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Bell-Irving family collection

  • AM1
  • Fonds
  • 1861-1980, 1861-1968 predominant

The fonds consists of primarily of the records of Henry Ogle Bell-Irving, including his diaries (1889-1930), a deed book (1887-1894), address books, scrapbooks (1903-1931), a file of loose clippings which includes a copy of schedule of sundry personal assets and property of H. Bell-Irving (1930), letter-books (1861-1930), and business records of various Bell-Irving firms, including audited accounts and annual reports, A.B.C. Packing Co. Ltd. Vancouver and London (1891-1911), minute books and annual financial reports of the Bell-Irving Insurance Agencies Ltd., (1920-1973), clippings (1920-1931), and the Pacific Fisherman Yearbook (1935).

Also included are three scrapbooks of salmon can labels, summary statistics on company canneries and on the B.C. salmon canning industry, and an H. Bell-Irving and Co. Private Cipher Code (1912) and annual financial reports. There is also material relating to the management of the estate of Henry Bell Irving in Scotland. This includes document copy books, financial reports, a journal, a ledger and a cash book. Also included is a family tree compiled in ca. 1980 and a logbook dated 1907-1909 from the "Beatrice". Photographs depict workers and a group portrait of industry businessmen. Other photographs pertain primarily to Duncan Bell-Irving's aviation career during World War 1 and to the wartime experiences of his brothers Malcolm (Mick), Roderick and Richard who were also officers, and sister Isabel, a volunteer nurse in a London military hospital.

Bell-Irving family

Minute book: H. Bell-Irving Co. Ltd. 1917-1930

File consists of a volume of manuscript minutes of meetings of the Directors, as well as Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings of the shareholders in H. Bell-Irving Co. Ltd.

Minutes of Directors meetings address housekeeping matters, as well as the declaration of dividends to shareholders.

Minutes of Annual General Meetings reported on company operations, including information on returns on investments and other financial reporting, as well as Chairman's remarks to the shareholders, which often went into considerable depth on all operational matters and external factors influencing the company's operations and profitability. The remarks often included detailed information on the previous season's salmon packs for various areas of operation, comments on salmon runs that year, contracts with and operations of the Anglo-British Columbia Packing Company, government policy (particularly related to taxation and international trade) investments in real estate and other non-cannery ventures.

H. Bell-Irving Co. Ltd.

Cannery returns, Anglo British Columbia Packing Co.

File contains annual reports submitted by managers of individual Anglo British Columbian Packing Company and Fidalgo Island Packing Company canneries along the B.C. coast. Statistics record the amounts of fish canned by can size and type of fish, number of employees and ethnic background, number of boats, cost of raw fish, and work in the reduction plant.

Anglo-British Columbia Packing Company

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