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Morris Block collection

  • c00004
  • Collection
  • 1876-1970

The collection consists of material relating to Winnipeg and includes vintage photographs of local businesses, buildings and civic government employees, works and operations; stereoscopic views published by the T. Eaton Co. Limited, the Keystone View Company and Underwood & Underwood, Publishers; postcards of Winnipeg published by Henry Kalen Ltd., and Alex Wilson Publications Limited; line drawings and sketches extracted from various publications; maps and plans of the City of Winnipeg; publications including telephone directories for the City of Winnipeg and Report on a Future Water Supply for the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1897; ephemera including letterhead of local businesses, stock certificates, invoices, property tax receipts and statements, philatelic items (souvenir stamps created for civic events); miscellaneous artifacts including a souvenir ashtray, pin, sterling silver spoon, and coins.

Block, Morris

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.

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.

Rural Municipality of Charleswood

  • f00003
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1975

The records consist of 14 series:

Series 16: Election Records, 1928-1969

Series 85: Minutes, 1913-1971

Series 86: By-Laws, 1913-1971

Series 87: Agreements, 1913-1973

Series 88: Development Agreements, 1956-1975

Series 89: Early Communications and Agreements, 1913-1966

Series 90: Financial Records, 1913-1971

Series 91: Assessment and Taxation Records, 1913-1971

Series 92: Subject Files, 1938-1972 (Access Restrictions)

Series 93: Photographs, 1961-1971

Series 94: Municipal Aid Records, 1934-1973 (Access Restrictions)

Series 95: Town Planning Files, 1947-1972

Series 96: Public Works and Local Improvements Files, 1941-1974

Series 97: Applications for Building Permits, 1948-1961 (Access Restrictions)

Charleswood (Man.)

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg

  • f00014
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1972; predominantly 1960-1971.

Fonds documents the administration of and functions related to parks, civil defence, streets and transit, water and waste, planning, finance, assessment, as well as the relationship between Metro and municipalities, provincial and federal levels of government, organizations and citizens.

Common record types include minutes, by-laws, correspondence, reports, maps/plans, and financial records.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

Alice Weir collection

  • c00010
  • Collection
  • 1917-1932, 1962, 1977

Collection consists of a range of materials collected by Alice Weir’s mother. The materials, including photographs, recital programs, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, document her dancing and teaching careers and serve as a record of Weir’s achievements. Collection also contains photographs and programs that document the activities of Weir’s dance studio and her students.

Series:

  1. Class Recitals Programs (159)
  2. International Performances Pamphlets (160)
  3. Class and Recital Photographs (161)
  4. Biographical Information (162)

Weir, Alice

Town of Tuxedo

  • f00007
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1971

The records consist of 8 series:

Series 23: Minutes, 1913-1971

Series 55: By-Laws, 1913-1971

Series 46: Financial Statements, 1914-1971

Series 12: Election Records, 1913-1969

Series 52: General Correspondence

Series 53: General Files, 1962-1971

Series 57: Building Plans, 1920-1960 (Access Restrictions)

Series 136: Financial Ledgers, 1911-1969

Tuxedo (Man.)

William Smaill fonds

  • f00023
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915, [1916?]

Fonds consists of a photo album created by William Smaill, Superintendent of the Winnipeg Aqueduct Construction Company, Ltd. The album contains photographs of the aqueduct’s construction, company men and their families, recreation, camps and homes used during construction, the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway, and the surrounding landscape (Shoal Lake, Whitemouth River, Indian Bay, Birch River). There are also several photos of Winnipeg during Decoration Day 1914, photos of Mayors T.R. Deacon, Thomas Sharpe, and R.D. Waugh, and two photos of an Anishinaabe camp at Kekekoziibii Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

The photos are heavily annotated. The annotations consist of names, locations, descriptions, and sometimes the section or specific mile of the aqueduct. A few photos appear to be missing and there are several loose pages with similar content. The photos are arranged somewhat chronologically – photos from 1914 generally precede photos from 1915 – but there are many exceptions.

Smaill, William

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