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Literary Works

Series consists of photostat copies of literary works by George Peele from the 1500s and a manuscript work by an unknown author in the late 1800s containing various excerpts and notes.
Title based on contents of series.

Marianne Belcher correspondence

Series consists of correspondence of Marianne Belcher, the mother of Edward Belcher, and is arranged in two sub-series: incoming correspondence and outgoing correspondence.

Printed Material

Series consists of early printed material, including an engraving, an advertisement, a theater hand-bill, a military report, and a circular letter, related to social, military, and religious activities in early French Canada.

Alexander Brymer Belcher correspondence

Series consists of correspondence of Edward Belcher’s brother Alexander Brymer Belcher of London, England and is arranged in two sub-series: incoming correspondence and outgoing correspondence.

Brymer Belcher records

Series consists of a document regarding the organisation of The Victoria Society, a society established in England to provide employment for impoverished women. The document lists Reverend Brymer Belcher, Edward
Belcher’s nephew, as President of the society.

Supreme Court of Civil Justice

The Supreme Court of Civil Justice was originally established as the Inferior Court of Civil Justice in 1857 by Governor James Douglas to deal with the increasing number of petty claims in Victoria. The court was renamed in 1860. Series consists of records including writs, testimony, judgements, and other pertinent documents related to various cases. These records were produced by magistrates, defendants, claimants, and other relevant (and in some cases historically significant) parties including the first judge in BC, the first Attorney General, the earliest clergy, businessmen, and other prominent figures from this period in British Columbia's colonial history. The materials in this series represent a firsthand look at the business and legal proceedings from the colony's early justice system.

Maps and Sketches

Series consists of a view of the French fort at Beausejour, a view of the Point of Beausejour and Pointe a Roger, a plan of the Baffle of St. Charles during the 1837 rebellion, and a plan of the Great Quebec Fire.


Series consists of objects belonging or given to Thomas Crosby including a hymnal book and an engraved wax seal stamp.

Lady Diana Belcher correspondence

Series consists of correspondence received by Edward Belcher’s wife, Lady Diana (nee Jolliffe), including letters regarding her social and charitable activities. Includes letters received from F. Beaufort, Susan D. Durant, W. Forsyth, John Gibson, Helena F. Martin, F.L. McClintock, and [James Prior].

Bankruptcy cases

The 1858 Gold Rush on the Fraser River in British Columbia brought an influx of miners to the area, resulting in an economic boom for the colonies.
Following the end of the gold rush, however, came a time of financial strain in the 1860s and many individuals suffered personal financial loss. In 1862, a bankruptcy court was established as a formal structure to resolve insolvencies. Series includes documents related to the colonial bankruptcy court including adjudications, affidavits, declaration, deeds, notices, petitions, proofs of debt, receipts, report, statements of account, summons, and wills.

Correspondence - Native Peoples’ issues

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence including minutes of meetings of the Port Simpson people regarding land issues and their relationship with the Hudson's Bay Company, Kincolith Indians, surveyors, Indian agents, and the federal government, 1876-1887.

Court Documents

Series consists of court documents covering a variety of cases and legal disputes in British Columbia between 1858 and 1891 that represent both major criminal charges as well as minor civil suits. It is comprised of 450 case files containing over 1,200 documents relating to such topics as Augustus Pemberton and colonial relations with Chinese and Aboriginal peoples in B.C., possible changes that occurred after the colonies were converged, and the many types of small claims being filed during the period.


Series consists of journals of George Hills, Bishop of Diocese of British Columbia.

Frederick Griffin

The series contains textual records spanning approximately 1802-1895, which reflect Frederick Griffin’s occupation as a lawyer, particularly his position as a solicitor for the Bank of Montreal and his role as counsel for the plaintiffs in Pierre v. Gabriel S. Chouteau and Mary Charlotte v. Gabriel Chouteau, as well as his role as founder of the Canadian Loan Company. Materials include incoming correspondence and draft responses; various financial and legal documents; legal research notes and drafts of legal documents; memoranda; meeting minutes; land and property documents and surveyors reports; newspaper clippings and ephemera; and other documents. Legal and financial documents include bank deposit receipts; property tax assessments and receipts; promissory notes; powers of attorney; copies of historical legal documents; summaries of evidence; depositions; questionnaires from Pierre v. Gabriel S. Chouteau and Mary Charlotte v. Gabriel Chouteau; a copy of a judgement; procès-verbaux; releases of dower; extracts of burials; and a declaration of Tiers-Saisis. Legal research notes and drafts of legal documents include notes on legal precedent and timelines of case histories and drafts of motions, deeds, petitions, charters, opinions, among other documents. Much of the correspondence in the fonds is related to Griffin’s position as solicitor for the Bank of Montreal. Notable correspondents include F.W. Primrose, E.H. King, Lewis T. Drummond, Richard Bladworth Angus, George O'kill Stuart, Hewitt Bernard, Frédéric-Eugène Globensky, David James Greenshields, Ogilvy Moffat, Robert LeMoine, John Greenshields, Hew Ramsay, William Walker, William Rhodes, Henry John Noad, Andrew Balfour, Charles R. Ogden, Timothy Tyrell, Benjamin Holmes, William Badgley, Stewart Derbishire, Alexander J.P. Garesche, Alexander P. Field, David N. Hall, Richard Alexander Tucker, the office of the Governor General, Christopher Dunkin, James Reid, Samuel Gale, Jacques Viger, George Moffatt, Henry Starnes, William Robb, Louis Andre Ducheny, August Belmont, Robert Milroy, and Georges-Barthélemi Faribault, among others.

