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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

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

Parking Authority

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of all surviving correspondence for the Parking Authority (1959-1965, 1970-1972). Other record types include reports and financial records.

Series keeps the arrangement made by the original creator.

Winnipeg (Man.). Parking Authority

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.

Joint Committee on Vacant Lands Settlement

Series consists of the June 18, 1888 Report of the Secretary of the Joint Committee on Colonization of the City Council and Board of Trade; June 16, 1888 Report of Mr. McNee, Agent; June 15, 1888 Report of Mr. Woods, Agent; June 14, 1888 Report of Mr. Smith, Agent at Station. The reports provide details regarding the agent's work, places visited, and the volume of materials distributed.

Winnipeg (Man.). Joint Committee on Vacant Lands Settlement

Special Committees, Minutes

Forms part of Fonds 1: Series consists of bound minute books for special committees struck by Council. The minute books are chronological and each one contains minutes for multiple special committees active during a given timeframe. In most volumes, a list of special committees and their respective page numbers are recorded on the first few pages of the volume. Not all special committees appear in volume listings and not all page references are complete. Most special committees have associated correspondence and working papers in addition to minutes. These records are separate from minutes. From about 1924 onward, special committees and their associated files were assigned an alpha-numeric code beginning with the letter "A".

Council established special committees to investigate and manage various projects, issues and questions placed before the City. Special committees were typically struck by a Council motion that outlined committee composition and responsibilities, and permanently adjourned once the issue had been resolved or referred to Council with a recommended course of action.

Winnipeg (Man.)

Municipal Manuals

Forms part of Fonds 1: Series consists of publications produced by the City Clerk's Department on an annual basis. Information was gathered from city departments and includes a broad range of data, past and present, reflecting Winnipeg's political and administrative structure and general activities under the City's jurisdiction. Volumes contain historical facts, election results, a description of Council, appointments to Standing and Special Committees and Public Boards, descriptions of civic departments and statistics on services delivered by the City. The first issue in 1904 consisted of only 20 pages. The manual changed over the years and grew in size as new material was added. The series continues after the formation of Unicity in 1972.

Winnipeg (Man.). City Clerk's Department

Playgrounds Commission

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of minutes and financial records of the Committee on Public Playgrounds for Winnipeg, the Playgrounds Association of the City of Winnipeg and the Playgrounds Commission as well as minutes for various special or sub-committees formed to undertake specific tasks. The minutes are in chronological order.

Winnipeg (Man.). Playgrounds Commission

Special Committee on Investigation of the Fire Department

Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of communications and detailed reports regarding staffing levels and equipment in use by the Fire Department during this period, as well as the availability and pressure of water required to fight fires in various districts of the City. The file includes: a 1916 report on domestic water supply; copy of recommendations following the Stovel fire in 1916; copy of recommendations following the Enderton fire of 1918; blank application for employment with the Fire Department; transcript of meeting held in March of 1920 with statements from firemen who had been dismissed for going out on strike in 1919; departmental organization chart; map sheets showing location of water supply (in poor condition); detailed drawing of sewer structure. The records are contained in one folder and are in chronological order.

Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee on Investigation of the Fire Department

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