Perry was involved in provincial politics (1920-1945):
Chairman of the provincial government’s Post-War Rehabilitation Council (1942-45)
Founded the local faction of the Liberal Party in Prince George & Peace River area
First President of the Fort George District & PG Local Liberal Associations (1912-1958)
Chairman of the Joint Committee for Incorporation of PG
Speaker of the BC Legislature for Fort George (1920-1928; 1933-1945)
Secretary and Chairman of the Municipal and Agricultural Committees of the Legislature and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (1924-1928)
Provincial Minister of Education (1941-45)
President of the BC Branch of the Empire Parliamentary Association
He was also the owner and editor of several regional newspapers: Fort George Tribune, The Prince George Citizen, The Nechako Chronicle, and the Prince Rupert Daily News.
He played an instrumental role in many infrastructure projects:
development of a highway south to Cariboo Region
building of the Peace River Highway
reservation of 1 million acres of land in Central B.C. for veterans and extension of Pacific Great Eastern Railway
Physical Extent: 3.18 m of textual records and other material
Records series: 1) Photographs; 2) Political Activities; 3) Business Ventures; 4) Personal Life; and 5) Miscellaneous Historical Information Files and includes Speakers' Decisions (1877-1943) from the BC Legislative Assembly and Perry’s annotations. A sub-series includes materials relating to his son Frank Perry and his unsuccessful political campaign. See also the Peace River Expedition Photograph Collection contains a photo album relating to an exploratory 1928 Peace River expedition taken by HGT Perry and others regarding a proposed extension of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway to Prince George and the Peace River Region.