Series GR-0929 - Land Settlement Board records

Home built after land clearing at Merville Land clearing at Merville

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Land Settlement Board records

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  • 1916-1967 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Land Settlement Board

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Originals, 16.2 m

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The Land Settlement Board was created in May 1917 under the "Act to promote increased agricultural production", SBC, chapter 34. Maxwell Smith was appointed Chairman of the Board by OIC on July 21, 1917. Other directors were appointed. The Land Settlement Board superseded the Agricultural Credit Commission constituted under the "Agricultural Act, 1915" and was empowered to carry out the undertakings of the said Commission.

The general policy of the Board was to promote land settlement and development work to the fullest extent, with a view to stimulating rapid and judicious development of the agricultural areas of the province. This was done through loans to farmers for land improvement, the purchase and resale of agricultural land to settlers (including returned soldiers) and educational campaigns. In the early years, the Board also acted as Commissioners under the "Drainage, Dyking and Development Act" and completed various projects to do with drainage and reclamation.

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Correspondence, subject and loan files, 1926-1960 re land settlement, agricultural credit, soldier settlement, dyking and drainage, and livestock; minutes of meetings, 1930-1946, 1958-1967; reports, 1917-1926; orders-in-council, 1916-1947; land statistics, appraisals and valuations, 1918-1957; applications and loan registers 1916-1958; purchase, payroll, accounts and property registers, 1919-1962; Doukhobor land account books, 1942-1945. Includes correspondence with early agricultural cooperatives and records of predecessor agency, BC Agricultural Credit Commission.

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Transferred from Land Records Section, Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing, 1980.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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See GR-3580 for photograph album created by the Land Settlement Board showing development projects.

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Accession number(s): G80-096; G82-054; G88-032; 198104-008; M856145

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13 photographs were removed and transferred to Visual Records accession 198104-008 but were replaced in original files in March 2017.
G88-032 (one file) found in 2017 and filed in GR-0929, box 43, file 12.
53 maps were transferred to the map collection, map accession M856145. Four maps were removed and catalogued as CM/B1571, CM/B1572, CM/C196 c.2 and CM/C485 c.2 (previously registration numbers 16663B, 16664B, 16665C and 16666C). Refer to print finding aid CM/Z101.

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