The Project Team

The following people (in alphabetical order) have participated in the conversion of the print project to an online XML database application, and the subsequent enhancement and annotation of the texts:

Special thanks to Susan Doyle and the UVic English Department's Professional Writing program, for their contributions through their Directed Reading students from English 492: Directed Reading: Advanced Topics In Professional Writing.


This project is supported by:

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Thanks are due to the following people who have supported and encouraged us in our work:

Acknowledgements from the original print documents

The following is a reproduction of the acknowledgements written by Dr. Hendrickson, which appeared in the original print documents produced by his team in the 1990s.

A number of persons and agencies have helped to make this project a reality. The University of Victoria provided computer time and other resources before additional funds became available, and has continued to assist generously in many ways. A number of students entered and checked data between 1981 and 1987, supported by a variety of grants funded singly or jointly by the provincial ministries of labour and education and by occasional matching grants from the federal government. Among the students so employed were Allison Peden, June Bouchard, Karin Barber, Joel Cotter, Jill McKinstry, Richard Barker, Kelly Allen, Sage Moore, Bernice Montgomery, Wendy Wallace, Garth Low, and Lisa McDougall.

In 1985 a donor, who yet remains anonymous, offered to fund the transcription of these despatches by a grant through the Vancouver Foundation of $25,000, on the condition that matching funds be found from other sources. In due course such funds, and more, were provided by the Law Foundation of British Columbia and from provincial lottery funds administered through the British Columbia Heritage Trust.

Three persons in particular contributed exceptional service in the production of these documents, both in terms of their considerable energies and enthusiasms, and also in their professional abilities, devotion, and expertise. Brenda Robson served as editorial associate from January to December 1985 and was primarily responsible for the entry of data during that period and the implementation of policy decisions that evolved. Sandra Cass, who had worked part-time to that point, then replaced Brenda, completing the data entry and checking the entire manuscript against the microfilm copy. Following that, my wife Sonja provided indispensable assistance during several summer stints in the Public Record Office in Kew, proofing transcripts against the original records and otherwise assisting in research now incorporated in this project.

From the inception of this project, I received sympathetic technical assistance from Arthur Brett and Martin Milner of UVic Computing Services, and in lesser but nonetheless important ways from Moira Glen, Mike Keating, and Laura Proctor, to say nothing of the faceless staff who do whatever it is they do to link the terminals and disks and printers to spew out the finished product. The end product, in fact, could not have achieved its present form without the dedicated efforts of Kim McGowan, who provided essential technical support in ways that routinely exceeded the call of duty.

A number of administrators assisted the project in other ways. beginning with Ian MacPherson of the Department of History and Sam Scully, Dean of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Fred Bennett of the Office of Research Administration proved a superb facilitator in directing traffic and easing the flow of paperwork that necessarily attaches to projects of this magnitude.

A special word of thanks must be accorded to Richard H. Vogel, Q.C., who first encountered these records in his tenure as Deputy Attorney General, and who later, as a private citizen, took some initiatives that made it possible to bring this project to fruition. His unfailing support and encouragement has been most appreciated.

James E. Hendrickson
University of Victoria