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City Clerk's Library collection

  • c00012
  • Collection
  • 1874-

Collection consists of current and historic material that documents the development of the City of Winnipeg and amalgamated municipalities. It includes hard-to-find published and unpublished reports, many of which did not receive wide distribution.

City of Winnipeg Archives Art Collection

  • c00017
  • Collection
  • 1872[?]-2011[?]

Consists of ca. 400 pieces of art that range from paintings to large photograph collages, to three dimensional objects. The dates likely range from 1872 to 2011. Most of the artwork is framed.

Susan A. Thompson

  • f00037
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2011

Fonds consists of textual records, photograph albums, framed memorabilia, and artifacts. The materials have been organized into five distinct series based on Thompson’s adult life:

Series 1: Entrepreneur (1977-1991)
Series 2: Politician (1992-1998)
Series 3: Diplomat (1998-2002)
Series 4: Legacy Builder (2002-2011)
Series 5: Prime Time (2011–present)

Thompson, Susan A.

City Archivist collection

  • c00019
  • Collection
  • 1997-2011

Winnipeg (Man.). City Clerk's Department. Archives and Records Control Branch

Owen Clark collection

  • c00007
  • Collection
  • 1890-2007

The collection consists of material relating to Winnipeg and its music history, particularly its jazz, blues, and big band music from the late 1890s to 2007. This material was used by Clark in Musical Ghosts: Manitoba’s Jazz and Dance Bands, 1914-1966. As well, the collection includes vintage photographs and related material on Winnipeg-based musicians, music and dance venues, and the bands, singers and performers who worked in these establishments. The collection also records the architecture of dance halls and clubs in Winnipeg and in Manitoba and Saskatchewan towns. In addition, social and cultural activities in Manitoba are represented in the descriptions recorded on many of the photographs. The collection contains digital, visual and audio media of interviews and musical sessions by musicians captured in many of the photographs.

The main body of the Owen Clark Collection contains records given to Owen Clark or records from his private collection. It also contains a bound scrapbook that was compiled by Manuel Finkelman, a dancer at the Orpheum Theatre from 1922-1923. It contains newspaper clippings (many from The Winnipeg Tribune) documenting the entertainment scene in Winnipeg, Manitoba, especially the Orpheum Theatre and vaudeville acts from 1921-1927. The scrapbook was discovered by Gene Shelley (Eugene Schibler) during demolition of the Theatre in 1948 and given to Owen Clark around 2004.

Textual records and ephemera in the Collection include local band business cards, newspaper clippings, music magazines, telegraphs, letters, menus from restaurants in Winnipeg, achievement certificates, and newsletters, among other items.

Parks and Recreation Photograph collection

  • c00008
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1890]-[ca. 2000]

Collection consists of circa 7000 images (photographs, slides/negatives and Polaroids) that capture views of major parks, local playgrounds, golf courses, community club grounds and recreational activities over the whole of the City.

North American Indigenous Games Host Society (Winnipeg), Inc. (1997-2002)

  • f00024
  • Fonds
  • 1994-2002 ; predominant 2000-2002

The fonds consists of records created and maintained by the North American Indigenous Games Host Society (Winnipeg) Incorporated from 1997 to 2002. Materials are in eight series.

Series 163: (A) Host Society Management Division, 1994-2002.
Series 164: (B) Administration & Finance Division, 1998-2002.
Series 165: (C) Communications Division, 1994-2002.
Series 166: (D) Cultural Division, 1997-2002.
Series 167: (F) Fundraising Division, 2001-2002.
Series 168: (O) Operations Division, 1999-2002.
Series 169: (S) Sport Division, 1995-2000.
Series 170: (V) Volunteer Division, 2001-2002.

North American Indigenous Games Host Society (Winnipeg), Inc.

Winnipeg Flood Record and Archives Committee collection

  • c00014
  • Collection
  • 1896-1998, predominant 1950 and 1997

Collection consists of 9 series. Series 209 consists mostly of reports and published accounts. Series 210 documents the work of the Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Committee (EEPC) under the finding aid heading “Emergency Program”. Collection includes textual and electronic records, correspondence, fact sheets, property listings, press releases, bulletins, public inquiry forms, newspapers, maps, pictures, and video tapes.

Richard L. (Rick) Frost collection

  • c00009
  • Collection
  • 1972-1997

The Board of Commissioners was created in 1972 and was responsible for providing leadership to all civic departments. In particular, the Board provided advice to Council on key issues; initiated administrative changes and improvements; led civic responses to crisis situations; provided mentoring to department heads; pursued federal and/or provincial funding for civic works; and coordinated service delivery. The Board was abolished in 1997.

The records have been organized into two series:

Series 132: Reports, Speeches, Pamphlets, 1977-1991
Series 133: Bound Correspondence, 1989-1997

Frost, Richard L. (Rick)

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