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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.

Charles E. Goad Company collection

  • c00001
  • Collection
  • 1895-1915

Collection consists of fire insurance plans for the City of Winnipeg. Fire insurance plans are maps showing, by colours and symbols, detailed information about each building including structure size and shape, construction materials and detailing, number of floors and lot size. Additional information can include street widths, street numbers, property lines and such fire protection facilities as water pipes or mains, fire hydrants and fire alarm boxes. The plans show streets, churches, hotels, industrial, commercial and public buildings. The plans were originally contained in five bound atlases. These have been disassembled to facilitate access. Information is accessed through a map key.

Charles E. Goad Company

Winnipeg Flood Record and Archives Committee collection

  • c00014
  • Collection
  • 1896-1998, predominant 1950 and 1997

Collection consists of 9 series. Series 209 consists mostly of reports and published accounts. Series 210 documents the work of the Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Committee (EEPC) under the finding aid heading “Emergency Program”. Collection includes textual and electronic records, correspondence, fact sheets, property listings, press releases, bulletins, public inquiry forms, newspapers, maps, pictures, and video tapes.

Martin Berman Postcard collection

  • c00011
  • Collection
  • 1900-1940

Collection consists of postcards of Winnipeg and rural Manitoba between 1900 and 1940.

Berman, Martin

Barbara J. Wilkes

  • f00019
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1992

The fonds consists of a small sample of records typically created and administered by an insurance company in the early years of the twentieth century. Of note are copies of the architectural plans for the company’s head office in Winnipeg, and a guest book from the November 1, 1957 Open House, complete with photographs of the facility, equipment and staff.

Wilkes, Barbara J.

Abe Yanofsky fonds

  • f00021
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1997

The Abe Yanofsky fonds consists of textual records, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts that relate to his education, his legal and political careers and his involvement in the world of chess.

Yanofsky, Abe

South Winnipeg (1923) Limited

  • f00017
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1956

The records consist of correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, annual reports and balance sheets, and legal agreements documenting the sale of land in and around the Town of Tuxedo from 1905 to 1956.

South Winnipeg (1923) Limited

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.)

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