Catalogue description Hudson's Bay Company Archives (Microfilms)

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Details of BH 1
Reference: BH 1
Title: Hudson's Bay Company Archives (Microfilms)

The contents of this series comprise microfilm copies of the following eight types of records of the Hudson's Bay Company:

  • A: Headquarters records;
  • B: Records concerning posts in North America;
  • C: Logs, books and papers relating to ships in the service of the company;
  • D: Governor's papers and records from the Commissioner's Office in Winnipeg;
  • E: Miscellaneous records, which include correspondence and journals of various individuals, as well as records of the Red River Settlement (1811-1890), Vancouver Island colony (1848-1861), Arctic expeditions (1824-1866), and the Parliamentary select committees;
  • F: Records of allied and subsidiary companies, which include the North West Company (1786-1851), the Puget's Sound Agricultural Company (1838-1932), the International Financial Society Ltd (1859-1869), the Russian American Company (1821-1903), the Assiniboine Wool Company (1829-1836), the Red River Tallow Company (1832-1833), the Vancouver Island Steam Sawmill Company (1852-1856), the Vancouver Coal Mining Company (1861-1900), and the Buffalo Wool Company (1822-1824);
  • G: Manuscript and published maps, charts and plans of Hudson's Bay Company forts, coal mines, various American and British territories and Canadian cities and towns, together with architects' drawings, specifications and atlases;
  • H: Western Department land records.

Date: 1667-1991

Grouped into subseries to reflect the arrangement of the original Hudson's Bay Company Archives held at the Provincial Archives of Manitoba.

Where a microfilm includes several distinct records, these items have been distinguished using the original Hudson's Bay Company Archives referencing system. In these cases, the order of the catalogue entries reflects the order of the content on the roll of film. Hence, the numbering of items is not always consecutive.

Related material:

See also Records of Chartered Companies in Division within CO

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 3640 microform
Restrictions on use: Undertaking no longer required - see Administrative/biographical background note
Access conditions: Available in microfilm only
Administrative / biographical background:

The requirement to sign an undertaking before being granted access to see Hudsons Bay Company (BH) records held in The National Archives was removed in March 2004. For current information about copyright and citation for records in series BH 1, please check section 5F of our online guide Using Materials from The National Archives.

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