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Indian Superintendent for British Columbia [textual record]. 

Series consists of



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.47 m of textual records

Scope and content

Series consists of two separate blocks of incoming letters: letters received by the Superintendent of the British Columbia Superintendency, 1873-1927 (Vols. 1001; 1021-124 with volumes 1021-1022 containing lists of the contents of each box); and incoming correspondence to the Office of the Indian Superintendent for British Columbia between November 1886 and November 1894, dealing largely with reserve lands, surveys and survey expenses (Vol. 11016). These latter records are arranged chronologically and were originally maintained in a bound gummed stub file. The records here are grouped together because these include records that were carried forward by W.E. Ditchburn who became Chief Inspector for B.C. in 1913).

Textual records
Microfilm reel T-3951
90: Open
Textual records
Microfilm reel T-1459
90: Open
Textual records
Microfilm reel T-1455
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
from 1021 to 1024
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown. In order to protect the fragile originals, the microfilm copies of these records must be consulted rather than the originals.

Finding aid 10-1 is a computer generated volume list. 10-1 (Electronic)

Finding aid 10-52 is a computer generated volume list. 10-52 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The process of establishing a federal presence in the administration of Indian Affairs in British Columbia was a complicated one in the first years after that province entered Confederation. In 1872 a Superintendent of Indian Affairs was appointed, but in the following year it was decided that a Board of Indian Commissioners should, under the direction of the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, administer Indian matters in the province. Although commissioners were appointed, the Board was not a success and in 1875 British Columbia Indian administration was reorganized through the creation of two superintendencies (Victoria and Fraser). Four years later this system was replaced by one of several agents under the direction of a visiting Indian Superintendent. Dr. I. W. Powell held the post of Superintendent until 1889 when he was succeeded by A. W. Vowell. The office was abolished in 1910. In 1927 W.E. Ditchburn was appointed Indian Commissioner for B.C. RG10 General Inventory.

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the series.

No further accruals are expected.

Availability of other formats note
Microfilmed copies of the material in this series are found on the following reels: T-1455 (Vol. 1001), T-1459 (Vols. 1021-1024), and T-3951 (Vol. 11016).


Related control no.

1. 1975-76/014 GAD
2. 1984-85/090 GAD
3. RG10