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Charleswood (Man.) Series
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Applications for Building Permits

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists primarily of applications for building permits and supporting documents organized by the Rural Municipality of Charleswood into an alphabetical filing system. Architectural drawings, blueprints, sketches and other building plans frequently appear throughout this series. Other records created in the course of the application and review process include inspection records, correspondence, and surveyor's certificates. Permits for plumbing, electrical work, and moving also appear as well as applications for culverts.

Each file is identified by address and, in some cases, name of applicant. Files organized in alphabetical order according to street name then address.

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Public Works and Local Improvements Files

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of project files for various local improvements and specifications for public works projects in the Rural Municipality of Charleswood. Local improvement project files include correspondence, legal and financial records, petitions, public notices, tenders, drawings/plans, etc. Specifications for public works were assembled into packages by the Templeton Engineering Company, a consulting firm. These packages contain instructions to bidders, tender forms, agreements as well as other sections describing general conditions and special provisions. Drawings/plans commonly appear in packages.

Local improvement project files appear first, followed by specifications for public works projects. Original order was maintained by preserving the three alphabetical filing systems that comprise the local improvement project files, one of which has a distinct alpha-numeric filing system. Specifications for public works projects appear in chronological order. Files belonging to the City of Winnipeg removed.

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Town Planning Files

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of files created and maintained by the Rural Municipality of Charleswood that document the town planning function. It includes minutes of the Town Planning Advisory Committee, town planning schemes, and project files. Reference files and books of sewer connection permit numbers also appear. File contents are predominantly textual but include numerous urban plans. Much of the correspondence is between the RM of Charleswood and the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Metro).

When applicable, records were removed from bound volumes and placed in folders. Minutes of the Town Planning Advisory Committee appear first, followed by general files, town planning schemes, permit numbers books, and project files. Original order of the project files was preserved. Oversized items housed in separate container.

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Municipal Aid Records

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of case files and records pertaining to the administration of municipal aid in the Rural Municipality of Charleswood. Municipal aid included such services as social assistance, child welfare, and hospital aid. The scope of the RM's responsibilities with regards to these services was largely defined in provincial legislation (Social Assistance Act 1957, Hospital Services Insurance Act 1958, Social Allowances Act 1959, etc.) and in other places like by-law 1495 (RM of Charleswood). Common record types include correspondence, applications, legal records, reports, statements, relief schedules, and account sheets.

Records appear in four groupings. Case files appear first, followed by records related to general administration; reports, statements, schedules, etc. (records created in the process of seeking financial reimbursement from the Province); correspondence; and account sheets removed by creator from general ledgers. For privacy and access reasons, sensitive correspondence was removed by archivist from the Subject Files series and placed in the Municipal Aid series. Files belonging to the City of Winnipeg removed.

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Photographs

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of photographs collected by the Rural Municipality of Charleswood and not filed in any recordkeeping system. The majority of photographs are aerial shots but series also includes photographs of council members.

Photographs were removed from envelopes and placed in folders by archivist. The original groupings were preserved.

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Subject Files

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists primarily of both incoming and outgoing correspondence created and maintained by the Rural Municipality of Charleswood. Files relate to the main functions of the RM, including assessment and taxation, town planning, local improvements, public works, elections, municipal aid, etc. Other files document municipal administration and Council business. Many of the records document the intersections between the RM and residents of Charleswood as well as its relationship with other levels of government and both public and private bodies. Other record types include reports, agreements and legal records, petitions, town and building plans, and photographs.

Series appears to have served as the central filing system for the RM of Charleswood. Each file was given a subject heading and arranged in alphabetical order by the creator. Correspondence with individual residents or other entities was often filed by letter (ie: "A" Miscellaneous). This recordkeeping system was repeated every year from 1949-1971 with some files being carried over. Like subject headings brought together by the archivist. Files created after the City's amalgamation in 1972 removed.

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Assessment and Taxation Records

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of valuation forms and tax sale records that document, in part, the assessment and taxation function of the RM of Charleswood. Valuation forms (1942-1954) were maintained by the assessor and assembled into books according to ward. Tax sale books (1913-1933, 1935-1955) document the selling and purchasing of land in arrears. Certificates, statements, warrants and correspondence were kept as records of later tax sales (1956-1971).

Series is arranged chronologically according to record type. Valuation forms were removed from bound volumes. These books appear first and are followed by tax sale records. Oversized items housed in separate containers.

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Financial Records

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of all surviving financial reports of the Rural Municipality of Charleswood (Missing year end reports for 1957 and 1958) and financial ledgers. Although the titles and forms vary, each report summarizes the Municipality's financial operations on an annual basis as per the audit function. Interim reports and financial statements appear in few instances. Ledgers document general accounts and local improvements. One volume relates to financial estimates for the years 1963 to 1968.

Series is arranged in two groupings, financial reports and ledgers. When necessary, records were removed from bound volumes and placed in folders. Oversized items housed in separate containers. Items belonging to the City of Winnipeg removed.

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Early Communications and Agreements

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of petitions, agreements, and other early records of the Rural Municipality of Charleswood. Petitions and agreements document local improvements and Council business transactions (leasing and transfer of land, agreements with contractors, appointments, etc.). Other records include applications, bonds, certificates, correspondence, and subdivision regulations. Series represents some of the earliest surviving records of the RM of Charleswood that were grouped together and not placed in other recordkeeping systems.

Items arranged in alphabetical order according to record type. Within each record type, items are arranged chronologically. Some item-level descriptions available.

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Development Agreements

Forms part of Fonds 3. Series consists of development agreements between the Rural Municipality of Charleswood and various developers like Parklands Limited, Quality Construction, Suzuki Brothers, etc. It documents transactions related to residential development and other projects, including the construction of the Westdale Recreational Centre. File contents are predominantly textual (agreements, correspondence, etc.) but contain numerous urban plans as well. Some of the files remained active after the 1971 amalgamation and appear to have been copied and/or maintained by the City Clerk's Department.

Development agreements arranged by archivist into alphabetical order according to developer or project. Agreements between the City of Winnipeg and developers removed.

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