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Servants' contracts


Dates of Creation 


1776-[ca. 1926]


Physical Description 


3.2 m of textual records
19 volumes
115 photographs


Scope and Content 


Series consists of contracts and related records of Hudson's Bay Company employees. The contracts generally include employee names, their parish of origin, age, length of contract, terms of service and positions to be held. Some later contracts also include letters of recommendation, photographs, and other documentation. Contracts signed up to 1818 are filed chronologically, and include nominal indexes, while contracts signed after 1818 are filed alphabetically.


Restrictions on Access 


Most original records have been withdrawn, and must be viewed on microfilm.


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.
The contracts found in H2-133-4-5 were donated to the Provincial Archives of Manitoba by various private donors. In 2012, the Government and Private Sector Archives of the Archives of Manitoba transferred these records to the Hudson's Bay Company Archives. Please see the listing for these records for more information.


Related Material 


Some twentieth century servants' contracts can be found in Fur Trade Department general personnel dossiers.




Some records in this series were transferred to the Hudson's Bay Company Archives from the Government and Private Sector Archives of the Archives of Manitoba. These records bear an “MG1” stamp as well as pagination from their previous archival classification.


Former Codes 


A.32 MG1 C9 #9 - #12


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.

1780-1926 :

Governor and Committee


How to proceed

Most of these records may be consulted on microfilm. Some may be consulted in the Archives Research Room, although most original records are not available for viewing without special permission.

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.

Consult listings database to find location codes and microfilm numbers.

Some of this material is available for microfilm loan.

View an online list of these records


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