Series GR-1544 - Surveys and Mapping Branch director's files

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Surveys and Mapping Branch director's files

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  • textual record
  • cartographic material
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  • 1941-1976, 1982 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Surveys and Mapping Branch

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1.3 m of textual records, maps and photographs

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Biographical history

The Surveys and Mapping Branch was the successor office to the Surveys and Mapping Service and the Surveys Branch. The branch was responsible for surveying Crown lands; collecting data from surveys of Crown lands done by private surveyors in support of applications for land pre-emptions, timber, mining, and water rights licenses and/or leases; compiling various types of reference maps for the use of the department; and, providing public access to maps created by the branch.

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The series consists of Director's files created by the Surveys and Mapping Branch between 1949 and 1976. The files are a mixture of operational and administrative files and include correspondence, memos, maps and some photographs. They are arranged by the file code system created by G.S. Andrews, director from 1951 to 1968. A list of the file codes and headings is in the first file, 0581/1.1.

The files cover all aspects of land surveys and mapping including the organization and administration of the branch, policy, associations with professional bodies, correspondence with the Federal Government, equipment and supplies and historical files created under directors G.S. Andrews (1951-1968), A.H. Ralfs (1968-1975) and E.R. McMinn (1876-1982). The series also includes one unnumbered file dated 1982 about the Alberta mapping branch.

Although there are many maps interfiled within the regular files, the last box contains only copies of published maps accumulated by Andrews between 1941 and 1972, although some of the maps are copied from earlier ones. This box was reaccessioned as M856122 and transferred to the Archives Map division in 1985 but has been reunited with the series.

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Transferred to the BC Archives by the Ministry of the Environment in January 1985.


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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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Most of the maps are published and are covered by copyright.

Associated materials

For related records, see the G.S. Andrews fonds PR-1059, specifically series MS-2924 and MS-2927. Andrews interfiled many director files within his own personal records.

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Accession number(s): G85-001; M856122

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  • Box: 914249-0001