Fonds RBSC-ARC-1259 - Howe Sound Company Britannia Division fonds

Open original Digital object

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Howe Sound Company Britannia Division fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description

Fonds

Reference code

RBSC-ARC-1259

Edition area

Edition statement

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

Date(s)

  • 1891-1972 (Creation)
    Creator
    Howe Sound Company. Britannia Division

Physical description area

Physical description

74 m of textual records

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

Biographical history

Copper mining activities began at Britannia Beach, B.C. in 1898 under the auspices of the Britannia Syndicate. In 1908 control of the property passed to the Howe Sound Company of New York which operated the mine as a wholly-owned subsidiary, Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company Ltd.. The scale of operations expanded until, in the late 1920s, the mine produced the largest copper output in the British Empire. Mining continued on a reduced scale during the Depression while, by comparison, many other copper mines were forced to close entirely. The Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company was finally placed in voluntary liquidation in 1958 as a result of rising production costs and declining ore grades. Shortly thereafter, the Howe Sound Company reopened the mines and operated them as a division of the parent company until the property was sold to Anaconda Copper. Mining operations finally ceased at Britannia Beach in 1974.

Name of creator

Biographical history

Copper mining activities began at Britannia Beach, B.C. in 1898 under the auspices of the Britannia Syndicate. In 1908 control of the property passed to the Howe Sound Company of New York which operated the mine as a wholly-owned subsidiary, Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company Ltd.. The scale of operations expanded until, in the late 1920s, the mine produced the largest copper output in the British Empire. Mining continued on a reduced scale during the Depression while, by comparison, many other copper mines were forced to close entirely. The Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company was finally placed in voluntary liquidation in 1958 as a result of rising production costs and declining ore grades. Shortly thereafter, the Howe Sound Company reopened the mines and operated them as a division of the parent company until the property was sold to Anaconda Copper. Mining operations finally ceased at Britannia Beach in 1974.

Custodial history

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records of the Howe Sound Company Britannia Division and the Britannia Mining and Smelting Company which document a variety of functions including personnel, payroll and accounting, financial and income tax reporting, accident reporting, insurance planning, mineral exploration, and negotiations with the International Mine Mill Workers' Union and the International Mine Metal and Smelter Workers' Union. There are also a few records from the Howe Sound Power Company and the Torbit Mining Company.

Notes area

Physical condition

The condition is overall very good for the majority of materials. In some cases where the binding was rusted or otherwise in poor condition, the archivist unbound the ledgers and transferred them to acid free archival housing.

Immediate source of acquisition

Arrangement

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

RBSC staff created an inventory for the first accession of the fonds in 1993 (see attached PDF). In 2021 an accrual of backlogged materials was added to the fonds, and a finding aid for this has been added as an addendum to the original finding aid, available as attached PDF.

Associated materials

Related materials

Accruals

Fall/winter of 2021. Further accruals are expected.

General note

Journals and Ledgers, listed on p.45 of the attached finding aid, are located in aisle 85A.
Employment record cards, listed on p.46 of the finding aid, are also located in aisle 85A.

Journals and ledgers processed in 2021 are located in the ASRS.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Place access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Addendum created and finding aid updated by Claire Williams in December 2021.

Language of description

Script of description

Sources

Digital object (Master) rights area

Digital object (Reference) rights area

Digital object (Thumbnail) rights area

Accession area