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Knowledge Network : miscellaneous videotapes

  • PR-2364
  • Collection
  • 1980-1987

The collection consists of miscellaneous videotapes transferred from the Knowledge Network to the Sound and Moving Image Division, BC Archives.

Knowledge Network (B.C.)

Duncan Macphail fonds

  • PR-2155
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1965

The fonds consists of photographs from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, taken by Duncan Macphail, a portrait and commercial photographer. Most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, a smaller number in other south Vancouver Island locations and in Vancouver. They cover a vast range of subjects, including: Victoria street scenes, interiors and exteriors of buildings and business operations, industrial infrastructure, portraits, community and school events, and special events such as the visit of Princess Elizabeth to Victoria in 1951. It appears that Macphail did commercial photography for the B.C. Department of Highways (possibly in the early 1960s) but it is not known if these photographs are in the fonds. In addition to Macphail's commercial and portrait photography, the fonds consists of a small number of “art” photographic prints, matted for display in exhibitions. These cover various subjects, including totem poles. One is tagged with "Exhibited - First Annual Exhibition of Photography, Canada Pacific Exhibition. Vancouver, 1938." Macphail's original indexes are in container 000358-0037.

Macphail, Duncan

Len Norris fonds

  • PR-2154
  • Fonds
  • 1953-1988

The fonds consists of original drawings by Len Norris, created while he was employed as the political cartoonist for the Vancouver Sun newspaper. The first accession consists of 200 cartoons published in the Vancouver Sun between August 1953 and December 1988. The second accession consists of 270 rough sketches; some are undated, and the others date from May 1986 to December 1988. These sketches functioned as preliminary concept drawings for selection and editorial approval, and illustrate the artist's method of working. In some cases, these rough drawings became finished and published cartoons.

The cartoons document the career of Len Norris, and reflect political and social issues of the period. Subjects include recurring British Columbia social and political issues, and include figures from the B.C. political scene such as W.A.C. Bennett, Phil Gagliardi, Robert Strachan, Dave Barrett and Bill Vander Zalm.

Norris, Leonard Matheson, 1913-1997

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

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority films

  • GR-3354
  • Series
  • 1945-1984

The fonds consists of industrial, engineering, and public relations films created for or by British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority and its predecessors (the British Columbia Electric Company and the British Columbia Power Commission) from 1945 to about 1984. This material includes 164 unique film items in 16 mm film, each containing one or more printing elements such as prints, sound tracks, negative reels, selected out-takes and unedited footage. In some cases, there are no edited prints, only miscellaneous reels of footage.

Most of the BC Electric and BC Hydro films are the work of Vancouver producer Lew M. Parry. The fonds also includes a number of non-Hydro films produced by Parry, as well as a selection of prints and film material relevant to BC which had been circulated through (or stored at) Hydro's film library.

British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority

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)

Law stamp cash books

  • GR-2943
  • Series
  • 1913-1951

Law stamp cash books (3 vols.)

British Columbia. Court Registry (Victoria)

Commission on School District Administrative Costs (1983)

  • GR-2949
  • Series
  • 1983

This Commission was established by Education Minister, the Hon. William Vander Zalm in 1983 to examine school district operations, including administrative costs. Mark William Sager (Chairman) and Allan G. Stables were appointed as commissioners. Hearings were held in several BC communities but hearings were suspended when the provincial election was called. This collection includes the Interim Report of the Commission, the submissions, and the administrative files.

This Commission (also known as the Sager Commission) was established by Education Minister William Vander Zalm to examine school district operations, including administrative costs. Mark William Sager (Chairman) and Allan G. Stables were appointed as Commissioners. Hearings were held in Cranbrook, Castlegar, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George. The hearings scheduled for Dawson Creek, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, Terrace, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Victoria, Chilliwack and Vancouver were suspended when a provincial election was called. The Interim Report of the Commission on School District Administrative Costs summarizes the mandate, commitment, findings and recommendations of Messrs. Sager and Stables; it is found in Box 1.

British Columbia. Commission on School District Administrative Costs (1983)

Indexes to divorce orders

  • GR-3254
  • Series
  • 1901 -1983

The series consists of indexes to copies of divorce orders submitted to the Division of Vital Statistics and its predecessor, the Vital Statistics Branch.

The indexes consist of computer printouts arranged alphabetically by surname of husband. Prior to 1976 the indexes cover groups of years. From 1977 to 1983 they are annual. A consolidated index covering 1901-1977 was also created. Divorce orders 1501-1582 (1962) were omitted from the 1935-1962 index and a separate index was created by BC Archives staff.

The index entries prior to April 1935 are based on a card index maintained by the Inspector of Legal Offices of actions commenced in divorce and matrimonial proceedings. The index was turned over to the Vital Statistics Division in 1946 which incorporated "certain entries" into its index. The cards were assigned volume number 999, "indicating that the entry referred to an index card only, and not to a copy of a decree." Accordingly, any index entries prior to April 1935 do not necessarily indicate the completion of a divorce action.

