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City documents

  • AC2
  • Collection
  • 1872-present

The collection consists of a wide variety of reports by and about the City of Victoria. These published and unpublished City documents (CDs) include neighbourhood plans, transportation studies, heritage reports, downtown studies, as well as economic and social profiles, surveys, and architectural proposals.

Library

  • AC3
  • Collection
  • 1877-present

The collection consists of non-circulating publications dealing mainly with Victoria local history.

Arion Male Voice Choir fonds

  • PR-0056
  • Fonds
  • 1892-2014

Fonds consists of legal and financial records, concert-related materials, operational files, photographs, and history files.

Arion Male Voice Choir

Capital City Executives Association fonds

  • PR-0199
  • Fonds
  • 1921-2011 (predominantly 1921-1994)

Fonds consists of a variety of organizational records, including constitution and bylaws, minutes, correspondence, financial statements, membership records, club bulletins, conference and events records, speeches, and photographs.

Capital City Executives Association

Rotary Club of Victoria fonds

  • PR-0274
  • Fonds
  • 1913-2007

Fonds consists of 23 series of organizational records, including constitution and bylaws, charter, annual reports, minutes, correspondence, financial statements, membership records, club bulletins, project records, conference and events records, historical files, scrapbooks, photographs, and artifacts.

Rotary Club

Miscellanea

  • AC1
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1850]-2005

The collection consists of single or small accumulations of photographs, textual records, maps, and other material donated and loaned to the City of Victoria Archives by private individuals, businesses, and organizations.

City directories

  • AC5
  • Collection
  • 1860-1999

The collection consists of city directories for Victoria, Vancouver Island, and British Columbia. The directories contain an alphabetical listing of residents (and occupations), businesses, government offices, churches, schools, and organizations, along with street addresses. Most issues also have a classified business directory section. From 1890 onward, the directories include a listing of residences and businesses by street.

BC Assessment Authority fonds

  • PR-0269
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1998 (predominantly 1977-1998)

Fonds consists of photographs created by the BC Assessment Authority to assist with the assessment of property values. The photographs are mainly of residential properties located within the boundaries of the City of Victoria.

British Columbia Assessment Authority

Ruth Veda Collis fonds

  • PR-0265
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 188-]-1998 (predominantly 1918-1970)

The fonds consist of personal and family records, real estate, financial, and legal records, photographs, and artwork.

Collis, Ruth Veda, 1918-1999

Women's Canadian Club of Victoria fonds

  • PR-0266
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1995

Fonds consists of organizational records documenting the structure, membership, finances, and activities of the Club.

Women's Canadian Club

Victoria Chamber of Commerce fonds

  • PR-0057
  • Fonds
  • 1863-1995

Fonds includes minutes, scrapbooks, financial records, reports, bylaws, photographs and publications.
Also included are minutes and cashbook of the British Columbia Board of Trade Building Association, an organization established in 1892 to fund construction of the Board of Trade building in Bastion Square.

Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Victoria Commonwealth Games Society fonds

  • PR-0074
  • Fonds
  • 1986-1995

Fonds consists mainly of textual records, photographs, and videos of the 1994 Commonwealth Games documenting the planning and hosting of the Games.

Victoria Commonwealth Games Society

William E. John fonds

  • PR-0059
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1993 (predominantly 1966-1971)

Fonds consists of photographs taken mainly during John's career as a freelance photographer for Victoria Press, covering a wide variety of topics relating to everyday life and special events, mainly in Victoria.

John, William E., 1924-2000

Times-Colonist fonds

  • PR-0264
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1983

Fonds consists of glass plate negatives and 4x5 and 35mm black and white safety film negatives taken by staff and free lance photographers for the Daily Colonist and the Victoria Daily Times, The Express and the Times-Colonist newspapers. The negatives date from approximately 1938 to 1991.

