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Winnipeg Board of Parks and Recreation

Forms part of Fonds 1. The Winnipeg Board of Parks and Recreation was responsible for managing all public parks located in the City of Winnipeg. The Board had the power to employ appropriate staff; pass by-laws regarding the use, protection and governance of City parks; assess and levy rates to cover costs for park improvements; and to acquire, expropriate and dispose of land for park purposes. The Board was required to keep records regarding its decisions and financial transactions.

The minutes, by-laws, communications and reports of the Winnipeg Board of Parks and Recreation trace the development of public park space in Winnipeg.

The records consist of five sub-series:

Sub-Series 10:Minutes, 1893-1964

Sub-Series 11:Minutes, Standing and Special Committees, 1893-1964

Sub-Series 12:Communications, 1901-1931. Bound Letter Press volumes and loose correspondence

Sub-Series 13: Reports, 1892-1971

Sub-Series 14:By-Laws, 1928-1963

Winnipeg (Man.). Board of Parks and Recreation

Special Committee to Investigate Inspection Services

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of information gathered from departments by the Special Committee to Investigate Inspection Services. Information in departmental reports includes the names and salaries of inspectors, duties performed, statistics regarding infractions and charges under the various by-laws governing city markets and food vendors, licensing of premises, sewer and water connections, scavenging (solid waste pick-up), and sanitary conditions in commercial buildings and housing stock.

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee to Investigate Inspection Services

City Engineer

Part of City of Winnipeg (1874-1971) fonds. Series consists of records created and maintained by the City Engineer and Engineering Department.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Engineer

St. James - Winnipeg Airport Commission

Forms part of Fonds 1. The series documents the development of Stevenson Field, which later became the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Records consist of communications, plans and agreements relating to the development of the airport, operation of the airport by Transport Canada, and eventual transfer of control to the Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. in 1997. An Index to File Numbers is included. Records were organized alphabetically by subject, each of which was assigned a number, and files were organized in file number order (in practice, the letter "A" precedes the file number). Files with no file number follow those with file numbers.

St. James - Winnipeg Airport Commission

Winnipeg War Memorial Committee

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of minutes and communications of the Winnipeg War Memorial Committee and its two working committees: Site Committee and Design Committee. Included are reports, letters and newspaper clippings regarding site selection, the design competition and award, construction, unveiling ceremony, and committee wrap-up in August of 1929. The records are in chronological order.

Winnipeg (Man.). Winnipeg War Memorial Committee

Special Committee on Consolidation of By-laws Defining Duties of Council and Committees and Officers of the City

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of information gathered from departments relating to proposed amendments to by-laws defining duties of council, committees and civic officers. Reports from department heads outline their primary responsibilities and the number of staff under their jurisdiction, as well as duties that may be more suitably assigned to another department. Included are several departmental organization charts and rough minutes of the committee.

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee on Consolidation of By-Laws Defining Duties of Council and Committees and Officers of the City

Winnipeg Traffic Commission

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, by-laws and notes for the Winnipeg Traffic Commission (1954-1971). By-laws are certified true copies.

Series arranged according to original order.

Series consists of two sub-series:

Sub-Series 30: Minutes, (1954-1971).
Sub Series 31: Correspondence, (1957-1971).

Winnipeg (Man.). Winnipeg Traffic Commission

Parking Authority

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of all surviving correspondence for the Parking Authority (1959-1965, 1970-1972). Other record types include reports and financial records.

Series keeps the arrangement made by the original creator.

Winnipeg (Man.). Parking Authority

Board of Control

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of the Minutes and corresponding packfiles, and communications files, of the City of Winnipeg's Board of Control.

Groups of records in this series include bound minute books (1907-1918) which record the minutes of Board of Control meetings, and refer to corresponding Packfiles which contain detailed records of the many responsibilities and transactions of the executive body of the city council. These numbered files include letters sent and received, board of valuation and revision forms, blueprints, accounts, financial reports and weekly water statistics.

A second group of Packfiles consists of Communications records (1906-1915), which correspond with Letter Registers.

A third group of Packfiles consists of the Board of Control Appropriation Balances.

Bound volumes include the Board of Control Claims Committee, Board of Control Costs Records, Record of Works Ordered, and Letter Registers.

Winnipeg (Man.). Board of Control

Special Publicity Committee

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of communications referred to the Special Publicity Committee between 1919 and 1920 regarding a proposed advertising campaign for the City of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Publicity Committee

By-laws

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of by-laws for the City of Winnipeg pre-unicity (1874-1971). By-laws are municipal laws that were passed or amended by City Council. By-laws relate to City land development, regulations, local improvements, street names/openings/closings, authorization of agreements, finance/taxation, governance/administration, and amendments to previous by-laws.

Original by-laws dating 1874-1971 exist in a set of trifolds and are numbered 1-19876. By-laws are numbered chronologically according to date created.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Council

Cornerstone Casket, 1875

Forms part of Fonds 1, City of Winnipeg (1874-1971): Series 82 consists of items contained in a casket prepared by City Council for placement in the cornerstone of the City's first city hall.

