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Hamilton Laing fonds

  • PR-0616
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1982

The fonds consists of correspondence, notes and manuscripts of articles and books concerning birds, mammals and plants, and notes and correspondence concerning pioneering in rural Manitoba and Comox, B.C. Personal correspondence includes that with his mother, his wife, and other family members. Fonds includes photographs, miscellaneous tax and financial records, maps of North America, and records relating to house construction. In 2024, Laing's field notebooks, journals and diaries were added to the fonds, having been transferred from Natural History at the Royal BC Museum.

Laing, Hamilton Mack, 1883-1982

Hamilton Mack Laing papers

The series consists of correspondence, notes and manuscripts of articles and books concerning the birds, mammals and plants of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and much of southern and western British Columbia, ca. 1900-1982. The records also contain notes and correspondence concerning pioneering in rural Manitoba in the 1870s and at Comox in the 1920s; fiction and autobiographical manuscripts; and sketches and letters by Allan Brooks.

Provincial Secretary correspondence on diverse topics

  • GR-1668
  • Series
  • 1872-1934

The series consists of miscellaneous correspondence inward and outward on diverse topics. Most of these records pertain to the 1920s and early 1930s. Included are files dealing with the exclusion of Orientals (1921), the preservation of Craigflower schoolhouse and other historic sites, acquisitions (of paintings and photographs) by the Archives department, removal of Indian totem poles, petitions protesting the dismissal of Judge Helen Gregory MacGill (1929), and the Bedaux Sub-Arctic Expedition (1934). Early files include a memorandum on the benefits of establishing a Treasury Board for the provincial government (1872) and a letter of introduction for John Blair, landscape architect (1896).
Also included is a schedule referred to in order-in-council no. 911, confirmation of reserves, reductions of cut-off's and new reserves, Ditchburn-Clark Commission.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Albert H. Maynard photographs of the Provincial Museum’s natural history collections

Series consists of 104 photographs by Albert Hatherly Maynard documenting the natural history collection at the Provincial Museum (now the Royal BC Museum) in Victoria, British Columbia between 1886 and the 1920s. Images document 19th- and 20th-century bird and mammal specimen preparation and display, the museum's natural history gallery and exhibit design, diorama fabrication, a collection of British Columbia wildlife, collection housing, and exhibit areas of the first three locations of the Provincial Museum: the Provincial Secretary’s office (1886-1889), the former Law Court (1889-1898), and the East Wing (1898-1968) of the Legislative buildings.

By the 1890s, Maynard was working as a taxidermist for the Provincial Museum and was involved with the Natural History Society of British Columbia, an auxiliary and independent organization that aided the growth of the museum’s natural history collection in the 1890s to early 1900s.

Maynard, Albert Hatherly

Provincial Museum visitor registers

  • GR-0147
  • Series
  • 1887-1951

Series consists of 15 volumes of Provincial Museum visitor registers. Each volume contains the name of the visitor, the location of the visitor's residence, and the date of visit.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Provincial Museum correspondence inward

  • GR-0111
  • Series
  • 1897-1970

The series consists of correspondence inward (with responses) to the director, assistant director, curators, and other personnel of the Provincial Museum. The correspondence is with collectors, amateur and professional naturalists, museum officials, and federal and provincial government departments and agencies and was created between 1897 and 1970.

The files include correspondence with the museum's first three directors (called "Curators" prior to 1913): John Fannin (1886-1904), Francis Kermode (1904-1940), and G. Clifford Carl (1940-1969). However, very little of the correspondence generated during Fannin's tenure has survived, while most of the Kermode files date from the post-1918 period.

The series also includes index cards created between 1925 and 1937 which records index details about letters in A-Z, and letters out, A-R.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Walter Brown Anderson fonds

  • PR-1619
  • Fonds
  • [1901]-1926

The fonds consists of passport, certificates, notebooks, annotated atlas and correspondence of Walter Brown Anderson. The fonds also includes photographs attributed to Walter Brown Anderson ranging between [1901] to 1926. The photographs consist of prints and negatives (predominantly glass plates) of various subject matter.

Photographs associated with accession 198009-005 primarily depict logging operation sin the Kootenay region, views around Golden and the Columbia River, and survey part of the Tesla Lake area. Accession 198009-005 contains copy negatives and no original material.

Photographs associated with accessions 198007-001, 198007-021, and 198007-022 primarily depict scenes in and around Victoria and Vancouver Island, and consist of both views of people, buildings, and street scenes, as well as flora, fauna, and natural geography. The photographs contained in 198007-001 are prints, many of which have identifying information printed in the album. Photographs in accession 198007-021 and 198007-022 are glass plate negatives and are the originals for several of the print photographs.

Anderson, Walter Brown, 1872-1963

Jim Ryan fonds

  • PR-2163
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1995

The fonds consists of photographs and other records from 1908 to ca. 1995, created or collected by Jim Ryan in the course of his career as a photographer. There are approximately 105,738 photographs, mostly black and white and colour negatives, but also including prints, slides and glass slides. The fonds also includes textual records consisting of news stories, copies of Ryan's publications, a few letters and other such material. The majority of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area and include images of the harbour, the city, buildings, events and parks. There are many photographs of British Columbia politicians, notably W.A.C. Bennett, as well as distinguished visitors, federal and local politicians. There are also photographs of local characters, children and ordinary people. Although most of the photographs were taken in the Victoria area, there are occasional images taken in other areas of Vancouver Island as well as some of Ryan's travel photographs. Some of the earliest material relates to World War I and may be Ryan family photographs or items that Ryan collected out of interest.

