Fonds AR030 - Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association fonds

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Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association fonds

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CA UVICARCH AR030

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  • 1884-1979 (Creation)
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    Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (Victoria, B.C.)

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7 m of textual records

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(1884 - present)

Administrative history

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) was established in Victoria in 1884, and served as the main representative body for Chinese in Canada until 1908, when the Chinese Consulate was established in Ottawa. The CCBA's activities have included protesting against racial discrimination, mediating in community disputes concerning business deals and treatment of servants, providing financial assistance to Chinese individuals and families in other parts of Canada, China and Cuba, and monitoring the range of medical care offered by Chinese hospitals in British Columbia. In 1899, the CCBA built the Chinese Hospital in Victoria, which later developed into a boarding house for elderly Chinese men.

Custodial history

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association records have come into the custody of UVic Archives from the CCBA or Dr. David Lai.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of lists of death and burial records of Chinese persons in Victoria, BC, 1902-1923; Chinese deceased in Canada, 1937; leave permits issued to the Chinese Hospital in Vancouver, Victoria, and other areas of B.C., 1908-1909; donation and fundraising records, subscription booklets, records of income and expenditures, receipts, Free Miners Certificates, national bonds, 1884-1912; population data; correspondence from the Commander in Shanghai, 1932; minutes of the Chinese Public School; correspondence regarding donations for victims of famines, droughts, and floods in China, and booklets recording donations; records of the Chinese Hospital, including report books on patients, doctor order books and consultation forms, 1956-1976.

The death and burial records series, 1902-1923 consists of: medical certificates of death for Chinese persons in Victoria, BC; and burial permits for Chinese persons in Victoria, BC, including permits issued by the Chinese Benevolent Cemetery Company.

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Materials are on permanent loan to the University of Victoria Archives, by agreement made between the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the University of Victoria Library in 1973.

Death and burial records series transferred to UVic Archives from Oak Bay Archives at the request of donor Dr. David Lai in 2010.

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Selected documents have been digitized and are available online: http://www.uvic.ca/library/featured/collections/asian/Chinese-Canadian.php

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Chinese Hospital records are closed until 2040.
No other restrictions apply.

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Further accruals expected

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BCAUL control number: UVICARCH-68

Conservation

Treatment: 60 items from files 1.1 to 1.8 cleaned, deacidified, mended, backed, encapsulated and re-housed by Fine Art Conservation, October 2008

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Revised by BCANS Coordinator, July 30, 2010.
Revised by the Director, Special Collections & University Archivist, September 24, 2013.

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