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City Archivist collection

  • c00019
  • Collection
  • 1997-2011

Winnipeg (Man.). City Clerk's Department. Archives and Records Control Branch

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg

  • f00014
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1972; predominantly 1960-1971.

Fonds documents the administration of and functions related to parks, civil defence, streets and transit, water and waste, planning, finance, assessment, as well as the relationship between Metro and municipalities, provincial and federal levels of government, organizations and citizens.

Common record types include minutes, by-laws, correspondence, reports, maps/plans, and financial records.

Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.)

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

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.

North American Indigenous Games Host Society (Winnipeg), Inc. (1997-2002)

  • f00024
  • Fonds
  • 1994-2002 ; predominant 2000-2002

The fonds consists of records created and maintained by the North American Indigenous Games Host Society (Winnipeg) Incorporated from 1997 to 2002. Materials are in eight series.

Series 163: (A) Host Society Management Division, 1994-2002.
Series 164: (B) Administration & Finance Division, 1998-2002.
Series 165: (C) Communications Division, 1994-2002.
Series 166: (D) Cultural Division, 1997-2002.
Series 167: (F) Fundraising Division, 2001-2002.
Series 168: (O) Operations Division, 1999-2002.
Series 169: (S) Sport Division, 1995-2000.
Series 170: (V) Volunteer Division, 2001-2002.

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

Police Museum Collection

  • c00018
  • Collection
  • 1919

Records consist of digitized copies of records held by the Winnipeg Police Museum related to the Winnipeg General Strike. These records include correspondence between the Board of Police Commissioners and Police Chiefs Donald MacPherson and Chris Newton, excerpts from the Board of Police Commissioners minute book, and excerpts from the Sargent's Arrest Log.

Winnipeg (Man.). Board of Police Commissioners

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

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

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.

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

City of Winnipeg (1874-1971)

  • f00001
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1971

Fonds 1 consists of administrative, legislative, financial and photographic records documenting the operation of the City of Winnipeg prior to amalgamation.

A substantial part of the fonds consists of records documenting the debates and decisions of Council, such as Council minutes and by-laws. Also included are minutes of the Board of Control, as well as minutes and reports of other standing and special committees of Council. These records cover a wide range of municipal functions, including finance, land use planning, public works, social services and other municipal services.

Some municipal responsibilities are documented in greater detail in departmental records or records of various boards and commissions. These include parks and recreation, public health and planning. General information about the City of Winnipeg, including elected representatives, history, and statistics can be found in City Clerk's Department records.

Records that document the financial history of the City include tax assessment records, auditors reports and financial statements.

Photographic records document the growth of the City and activities of elected officials, municipal employees, and citizens.

Winnipeg (Man.)

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.

Town of Brooklands

  • f00022
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1968, predominant 1950-1968

Fonds consists of council minutes and by-laws, secretary-treasurer’s correspondence (including elector’s lists), financial records, legal records relating to local improvements and by-law development, assessment and tax rolls. Series are:

Series 1: Council Minutes and By-laws
Series 2: Secretary-Treasurer’s Correspondence
Series 3: Legal Services
Series 4. Financial Records
Series 5: Tax and Assessment Records
Series 6: Contract Documents
Series 7: Photographs

Brooklands (Man.)

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)

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

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