Fur trade accounts sent to the Governor and Committee Help




Fur trade accounts sent to the Governor and Committee


Dates of Creation 




Physical Description 


42 volumes
1.68 m of textual records


Scope and Content 


Series consists of detailed, year-end accounts of Hudson's Bay Company fur trading operations at the district and post level, sent to the Governor and Committee in London. The records include balance sheets, trading accounts, cash accounts and statements of expenses. In 1888, Commissioner C.C. Chipman instructed head officers of the Northern, Southern, Western and Montreal Departments to send copies of their fur trading balance sheets to the Governor and Committee, in addition to sending them to the Commissioner's Office in Winnipeg. The Red River District had been sending copies of these balances to London since 1886. For the period up to 1891, then, accounts were sent to London either directly from the departments and districts, or via the Commissioner's Office.

For the period from 1892 to 1924, annual fur trading accounts were drawn up and forwarded to London by the Accountant's Department of the Commissioner's Office. Beginning in 1925, accounts were drawn up and sent to London by the Fur Trade Department, which assumed responsibility for its own accounting that year. These Fur Trade Department records include accounts for depots, fur purchasing agencies, and departmental transport.

The reports in this series were prepared using the account books kept by individual posts and districts. Until 1926, district accounts in the reports are followed by post accounts, which provide supporting information. After that date, a new format of reports was used, where district accounts are followed by supporting schedules, and post accounts are detailed within each schedule. Records are arranged chronologically.


Restrictions on Access 


There are no restrictions on access to these records.


Terms For Use and Reproduction 


Researchers are responsible for observing copyright legislation. Permission may be required for any form of publication or exhibition where records are not in the public domain.


Custodial History 


The Archives Department of the Hudson's Bay Company was created in London in the 1920s. The Archives Department had custody of the records until they were transferred on deposit to the Archives of Manitoba in 1974, according to the 1973 Agreement between the HBC and the Province of Manitoba. In 1994, the HBC donated the records to the Province to be maintained permanently by the Archives of Manitoba.
Some of the records were donated to the Hudson's Bay Company Archives in 2007 as part of a larger accrual of HBC records.


Former Codes 




Entity or entities that created these records

These records were created by the following Hudson's Bay Company entity or entities. Click on the name of the entity for information about this entity and other records it created.

1886-1952 :

Governor and Committee


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