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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

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 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.

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

Richard L. (Rick) Frost collection

  • c00009
  • Collection
  • 1972-1997

The Board of Commissioners was created in 1972 and was responsible for providing leadership to all civic departments. In particular, the Board provided advice to Council on key issues; initiated administrative changes and improvements; led civic responses to crisis situations; provided mentoring to department heads; pursued federal and/or provincial funding for civic works; and coordinated service delivery. The Board was abolished in 1997.

The records have been organized into two series:

Series 132: Reports, Speeches, Pamphlets, 1977-1991
Series 133: Bound Correspondence, 1989-1997

Frost, Richard L. (Rick)

Martin Berman Postcard collection

  • c00011
  • Collection
  • 1900-1940

Collection consists of postcards of Winnipeg and rural Manitoba between 1900 and 1940 with no duplications.

Berman, Martin

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 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.

Parks and Recreation Photograph collection

  • c00008
  • Collection
  • 1893-1990

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.

Winnipeg (Man.). Parks & Recreation Department

Western Canada Fire Underwriters' Association collection

  • c00002
  • Collection
  • 1917-1955

Collection consists of fire insurance plans for the City of Winnipeg and the surrounding communities that comprise Greater 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 eight bound atlases. These have been disassembled to facilitate access. Specific locations are accessed through a map key.

Western Canada Fire Underwriters' Association

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