Not long after incorporation, City Council proposed construction of a city hall. A site on Main Street between William and Market Avenues was selected. On August 17, 1875, the cornerstone of the new city hall was laid with Masonic honors by Grand Master the Rev. Dr. Clark and officers of the Grand Lodge. A civic holiday was declared to mark the occasion, and speeches were made by Chief Justice Wood, the Hon. R. S. Davis, Premier of Manitoba, and American Consul James Wickes Taylor. At the ceremony, a casket was deposited into the cornerstone ' the casket contained coins, bills, newspapers and photographs of the City. Today, such a box would be called a time capsule.

Completed in 1876 and formally opened on March 14 of that year, the first city hall suffered chronic structural problems. Repairs were attempted, but were not successful, and for some time, the building was propped up with wooden braces until it was finally judged unsound and demolished in 1883. At demolition, the casket was removed and eventually placed into the cornerstone of the second city hall. When this building was demolished in 1962, the caskets were moved to a bank safety deposit box and then to the Archives.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Council

Cornerstone Casket, 1884

Forms part of Fonds 1, City of Winnipeg (1874-1971): Series 83 consists of items contained in a casket prepared by City Council for placement in the cornerstone of the City's second city hall.

Shortly after Winnipeg's first city hall was demolished in 1883, City Council called for plans and specifications to construct a second city hall. The cornerstone for this new building was laid on July 20, 1884 by Mayor Logan, with speeches from Captain Scott, Aldermen Mulvey, Wilson and Drewry and American Consul James Wickes Taylor, among others. The casket from Winnipeg's first city hall was placed into the cornerstone for the new city hall, along with a second smaller casket which contained a number of civic publications, coins and photographs.

Affectionately known as the "Gingerbread" building, the second city hall served Winnipeg until it was demolished in 1962 to make way for construction of the new civic centre. Upon demolition, the caskets were removed and opened and the contents moved to a bank safety deposit box and then to the Archives.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Council

Public Safety Building Time Capsule

Series consists of the following: 1) copper time capsule with tin/lead solder 2) audio recording of the laying of the cornerstone ceremony held on November 30, 1965, 3) envelope submitted by the Police Department containing a list and photos of employees and a photo of the Rupert Avenue Police Station (now demolished), 4) envelope submitted by the Fire Department containing a list and photos of employees, cap badges, uniform buttons, and a procedure manual, 5) envelope submitted by the Signals Department containing a list of employees, 6) envelope submitted by the City Magistrate containing a list and photos of employees and court statistics from 1964.

Winnipeg (Man.)

Playgrounds Commission

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of minutes and financial records of the Committee on Public Playgrounds for Winnipeg, the Playgrounds Association of the City of Winnipeg and the Playgrounds Commission as well as minutes for various special or sub-committees formed to undertake specific tasks. The minutes are in chronological order.

Winnipeg (Man.). Playgrounds Commission

Special Committee on Amalgamation

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of detailed reports on responsibilities and staffing complements for all city departments, draft Report of the Special Committee on Survey of Civic Administration and Question of Consolidation of Departments. The departmental reports contain staff lists including years of service and salary by position as well as detailed information on departmental responsibilities.

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee on Amalgamation

Committee on Public Utilities

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of the minutes and communications of the Committee on Public Utilities, a standing committee of Council.

The records consist of two subseries:

Subseries 32: Minutes, 1921-1957, 1960-1971.

Subseries 33: Communications, 1920 -1971.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Public Utilities

Joint Committee on Vacant Lands Settlement

Series consists of the June 18, 1888 Report of the Secretary of the Joint Committee on Colonization of the City Council and Board of Trade; June 16, 1888 Report of Mr. McNee, Agent; June 15, 1888 Report of Mr. Woods, Agent; June 14, 1888 Report of Mr. Smith, Agent at Station. The reports provide details regarding the agent's work, places visited, and the volume of materials distributed.

Winnipeg (Man.). Joint Committee on Vacant Lands Settlement

Special Committees, Minutes

Forms part of Fonds 1: Series consists of bound minute books for special committees struck by Council. The minute books are chronological and each one contains minutes for multiple special committees active during a given timeframe. In most volumes, a list of special committees and their respective page numbers are recorded on the first few pages of the volume. Not all special committees appear in volume listings and not all page references are complete. Most special committees have associated correspondence and working papers in addition to minutes. These records are separate from minutes. From about 1924 onward, special committees and their associated files were assigned an alpha-numeric code beginning with the letter "A".

Council established special committees to investigate and manage various projects, issues and questions placed before the City. Special committees were typically struck by a Council motion that outlined committee composition and responsibilities, and permanently adjourned once the issue had been resolved or referred to Council with a recommended course of action.

Winnipeg (Man.)

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