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A City at Leisure

Series consists of photographs collected by Catherine Macdonald and used to author the book, “A City at Leisure: An Illustrated History of Parks and Recreation Services in Winnipeg, 1893-1993”. The book was coordinated by the History and Archives subcommittee of the 100th Anniversary Committee of the Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate the department’s 100th anniversary. The subcommittee began its work in 1993 and the book was published in 1995. The photographs were reproduced from various sources including the Archives of Manitoba.

Administration & Finance Division

Forms part of Fonds 24. Series B consists of records created in the years 1998-2001 to ensure the 2002 NAIG were planned in a fiscally responsible manner, being accountable to the various funding bodies, and providing a financial legacy for the sporting community. Series mainly consists of financial records, records of the Pan Canadian Indigenous Game Fund and Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development, and records relating to employment opportunities and internships for Aboriginal Youth.

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

Advisory and Planning Commission

Forms part of Fonds 12. The St. Boniface Advisory and Planning Commission, established as provided in Section 13 of the Town Planning Act, functioned from 1958 to 1971. The Commission was comprised of 7 members, 2 members from Council, and 5 citizens appointed by the Council. The Commission investigated and reported to Council on all matters related to the location and design of any public building, park, parkway, boulevard, street, land, playground, public grounds, housing scheme or other similar development, or any change thereto. In addition to its advisory duties, the Commission acted as a board of adjustment on zoning matters. The Commission’s recommendations were passed on to City Council for approval. In the vast majority of cases Council approved their recommendations.

The Commission was given free reign as to its rules of procedure and was expected to keep a record of its proceedings. The first secretary to the Commission from its inception in the fall of 1958 to the end of 1958 was the City Clerk, Maurice Prud’homme. On 3 December 1958, Fernand Marion was appointed secretary and served until the Commission disbanded in 1971 following the entry of St. Boniface into Unicity.

Series consists of case files arranged alphabetically by applicant name and administrative files including correspondence and minutes – minutes are incomplete.

St. Boniface (Man.)

Advisory Planning Commission Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. The St. Vital Advisory Planning Commission, established as provided in Section 12A of the Town Planning Act, functioned from 1952 to [1961]. The Commission was comprised of 5 members, 2 members from Council, and 3 citizens appointed by Council. The Commission investigated and reported to Council on all matters related to the location and design of any public building, park, parkway, boulevard, street, land, playground, public grounds, housing scheme or other similar development, or any change thereto. In addition to its advisory duties, the Commission acted as a board of adjustment on zoning matters (See Town Planning Scheme 1951, Chapter 3). It was given free reign as to its rules of procedure and was expected to keep a record of its proceedings. The inaugural meeting was held on October 2, 1952.

Series contains minutes and correspondence files, which include communications with council and customer service records. These files are followed by Town Panning Schemes and related records (correspondence, copies of by-laws, public notices, and urban plans/drawings).

St. Vital (Man.)

Advisory Traffic Commission

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of minutes, by-laws, correspondence and reports for the Advisory Traffic Commission (1936-1947).

Newspaper clippings were pasted into volumes by the creator or attached to pages with tape. Series is arranged numerically (or chronologically by date of creation).

Series consists of three sub-series:

Sub-Series 27: Minutes, 1936-1947
Sub-Series 28: By-Laws, 1936-1947
Sub-Series 29: Correspondence, 1936-1947

Winnipeg (Man.). Advisory Traffic Commission

Agreements

Forms part of Fonds 12. Series consists of agreements between the Rural Municipality, Town or City of St. Boniface with various parties. The agreements cover a wide spectrum of transactions: chattel mortgages, major construction contracts for public works projects, grants of easements, entertainment for Centennial Evening, leases or purchases of city owned properties, etc. Various lawyers or law firms retained as City Solicitors executed the agreements.

Agreements are filed numerically (or chronologically by date of creation) in two sets of documents, each of which begins with Agreement No. 1. A large number of agreements are in the form of tri-fold documents. Agreements for major local improvements are flat files and were housed in file folders. The numerical sequence has been retained, however, the tri-fold documents are at the beginning of the file list and the flat files follow.

St. Boniface (Man.)

Agreements

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of a set of agreements organized numerically by the Rural Municipality of Charleswood (no. 1 to 102; missing are 32 and 65). The agreements document various transactions ranging from the RM's incorporation to the purchasing or leasing of supplies and equipment. Included are agreements and related records (correspondence, urban plans, etc.) with individuals, local clubs, and other entities such as the City of Winnipeg. Common records include easement and lease agreements, employment and service contracts, and documents pertaining to public works or the regulation of municipal affairs.

Agreements are filed in a numerical sequence that begins in an ad hoc order and later becomes chronological. Both documents and their original sleeves have been placed into folders.

Charleswood (Man.)

