Series GR-1773 - Treasury Department general correspondence files

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Treasury Department general correspondence files

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  • 1913-1938 (Creation)

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10.5 m of textual records

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The Ministry of Finance was first established in 1873, when an amendment to the Constitution Act (SBC 1873, c. 31) established the position of minister of finance and agriculture. Prior to 1873, the office of the Provincial Secretary administered the financial affairs of the province. In 1879, the Revenue Act was enacted and it was this act that first defined the minister’s responsibilities regarding the management and control of the revenues and expenditures of the province (SBC 1879, c. 29). Since this time, the functions were to supervise, control, administer and direct all matters relating to the financial affairs of the government.

In 1899, a further revision to the Revenue Act (SBC 1899, c. 65) established the office of the Treasury Dept., presided over by the minister of finance. Although a separate Dept. of Agriculture was established in 1894, the minister of finance continued to act as both the minister of finance and agriculture until 1916 when the ministries were fully separated (SBC 1916, c. 14)

The name of the Treasury Dept. was changed to the Dept. of Finance on March 20, 1929.

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The Dept. of Finance was established in 1929, when amendments to the Revenue Act renamed the Treasury Dept. to the Dept. of Finance (SBC 1929, c. 53). The department was responsible for the collection and management of provincial revenues, debt management, and the payment and accounting of public moneys appropriated for the use of the government by the Legislative Assembly. In 1976, the name of the department was changed to the Ministry of Finance (OIC 3199/76).

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This series consists of general correspondence files from the Treasury Department, and its successor the Department of Finance. The records cover the period from 1913-1938.

Correspondence from 1913-1924 is arranged by file number. Each letter has a unique number applied to it including the last two digits of the year received, and a number (e.g. 335/1916 is letter 335 received in the year 1916).

Correspondence from the 1920s to 1938 is arranged alphabetically by the name of the correspondent.

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Records accessioned in 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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Accession number(s): 91-0767 (G85-081), G90-261

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  • Box: 002340-2709