Title and statement of responsibility area
Mineral titles reference maps
General material designation
- cartographic material
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- British Columbia. Dept. of Mines and Petroleum Resources
Physical description area
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
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).
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.
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.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Item level descriptions are available. A file list is available: http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Document//Finding_Aids_AtoM/CM_finding-aids/cm-s1.pdf
See attached finding aid for more detailed information on how the records were created and arranged.
Accession number(s): 22749; 22750; M845088
Most maps are diazo prints on linen, paper or mylar.
Standard number area
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- British Columbia. Mining Titles Division (Subject)
- British Columbia. Titles Division (Subject)
- British Columbia. Dept. of Mines and Petroleum Resources (Subject)
- British Columbia. Dept. of Mines (Subject)