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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 It includes hard-to-find published and unpublished reports, many of which did not receive wide distribution.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.

Susan A. Thompson

  • f00037
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2011

Fonds consists of textual records, photograph albums, framed memorabilia, and artifacts. The materials have been organized into five distinct series based on Thompson’s adult life:

Series 1: Entrepreneur (1977-1991)
Series 2: Politician (1992-1998)
Series 3: Diplomat (1998-2002)
Series 4: Legacy Builder (2002-2011)
Series 5: Prime Time (2011–present)

Thompson, Susan A.

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.

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.

By-Laws

Forms part of Fonds 2. Series continues from Series 173, and consists of by-laws for the City of Winnipeg following its amalgamation with the municipalities in 1972. By-laws are municipal laws that were passed or amended by the City Council. By-laws relate to City land development, regulations, local improvements, street names/openings/closings, authorization of agreements, finance/taxation, governance/administration, and amendments to previous by-laws.

Volunteer Division

Forms part of Fonds 24. Series V consists of records created in the years 2001-2002 to serve the Division’s purpose of identifying, recruiting, and training Volunteers to serve at the 2002 NAIG. Records mainly relate to accreditation and document the activities of the Volunteer Committee.

North American Indigenous Games Host Society (Winnipeg), Inc.

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