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Series s00256 - Metropolitan Corporation Photographs and Materials

Public Safety Building The Norquay Building Old Kildonan Park Pavilion in winter Kildonan Park - ponds and new pavilion Trolley bus bound for Corydon Avenue in front of the Legislature Building Portage Avenue underpass Bus driver in front of Birds Hill Provincial Park bus Line up at toboggan slide Metro computer installation Winnipeg's last trolley bus at the Carruthers Avenue Garage Bus drivers of chartered buses in costume for Canadian Bar Association Convention City Hall and courtyard, facing Market Avenue New Conservatory in Assiniboine Park Nairn Overpass, from below Interior of Peguis Pavilion in Kildonan Park Old Cricket Pavilion in Assiniboine Park New Cricket Pavilion in Assiniboine Park Boat ramp at Crescent Drive Park Area of John Blumberg Golf Course prior to construction. Golf house at John Blumberg Golf Course
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Metropolitan Corporation Photographs and Materials

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  • Graphic material
  • Textual record

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ca. 800 photographs
5 cm of textual material

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Administrative history

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.

Custodial history

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.

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Physical condition

Most photographs and papers are in good condition with some exceptions. Tape, glue, and other fasteners have caused damage to some materials.

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Duplicates and a small number of items with little archival value were culled.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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.

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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.

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