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Charles Bradbury collection

  • AM430
  • Item
  • 1651

The collection consists of a warrant from the "Committee of Plundered Ministers" directing the payment of six pounds [sterling] to Gabriel Wilkinson, minister of the Parish Church at Woobourne, Bucks., dated 23 March 1651.

George Vancouver, 1757-1798, collection

  • AM1062
  • Item
  • 1783

The collection consists of an original parchment of the commission given by Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney appointing George Vancouver fourth lieutenant of H.M.S. "Fame".

Captain George Vancouver collection

  • AM649
  • Fonds
  • 1794

The collection consists of a letter dated 2 October 1794, which was written by Vancouver while on board the "Discovery" in Nootka Sound. It was addressed to the father of a midshipman in the crew. The letter deals with business matters, but Vancouver also notes that they were unable to find any northwest passage and therefore they had no reason to remain in the area.

George Vancouver collection : 1790-1795

  • AM747
  • Fonds
  • 1790-1795

The collection consists of copies of records held at the British Library, London, England relating to the voyage of Captain George Vancouver's Discovery and the tender Chatham, 1791-1795. Included in the collection are papers, journals and logbooks.

Chatham (Ship)

G.P. Bainbridge et al. collection

  • AM923
  • Item
  • 1797

The collection consists of a letter dated October 26, 1797 from Captain George Vancouver at Petersham to James Symes requesting correction of sums paid at the Cape of Good Hope, 1791, and Valparaiso, 1795, to several persons. Captain Vancouver used an incorrect exchange rate.

Walter Simson collection

  • AM21
  • Fonds
  • 1832

Collection consists of a Burgess ticket, 2 November 1832, issued by the Magistrates and Council of Inverkeithing, Scotland, to Mr. Simson, a customs official.

David Mackenzie fonds

  • AM8
  • Fonds
  • 1831-1833

The fonds consists of Mackenzie's account books and a diary of a voyage from Dundee to Quebec 8 August - 28 September[?], 1833.

Mackenzie, David

James Yale fonds

  • AM205
  • Fonds
  • 1847-1852

Fonds consists of various letters written and received by James Yale. Letters include an acknowledgement of a marriage ceremony witnessed by Yale, as well as various letters received by Yale from James Douglas, regarding conditions at various posts.

Yale, James Murray

James Kennedy fonds

  • AM248
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1853; reproduced 1941

The fonds consists of a typescript copy of a diary kept by James Kennedy during his trip to Australia. The fonds also includes a handwritten copy of a portion of the diary.

Kennedy, James

Reverend Robert J. Staines collection

  • AM145
  • Item
  • 1853

The collection consists of a letter written on 7 April 1853 to a clergyman in England, probably the Rev. J. Haldane Stewart. It contains references to the Hudson's Bay Company, to company rule, the land grant, and Oregon.

Emily Adams collection

  • AM203
  • Item
  • 1857

The collection consists of a letter written by Thomas Drury of West Essa in Upper Canada to his sister Emily of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. It contains comments on economic and social conditions, railway speculation, and personal family matters. It seems that Thomas Drury was a merchant who had business dealings with local farmers.

Adams, Emily

Edward Bulwer-Lytton fonds

  • AM508
  • Fonds
  • 1858

The fonds consists of letters written in 1858 to Sir Bulwer-Lytton from individuals seeking commissions on government appointments in British Columbia.

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Lytton, Baron

Ralph Dorland collection

  • AM266
  • Item
  • 1858

The collection consists of a copy of the certificate of marriage issued 26 October 1858 to Stephen Henry Dorland and Mary Jane Greene of Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Sir James Douglas collection

  • AM229
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1859

The collection consists of letters sent to Governor Douglas from the District of Fort Yale - one unsigned dated 19 November 1858, one from P.B. Whannell, J.P., dated 31 December 1858, one from George Perrier, J.P., at Hill's Bar dated 4 January 1859, and an excerpt of a letter from Governor Moody dated 17 January 1859. There are also four letters sent from Governor Douglas to Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton dated 8 January, 20 January, 5 February, and 10 February 1859.

Kwong Lee and Company collection

  • AM15
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1862

The collection consists of miscellaneous receipts and invoices issued at Fort Yale, Victoria and New Westminster. Included is a letter from Benjamin Wadsworth, Clerk of Colonel Moody.

Storey, Jean M.

Alex Black collection

  • AM288
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1825-1862

The collection consists of correspondence of the McGibbon family.

Black, Alex

British Columbia, Legislative Council collection

  • AM179
  • Fonds
  • 1865

The collection consists of a copy of No. 10. An Ordinance to amend the Dues leviable at the Port of New Westminster [18th March, 1865.]. It is signed by Charles Good, Clerk, Arthur N. Birch, Presiding Member, and Frederick Seymour, Governor.