The negatives relate to the following subjects: news events; scenes of the city and surrounding area including buildings, city streets, and views; some up-island locations including Duncan, Nanaimo and Ladysmith; commercial and industrial activities such as store fronts and interiors, and manufacturing operations; sporting events; military personnel and activities; war effort activities; recreational activities; school and church activities; transportation and shipbuilding as well as individual and group portraits which appeared in the “Society” section. The latter include anniversary, wedding, christening and engagement portraits.

Times-Colonist

Bayliss Sign fonds

  • PR-0208
  • Fonds
  • [193-]-1990

Fonds consists mainly of photographs of building signs.

Bayliss Sign

Native Sons of British Columbia, Post #1 fonds

  • PR-0087
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1990

Fonds consists administrative, financial, operational, and membership records, as well as officers' files.

Native Sons and Daughters of British Columbia

Parfitt family collection

  • PR-0181
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1910]-1989

Collection consists of photographs depicting the Parfitt family and buildings that Parfitt Brothers built.

Parfitt, James (family)

Ethel Melinda Trewolla Fairfull fonds

  • PR-0185
  • Fonds
  • 1887-[198-?]

Fonds consists of photographs and other material relating to the Fairfull, Olive, and Watson families.

Fairfull, Ethel Melinda Trewolla, 1904-1989

Fernwood Community Association fonds

  • PR-0200
  • Fonds
  • 1974-1989

Fonds consists of general office files, minutes, correspondence, financial records, Fernwood News files, and historical research.

Fernwood Community Association

Victoria Business and Professional Women's Club fonds

  • PR-0276
  • Fonds
  • 1921-[198-]

Fonds consists of 19 series of organizational records, including incorporation documents, constitution and bylaws, minutes, annual reports, membership records, conferences and events records, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Victoria Business and Professional Women's Club

Victoria Canada-China Friendship Association fonds

  • PR-0206
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1989

Fonds includes minutes, correspondence, newsletters, photographs, and a videotape of a ceremony held in remembrance of Jean Ewen in China.

Victoria Canada-China Friendship Association

Bob Paterson collection

  • PR-0284
  • Collection
  • 1945-1988

Collection consists primarily of photographs of streetcars, rail cars, and buses around Victoria. Also includes a small number of transportation-related magazines.

Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce fonds

  • PR-0268
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1988 (predominantly 1953-1988)

Fonds consists mainly of project files, operational records, photographs, and Jaycee Fair files.

Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees)

James R. Findlay collection

  • PR-0160
  • Collection
  • 1896-1988

Collection consists mainly of photographs depicting Victoria scenes, streets, and buildings.

Findlay, James R.

Monteith family fonds

  • PR-0219
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1898-1988]

Fonds consists mainly of family photographs.

Monteith, William Banks, d. 1958 (family)

Gladys Cook fonds

  • PR-0189
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1988

Fonds consists of a scrapbook and other material pertaining to the Victoria Girls Drill Team.

Cook, Gladys, d. 1987

Robert Matheson fonds

  • PR-0207
  • Fonds
  • 1988

Fonds consists of photographs of buildings in Victoria and Nanaimo.

Matheson, Robert

Victoria African Violet Club fonds

  • PR-0230
  • Fonds
  • 1964-1988

Fonds consists of photographs, meeting minutes, show and exhibition records, and other material.

Victoria African Violet Club

Lowe family fonds

  • PR-0023
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1987 (predominantly 1910-1934)

Fonds consists primarily of photographs of Victoria buildings and scenes.

Lowe, George, 1888-1978 (family)

W & J Wilson Limited fonds

  • PR-0062
  • Fonds
  • 1859-1987

Fonds includes correspondence and financial, building, and employment records. There are also advertisements and notices to customers, orders, shipping lists, stock inventories, catalogues and price lists. Also included are a variety of clippings, broadcasts, photographs, and artifacts.

W & J Wilson

David Chuen-yan Lai fonds

  • PR-0209
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1986

Fonds consists of records documenting Lai's efforts at revitalizing Victoria's Chinatown.

