Fur trade and saleshops engagement registers and character reports Help




Fur trade and saleshops engagement registers and character reports


Dates of Creation 




Physical Description 


4 volumes


Scope and Content 


Series contains three servant engagement registers for the fur trade and saleshops of the HBC and one volume of fur trade character reports for clerks and postmasters. The engagement registers include such information as names of employees, parish of origin, capacities, where they were stationed, where they were engaged, date of their engagement, monthly wages, their termination or retirement dates, and on occasion, some general remarks which usually dealt with the amount of notice employees were given prior to the renewal or termination of their contracts. The character reports provide the same information, plus the names of the various HBC officers writing the reports, the officers' comments on the characters of employees and their suitability for the position held.

The volumes are arranged alphabetically by employee. The fur trade engagement register dated 1887-1906 is subdivided into two alphabetically arranged lists, one for servants and the other for clerks, postmasters, and others.


Restrictions on Access 


Some original records have been withdrawn. These 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.

1887-1912 :

Accountant's Department


How to proceed

These records may be consulted on microfilm. Most may be consulted in the Archives Research Room, although some original records are not available for viewing without special permission. Consult listings database to find location codes and microfilm numbers.

This material is available for microfilm loan.

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