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A bookman’s catalogue: the Norman Colbeck collection of nineteenth-century and Edwardian poetry and belles-lettres in the Special Collections of the University of British Columbia: drafts

Sub-series consists of a hand-written card catalogue to Colbeck’s book collection at the University of British Columbia. The sub-series also contains an early draft of Colbeck’s published catalogue, hand-written and over two thousand pages in length, and a proof copy of the catalogue.
Title based on contents of series.

Journals

Sub-series consists of originals and copies of journals detailing Belcher’s travels during the period 1821-1827, including his travels in Britain in 1821 and as part of the crew of the HMS Blossom during the Beechey expedition, 1825-1827.

Upper Canada

Sub-series consists of an original land deed, with the Great Seal of Upper Canada attached, and warrants, with accompanying accounts and receipts, issued by Sir Peregrine Maitland, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, between 1818 and 1828.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

Financial records

Sub-series consists of financial accounts and correspondence related to Andrew Belcher’s business activities. Includes records relating to the finances of the Wright and King families.

Incoming correspondence

Sub-series consists of correspondence of a personal and a business nature, and includes letters received by Belcher from Buxendale, Tatham, Upton & Johnson, A.W. King, and M. Wilson.

New France/Lower Canada/Quebec

Sub-series consists of manuscript and printed material related to the political history of New France, Lower Canada, and Quebec. Includes original manuscript documents required for the ennoblement of Julien de Rihouei, sieur de Menizeran, and Jean Baptiste Yves Gamier, as well as two printed ordinances and a partial printed report of the Battle of St. Charles.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

Printed drawings and watercolours

Sub-series consists of printed drawings depicting scenes of native peoples and ships in Asia and original watercolours, including watercolours of the Columbia River attributed to Belcher, a watercolour of a waterfall at Panang by B.F. Browne, and watercolours of native peoples of New Guinea and Marquesa.

Order Book

Sub-series consists of an order book from the HMS Sulpher for the period April to August 1841.

Incoming correspondence

Sub-series consists of correspondence received by Belcher while in the South Pacific on a voyage of the HMS Sulpher, 1837-1840, and letters received from his brother, Alexander Brymer, in 1844 and 1845, during Belcher’s command of the HMS Samarang.

British Columbia

Sub-series consists of original and photostat copies of correspondence related to the exploration of British Columbia. Includes a photostat copy of a letter by Robert Gray regarding Nootka Sound (1788) and an original 1852 letter from Sir George Simpson to Hector McKenzie and John W. Simpson pertaining to an expedition to the Pacific Coast by Belanger.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

Court documents

Sub-series consists of manuscripts written by Belcher in defence of charges laid against him with respect to his naval command. Includes an original and a transcript copy of a defence prepared by Belcher against charges of tyranny and severe treatment of his men during his service as Captain of the HMS Sulpher and related documents. Series also includes an original copy of a statement of defence written by Belcher when he was courtmartialled for abandoning ships under his command during the Franklin expedition in 1854.

Personal documents

Sub-series consists of a document appointing Belcher Commander of the HMSV Aetna in 1830 and a certificate granting Belcher an honourary membership in the Royal Halifax Yacht Club.

Inferior Court of Civil Justice

In response to a growing number of petty claims in Victoria in the newly established colony of Vancouver‟s Island, Governor James Douglas established the Inferior Court of Civil Justice (later changed to the Supreme Court of Civil Justice in 1860) in 1857.
This series is composed of one-hundred and sixty-eight case files comprised of three hundred and eighty-three documents pertaining to small claims suits in Victoria between 1858 and 1866.

Reports

Series consists of two reports by Sir Joseph William Trutch, including a "Report on the Lower Fraser Indian Reserves" and a report advocating the construction of roads in the Rocky Mountain passes.

Outgoing correspondence

Sub-series consists of Belcher’s outgoing correspondence, including letters written to his brother and sister-in-law, Alexander Brymer and Maria Belcher, and to John Philippart, two copy books covering the years 1831 to 1833 and 1837 to 1841, and several memos. Includes transcript copies of some of the letters.

Civil Cases

Subseries consists of court documents relating to civil cases in British Columbia between 1864 and 1869. The cases comprise a variety of document types, including: judge’s orders; affidavits; writs of summons; correspondence; bills of costs; jury lists; judgments; notices; statements of account; motions; bonds; speakers’ certificates; indentures; agreements; receipts of sale; complaints; notices of intention; mortgages; and subpoenas. As a whole, they are indicative of the development of civil and criminal law in the region at the time, closely reflecting British standards and precedence. Differences did develop, however, as circumstances required.

It is important to note that the time period represented in these cases includes years before and after the colonies were converged on August 6th, 1866. Before the unification, the Colony of Vancouver Island and the Colony of British Columbia were separate entities in which civil suits at the local level were a vital part of the decentralized colonial government. Initially, the mainland was governed from New Westminster, but once they were merged into the new Colony of British Columbia, governance took place in Victoria on Vancouver Island.

In total, there are 135 files comprised of roughly 500 documents, wherein each file represents a different case. Of those, the donor has confirmed that 92 are from Vancouver Island and 18 are from the mainland.

