This collection is comprised of records relating to the development, implementation and administration of game management policies in British Columbia, 1905-1922. It includes correspondence, reports, vouchers and licences, as well as information regarding firearms regulation and prosecutions under game laws.
Researchers will find these records particularly useful for tracking the development and implementation of early provincial game management policies. General correspondence and reports from Deputy Game Wardens throughout the province contain information regarding the status of game in various areas over time. Difficulties in enforcing policies such as regulation of trophy hunters and the need for firearms licences are documented in these materials. Development of the game base as an economic resource through payment of licence fees, and international promotion of the province as a sportsperson's centre, were key components of A. Bryan Williams' approach to game management and the results of this can also be studied in these records. Conflicts between the provincial approach to the game resource and that taken by some Indigenous peoples can be studied in this collection. Many of the Deputy Game Wardens saw military service abroad during World War I and the records include some relevant correspondence.
This collection was compiled from several sets of Provincial Game Warden records that were transferred to the Provincial Archives of B.C. at various times.
See Table of Contents below for a general sense of the collection organization and finding aid for a detailed file/item list. The contents of some files are listed in a hardcopy index (i.e. an item list) available in the reference room. Please note that not all files are completely itemized.
A. Indexes : Box 1
B. Correspondence : Boxes 2-117
(1) Personal and semi-official correspondence of A. Bryan Williams, Provincial Game Warden : Boxes 2-4
(2) Correspondence out : Box 4
(3) Letterbooks of correspondence out : Boxes 5-11
(4) General correspondence inward and outward : Boxes 12-94
(5) Correspondence re: firearms licences : Boxes 95-117
C. Deputy Game Wardens : Boxes 118-149
(1) Monthly reports Boxes : 118-126
(2) Correspondence Boxes : 127-149
D. Returns re: firearms licences : Boxes 150-158
E. Vouchers : Boxes 159-161
F. Licences : Box 161
G. Prosecutions : Boxes 162-166
H. Miscellaneous : Boxes 166-167
British Columbia. Provincial Game and Forest Warden