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Barkerville formed in 1862 around the Barker Company mine on Williams Creek in the Cariboo District of British Columbia. In its 100 plus years there is a wealth of evidence of its inhabitants and the impact that they have made in the Cariboo.



Descriptions of terms used in this database.


Advanced search: limits your search to specific portions of the database. 

Accession Number: Every artifact receives a separate and unique number.  Each number is broken down into three sections, each with a different meaning, separated by a period.

Example: 2007.0023.0004

     2007 – the year in which the artifact is being entered

    .0023 – indicates the collection (the 23rd donation/purchase in 2007)

    .0004 – indicates the placement of the book/artifact within the collection it is a

      part of (the fourth item of the donation/purchase)

Accession Register:  If an artifact or group of artifacts have been found, donated or purchased information about the source of the artifacts is recorded here. 

Archives: The archives contain collections of documentary records.  This could include administrative records, diaries, correspondence, and audio visual media like films or oral history recordings.

Artifacts: Physical objects, such as a tools, jewellery, clothing, bottles, and archaeological findings collected for purposes of preservation, study, or display in Barkerville’s exhibits.

Assay Records: local assay offices assessed and recorded the quality and amount of gold recovered by each miner in the area. 

Call Number: Books in the Barkerville Library collections are arranged according to the Dewy Decimal system of classification.

Census: census records from the Barkerville area from 1881 to 1911.

Collection:  Some photographs and other artifacts form part of a collection, generally donated or created by an individual.

Condition: The physical condition of the artifact, ranging from New or Excellent to Poor.

Description: a physical description of the artifact itself.  Descriptions are written in such a way that the item can be identified.

Donor: Many of the objects in Barkerville’s collections have been donated by generous       supporters. 

Historical Data: Contains a brief summary of background information on the people or             organizations associated with archival record groups. 

Land Records: historic land ownership records from the Cariboo area.

Library:  Barkerville’s library is a unique collection of published and unpublished books and reports including books from the original Cariboo Literary Institute, government reports, and numerous volumes of research on the history of the Cariboo. 

Location: the actual location of the item in Barkerville.  Artifacts are listed as to where they are displayed or stored, books and   archival items by where they are shelved.

Location: In land records, the place of the designated tract of land.  For object records, the area in which the artifact is stored or displayed.

Lot:  the lot number as written in the original text

Maps:  Current and historical maps, architectural drawings, and large scale photographs of Barkerville and the Cariboo.

Mining Licenses: Records of mining licenses issued in the Barkerville area from 1881 to 1911.

Music: an index of sheet music in Barkerville’s collections.

Name: A person’s name.  Try searching with last names only, partial names or variant spellings.

Newspapers: an index to local newspaper articles about Barkerville from 1934 to the present.

Object Name: This is what the item is commonly known as.  It its generally a one or two word description, listed by type of object.        Example: tin, biscuit.

Photographs: Barkerville’s photograph collection includes early photography of Barkreville and area, contemporary photographs,        and current photographs of the artifacts in our collections.  Many of these are available for viewing online. 

Provenience: The source or origin of an item—where it was first found.

Record Group Number: a unique number used to identify each collection of documents in the    Archives.

Reference Files:  Over 4500 files of research conducted on various people, buildings, businesses and other topics related to Cariboo and gold rush history.  These files can be accessed by arranging a visit to the archives.

Scope: a brief listing of the contents of an Archival Record Group.

Source: Generally refers to a person or organization that created or donated an item or collection   of items.  This may also refer to where an item was found, or where it originated.

Subject: Subjects are used to link books and artifacts to the search engine of the entire database.  This allows researchers to search for artifacts and other information by name or topic area.  Subject headings include names of people or objects, or places, types of literary works, and general areas of interest. 

Some examples: Prairie Flower Claim; folklore, mining;  Barker, William (Billy); Mah Society of Canada; Archaeology; Report, mining;  Architectural drawing

Title: this may refer to the title of a book, archival record group, newspaper article, map, piece of music, or a reference file.

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