Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C2
TitleBritish Columbia mission
Extent10 vols. of letter-books, mission books and precis books, 5 boxes of original papers and 292 docs. (including journals)
DescriptionPre- and post-1880 papers of the British Columbia mission.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionThe pre-1880 papers have been given archive reference numbers as listed, and these are marked in pencil on the back of each item [e.g. C C2/O 6/7]. The post-1880 papers are each individually marked in red ink. This number, plus the year, constitutes the reference for each item [e.g. G1 C2/1910/14]. G1 C2 is missing hundreds of numbers [consult in-house finding aid for details].
Administrative HistoryFollowing a suggestion by Captain Prevost in 1856, CMS sent William Duncan to begin work amongst the Tsimshean Indians in 1857. He founded the village of Metlakatla in 1862. Work spread to Kincolith (1866), Masset (1876), Alert Bay (1878), Hazelton (1880), Giatwangak (1882), Aiyansh (1883), Kitkatla (1887) and Tahl Tan (1898). All work was handed over to the Missionary Society of the Canadian Church in 1920.
Custodial HistoryPapers catalogued by Rosemary A. Keen.
CopiesAvailable on microfilm and online.

Church Missionary Society Archive: Section V: Missions to the Americas, Part 4.
Publisher: Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 2003.
Location in the Cadbury Research Library: microfilm drawers B3, B7 and B8.

Digital publication:
Church Missionary Society Archive: Missions to the Americas: British Columbia.
Publisher: Adam Matthew Digital.
Access: by institutional subscription: free to members of the University of Birmingham and visitors to the Cadbury Research Library and other subscribing institutions.
Microfilm in the Public Archives of Canada: The original organisation of the papers under the overall superintendence of the Committee of Correspondence was divided into two chronological sequences. For the period before 1868 there were groups of papers relating to such matters as correspondence with bishops, medical certificates, indents and printed papers; there were also papers and journals for the individual missionaries and agents etc. Then from 1869 till 1880 the documents were arranged roughly in years in the order in which they were entered in the mission books. With no detailed indexes or finding aids this arrangement is awkward and the first archivist (1951-53) had wisely decided to incorporate the 1869-80 documents in the pre-1868 method of arrangement. This re-arrangement had not been done for Canada when the bulk of the series (mainly pre-1990) was microfilmed in 1955 for the Public Archives of Canada, but had been completed by 1959 when the present archivist was appointed The catalogue of the series now, therefore, bears no relationship to the order of the documents on the microfilm [as listed in the transcript of the film A-480 'CMS Finding Aid']*; and although an attempt has been made with the small British Columbia section to identify each individual item on the microfilm, the sheer magnitude of the task has prevented a similar attempt being made for the North-West Canada mission. It is regretted that some items on the microfilm list were not found when the present catalogue was compiled
*A copy of this was presented to the CMS Archives Office in 1965 by the Ecclesiastical Province Of Rupert's Land and may be consulted by researchers.