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North West Company account books


Dates of Creation 




Physical Description 


62 volumes


Scope and Content 


Series consists of a variety of account books kept by the North West Company. These volumes document the type, quantity and value of goods credited to companies and individuals, as well as other aspects of the NWC's fur trading business.The types of account books included in the series are: current accounts, cash advances, indents, equipment books, invoice books, inventories, tariff books, fur sales and employee accounts.


Restrictions on Access 


Some original records have been withdrawn. These records must be viewed on microfilm or through the listings database when digital copies are available.


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 


These volumes probably came into the possession of the Hudson's Bay Company after the amalgamation with the North West Company in 1821.
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.


Related Material 


For other North West Company account books see the following series: North West Company Aboriginal Peoples accounts at Fort Temiscamingue.

For North West Company account books from private sources see the following fonds: William Row Senior, Sons and Company fonds, Cameron family Fonds, North West Company account books, 1789-1818.

For North West Company account books from HBC sources see the following series: Fort Dauphin account books; Tariff of Prices of Goods to Canadians; Upper Fort Garry, Red River District and Winnipeg Store account books.


Availability of Other Formats 


The microfilm copies of some of these records have been digitized and a link to PDF copies can be found in the listings database.


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.

1795-1821 :

North West Company

1821-1827 :

Hudson's Bay Company. Governor and Committee


How to proceed

Most original records may be consulted in the Archives Research Room. Consult the listings database for location codes, microfilm numbers and digitized images of some records in this series.

Consult the searchable online index to find information about specific individuals in these records. It can be found on the Name Indexes page, in the HBCA Resources section of the Archives of Manitoba website.

Some of these records are available for microfilm loan.

View an online list of these records


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