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Rural Municipality of Charleswood

  • f00003
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1975

The records consist of 14 series:

Series 16: Election Records, 1928-1969

Series 85: Minutes, 1913-1971

Series 86: By-Laws, 1913-1971

Series 87: Agreements, 1913-1973

Series 88: Development Agreements, 1956-1975

Series 89: Early Communications and Agreements, 1913-1966

Series 90: Financial Records, 1913-1971

Series 91: Assessment and Taxation Records, 1913-1971

Series 92: Subject Files, 1938-1972 (Access Restrictions)

Series 93: Photographs, 1961-1971

Series 94: Municipal Aid Records, 1934-1973 (Access Restrictions)

Series 95: Town Planning Files, 1947-1972

Series 96: Public Works and Local Improvements Files, 1941-1974

Series 97: Applications for Building Permits, 1948-1961 (Access Restrictions)

Charleswood (Man.)

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.)

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.

City of St. Boniface

  • f00012
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1971

The records consist of the following series:

Series 40: Minutes, 1880-1971

Series 84: By-Laws,

Series 41: (Voters Lists) Election Records,

Series 47: Agreements, 1883-1971

Series 48: Advisory and Planning Commission, 1954-1971

Series 49: Public Works, 1933-1968

Series 50: Local Improvements, 1934-1971

Series 51: City Solicitor, 1917-1971

Series 56: Library Board, 1951-1971

St. Boniface (Man.)

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.)

Barbara J. Wilkes

  • f00019
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1992

The fonds consists of a small sample of records typically created and administered by an insurance company in the early years of the twentieth century. Of note are copies of the architectural plans for the company’s head office in Winnipeg, and a guest book from the November 1, 1957 Open House, complete with photographs of the facility, equipment and staff.

Wilkes, Barbara J.

Winnipeg into the Nineties (WIN)

  • f00020
  • Fonds
  • 1989-1996

Fonds consists of minutes, printed materials, correspondence and working papers.

Winnipeg into the Nineties (WIN)

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.

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.

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

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.)

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

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