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Nominations and Results

Forms part of Series 2, Fonds 1: Subseries consists of records created, accumulated and used by the City Clerk's Department to run elections for Mayor and Councilors (Aldermen) and, after 1891, for School Trustees for Winnipeg School Division No. 1. The records document the nomination process for candidates in all three races, procedures for voting on money by-laws and plebiscites, and the various methods and administrative tools developed to count the vote; from 1920 on, the City of Winnipeg used proportional representation and records trace methods used to calculate quota and transfer votes until a candidate was elected. Records also document judicial recounts, basic administrative processes like ballot destruction after election results were official, and recording Oaths of Office for elected members of Council.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Clerk's Department

Voters Lists

Forms part of Series 2, Fonds 1: Subseries consists of Voters Lists or Lists of Electors which were compiled for each civic election and used to determine eligibility to vote. Lists were compiled using assessment information. Lists are arranged by ward and poll and offer limited information such as the names of all those eligible to vote. In certain years, the occupation of each eligible voter is also recorded.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Clerk's Department

Election Working Papers

Forms part of Series 2, Fonds 1: Subseries consists of records created, accumulated and used by the City Clerk's Department to run elections for Mayor, Councillors (Aldermen) and School Trustees for Winnipeg School Division No. 1. The records document the process of managing elections including the development of voting procedures, sample ballots and forms, the identification of sites for polls, hiring and training of election workers, complaints, and public notices and publicity for elections.

Scrapbook [1950 flood photographs]

Subseries consists of a scrapbook assembled by the City Engineering Department to serve as photographic evidence of the 1950 flood. It contains black and white photographs that mostly document flooding in residential areas near the Red River (Fort Rouge, Riverview, North End, Point Douglas, Crescentwood, Armstrong's Point and others). Scrapbook appears to be organized geographically by area and street. In addition to documenting flooding, the photographs provide a detailed record of residential neighbourhoods, houses, streets, and businesses like corner grocery stores and laundries. All photographs were taken by Harold K. White Studio.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Engineer

Metro, By-laws, Volumes.

Sub-series consists of by-laws bound into volumes, with each volume containing between 200 and 400 by-laws. Supporting documents referenced in by-laws are not always included in the volumes.

Records consist of a complete set of volumes numbered from 1 to 9. By-laws are arranged in numerical order. Oversized records are not always included in the set but can be found in sub-series 1.

For a more detailed description, see volume list.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

Metro, By-laws, General Files.

Sub-series consists of by-laws and attachments in multiple formats. Larger by-laws are bound individually into volumes.

Records consist of selected by-laws and related documents created during Metro’s existence. By-laws are kept in various formats including volumes, folders, binders and notebooks.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

Metro Council Minutes, Partial Sets

Sub-series consists of two incomplete sets of unsigned council minutes. Records consist of a three-volume set that documents meetings held between April 27, 1961 and November 8, 1962. It is unclear if or how many volumes exist documenting meetings held after November 8, 1962 until 1971. Each volume is in reverse chronological order. A second set begins in January 1964 and ends in December 1971. Each volume is organized in chronological order but the first five volumes are missing from this set.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

Metro, By-laws, Reverse Numerical Volumes.

Sub-series consists of by-laws bound into volumes, with each volume containing between 170 and 370 by-laws. Supporting documents referenced in by-laws are tucked into the pages throughout the volume.

Records consist of an incomplete set of by-laws organized in reverse numerical order. Missing from the series are volumes for by-laws 1-175, 1230-1500, and 1751-1928.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

Water Works Department Scrapbook

Forms part of Series 6. Subseries consists of a scrapbook assembled by the Water Works Department. It has three distinct parts ranging in subject matter and material.

First part of scrapbook, pages 21 to 103, contains newspaper clippings (1916-1918) primarily from the Winnipeg Free Press and the Winnipeg Tribune. Subject matter covered in clippings relates to the First World War, municipal government, city workers and labour, foreign politics and other contemporary events.

Second part of scrapbook, pages 136 to 144, contains newspaper clippings, postcards, and other prints (1921-1932) relating to the Water Works Department, its employees as well as other city workers and topics.

