This collection consists of materials related to early British Columbia history in the years when BC was still a British colony, prior to joining Canada in 1871. The collection consists of colonial government documents (proclamations, messages, acts, and rules and regulations) effecting the daily life of British Columbians. These include real estate titles, road works, railways, local, legal and financial matters, labour, and infrastructure. The collection includes proclamations by James Douglas, who was the first governor of BC and served from 1858-1864.
The Thomas K. Fleming research collection consists of materials related to the settler colonial history of British Columbia, and more broadly, the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Record types include correspondence, newsletters, press clippings, printed materials, notes, maps, legal documents, as well as Fleming`s stamp collection and associated records. Historical records in the collection include content primarily from the nineteenth to early twentieth century on such subjects as forestry, travel, commerce, and postal history. The collection has been arranged into two series: Historical Records and Research Subject Files series, and Stamp Collection and Related Materials series.
The series consists of historical records acquired by Fleming as well as research subject files he created in his study of British Colombian history. Subjects include the Alaska American/Canadian border dispute, British Columbia settler colonial history, the forestry and timber industry, trade and commerce in the Pacific Northwest, and particularly the Nootka crisis and the expedition of Alessandro Malaspina. Record types include correspondence, indentures, pamphlets, articles, notes, presentation materials, and photographs from Fleming's research related travel.
A composite photo of Sir James Douglas and Lady Amelia Douglas nee Connolly. Photograph is a reproduction of a photograph originally made around 1880. The stamp on the back of the photograph indicates it was most likely copied from the B.C. Provincial Archives. Douglas was a governor of Vancouver Island from 1858-1864.