs, events and accidents. While almost all of the photographs were taken in British Columbia ca. 1913-1954, there are also photographs of engineering projects in the United States. The photographs, including negatives, were kept in envelopes, either large or small, and were filed by a three part number system. The first part of the number refers to a map square, the second part of the number refers to the classification and the third part is the project number. Details about the project were typed on the envelopes along with the file number. Each envelope contains photographs and negatives of that particular project and each photograph has an individual number, usually a sub-set of the file number.

A card index was used to manage the photographs, see the series Index to engineering photographs. As photographs were taken or acquired, they would be entered in the card index and added to the appropriate envelope. Occasionally photographs were removed by Public Works staff and never returned.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Index to engineering photographs

  • GR-3292
  • Series
  • [ca. 1921-1945]

Series consists of a two drawer card file system created by the Office of the Senior Bridge Design Engineer of the Dept. of Public Works ca. 1921-1945. The card files index photographs taken or collected by the department during this period, particularly in the area of bridge building in British Columbia. The series consists of two drawers of card files; the first drawer is arranged numerically by the three part code number. The first part of the number refers to a map square, the second part of the number refers to the classification and the third part is the project number. The second drawer consists of the classification system which lists the types of structures and duplicate file cards indexing the photographs, arranged by classification number. When photographs were received by the office, they were entered into the index on the appropriate cards and then filed in either small or large envelopes arranged numerically. Each card typically contains the name of the project, the file number and a list of photographs filed in the envelope of the same file number. One card would be filed by the first part of the number (the map square) and the second card would be filed by the second part of the number (the classification).

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

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

Highways projects records

  • GR-0709
  • Series
  • 1926-1971

This series consists of project records from the Department of Highways, 1926-1971. Boxes 1-3 contain publications, reports, survey notes, maps and photographs, statistics, correspondence, conference material and other background material assembled preliminary to the construction of the Alaska Highway (1926-1947). These records were organized by the Department of Highways library. Box 4 contains Department of Highways records regarding Federal-Provincial agreements on the Trans-Canada Highway, 1949-1971. Boxes 5 and 6 (a bound volume) are Department of Highways records regarding the following bridges: Alexandria Bridge at Spuzzum, First Narrows, Oak Street, Farwell Canyon and a proposed third crossing of Burrard Inlet (1933-1966). Box 5 also includes commendation and photographs of the Department of Highways Traffic Patrol (1959-1961).

British Columbia. Dept. of Highways

Memorandum of Agreement re: Old Cariboo Road

  • GR-2051
  • File
  • 1928; 1963

The file consists of a signed agreement from 1928 between the Province represented by the Minister of Public Works and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR). The agreement sets out compensation to be paid by the CPR for each level crossing on the Old Cariboo Road between Haig and Spences Bridge that would be eliminated by the construction of the new provincial highway.

The agreement is accompanied by a photocopied letter from 1963 from the Office of the Attorney-General to the Chief Engineer of the Dept. of Highways instructing them to keep the agreement in their active files.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1177
  • Series
  • 1929

This series contains the correspondence of the Minister and Deputy Minister relating to applications for the position of private secretary to the Lieutenant Governor. It includes letters from applicants.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

Central registry photograph files

  • GR-3287
  • Series
  • 1929-1973

The series consists of photographs taken by the Department of Public Works and stored in a central registry, 1929-1973. The photographs are of buildings designed, built and managed by the Dept. of Public Works throughout the province and include views of destroyed or old buildings, buildings in the process of being built or upgraded, interior, exterior, aerial and site shots. The buildings include court houses, schools, hospitals, prisons, universities and vocational schools, general administrative buildings and others. The photographs mostly consist of black and white prints although there are also colour prints, negatives, transparencies and one metal plate negative. A small amount of accompanying material is intermingled in the photograph files. The photographs are arranged by numerical district number and then by building number within the district.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

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