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Reports

Forms part of Series 54. Subseries consists of the reports of the Committee on Finance from the years 1874-1903. Reports include dates read and adopted, and contain correspondence to committees, appropriation balance forms, tenders, records of attendance at meetings, and accounts to and from the comptroller.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Finance

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 26, Fonds 1. Subseries consists of bound letter press volumes and loose correspondence of the Winnipeg Board of Parks and Recreation.

ATC By-laws

Forms part of Fonds 1, Series 154. Sub-Series consists of traffic by-laws, including annotated and/or consolidated versions of by-laws no. 14213 and 14932 (1936-1947).

Series is arranged numerically (or chronologically by date of creation). All by-laws were kept in their original books.

ATC Correspondence

Forms part of Fonds 1, Series 154. Sub-Series consists of all surviving correspondence and reports for the Advisory Traffic Commission (1936-1947).

Series is arranged numerically (or chronologically by date of creation).

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.)

ATC Minutes

Forms part of Fonds 1, Series 154. Sub-Series consists of all surviving minutes for the Advisory Traffic Commission (1936-1947).

Series is arranged numerically (or chronologically by date of creation). All minutes were removed from their original binders and placed in acid free folders.

Registers

Forms part of Series 181. Subseries consists of local improvement registers of the Committee on Public Works and its predecessors for the years 1892-1950. These include Pavement and Sewer registers, Grading registers, Alignment and Building Restriction registers, Lane Opening register, and Street and Lane registers. Registers contain information about who petitioned for improvements, where work was done, types of materials used, and newspaper advertisements for intention and date of construction.

Registers are accompanied by original alphabetical indexes. Registers usually reference street names, and may also include order numbers which correspond with work order files.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Public Works

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

Aerial photographs [1950 flood]

Subseries consists of black and white aerial photographs, maps, and communications that were created, collected and/or maintained by the City Engineering Department as a record of the 1950 flood. Aerial photographs provide a comprehensive view of Winnipeg and surrounding areas. They capture details related to flooding, the street system, and the built environment. Smaller details like the condition of buildings and signs are not visible. Aerial photographs were taken in May 1950 by an unknown photographer. A key grid for the aerial photographs is included.

A few letters and reports from City Engineer W.D. Hurst appear in this series, including a copy of his report The Red River Valley Flood Problem (March 31, 1949).

Winnipeg (Man.). City Engineer

Scrapbook B

Subseries consists of a scrapbook assembled by the City Engineering Department to document the 1950 flood. It contains newspaper clippings from primarily the Winnipeg Free Press and Winnipeg Tribune. Clippings from the Illustrated London News also included.

Newspaper coverage of the 1950 flood starts in Scrapbook A (April 4, 1950 to May 9, 1950) and continues in Scrapbook B (May 9, 1950 to August 16, 1950).

Winnipeg (Man.). City Engineer

Scrapbook A

Subseries consists of a scrapbook assembled by the City Engineering Department to document the 1948 flood and 1950 flood. It primarily contains clippings from newspapers like the Winnipeg Free Press and Winnipeg Tribune. Series also includes black and white photographs taken during the 1948 flood that show flooded areas by the Red River (e.g. Mill Street, Lombard Street, Arnold Avenue dyke, Elm Park Bridge, and St. Andrews Locks).

Newspaper coverage of the 1950 flood starts in Scrapbook A (April 4, 1950 to May 9, 1950) and continues in Scrapbook B (May 9, 1950 to August 16, 1950).

Winnipeg (Man.). City Engineer

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.

Scrapbook [1956 flood clippings]

Subseries consists of a scrapbook assembled by the City Engineering Department to document the 1956 flood. It contains clippings from newspapers like the Winnipeg Free Press and Winnipeg Tribune. Clippings start February 25, 1956 and end May 7, 1956.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Engineer

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

Fact Finding Board on Housing Conditions

Forms part of Series 11, Fonds 1. Subseries consists of minutes, correspondence, reports on housing availability and costs for emergency housing, transcripts of public meetings and a copy of the final report of the Fact Finding Board. The records are in chronological order.

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee on Housing Conditions

Communications

Series consists of the communications packfiles of the Committee on Legislation and Reception, and Committee on Personnel and Legislation, as the Committee was later named. Records include letters sent and received by the Committees, reports of committees, files on royal visits, copies of telegrams, petitions about adult suffrage, nominations for Employees' representative on the Employer-Employee Advisory Board.

Legislation files typically consist of correspondence with City Council and the provincial government and occasionally with the governments of other jurisdictions in Canada as well as draft copies of legislation and correspondence with members of the public.

Personnel files include staffing and salary recommendations from City departments, negotiations with unions as well as various reports on employee salaries and working conditions. These include information about specific employees as well as about general positions and job classes.

Files relating to receptions may include correspondence with visitors, invoices from suppliers, programs and menus, photographs, architectural drawings or artefacts such as buttons and ribbons.

In 1958 the duties of the Committee on Personnel and Legislation were taken over by the Committee on Finance. In 1960 the Standing Committee on Utilities and Personnel was formed by By-Law 18236 to perform the combined functions of the former Committee on Personnel and Legislation and Committee on Public Works.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Legislation and Reception

Minutes

Forms part of Series 179. Subseries consists of minutes for the Committee on Public Safety. Indexes for minutes included.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Public Safety

Communications

Forms part of Series 11, Fonds 1. Subseries consists of correspondence, reports and architectural and site plans regarding housing availability, construction and maintenance for housing under the control of the City of Winnipeg. It also contains information on various programs of municipal, provincial and federal governments as they tried to address housing scarcity issues; for example, Wartime Housing Ltd. In later years, family and individual case histories for people seeking shelter are included in the files. The records are in chronological order.

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee on Housing Conditions

Minutes

Sub-series consists of minutes and indexes to the minutes for the Committee on Legislation and Reception, a standing committee of Council. Minutes record members present at meetings, communications received from the public, Council or other committees and action taken.

In some years the index and the minutes are in the same volume and in separate volumes for some years.

Winnipeg (Man.). Committee on Legislation and Reception

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