Lai, Chuen-yan David

Donald B. MacPherson fonds

  • PR-0044
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1986

Fonds consists of reminiscences and photographs of whaling and tugboating.

MacPherson, Donald B., 1899-1985

Spencer's Stores fonds

  • PR-0068
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1986 (predominantly 1929-1955)

Fonds consists of photographs depicting Spencer's Stores and General Warehouse Ltd. locations, including window and interior displays.

Spencer's Stores Ltd.

Ainslie James Helmcken collection

  • PR-0252
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1850]-1986

Collection consists mainly of photographs of Victoria people, places, and events and souvenir booklets.

Helmcken, Ainslie James, 1900-1987

Lillian Shandley fonds

  • PR-0034
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1985

Fonds consists of miscellaneous family records and artifacts relating to Mrs. Shandley and her family.

Shandley, Lillian Rose, 1897-1993

Charles Staples fonds

  • PR-0194
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1985

Fonds consists of records and other material relating to cycling races.

Staples, Charles, d. 1990

Richard Hamilton Muirhead fonds

  • PR-0039
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900]-1984

Fonds consists mainly of photographs depicting Victoria streets, parks, buildings, and family members.

Muirhead, Richard Hamilton, d. 1979

Helmcken reference files

  • AC6
  • Collection
  • [187-]-1983

This collection consists of a variety of original and copied documents on a number of topics pertaining to Victoria over the years. These documents, which were brought together by the City's first Archivist, Ainslie Helmcken, include programmes, menus, correspondence, booklets, newspaper clippings, and receipts.

Ainslie James Helmcken fonds

  • PR-0267
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1983 (predominantly 1965-1983)

Fonds consists primarily of material pertaining to Ainslie Helmcken’s interest in researching and promoting Victoria’s history.

Helmcken, Ainslie James, 1900-1987

Fletcher family fonds

  • PR-0033
  • Fonds
  • [188-?]-1983

Fonds consists mainly of photographs of the Fletcher Bros. music store as well as Victoria businesses, homes, and people.

Fletcher, Thomas W., d. 1927

Percival Edward George fonds

  • PR-0138
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1982

Fonds consists personal and business records, including correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and other material.

George, Percival Edward, 1890-1983

Rattenbury family fonds

  • PR-0035
  • Fonds
  • 1879-1982

Fonds consists of photographic prints (some in albums), negatives, correspondence, legal documents, newspaper clippings, books, and other material relating to the Rattenbury family. Photographs include images of members of the Rattenbury family and their home Iechineel in Oak Bay; Victoria homes and other buildings.

Rattenbury, Francis Mawson, 1867-1935 (family)

Siddall Dennis Warner Architects fonds

  • PR-0125
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1962-1981]

Fonds consists of photographs of construction sites, newly completed Victoria buildings, and streetscapes.

Siddall Dennis Warner Architects

Virginia Ferguson collection

  • PR-0218
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1900-1980]

Collection consists of records of Lim Yat, records of Honoria Mary Lefevre, photographs of Spring Ridge Housing Co-operative employees, photographs of demolished buildings, a pharmacist's journal, business cards, miscellaneous photographs, and other material.

Ferguson, Virginia

British Columbia Building Corporation fonds

  • PR-0169
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1977-1980]

Fonds consists of photographs of the Legislative Precinct, Menzies Street, and Fort Street.

British Columbia Buildings Corporation

Scott family fonds

  • PR-0174
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1980

Fonds consists of photographs and other material pertaining to the First World War, the Legion of Frontiersmen, and the Veteran's Hospital.

Scott, John R. (family)

British Columbia Assessment Authority fonds

  • PR-0135
  • Fonds
  • 1959-[ca. 1980]

Fonds consists of photographs and reports used in the calculation of property assessments of buildings.

British Columbia Assessment Authority

Amy K. Moffat fonds

  • PR-0137
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1884-1980]

Fonds consists of Moffat and Gilchrist family photographs and personal memoirs.

Moffat, Amy Kennilworth, 1897-1987

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