The fonds also includes motion picture film material, including completed films, production elements, news stories shot for television, and selected reels of footage.

Ryan, Jim, 1920-1998

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

Provincial Museum correspondence

  • GR-0078
  • Series
  • 1912-1939

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Museum between 1912 and 1939. Records include letters inward and responses to Francis Kermode (Director), William A. Newcombe (Asst. Biologist), or Ian McTaggart Cowan (Asst. Director) concerning the collection and acquisition of birds, mammals and other biological specimens.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

BC Provincial Museum correspondence inward and other material

  • GR-0512
  • Series
  • 1921-1922

7 Letters inward from George Fraser to Dr. C.P. Newcombe concerning botany, including photographs and clipping. Typewritten transcripts prepared by Botanical Division, B.C.P.M.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Liquor Control Board correspondence and licence files

  • GR-0770
  • Series
  • ca.1925-1954

The series consists of selected Liquor Control Board (LCB) correspondence files, club licence files, and beer licence files created between 1925 and 1954.

The correspondence files are arranged by LCB file number and include records relating to the establishment of liquor stores, imports, prices, protests and prosecutions. The files also include Chairman W.F. Kennedy's correspondence between 1932 and 1951, correspondence with other government departments and miscellaneous correspondence.

The Club licence files contain the club constitution, lists of members, description of premises, etc. Beer parlor licence files may contain blueprints, inspection reports, descriptions of premises, and photographs. Both sub-series contain physical descriptions and floor plans and are arranged by LCB file number.

British Columbia. Liquor Control Board

Specifications and contracts

  • GR-1985
  • Series
  • [ca. 1930-1970]

Specifications and contracts (filed by area and building number). These records are associated with other unaccessioned hard copy indexes and microform drawings.

British Columbia. Dept. of Public Works

British Columbia Provincial Museum films, videotapes and audio recordings

  • GR-3355
  • Series
  • 1939-1986

The series consists of film material (and some videotape copies) of films produced by or for, or accumulated by, the British Columbia Provincial Museum. This material comprises a large amount of natural history films, footage and out-takes, mainly shot by curator G. Clifford Carl, as well as much smaller accessions of footage from the vertebrate zoology, exhibits, modern history and archaeology divisions. Also included is a copy of a documentary video production on the history of the museum, produced in 1986 to mark the museum's 100th anniversary.

The series also includes 48 audio recordings of interviews.

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Provincial Museum photos of Jordan Meadows

  • GR-2531
  • Series
  • 1947-1948

The series consists of photographs taken or acquired by George A. Hardy of the Provincial Museum in 1947 and 1948, in order to produce "A report on a study of Jordan Meadows, Vancouver Island." The Jordon Meadows valley is on Southern Vancouver Island between Jordan River and Shawnigan Lake. This report was published as part of the Provincial Museum's annual report for 1948 and contains reproductions of eight of the photographs.

The photographs consist of 21 negatives and 27 prints (accession 198206-046), mostly taken by Hardy during his 1947 and 1948 field trips to document the natural landscape of Jordan Meadows. All but two of the negatives have accompanying prints. Approximately six of the prints were copied from photographs loaned to Hardy by Mrs. C. Bannerman (née Cis Weeks, one of the early settler family Weeks that settled in the Jordan Meadows valley). The photographs contain images of the natural topography and foliage of the valley, as well as photographs of the Weeks family home and the earlier cabin. In addition there are two notecards containing a rough timeline of activity in the Jordan Meadows area, probably compiled by Hardy during his research.

There are also six glass lantern slides made from the negatives, possibly intended for an illustrated lecture (accession 198203-106). These slides mainly show the old cabin and area.

British Columbia. Provincial Museum of Natural History and Anthropology

Provincial Secretary executive records

  • GR-0285
  • Series
  • 1949-1975

The series consists of correspondence from various members of the Royal family expressing gratitude for arrangements made for them during visits to B.C. (1959 to 1971), certificates, reports of various royal commissions and commissions of inquiry, and minutes of various committees and commissioners on which Mr. Wallace served in his capacity as Deputy Provincial Secretary.

The series also includes a photograph album of the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in 1949 and other photographs.

British Columbia. Office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary

Records of the Deputy Provincial Secretary

  • GR-1661
  • Series
  • 1954-1983

This series contains records of the Deputy Provincial Secretary relating to the operations of the Ministry's branches. Many of these records deal with heritage conservation, museums, and cultural organizations. Records also deal with the administration of Royal Canadian Humane Association awards for bravery and life-saving.

GR-1661 is a pot-pourri of records accumulated by the office of the Deputy Provincial Secretary and by his various Assistant Deputy Ministers.The diversity of this collection is testimony to the multi- faceted operations and responsibilities of the Provincial Secretary's department.

A substantial number of the files deal with Heritage Conservation policies and heritage sites, such as Craigflower Schoolhouse, Barkerville, and Fort Steele.Many of the files also deal with cultural organizations and activities, with provincial fitness and recreation programmes, and with special interest groups.Other files in this unit pertain to the Royal Canadian Humane Association awards for bravery (which were coordinated by the ministry), to specific legislation re:the provincial flag, the provincial tartan, etc., and to the organization of out-of-town cabinet meetings.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

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