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Series consists of

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Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.7 m of textual records

Scope and content

Series consists, for the most part, of records created and/or maintained by the Nass Agency. A small number of files include records dating from the period after the amalgamation of the Nass Agency into the Skeena River Agency. The series includes miscellaneous correspondence and reports relating to agency matters. Volume 1662 contains letters received by the agent as well as copies of agent's reports, 1904-1920. Material in volumes 10874, 10877 and 10878 relates to matters such as land leases, commonage, surveys, roads, right of way, mineral rights, timber, fishing stations and law and order, 1910-1941. All records were originally filed using the Shannon file records keeping system common during the time period throughout Department of Indian Affairs field ofices.

Textual records
Microfilm reel T-3968
90: Open
Textual records
Microfilm reel T-3969
90: Open
Textual records
Microfilm reel C-14881
90: Open
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
from 10874 to 10875
90: Open
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
32: Restricted by law
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 related to volume 1662. 10-1 (Electronic)

Finding aid 10-52 is a computer generated file list related to volumes 10874-10878. 10-52 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The Nass Agency, British Columbia, was created from the division of the North West Coast Agency into the Nass, Queen Charlotte, and Bella Coola Agencies in December, 1909. The headquarters of the Nass Agency was initially located in Metlakatla but was moved to Prince Rupert c. November 1916. The agents during this early period were: J.A. McIntosh (1909- ); Charles Perry (1910- ); and W.E. Collison (1920-1922). The Nass Agency was divided into the Nass and Skeena River Agencies in 1920. The two agencies were re-united in 1922 under the name Skeena River Agency. The Skeena River Agency headquarters remained at Prince Rupert, and Agent Collinson, formerly the agent for the Nass Agency, became the agent for the new Skeena River Agency. It has not been possible to determine which bands were transferred to the Skeena River Agency in 1919, and which bands were moved in 1922. In 1959, some bands from the Agency were moved to the newly-created Terrace Agency and in 1967, the Skeena River Agency became the North Coast District. Finding aid 10-202: Guide to Indian Bands and Agencies in British Columbia.

Additional information

Custodial history
The records of the Nass Agency and those of the Skeena River Agency are inextricably linked because of the history of the administrative relationship between the two agencies. The same agent who had headed the Nass Agency was appointed for the Skeena River Agency in 1922. The office of the former Nass Agency in Prince Rupert was taken over and served as the office for the Skeena River Agency after 1922. Given this physical continuity, it is not surprising that individual files sometimes contain correspondence from both the Nass Agency and the Skeena River Agency periods of administration.

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

No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
Related records may also be found in the Skeena River Agency series.

Arrangement note
None of the records in this series came into National Archives custody direct from the Nass Agency. Rather, all were transferred from successor administrative units, either the Skeena River Agency or its successors. An attempt has been made to assign to the Nass Agency series those records that date from the period in which that administrative unit was in operation (i.e., only up to 1922). However, some records which date from the Skeena River Agency period, inevitably, have been found mixed with the Nass Agency material.

Availability of other formats note
Microfilmed copies are available in the following reels: reel C-14881 (Vol. 1662); reels T-3968 to T-3969 (Vols. 10874, 10877, 10878).


Related control no.

1. 1981-82/023 GAD
2. 1984-85/090 GAD
3. RG10