Series MS-1950 - Kenneth Reginald Genn business records

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Kenneth Reginald Genn business records

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  • 1865-1970 (Creation)
    Genn, Kenneth Reginald, 1905-1982

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Originals, 28 m

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A large and diverse collection of records created by Victoria accountants W. Curtis Sampson, Reginald Genn, and K.R. Genn. Consisting principally of accountancy records – ledgers, journals, cash books, balance sheets, stockholders registers, etc. – it includes financial records of over 60 B.C. businesses (mining, timber, and power companies, ranches, retail shops, real estate agencies, manufacturers, etc.) as well as sports clubs, hospitals, philanthropic societies, private schools, churches, individuals and family estates. Also included are documents pertaining to missionary work in the Yukon (1905-1909) and civil defense (1942-1945). A rich source for the study of British Columbia's social and economic history, MS-1950 is one of the largest and most diverse collections of its kind in the Provincial Archives of British Columbia (PABC).

See the attached finding aid for more detailed information about the provenance and arrangement of the records.

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Presented by John Genn, Victoria, 1982; additions received from Johanna Pierik in 2003 and Ronald A. Greene in 2004.


Because many of the accounts overlapped, it was not possible to arrange the collection chronologically; nor was it feasible to arrange the records alphabetically, since many of the companies were absorbed by other firms or changed their names. Accordingly, it was decided to group the papers under four main categories - viz. (i) office records, (ii) records pertaining to clubs, associations, etc., (iii) business papers and (iv) papers relating to individuals and/or family estates.

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Maps and architectural drawings - most of which pertain to British Columbia Cattle Company records (vols. 42 and 45) - have been transferred to PABC's Library and Maps Division (accession number M845017).

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Accession number(s): MS-1950; 82-094

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CORNWALL, Clement Francis; DUMBLETON, Henry; DUNSMUIR, James; ELLISTON, Peter; ERB, Ludwig Emil; FINLAYSON, Roderick; FINLAYSON, Robert Duncan; GENN, Kenneth Reginald; GENN, Reginald; GREAVES, Joseph Blackbourne; HALSALL, Ernest Bell; JACKSON, Robert Edwin; JACKSON, William Robert; LEASK, George Ogilvie; LUBBE, John Robert (Theodore); O'MEARA, Arthur Eugene; PAWSON, John; PEARSE, Benjamin William; PEARSE, Sarah Jane; PEMBERTON, Joseph Despard; PEMBERTON, Sophia Theresa; PEMBERTON, Theresa Jane Despard; PEMBERTON, William Parnell Despard; PORTER, Robert John; RITHET, Robert Patterson; RUCKLE, Henry; SAMPSON, Harriet Susan; SAMPSON, William Curtis; SAYWARD, Joseph Austin; SAYWARD, William Parsons; SAYWARD-WILSON, Margaret Livingstone; STRINGER, Isaac O.; TEMPLE, Ernest; THOMSON, Charles William Ringler; VERNON, Forbes George; WEILER, John; WILSON, Biggerstaff; WILSON, Richard Biggerstaff; WILSON, William

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Albion Iron Works Co.; B. Wilson Co.; Beach Hotel Co.; Beaverton Sulphide Mining Co.; Big Bar Sheep and Wool Co.; Boundary and Beaverton; British Columbia Cattle Co.; British Columbia Protestant Orphans' Home; British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Canadian Puget Sound Lumber and Timber Co.; Canadian Western Woodworkers Ltd.; Capital City Baseball Co.; Christ Church Cathedral; Clay's Tea Rooms; Collows Park Limited; Colwood Land Co.; Colwood Park Assoc.; Cordova Bay; Community Club; Delmonico Saloon; Douglas Lake Cattle Co.; Douglas Street Land Co.; Duncan Utilities; East Whitewater Mining Co.; Esquimalt Water Works Co.; Eve Brothers Ltd.; Fairfield Greenhouses Ltd.; Firlock Lumber Co.; Foundation Organizations Athletic Assoc.; George Straith Ltd.; Girl Guides; Gonzales Point Land Co.; Hoyle Ltd.; Hupmobile Sales and Service; Hutchison Brothers and Co.; Island Realty Co.; J.B. Hodgins Ltd.; Kelowna Sports Assoc.; Kootenay Shingle Co.; Kurtz and Co.; Maple Leaf Fountain; Motor House (Victoria) Ltd.; Mount Baker Hotel Co.; Nanaimo-Duncan Utilities; Nanaimo Electric Light, Power and Heating Co.; Nanaimo Gas and Power Co.; National Motor Co.; National Paper Box Ltd.; National Properties Ltd.; Nimpkish Lake Logging Co.; Pacific Club; Pacific Flowers Ltd.; Pacific Northwest Development Co.; Pemberton and Son Ltd.; Pimley Automobile; Prince Cairns and Jackson; Ptarmigan Mines Ltd.; Queen Alexandra Solarium for Crippled Children; R.P. Rithet and Co.; Revellers; Robert Porter and Sons; Royal Colwood Golf Club; Saanich Municipality Civil Defense Assoc.; St. John Ambulance Assoc.; St. Joseph’s Hospital; St. Margaret's School; Savoy Theatre; Scottish Logging Co.; Seaford Estates Ltd.; Sidney Roofing and Paper Co.; Sidney Water and Power Co.; Silver Cord Mining Co.; Standard Steam Laundry; Stapledon and Carter Ltd.; Thomas H. Weeks and Sons; Union Club of BC; Vancouver Island Rockgas Distributors; Victoria Box and Paper Ltd.; Victoria City Baseball Co.; Victoria Fish Meal & Fertilizer Co.; Victoria Golf Club; Victoria Motor Boat and Repair Works; Victoria Motor Transport Ltd.; Victoria Park Racing Assoc.; Victoria Sealing Co.; Victoria Symphony Society; Victoria Wineries; Victoria Thoroughbred Assoc.; W. & J. Wilson Ltd.; Weiler Brothers; Western Motor and Supply Co.; Western Realty Co.; William Cathcart and Co.; Wilson and Cabeldu Ltd.

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  • Box: 880059-0069
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