Miscellaneous textual records and photograph

Series consists of various miscellaneous notes, a photograph of unidentified people standing on the shore of a lake, possibly circa 1890, an 1863 newspaper clipping concerning gold prospects in Lillooet, and an 1896 directors' report for The Albion Iron Works Co. Ltd.

Ruskin Co-operative

Stock share certificate and by-laws to the creation of the co-operative. The series also contains a photograph of the co-operative building.

Miscellaneous manuscripts and letters

Series consists of miscellaneous manuscripts and letters, including an original manuscript titled Ben Thomas: Confessions of an Old First Lieutenantof the last Century, a manuscript translation of Pliny’s Epistle to Fuseus by Thomas Brown, a 1774 letter to William Nesbit from John Knight in defence of an outstanding debt charged against him, and a letter by Ralph Wilson (recipient unknown).

Colonial documents of British Columbia

Series consists primarily of documents from the colonial era of British Columbia, including material related to early settlers on Vancouver Island, the Fraser River and Cariboo/Yukon gold rushes, and the courts. The bulk of the series consists of correspondence, but also includes commission, coroner’s inquisition, court calendar, deposition, jury list, last will and testament, prospectus, receipt, and subpoena.

W.B. Bailey records

This series includes telegrams from 1901 through 1902. There is a complete listing of the telegrams provided by the Mr. Bill Barley. There are also financial records.


Series consists of photographs of various canneries, cannery owners and employees in British Columbia, and a photograph of the 1920 Canadian Fisheries Association convention.
Title based on contents of series.

Original manuscript material

Series consists of original manuscript material, including letters, reports, and other documents, related to the early political, religious, and economic climate of Canada, and French Canada in particular. Includes letters and reports regarding the Red River and Riel Rebellions, and letters and other documents by or attributed to Jean Talon, Jean de Lamberville, Bishop La Croix de Saint-Vallier, Francis Maseres, Sir James Monlc, Colonel Charles-Michel de Salaberry, R. Desrivieres, Sir Wilfred Laurier, and Charles B. Rouleau.

Sir Joseph William Trutch records

Series consists of records of or pertaining to Sir Joseph William Trutch, including correspondence, legal documents, reports by Trutch, and biographical material. Series is arranged into the following sub-series: incoming correspondence, outgoing correspondence, reports, legal documents, and memorabilia concerning the death of Sir Joseph William Trutch.


Series consists of letters and fragments of letters from various members of the family, most letters being either to or from Charlotte H. Trutch. Correspondence provides insight into many personal matters of the family.

John Trutch records

Series consists of diaries, correspondence, and financial records of John Trutch, and is arranged into the following sub-series: diaries, incoming correspondence, outgoing correspondence, miscellaneous letters and fragments of correspondence, and financial records.

Estate records

Series consists of records relating to the Trutch family estate, including records concerning real estate owned by the family, records regarding the estate of John Trutch, and copies of John Trutch's marriage and death announcements .

Silver-Lead Miners Association of British Columbia records

This series includes articles of association, bylaws, voter’s lists, minutes from general meetings, committee reports and resolutions and financial records. In addition, there is correspondence, minutes and other records relating to an eight hour shift dispute which occurred from 1899-1900. Of particular interest are the records of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and the Thiel Detective Services Company. These relate to the Coeur d’Alenes riot and the men working at the time. Operative reports regarding union meetings are included.

The Need of a "Rational Almanac" [textual record] / by Moses B. Cotsworth, F.G .S., of York, England; printed for the Royal Society of Canada

Item is a pamphlet containing the paper that Cotsworth presented to the Royal Society of Canada . Sir Sandford Fleming's introductory address to the Royal Society of Canada is also included in the pamphlet. Cotsworth discusses the history of calendars, the difficulties inherent in the Gregorian calendar, and the benefits and ease of changing to a calendar having thirteen months of four weeks each.

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