John Robson collection

  • AM517
  • Item
  • 1865

The collection consists of a copy of a letter re distribution of the "British Columbia" newspaper in the interior from John Robson, 1865.

John (Gassy Jack) Deighton collection

  • AM648
  • Item
  • 1870

The collection consists of a letter dated 28 June 1870 to his brother, Tom, in Hull, England. Deighton describes his life and success as the owner of an hotel saloon. He also discusses family and personal matters.

Goepel family fonds

  • AM23
  • Fonds
  • 1811-1875

The fonds consists of miscellaneous family records relating mostly to land and financial matters.

Goepel family

R.C. Harris collection

  • AM410
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1877

The collection consists of photocopies of an 1860 sketch map showing a blazed line from False Creek to English Bay drawn by A.T. Breakenridge of the Royal Engineers and an 1877 map of Greater Vancouver.

Harris, R.C.

Thomas Charles Hilton collection

  • AM906
  • Item
  • 1877

The collection consists of a commission from James Dunsmuir, Lieutenant-Governor, appointing Thomas Charles Hilton as Notary Public. Contains a wax impression of the Lieutenant-Governor's seal.

John Blair collection

  • AM585
  • Item
  • 1880

The collection consists of a photocopy of a four-page letter written by John Blair to a friend shortly after his arrival in B.C. in 1880. The letter, dated July 25, describes the journey of his brother and himself and their life after their arrival, including brief comments on working in a fish cannery, countryside and prices encountered.

Findlay, Durham and Brodie collection

  • AM31
  • Fonds
  • 1882

Collection consists of a letter dated 13 October 1882 and a telegram dated 9 December 1882 from J.L. Raymur of the Burrard Inlet Fishing Company regarding insurance and salt supplies. Access copies in file.

Findlay, Durham and Brodie

Letter

  • AM165
  • Item
  • 1883

The collection consists of an incomplete letter written to "Fanny" by an unidentified correspondent from New Westminster, 11 May 1883, describing May Day and a picnic. (The original pencil has been written over ca. 1940 by the donor.)

Cornelius Bryant fonds

  • AM24
  • Fonds
  • 1855-1884

The fonds consists of diaries, 1855-1856 and 1878-1882. The latter includes miscellaneous lists of letters sent 1880-1881 and 1883-1884. Also included is a portion of a letter written to his parents shortly after his arrival in Nanaimo in 1857.

Bryant, Cornelius

Randall Family collection

  • AM218
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1884

The collection consists of two letters written by C.J. Randall of Waldo, Oregon, to his children in Moodyville, B.C., on 8 August 1883 and 13 January 1884.

Randall family

Willson E. Knowlton collection

  • AM350
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1884

The collection consists of miscellaneous papers, primarily agreements and financial papers, relating to the Chinese on the west coast of North America from 1858-1884. The donor also included notes on the collection.

Knowlton, Willson E.

Robert Kerr fonds

  • AM35
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1885

The fonds consists of the ship's log, which includes entries from Liverpool to Panama, Panama to Victoria, Victoria to Burrard's Inlet, and San Juan Island.

Robert Kerr (Ship)

Quine family fonds : 1861-1885

  • AM245
  • Fonds
  • Photocopied [195-?]

The fonds consists of copies of correspondence between various members of the Quine family, concerning family matters, the Cariboo Gold Rush and local conditions in British Columbia. Fonds also includes a typescript copy of one letter.

Quine family

Petition for [a] Bill to Incorporate the "City of Vancouver"

  • AM651
  • Item
  • Feb 15, 1886

The item is the original petition addressed to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia asking that the village of Granville be incorporated as the City of Vancouver. There are also accompanying extracts from the Legislative Journal relating to the passage of the Act.

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly

Robert Beaven collection

  • AM566
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1886

The collection consists of two scrapbooks entitled "Mark Twain's Adhesive Scrap Book" patented 1873. Both volumes consist of newspaper cuttings from the Victoria newspapers. They are mainly concerned with political disputes and actions relating to land, finance, railways and labour. Many "Letters to the Editor" are included, also long passages quoting speeches from meetings in the House (B.C.) and other places. It is as if Robert Beaven, the collector of these clippings, were keeping a close watch on what the politicians of his day were thinking and doing, also the public as revealed by Letters to the Editor. Some of the matters discussed include The Chinese (in U.S.A., B.C. and Australia), School Costs (not Vancouver), Burrard Inlet and Queen of Vancouver Island.

Beaven, Robert

Mrs. B.T. Rogers collection

  • AM198
  • Fonds
  • 1885-1886

The collection consists of the personal reminiscences of Mrs. B.T. Rogers of early Vancouver.

