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Bill Barlee mining research collection
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Bill Barlee mining research collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1032
  • Collection
  • 1892-1954

The majority of the collection relates to mining in the Sandon, B.C. community and surrounding areas. Documents relating to mining claims and claim disputes are prevalent. Other records include financial books and receipts, business and personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, other legal records and court rulings, leases, payroll records, numerous receipts and invoices and various corporate documents.
Each of Harris’ businesses, Hotel Reco, Reco Mining and Milling Company, Sandon Water Works and Light Company, Star Mining and Milling Company, Slocan Power Company, and Wonderful Mines are represented in this collection. In addition there are records from the British Columbia Mining Association and the Silver-Lead Miners Association of British Columbia.

The W.B. Bailey series and the Clarence Cunningham series are relatively small. The Cunningham records include only financial records ca. 1916 to 1919, and newspaper clippings from 1939. The Bailey records are a grouping of telegrams from 1901 to 1902 with a complete inventory of each supplied by Mr. Barlee.

Barlee, Neville Langrell

Biographical records

Includes both records and newspaper clippings which detail Harris’ birthday announcements, information regarding his connection to community of Sandon, B.C., his role in its development, silver mining, and his death.


Includes both general and business correspondence. The general correspondence documents the monies he contributed several times to the Sandon church, Harris’s influence regarding lease applications, and monies owed to Harris. In addition, there is material detail other disasters that occurred Sandon such as fires and snow-slides. The business correspondence relates to insurance, land surveyors, civil engineers, various merchants, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Hudson Bay Company stores in Vernon, Lethbridge and Kamloops.

Financial records

This series includes Harris’s cheque books and stubs, receipts from various merchants (lumber companies, newspapers, dry goods, furniture dealers, plumbers, freight companies, contractors, the C.P.R. and other railways and numerous other suppliers), stock certificates, bank books and financial statements.

Legal records

This series, of general and legal records and newspaper clippings, relate to issues surrounding land; including certificates of title, land transaction records, real estate titles, land deeds, leases, mineral claims, mining records, documents relating to land disputes and judicial rulings. In addition, there are documents detailing court disputes involving lands and rights; Harris and Kelly versus Pitts and Stubbs, Star Mining versus Byron N. White, Star Mining versus Rabbit Paw and Harris versus White. Documents from the legal firm employed by Harris, Taylor and O’Shea, are also included.

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