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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.)

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

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

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.

Martin Berman Postcard collection

  • c00011
  • Collection
  • 1900-1940

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

Berman, Martin

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.

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

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.

City of St. Boniface

  • f00012
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1971

The records consist of the following series:

Series 40: Minutes, 1880-1971

Series 84: By-Laws,

Series 41: (Voters Lists) Election Records,

Series 47: Agreements, 1883-1971

Series 48: Advisory and Planning Commission, 1954-1971

Series 49: Public Works, 1933-1968

Series 50: Local Improvements, 1934-1971

Series 51: City Solicitor, 1917-1971

Series 56: Library Board, 1951-1971

St. Boniface (Man.)

Parks and Recreation Photograph collection

  • c00008
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1890]-[ca. 2000]

Collection consists of circa 7000 images (photographs, slides/negatives and Polaroids) that capture views of major parks, local playgrounds, golf courses, community club grounds and recreational activities over the whole of the City.

City of St. Vital

  • f00010
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1974, 1978 ; predominant 1950-1971

The records consist of 16 series:

Series 14: Election Records, 1952, 1961-1971, 1974

Series 25: Minutes, 1909-1911, 1921-1971

Series 105: By-laws, 1880-1971

Series 106: Agreements and Early Documents, 1911-1971, 1973

Series 107: Valuation Forms, 1924-1957

Series 108: Subject Files, 1919-1972 (Access Restrictions)

Series 109: Departmental Files, 1943-1972 (Access Restrictions)

Series 110: Local Improvement Files, 1927-1972

Series 111: Municipal Solicitor Files, 1916, 1920-1972 (Access Restrictions)

Series 112: Advisory Planning Commission Files, 1952-1961

Series 113: Parks Board Files, 1949-1973

Series 114: General Correspondence, 1967-1971 (Access Restrictions)

Series 115: General Files, 1913-1968 (Access Restrictions)

Series 116: Financial Records, 1887-1971

Series 117: City Treasurer Files, 1961-1974, 1978 (Access Restrictions)

St. Vital (Man.)

Morris Block collection

  • c00004
  • Collection
  • 1876-1970

The collection consists of material relating to Winnipeg and includes vintage photographs of local businesses, buildings and civic government employees, works and operations; stereoscopic views published by the T. Eaton Co. Limited, the Keystone View Company and Underwood & Underwood, Publishers; postcards of Winnipeg published by Henry Kalen Ltd., and Alex Wilson Publications Limited; line drawings and sketches extracted from various publications; maps and plans of the City of Winnipeg; publications including telephone directories for the City of Winnipeg and Report on a Future Water Supply for the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1897; ephemera including letterhead of local businesses, stock certificates, invoices, property tax receipts and statements, philatelic items (souvenir stamps created for civic events); miscellaneous artifacts including a souvenir ashtray, pin, sterling silver spoon, and coins.

Block, Morris

City Clerk's Library collection

  • c00012
  • Collection
  • 1874-

Collection consists of current and historic material that documents the development of the City of Winnipeg and amalgamated municipalities. It includes hard-to-find published and unpublished reports, many of which did not receive wide distribution.

City of Winnipeg Archives Art Collection

  • c00017
  • Collection
  • 1872[?]-2011[?]

Consists of ca. 400 pieces of art that range from paintings to large photograph collages, to three dimensional objects. The dates likely range from 1872 to 2011. Most of the artwork is framed.

City of Winnipeg Archives Photograph collection

  • c00013
  • Collection
  • 1871-1997

Collection consists of photographs and related records created by a wide variety of sources and collected by the City of Winnipeg Archives and Records Control Branch. The photographs were originally collected as part of a proposed Winnipeg museum; further records were added to the collection after being transferred from various City of Winnipeg departments or received as unsolicited donations from the public. The photographs depict municipal government activities and infrastructure, geographical features, business and personal activities. In addition to municipal governments, creators of the photographs include professional photographers, private individuals and various publishers.

City of Winnipeg (1874-1971)

  • f00001
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1971

Fonds 1 consists of administrative, legislative, financial and photographic records documenting the operation of the City of Winnipeg prior to amalgamation.

A substantial part of the fonds consists of records documenting the debates and decisions of Council, such as Council minutes and by-laws. Also included are minutes of the Board of Control, as well as minutes and reports of other standing and special committees of Council. These records cover a wide range of municipal functions, including finance, land use planning, public works, social services and other municipal services.

Some municipal responsibilities are documented in greater detail in departmental records or records of various boards and commissions. These include parks and recreation, public health and planning. General information about the City of Winnipeg, including elected representatives, history, and statistics can be found in City Clerk's Department records.

Records that document the financial history of the City include tax assessment records, auditors reports and financial statements.

Photographic records document the growth of the City and activities of elected officials, municipal employees, and citizens.

Winnipeg (Man.)

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