Rogers, Mary Isabella

John Leask fonds : 1886

  • AM40
  • Fonds
  • 1886

The fonds consists of Leask's diary, which includes personal expense accounts and references to the daily progress of the surveying.

Leask, John

Inquest papers of Vancouver fire, June 13, 1886

  • AM187
  • Fonds
  • 1886

The collection consists of one volume containing "Inquest Papers of Vancouver Fire, June 13, 1886. Presented to City of Vancouver by the Vancouver Daily Province, June 13, 1951"; these records are the Coroner's Precept, the Inquisition, and records of evidence submitted. The inquest was held on 14 June 1886, summoned by J.C. Hughes, Coroner, and conducted before twelve jurors. The victims were John Craswell and others.

Poster portrait of Queen Victoria from first CPR train

  • : 1980-252.1
  • Item
  • 1887

Item consists of the portrait which adorned the headlight of C.P.R. 374, a 44 x 57 cm coloured poster of Queen Victoria, bordered with scenes depicting aspects of her reign. On May 23, 1887 - the eve of Queen Victoria's birthday in the Golden Jubilee year of her reign - the first trans-Canada passenger train from Montreal made its entrance into Vancouver. The locomotive - C.P.R. 374 - was decorated with flowers, legends and this portrait of Queen Victoria.

Elida Bell collection

  • AM5
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1887

Essays written at the Hastings Sawmill School, 22 November, 1886, and at the Oppenheimer Street School, 26 January, 1887, by Elida Bell, with annotations by Major J.S. Matthews.

Bell, Elida

Ancient Order of United Workmen fonds

  • AM2
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1888

The fonds consists of a letterbook of Granville Lodge No. 29. Most of the correspondence deals with payment of dues and insurance claims involving Lodge 29 and the Grand Recorder in the Lodge at Portland, Oregon.

Ancient Order of United Workmen. Granville Lodge, No. 29

Canadian Pacific Navigation Company fonds

  • AM138
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1889

The fonds consists of receipts issued by the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company between 1887 and 1889.

Canadian Pacific Navigation Company

James McIntosh fonds

  • AM104
  • Fonds
  • 1876-1889

The fonds consists of a letterbook of business correspondence, 1876-1889, for the most part connected with the business of the Shuswap Milling Company.

McIntosh, James

Benjamin Codville collection

  • AM834
  • Fonds
  • 1889

The collection consists of Excursion Committee and Reception Committee ribbons from Dominion Day celebrations, 1889, Vancouver.

Codville, Benjamin

Donald Charleson fonds

  • AM708
  • Fonds
  • 1875-1889

The fonds consists primarily of correspondence and an indenture concerning the awarding of Charleson's first land clearing contract with the CPR in 1889. There is also a birth certificate for Charleson and a letter from Alexander Mackenzie.

Charleson, Donald Brims

Samuel Hallander collection

  • AM167
  • Fonds
  • 1889

The collection consists of a certificate of competency as fourth class engineer which was presented to Samuel Hallander in January 1889, signed by Charles H. Tupper, Minister of Marine and Fisheries.

Hallander, Samuel Fitzof

Sidney Williams fonds

  • AM487
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1889

The fonds consists of a notebook kept by Sidney Williams between 1887 and 1889. There are six pages of a diary describing a train trip made from Halifax to Tacoma, a two page game list for nine months of 1888 and notes and drawings of various surveys, especially for Brockton Point in Stanley Park.

Williams, Sidney

Vancouver Real Estate Board fonds

  • AM101
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1889

The fonds consists of minutes of the Vancouver Real Estate Board of 1888. The volume also includes a price list, and maps from later custodians of the volume.

The volume also includes notations in the hand of JS Matthews, some of which state incorrect information on the relationship between the 1888 Vancouver Real Estate Board and the later Vancouver Real Estate Exchange formed in 1919.

Vancouver Real Estate Board [1888]

Beach family fonds

  • AM20
  • Fonds
  • 1776-1889

The fonds consists of family documents, including various deeds and certificates of the Beach family and associated families of Morris County, New Jersey and Johnston County, Upper Canada. The fonds also contains the minutes of the Crystal Fountain Temple No. 18 of South Gower, Grenville County, Ontario from 1872 to 1875.

Beach family

Gow Family collection

  • AM195
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1837-1889

The collection consists of a scrapbook of clippings, notes and pictures concerned, for the most part, with Methodism in the United Kingdom, ca. 1837-ca. 1870, which appears to have been compiled by S.A. Redshaw of Bourne, Lincolnshire. There are also two certificates issued by the Guelph Public Schools to Alexander Gow and Walter Gow.

Gow family

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