Further information about these divorce actions may be found in the court records of the registry where the action was commenced. If an action was commenced prior to April 1935 but a decree was granted after that date, the volume 999 entry was replaced with the Vital Statistics volume and record number. (See "Explanation of Entries in Divorce Index", GR-3255, B16263.) Not all pre-1935 divorces appear to have been included. If a name is not found, the individual court registry records should be checked. Each entry includes full name of husband and wife, place of divorce, date of final order, and Vital Statistics volume and record, or registration, number.

These indexes can also be used to identify court registry and final order date which can be used to assist in locating divorce orders within the court record series. Please note that for index entries prior to April 1935 only Victoria divorce orders appear in GR-3255. The others can be located in the individual court registry records. As well, any 1983 divorce orders with a registration number of 7501 or higher are not included in GR-3255 but can be found in the records of the court registries.

British Columbia. Division of Vital Statistics

Surveys Branch photo-topographical negatives

  • GR-3427
  • Series
  • 1914-1929

The series consists of glass plate photographic negatives generated by the Surveys Branch's topographical surveying parties operating in various parts of British Columbia between 1914 and 1929. These survey parties used photographs as a means of collecting data for topographical mapping done by the Geographic Division of the branch. The photographs were usually taken from the summits of hills and mountains and depict surrounding landscape.

The series is arranged into 31 sub-series, each comprised of the photographs generated by one survey party. Within each sub-series, the survey party's arrangement and original numbering of items has been retained. This arrangement and numbering is based on the original packaging of the photographs into small boxes of plates. The name of the surveyor heading each party is noted in the description of each individual sub-series.

British Columbia. Surveys Branch

Adult community case files

  • GR-2972
  • Series
  • 1964-1972

A sample of adult community case files. These are case files opened by a probation officer for adult offenders who are completing their sentences or dispositions in the community. The file documents diversion, parole and probation (6 files).

British Columbia. Corrections Branch. Probation and Family Court Services (Merritt)

Youth community case files

  • GR-2975
  • Series
  • 1960-1972

A sample of youth community case files. These are case files opened by a probation officer (youth worker) for young offenders (between the ages of 12 and 17 years) who are completing their dispositions in the community. The file documents the supervision of a sentenced young offender on terminal temporary absence, probation or diversion. (55 files).

British Columbia. Corrections Branch. Probation and Family Court Services (Cranbrook)

Adult community case files

  • GR-2977
  • Series
  • 1967-1972

A sample of adult community case files. These are case files opened by a probation officer for adult offenders who are completing their sentences or dispositions in the community. The file documents diversion, parole and probation. (13 files).

British Columbia. Corrections Branch. Probation and Family Court Services (Smithers)

Adult community case files

  • GR-2978
  • Series
  • 1965-1972

A sample of adult community case files. These are case files opened by a probation officer for adult offenders who are completing their sentences or dispositions in the community. The file documents diversion, parole and probation. (11 files).

British Columbia. Corrections Branch. Probation and Family Court Services (Prince Rupert)

Saanich by-laws

  • GR-3064
  • Series
  • 1906-1957

By-laws of the Corporation of the District of Saanich (indexed).

British Columbia. County Court (Victoria)

Vernon Supreme Court civil case files

  • GR-2256
  • Series
  • 1916-1933

Civil case files, 1916;1918; 1926; 1927-1931; 1933 with the exception of probate and divorce files which have been removed from this series and are filed separately. For 1931 onward see accession 83-0995.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vernon)

Records of information and complaints

  • GR-2316
  • Series
  • 1921-1945

Information and complaints the majority of which were taken and sworn before William Morley. Juvenile records (GR-2769) have been removed from this series and are filed separately. Includes Coldstream, Falkland, Salmon Arm, and Sicamous.

British Columbia. Magistrate's Court (Vernon)

Duncan Supreme Court divorce case files

  • GR-2340
  • Series
  • 1939-1949

The series consists of Duncan Supreme Court divorce case files from 1939, 1944-1948.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Duncan)

Prince George Supreme Court civil case files

  • GR-2238
  • Series
  • 1914-1948

The series consists of civil case files from the Prince George Supreme Court from 1914 to 1948. Files from 1914 up to 3/1924 are from the Fort George registry; from 4/1924 - 1948 are from the Prince George registry. Civil case files may contain the notice of claim or notice of petition, writs and affidavits, orders and a final judgment.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Prince George)

Chilliwack County Court civil case files

  • GR-2392
  • Series
  • 1947-1949

Civil case files, 1947-1949 with the exception of probate/estate files (GR-2205) which are filed separately.

British Columbia. County Court (Chilliwack)

Mortgagors' and Purchasers' Relief case files

  • GR-2400
  • Series
  • 1941-1949

Case files created under the Mortgagors' and Purchasers' Relief Act of 1934. GR-2547 is the cause book relating to these case files.

British Columbia. Supreme Court (Vancouver)

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