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British Columbia Buildings Corporation fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 169
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1977-1980]

The fonds consists of photographs of the Legislative Precinct, Menzies Street and the 1100 block of Fort Street in Victoria.

British Columbia Buildings Corporation

Bullen family fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 155
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1895-1950]

The fonds consists of photographs depicting James Douglas Fitzherbert Bullen, the Bullen Yard in Esquimalt, and the ships Princess Beatrice and Princess Louise.

Bullen (family)

C. Isabelle Goodwin fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 248
  • Fonds
  • 1905-[ca. 1931]

The fonds consists of family photographs. Images depict Arthur C. Pike on a ship near Prince Rupert, the David Spencer Company choir and baseball team, Sara Pike's Red Cross group, and postcards of the Victoria Fire Department.

Goodwin, C. Isabelle

Cameron family fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 14
  • Fonds
  • [187-?]-1922

The fonds consists of photographs of the Duncan Cameron family; views of Victoria, including the Inner Harbour and Beacon Hill Park; Frank Cameron in his early automobiles; and an album of photographs of Agnes Deans Cameron's 1908 expedition to the Arctic.

Cameron (family)

Cholberg Shipyard fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 78
  • Fonds
  • [between 1918 and 1923]

The fonds consists of prints, negatives, technical drawings and textual material relating to Cholberg Shipyard and the construction of the S.F. Tolmie. The photographs document the employees and the ships constructed at the Shipyard. The technical drawings consist of plans of a "Four Masted Sailing Schooner", while the textual records document the construction and voyages of the schooner S.F. Tolmie. Fonds includes records of Captain Fred E. Burch relating to the voyages of the S.F. Tolmie.

Cholberg Shipyard

Bagshaw, Slater family fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 92
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890-1950]

The fonds consists of photographs of the various members of the Bagshaw family (including Arthur L. Bagshaw), their occupations, visits to various local parks and beaches, and images of floatplanes in the Inner Harbour of Victoria.

Bagshaw (family)

Bayliss Sign Limited fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 208
  • Fonds
  • [196-]-1990

The fonds consists of photographs of signs on buildings. Photographs are arranged into three series including alphabetical files [196-] and miscellaneous signs [ca. 1980-1991] and staff photographs [ca. 1960-1980].

Bayliss Sign Limited

Alexander family fonds

  • CA CVIC PR 86
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890-1967]

The fonds consists of photographs and miscellaneous records. The photographs are primarily of Thomas Alexander and his family (including Barton E. Alexander) and include portraits of family, school children, and buildings. Miscellaneous records consist primarily of pamphlets, notes on the Alexander family, a Christmas card, and a postcard to the family.

Alexander (family)

Anne Freisinger collection

  • CA CVIC PR 146
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1977

The collection consists of Cecil Clark "Yesterday and Today" newspaper clippings, numbered from 1-801.

Aerial photographs

Series consists of several sets of aerial photography of Victoria used for mapping reference. The photographs pertain mainly to the City of Victoria proper, although there are some of Thetis Lake, Prospect Lake, Elk and Beaver Lakes, and Saanich.
Indexes are included for several sets.
Many of these images are British Columbia Crown copyright and therefore cannot be copied without permission

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering

Annual reports

Series consists of annual reports documenting the operations of the Department of Recreation and Community Services.
There are gaps for the years 1969, 1971, and 1973

Victoria (B.C.). Recreation and Community Services Department

Architectural and Special Projects Division administrative files

Series includes correspondence, reports, clippings, personnel files, and requisitions.
Some of these records were originally filed in a manner distinguishing internal and outgoing documents from those coming in to the Division with regard to a single topic or activity. This order, which has been retained, is indicated in the file list by parenthetical notations following file titles

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager

Architectural and Special Projects Division project files

Series consists of the following project files: centennial decorations, Centennial Square, centennial projects, downtown beautification (includes display panels with black and white photographic panoramas, by downtown block, recording the current state of buildings), Fire Hall, floats, Humber Green, parks, and special projects. Records dating from 1943 to late 1963 were created in the Engineering or Building Inspector's Departments. They were merged with the rest of the files in 1963 as a result of the division head's continuing responsibilities despite his change of position.
Many of the records were originally filed in a manner distinguishing internal and outgoing documents from those coming in to the Division with regard to a single topic or activity. This order, which has been retained, is indicated in the file list by parenthetical notations following file titles. Files originally filed as subordinate to others are so indicated by indentation

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager

B.C. Electric Franchise Committee minutes

Series consists of the minutes of this City Council committee. The volume, which includes the minutes of several other committees, is not indexed.
Arranged chronologically

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk


Series consists of local laws and regulations passed by City Council to control, regulate, and administer affairs within its jurisdiction. The original bylaws are stored in City Hall, but bound duplicates of most of them are located in the Archives. Although some of the originals are missing, many of them can be found among the bound versions. Only those bylaws located in the Archives are included in the file list.
Registered bylaws are those that have been signed and sealed as certified copies of the originals.
For individually bound budget estimates bylaws, see CRS 243

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Centennial Square files

Series consists of City Manager's administrative and operational files pertaining to the development of Centennial Square

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager

Chinatown files

Series includes plans of Chinatown consistent with, but somewhat earlier than, the corresponding sheets in the 1903-1909 set of fire insurance plans (F0006). The plans provide lot numbers as well as street addresses and descriptions of building use. Also included are photographs of the interior and exterior of buildings on Store and Fisgard Streets

Victoria (B.C.). Sanitary Inspector

Committee reports

Series consists of reports to City Council by various committees. Prior to the implementation of the committee system in 1885, ad hoc committees were common, and their reports were recorded in the Council minutes (CRS 1).
The reports began to be numbered in 1891. These numbers were used as references in the indexes: the record of reports of committees (CRS 5) and the topical indexes (CRS 15). A chronological item-level descriptive list provides some subject access to the reports for 1885 to 1892.
There are gaps in this series for the first half of 1887, the first half of 1888 and all of 1890

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Correspondence outward

Series consists of copies of general correspondence outward, much of it dealing with planning issues of the day

Victoria (B.C.). Community Development Department

Departmental ledger

Series consists of a special ledger of departmental accounts of the City, which deals with every aspect of each departmental operating budget

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

Departmental salaries and benefits account

Series consists of the monthly tabulation of salary and benefits of the employees of each department. Data elements include: pay roll number, department, salary, unemployment insurance city share/employees share, superannuation, income tax, B.C. Hospital, Canada savings bonds, M.S.A., City Hall union dues, Great West Life [Insurance Co.], Excel Life, Canada Life, C.E.H.A., fire union dues, police union dues, I.U.O.E. Local #918, London Life, V.F.M.B.S., advances, and net salary.
Arranged chronologically

Victoria (B.C.). Finance Department

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