Agreements and Contracts

Forms part of Fonds 15. Series consists of numbered contracts and agreements entered into by the Greater Winnipeg Water District. Contracts and agreements are typically for the supply of building materials such as steel rails, steel splice bars or telephone lines, as well as for specific projects like the construction of a gate house or for clearance of a right-of-way. Plans and specifications are included with some contracts. The series is incomplete.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

Agreements and Early Documents

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of agreements (originals and copies) and some of the earliest surviving documents belonging to the Rural Municipality and City of St. Vital. Agreements document various transactions with individuals, local clubs, companies, and other entities such as the City of Winnipeg. Common records include easement and lease agreements, employment and service contracts, and documents pertaining to public works or the regulation of municipal affairs. Many contracts and agreements have supporting documents (oaths, by-laws, schedules, etc.) and related correspondence. Early documents include copies of provincial legislation and correspondence. Caveats, notices of caveats as well as requests and approvals for sewer and water connections also appear in this series.

Most agreements and early documents filed individually according to chronological order. Various small contracts and related agreements appear together. Files may contain both documents and their original sleeves, but most documents – especially in later years – did not have any containers or labels.

St. Vital (Man.)

Applications for Building Permits

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists primarily of applications for building permits and supporting documents organized by the Rural Municipality of Charleswood into an alphabetical filing system. Architectural drawings, blueprints, sketches and other building plans frequently appear throughout this series. Other records created in the course of the application and review process include inspection records, correspondence, and surveyor's certificates. Permits for plumbing, electrical work, and moving also appear as well as applications for culverts.

Each file is identified by address and, in some cases, name of applicant. Files organized in alphabetical order according to street name then address.

Charleswood (Man.)

Assessment and Taxation Records

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of valuation forms and tax sale records that document, in part, the assessment and taxation function of the RM of Charleswood. Valuation forms (1942-1954) were maintained by the assessor and assembled into books according to ward. Tax sale books (1913-1933, 1935-1955) document the selling and purchasing of land in arrears. Certificates, statements, warrants and correspondence were kept as records of later tax sales (1956-1971).

Series is arranged chronologically according to record type. Valuation forms were removed from bound volumes. These books appear first and are followed by tax sale records. Oversized items housed in separate containers.

Charleswood (Man.)

Better Housing Commission

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series documents implementation of The Minimum Standard of Housing By-law through the Better Housing Commission. Records consist of Orders of Non-Conformance to owners of residences, appeals made by building owners, and letters regarding decisions on appeals made by the Commission. The records are generally in chronological order, but not entirely. Some documents with various dates were originally stapled together as cases were heard at specific meetings.

Winnipeg (Man.). Better Housing Commission

Biographical information

Forms part of Collection 10. Series primarily consists of local newspaper clippings regarding Weir and her dance studio in Winnipeg. It also includes handwritten notes by Weir with her instructions for dance recitals and classes. Series contains a biography of Weir written by her daughter as well.

Weir, Alice

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

Bound Correspondence

Forms part of Collection 9: Series consists of 21 bound volumes of correspondence created or received by Chief Commissioner Richard Frost during his tenure with the Board of Commissioners of the City of Winnipeg. The correspondence is in chronological order.

The correspondence documents the leadership role of the Board of Commissioners and contains advice to Council on key issues; proposed and initiated administrative changes and improvements; crisis management; executive mentorship; fiscal management; coordination of service delivery; financial performance; professional development; capital project planning; city planning; flood management; and, governance issues.

Frost, Richard L. (Rick)

Building Plans

Forms part of Fonds 7. Series consists of building plans for Tuxedo homes, as well as correspondence, invoices, building and plumbing permits.

Tuxedo (Man.)

By-laws

Forms part of Fonds 4. Series consists of all surviving by-laws for the Rural Municipality of Fort Garry. Included in this series are supporting documents.

Fort Garry (Man.)

By-laws

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of all surviving by-laws for the Rural Municipality and City of St. Vital (1885-1971).* The earliest by-laws belong to the RM of St. Boniface, the predecessor and former name of St. Vital. By-laws passed by the Winnipeg Suburban Municipal Board, acting on behalf of St. Vital, appear from 1925 to 1927. Included in this series are schedules and other supporting documents as well as a set of indexes (1880-1971).

By-laws were pasted into volumes by the creator or attached to pages with tape or glue. By-laws often appear out of order as noted by the creator and, in a few instances, only copies are included. Series is arranged numerically (or chronologically by date of creation). All by-laws, except for those in volume 46, were kept in their original books.

*Includes by-laws 22 to 8738, not inclusive. Multiple by-laws, especially from 1885 to 1914, are missing. There is a significant jump in the numbering system from 2099 to 3000. For a more detailed description, see file list.

St. Vital (Man.)

By-laws

Forms part of Fonds 26. Series consists of by-laws for the Rural Municipality of Kildonan. Included are bound by-laws numbered 229-417 (1908-1914), supporting documents tucked or stapled into bound volumes, and by-laws 4-417 folded in cardboard sheathes in packfile boxes. By-laws are not in perfect chronological order, and some may be missing.

Kildonan (Man.)

By-laws

Series consists of 269 numbered by-laws of the Greater Winnipeg Water District. Two indices are available: Index to By-Laws 1-163 and Index to By-Laws 164-258. The last eleven by-laws are not included in either index. The indices list by-laws in number order and provide a description of their purpose. By-laws were drafted for a variety of reasons, including appointments to District boards, to define duties of District officers, to borrow and/or spend money, to establish rates for municipalities served by the District, and to repeal existing District by-laws.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

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