Prairie Provinces

Sub-series consists of an original and copies of documents pertaining to the Prairies Provinces, including a photostat copy of Francois Antoine Laroque's journal for his 1805 journey from Fort Assiniboine to the Rocky Mountains, an original commission appointing Alexander Morris Commissioner regarding Lands of Occupants claims in Manitoba in 1876, and typescript copies of letters pertaining to the Laurier-Greenway Compromise on the Manitoba School Question in 1897.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

Augustus Pemberton

This series is composed of legal documents concerning court cases involving Chinese and Aboriginal people as both witnesses and defendants. The collection documents early relationships between colonial society and Chinese and Aboriginal individuals within a legal context in British Columbia and provides documentary evidence of those relationships including first-hand narratives from all participants. The documents reveal the way in which the 19th century justice system in British Columbia related to those people of Aboriginal and Chinese descent.

Consists of eighty-two files pertaining to charges against Aboriginal and Chinese individuals and all the supporting court documents. There are 340 documents from 1862 to 1891. Most of this material either passed through or was created in the court systems of the day resulting in sworn testimony giving first hand accounts of events. Some of the documents may have been interpreted into English by court interpreters. Judge Augustus Pemberton (1808-1891) was appointed the magistrate and commissioner of police for Vancouver Island by Governor Douglas in 1858 and served as a county court judge in Victoria from September 23rd, 1867 to January 14th, 1881. Pemberton oversaw all but fourteen of these charges.

Maritimes

Sub-series consists of original manuscript correspondence and other documents pertaining to the history and development of the Maritime provinces. Records concern trade, government, political ties, population, and agriculture. Includes handwritten notations of Prime Minister Sir John Thompson regarding Newfoundland's entry into the Canadian Confederation and its interaction with the United States, a manuscript by John Haliburton concerning his impressions of Joseph Howe, as well as correspondence of George Leonard, James Montgomery and Edward Fanning.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

Outgoing correspondence

Sub-series consists of Trutch's outgoing correspondence, including some copies of original correspondence held by the Oregon Historical Society.

Wilkinson, Kenneth

3 sketchbooks containing pencil drawings by Kenneth Wilkinson depicting his travels and various landscape scenes.

Legal documents

Sub-series consists of legal documents of Sir Joseph William Trutch, including his last will and testament and an indenture pertaining to family financial arrangements in preparation for the marriage of his brother John in 1870.

William McLennan writing, research, and publications

The sub-series consists of textual records related to William McLennan’s work as a writer from the 1880s-1903. The series includes full and partial drafts of published and unpublished articles, short stories, novels, and non-fiction works; research and reference materials; incoming correspondence; and other materials. Writings are primarily about Montreal, including its history, physical environment, and historical figures. Historical figures treated include Raphael-Lambert Closse, Bénigne Basset, François Dollier de Casson, George Hardy, Pehr Kalm, Medar Jalot, Louis Juchereau de Saint-Denis, Richard Hamilton, Louis de Montéléon, Marie-Anne-Josette L’Estringant de Saint-Martin, Jean-Baptiste Migeon de Branssat, Daniel Greysolon Dulhut, Benedict XIII, Octave Crémazie, James Johnstone, and John McDonell. Research and reference materials include notes from historical sources, character sketches and timelines, and copies of archival documents, as well as original historical documents. Among the historical documents, the series includes a copy of Daniel Greysolon Dulhut's will and testament dated 1710 and signed by Dulhut. Correspondence relates to the writing, research, and publication of McLennan’s works. Notable correspondents include Jean Newton McIlwraith, co-author of "The Span o’ Life: A Tale of Louisbourg and Quebec," historian Joseph-Edmond Roy, archivist Douglas Brymner, journalist and historian Ernest Myrand, and John S. McLennan, among others.

Incoming correspondence

Sub-series consists of the incoming correspondence of Sir Joseph William Trutch. Correspondence is mainly from family members, including Charlotte H. Trutch, Caroline Agnes Trutch, William Pinder, and Emily White.

Outgoing correspondence

Sub-series consists of Trutch's outgoing correspondence to his brother Joseph, his sister Charlotte, and his daughter Charlotte.

Documents of a national significance

Sub-series consists of records pertaining to the history of more than one region, or to Canada in general. Includes an original financial statement of Sir Alexander MacKenzie's account with the North West Company in 1807, an original 1833 manuscript letter from Edward Ellice to Samuel Gerrard concerning financial matters in the Canadas, as well as transcript copies of letters by William Lyon Mackenzie and Edward Blake.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

Envelopes

Sub-series consists of envelopes originally containing correspondence addressed to the Trutch family, particularly to John Trutch.

Diaries

Sub-series consists of Trutch's daily diaries for the years 1870, 1897, 1902, and 1906 . Diaries include notations pertaining to his appointments and activities, financial transactions, correspondence, and the weather.

Reverend A.H. Cameron collection

Reverend A.H. Cameron arrived in Keremeos in 1906 and established a Presbyterian church where he presided as its first minister for many years. He captured a large number of pictures during his tenure, leaving a photographic record of local affairs. Subseries consists of photographs attributed to him.

Incorporation Records and Directors' Reports

Sub-series consists of early records ofthe British Columbia Packers' Association, including a proposal to create the Association written by Henry Doyle in February, 1922, as well as the Association's Certificate of Incorporation, and Directors' reports for 1904 to 1907.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

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