Series CM/S1 - Mineral titles reference maps

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Mineral titles reference maps

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  • cartographic material

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  • [1942?]-1977 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Mines and Petroleum Resources

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577 maps

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Biographical history

The Dept. of Mines and Petroleum Resources was renamed from the Dept. of Mines in 1960 (SBC 1960, c. 107). The purpose of the department was to administer all mining laws and to manage all matters affecting mining, including the collection, publication and circulation of information. For the majority of its existence, the department was arranged into five branches: Administration Branch, Analytical and Assay Branch, Inspection Branch, Minerological Branch and Petroleum and Natural Gas Branch.

In 1974, the department was reorganized into two branches consisting of the Mineral Resources Branch and Operations Branch. In January 1975, the Operations Branch was added to the department. In 1976, the government renamed the department as the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum Resources (OIC 3199/76).

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Scope and content

This cartographic record series consists of Mineral Titles Maps documenting the location of staked mineral claims and placer leases in British Columbia. In addition to the actual Mineral Titles Maps produced by the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum Resources’ Titles Division and its predecessors, the series includes Departmental Reference Maps (DRM) and Departmental Mineral Reference Maps (DMRM) which were originally created by the Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (and predecessor “Lands” Departments). The DRM and DMRM were used by the Titles Division both as guides to the location of parks, reserves, and surveyed mineral claims, and as base maps in the production of the Titles maps.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Main body of material transferred in 1983 from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Mineral Resources Division, Titles Branch to the Provincial Archives. Additional sheets received in 1985 from the same agency.


The Departmental Reference Maps and the corresponding Titles maps are identified by area numbers ranging from 1A through 141 which refer to various geographical areas in British Columbia. Similarly, the Departmental Mineral Reference Maps and related Titles maps are identified by area numbers ranging from 10T215 to 6T348. In most cases, the Titles Division placed the letter “M” after the area numbers on the Titles Maps in order to differentiate between these maps and the base maps. However, not all Titles Maps were so identified.

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See attached finding aid for more detailed information on how the records were created and arranged.

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Accession number(s): 22749; 22750; M845088

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Most maps are diazo prints on linen, paper or mylar.

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