Title and statement of responsibility area
Metropolitan Corporation Photographs and Materials
General material designation
- Graphic material
- Textual record
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Title statements of responsibility
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Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
[19--?]-1980, predominant 1961-1971 (Creation)
- Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Man.). Information Officer
- The Metropolitan Government of Greater Winnipeg created, commissioned, or otherwise collected these materials.
Physical description area
ca. 800 photographs
5 cm of textual material
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Archival description area
Name of creator
The Information Officer (Information Research Officer prior to 1967) was responsible for compiling, interpreting, and preparing written information for the use of the Chairman, Council, and Directors of the Metropolitan Corporation, and for explaining to the public the Corporation's aims, policies, and activities. This involved establishing good relations with and disseminating information to the press, radio, and television, and maintaining a library of informative material on municipal government, affairs of the Corporation, and other subjects of concern to the Corporation. The Information Officer was directly accountable to the Executive Director. The position was first held by Arthur Fletcher, during which time the position was called "Information Research Officer". Fletcher stepped down on November 11, 1966, leaving the position vacant for several months. On May 4, 1967, Council voted to appoint Allan S. Bready to the position and change its title to "Information Officer". Bready began on June 1 and remained in his position until Metro's dissolution in 1971.
The photographs were created by various photographers, some likely commissioned by the Metropolitan Corporation, and brought together by Metro's Information Officer. At some point after amalgamation (1972), the photographs were transferred to the Information Services section of the new City of Winnipeg. The records were transferred to Archives and Records Control in 1985 (accession 1985-06-11).
Scope and content
Series consists of photographs created, commissioned, or otherwise collected by the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg for promotional and internal use, as well as some accompanying textual material. Photographs are primarily prints, but also include negatives and slides. Photographs consist largely of Winnipeg parks, streets, bridges, city employees, Metro Councilors and Administration. Most promotional photographs have cut lines or captions provided for publication purposes.
A very small number of photographs were taken before and after the Metropolitan Corporation era (1960-1971). The older photographs were gathered for promotional purposes and the more recent photographs were likely added by the Information Services section.
Most photographs and papers are in good condition with some exceptions. Tape, glue, and other fasteners have caused damage to some materials.
Immediate source of acquisition
Duplicates and a small number of items with little archival value were culled.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
As the photographs in this collection were taken by many different photographers, the original negatives that have survived are located in many different places.
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
There are no restrictions on access to these records.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Many of the photographs in this series are still under copyright. Researchers are responsible for observing Canadian copyright regulations.