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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.

Games and Word Puzzles series

Series consists of records about games and word puzzles created by Messenger. There are three subseries: Miscellaneous subseries, "Triple-Ploy" subseries, and Board Games subseries.

Literature in English series

Series consists of records pertaining to the anthology edited by Messenger and Bill New in 1993. There are four subseries: Research Notes subseries, Permissions subseries, Miscellaneous subseries, and Chronologies subseries.

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.

Objects

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].

Photographs series

Series consists of photographs of M.Y. Williams' family and work.

An inventory of the slides is available on the last two pages of the finding aid.

Axis Power - World War II series

Series consists of clippings, publications, cartoons, and a scrapbook collected by MacKay about the Axis powers during World War II. Series also includes an unidentified diary (1882) found by MacKay in 1931 in an abandoned building in Iceberg Bay, B.C

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.

Journals

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.

Correspondence series

Series consists of incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence, both personal and professional. Files are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

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