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Alice Weir collection

  • c00010
  • Collection
  • 1917-1932, 1962, 1977

Collection consists of a range of materials collected by Alice Weir’s mother. The materials, including photographs, recital programs, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, document her dancing and teaching careers and serve as a record of Weir’s achievements. Collection also contains photographs and programs that document the activities of Weir’s dance studio and her students.

Series:

  1. Class Recitals Programs (159)
  2. International Performances Pamphlets (160)
  3. Class and Recital Photographs (161)
  4. Biographical Information (162)

Weir, Alice

Martin Berman Postcard collection

  • c00011
  • Collection
  • 1900-1940

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

Berman, Martin

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

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.

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.

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.

Greater Winnipeg Water District fonds

  • f00015
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1962

The Greater Winnipeg Water District fonds contains the records of the GWWD Administration Board and the GWWD Board of Commissioners.

The fonds also contains some records relating to water supply prior to the incorporation of GWWD.

The fonds is arranged into six series: Minutes and Reports; Communications; Financial Reports and Information; Agreements and Contracts; By-laws; and Photographs.

Series 66: Minutes, 1914-1960
Series 67: Communications and Reports, 1912-1960
Series 68: By-laws, 1913-1960
Series 69: Agreements, and Contracts, 1914-1923
Series 70: Financial, 1914-1962
Series 175: Photographs, 1913-1919

Additional records from Water and Waste received in 2015 are available.

Greater Winnipeg Water District

William Smaill fonds

  • f00023
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915, [1916?]

Fonds consists of a photo album created by William Smaill, Superintendent of the Winnipeg Aqueduct Construction Company, Ltd. The album contains photographs of the aqueduct’s construction, company men and their families, recreation, camps and homes used during construction, the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway, and the surrounding landscape (Shoal Lake, Whitemouth River, Indian Bay, Birch River). There are also several photos of Winnipeg during Decoration Day 1914, photos of Mayors T.R. Deacon, Thomas Sharpe, and R.D. Waugh, and two photos of an Anishinaabe camp at Kekekoziibii Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

The photos are heavily annotated. The annotations consist of names, locations, descriptions, and sometimes the section or specific mile of the aqueduct. A few photos appear to be missing and there are several loose pages with similar content. The photos are arranged somewhat chronologically – photos from 1914 generally precede photos from 1915 – but there are many exceptions.

Smaill, William

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