Servants' character and staff records Help




Servants' character and staff records


Dates of Creation 


1822-1832, 1851-1905


Physical Description 


3 volumes
6 cm of textual records


Scope and Content 


Series consists of personnel and service records of HBC officers and servants. Details provided for employees vary with each volume, but may include birthdate, appointment date, post, former positions, wages, and character reports of employees. Governor George Simpson's character book is included in the series.


Restrictions on Access 


Personnel records of the HBC and its subsidiaries are subject to a 50 year rule. Access is restricted until 50 years after the date on the most recent item in the file. Special permission to view the records must be granted by HBCA. Some original records have been withdrawn, and must be viewed on microfilm.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.


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.

1822-1905 :

Governor and Committee


How to proceed

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 finding aids in the Archives Research Room or contact HBCA to find location codes and microfilm numbers.

This material is available for microfilm loan.

View an online list of these records


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