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Clippings files

In the 1940s, the Archives and Landmarks Committee, together with the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timer’s Association, began keeping subject based clippings files. Another collection of clippings files was started by the Legislative Library, donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta and then transferred to the Archives and Landmarks Committee. When it was formed in 1971, the City of Edmonton Archives took over the Committee’s textual collections, including the clippings files. The Archives continued to add to the clippings files until 2017.

Over the years, diverse arrays of materials ranging from original documents to publications were kept in these files. This type of cataloguing was common, however archival best practice has moved away from this method. Many archives no longer maintain clippings files and when they do, they generally contain only published materials.

Currently, there are three distinct types of material located within the City of Edmonton Archives Clippings Files:

  • Clippings: Materials removed, or clipped, from a larger piece, usually a newspaper or periodical.

  • Ephemera: Materials, usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use. Examples include advertisements, tickets, brochures, and receipts.

  • Discrete Item: An item, usually unique and original, that is not part of a larger body of material (e.g., a fonds or collection). Repositories sometimes acquire materials that do not form a part of a larger fonds, collection or series. Context of creation, accumulation and use may or may not be known and, even if they are known, no other materials of the same provenance may be held by the repository. At the City of Edmonton Archives some discrete items were once part of a larger body and were moved to a clippings file.

This series consists of over 26,000 clipping files. The series has been divided into the following subseries:

  • Subseries 1: Biography clippings files
  • Subseries 2: City clippings files
  • Subseries 3: General clippings files

General clippings files

This sub-series consists of over 14,000 clippings files that relate to a variety of topics. These include, but are not limited to: buildings, businesses, cultural communities, events, festivals, industry, organizations and clubs, rural areas, schools, and sports.

City of Edmonton Archives Collection

  • CA EDM RG-200
  • Collection
  • [ca.1880] -

This collection consists of records collected by the City of Edmonton Archives which were intended to be used as reference material for researchers.

The collection consists of 6 series:

  • Series 1: Clippings Files
  • Series 2: Newspapers on Microfilm
  • Series 3: Edmonton Directories
  • Series 4: Aerial Photographs
  • Series 5: Reference Collections
  • Series 6: Fire Insurance Plans
  • Series 7: Oral History Interviews
  • Series 8: Map Collection

The City of Edmonton Archives

City clippings files

This sub-series consists of over 2000 clippings files related to business units in the City of Edmonton. It also includes files on municipal elections, mayors and council, City facilities and parks, roads, utilities, unions, awards, programs and services, and neighbourhoods.

Map Collection

This series contains maps that were found in the collection of the City of Edmonton Archives. The maps had no provenance, and were therefore combined into a single series.

Edmonton directories

This series is comprised of local directories, many of which include the name and occupation of the resident. Most can be searched by either name or street address.

The directories include:

  • Edmonton Directories, 1895, 1905/06-2019
  • Lowe’s Directory, 1899
  • Henderson’s Manitoba and Northwest Territories Gazetteer and Directory, 1904 (Edmonton only)
  • Henderson’s Directory, 1905
  • Henderson’s Directory, 1907-1917, 1919-1987
  • Edmonton Street Address Numerical Directory, 1967-1997
  • Polk criss-cross Directory, 1996-1999

Fire Insurance Plans

The series consists of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Chas. E. Goad Co. Fire Insurance Plan for Edmonton in 1913, and a copy of a ca. 1925 Fire Insurance Plan for Edmonton. Fire Insurance Plans were created to document the types of buildings and types of materials used in an area, which in turn informed how insurance companies issued rates. The keyplan for each year can be used to narrow the area in which a specific location can be found to a volume, and then an individual map.

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