Third part of scrapbook, pages 145 to 152, contains newspaper clippings, photographs and various ephemera (ca. 1916-1931) that document various city employees most of whom served in the Water Works Department. It profiles the following people in various levels of detail: John Wilson (Meter Reader), Sidney Holloway (Accountant), John MacTavish, H. C. Thompson (City Treasurer), William Rutherford (Head Meter Reader), Frank Lee Hanson, Robert O. White, Herbert Gray (Alderman), James W. Swan, H. Yost, Alexander Dodds (Cashier), M. Henry, M. Craig, G. L. Jackson, J. Martin, H. B. Teasdale, J. Foster, L. E. Fenton, D. C. Montgomery, G. Goodman, M. Henderson, D. W. (Bud) Steuart (Clerk), Hilda V. Mansell, William J. Jones, Miss M. Shields, J. Olsen and more.

Loose newspaper clippings (1946-1947) appear at front of scrapbook.

Pages 1 to 20 are missing; pages 104 to 135 are blank.

Winnipeg (Man.)

Building Inspection, Demolished Buildings, Plans

Subseries consists of architectural plans submitted to the City of Winnipeg by persons proposing to construct new buildings or renovate existing structures, all of which have since been demolished. Included are plans for such notable buildings as the Eaton's store on Portage Avenue, the Merchant's Bank on Lombard Avenue, the old Children's Hospital at Redwood and Aberdeen, as well as plans for a variety of schools, theatres, factories and odd civic structures like comfort stations (public washrooms).

Atchison, John D.

Winnipeg Housing Company Limited

Forms part of Series 11, Fonds 1. Subseries consists of minutes, communications, reports, speeches, incorporation papers, blueprints for a demonstration home, photographs of the demonstration home, and requests for information from citizens interested in city built homes. The records were created or received by Alderman R. A. Sara in his capacity as Secretary-Treasurer of the Winnipeg Housing Company Limited, a company created by the City to facilitate construction of low cost housing. The records are in chronological order (requests for information from citizens are in alphabetical order).

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee on Housing Conditions

Communications

Forms part of Series 1. Subseries consists of all surviving correspondence directed toward the Committee on Public Health and Welfare. The correspondence dates from the first year of the City of Winnipeg's incorporation, 1874, until its final year as a unique entity, 1971. The correspondence covers a wide variety of topics including matters relating to health and welfare and the Health Department after it was formed in 1900, but also the formation and management of markets, bath houses and comfort stations; library operations and staffing; licensing issues and inspections; complaints about noise, smoke and other nuisances; and, Health Department staff appointments, requests for leave and general staffing issues.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Public Health and Welfare

Reports

Forms part of Series 1. Subseries consists of Health Department Reports submitted to the Committee on Public Health and Welfare. Reports are present for every year with the exception of 1932, for which there are no surviving reports. Annual reports appear for every year except 1939-1947, however complete monthly reports are present for that entire period, and beyond. A monthly periodical, Bulletin, was issued by the Department of Public Health beginning in August, 1911 and continued until at least 1921; copies are present 1911-1918. Photographs are plentiful in the volumes for 1908-1926. Special Reports reflect the health concerns of the time, and include research which was compiled to address health and welfare issues. The name of the department changed periodically over the years:

1908-1918Department of Public Health
1919-1928City Health Department
1929-1938Health Department
1939-1952City Health Department
1953-1971Health Department.

Mayoral Portraits

Subseries consists of portraits of the Mayors of Winnipeg. They are of various sizes, generally 30-50 inches by 30-50 inches. The portraits began to be painted in 1902 and were subsequently painted as each Mayor sat in office.The first 29 portraits were painted by V.A. Long. The rest were painting by various artists.

Winnipeg (Man.). Mayor's Office

Communications

Forms part of Series 54. Subseries consists of Communications packfiles from the Committee on Finance. Packfiles include letters, estimates, and reports from other committees and organizations.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Finance

Press Releases

Subseries consists of press releases issued by the office of Mayor Stephen Juba and related documentation, including correspondence and proclamations (1956-1970). Not all of the press releases are final or official copies. A number of them are unsigned. Some draft copies and miscellaneous records on file.

The Mayor’s Office issued press releases as a means of distributing information to the media and the public. Press releases record announcements and statements on a range of topics, such as special occasions, current events, and city projects.

Winnipeg (Man.). Mayor's Office

1950 flood photographs

Subseries consists of photographs collected and maintained by the City Engineering Department as a record of the 1950 flood. Photographs primarily document flooded areas in Winnipeg, showing street views, buildings, bridges, and other details related to the built environment. All photographs were taken by Harold K. White Studio.

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