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City Clerks and Administrative Records

This series consists of records related to the City Clerk's Office. This series contains the following subseries:

1.1 Bylaws and Licenses
This subseries contains correspondence, drafts, final copy, and enforcement regulations relating to bylaws and licenses enacted in the city.

1.2 Elections and Census
This subseries contains correspondence, drafts, promotional materials, information circulars, and other materials relating to elections and census studies held in the city.

1.3 Shared Management Services
This subseries contains records which deal with the number of services which were provided to many or all of the City's departments. This includes printing services, advertising and promotions, communications, information technology (IT) services, the Civic Garage, the legal department, the stores and works department, and the coordination of civic special events (such as VIP visits, anniversary celebrations and commemorations of historic events).

1.4 Mayor / Council Inquiries & Correspondence
This subseries contains correspondence, to and from the Mayor, Commissioners, and Councilors relating to issues raised for council action, including complaints and inquiries.

1.5 Departmental Reports / Policies
This subseries contains reports prepared by City departments, and policies and procedures they proposed to be approved by the Councilors.

1.6 Personnel / City Employees
This subseries contains correspondence and procedures dealing with city employees, including negotiations with unions, contract staff, benefits, and attendance at conferences.

1.7 Advisory and Standing Committees
This subseries contains correspondence, reports, action requests, and other administrative materials relating to committees struck by and reporting to City Council.

Commissioners' Reports

This series includes reports to City Council from the Commissioners. Council would request information from administration through the City Commissioners. The Commissioners would then submit reports to council, which were referenced in Council minutes. These reports were for informational purposes, but laid the foundation for decisions by Council on a variety of issues. This series has been divided into two subseries.

Orphaned Material

This series consists of photographs which mostly depict residential and commercial buildings, but there are also photos of individuals, events, civic infrastructure and facilities, and proposed developments. There are also maps and architectural drawings which are predominantly associated with plans for development and construction.

Financial

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' roll of overseeing the financial affairs of the City. Financial matters include taxation and assessment, guarantee deposits for tenders, budgets and estimates, all records relating to accounting (except payroll -see Series 1 Subseries 6) and investments, including debentures, loans and the sinking fund. This series contains the following subseries:

2.1 Taxation and Assessment
This subseries consists of records relating to the setting and collection of taxes for the City.

2.2 Budgets and Estimates
This subseries contains records of the budgeting and accounting processes of the City by the Commissioners.

2.3 Investments
This subseries includes the documents relating to the City's ability to raise and save funds.

Development and Planning

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' role of overseeing all issues of land ownership within the City's limits. Residential and industrial development had to be managed and eventually planned for. Standards were required for buildings and construction and the resulting enforcement duties. This series contains the following subseries:

3.1 Land
This subseries includes records dealing with the purchase, sale, and management of land resources within the city, including subdivision of land, easements, urban renewal, future planning, and land sales, leases and purchases.

3.2 Zoning
This subseries consists of records relating to the restrictions placed on development and changes to that system over the years.

3.3 Architects and Inspections
This subseries consists of the records generated between the Architect's Department and the Commissioners, including records relating to the enforcement of building and zoning bylaws, including the management of civic office buildings (such as the Civic Block).

3.4 Economic Development
This subseries consists of the records relating to the promotion of the City for tourism, conventions and other special events to encourage economic development.

Transportation

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' role of overseeing all issues of public transportation and mass transportation within the City's limits. The Commissioners were very involved in many issues and projects related to planning and implementing transportation corridors, for railways, industrial, and commercial uses as well as private vehicles. They were also responsible for the public transportation system within, and air traffic into, the City. This series contains the following subseries:

4.1 Airport(s)
This subseries consists of records relating to Edmonton's Municipal Airport (also known as the Industrial Airport, the City Centre Airport and Blatchford Field).

4.2 Public Transit
This subseries consist of records relating to the Edmonton Radial Railway system, and the street car and bus service in Edmonton, later known as the Edmonton Transit System.

Engineering

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' role of overseeing the work of the Engineering Department which included such tasks as roadway and sidewalk construction, coordination and construction on City properties, railway spur lines, and subdivision planning.

Utilities

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' role of overseeing the City's utilities. For many years the City operated most of the utilities services within the City. Eventually, many of these were sold off into private ownership or arm's length governing bodies. This series contains the following subseries:

6.1 Telephones
This subseries consist of records relating to the Edmonton Telephones System.

6.2 Power / Light
This subseries consist of records relating to Edmonton Power, the power plants, and the provision of street lighting in the City.

6.3 Water and Sanitation
This subseries consist of records relating to the provision of water to citizens, the water treatment plants, dumps, the incinerator, and other waste management works.

6.4 Natural Resources / Fuels
This subseries consist of records relating to gas and oil contracts, coal mining and other provisions for providing heat and fuels within the city.

Community Services

This series of records is related to the Commissioners' role of overseeing services for the citizens of Edmonton, from recreation and parks to relief during hard times. This series of records consists of those service branches dealing directly with the day to day needs of Edmontonians. This series contains the following subseries:

7.1 Parks
This subseries consists of records relating to the provision of green space for Edmontonians, including attractions such as the zoos, camping, and cemeteries.

7.2 Recreation Facilities
This subseries consists of records relating to organizations and facilities providing sports and recreation opportunities for the citizens of Edmonton.

7.3 Health and Emergency Services
This subseries consists of records relating to organizations and facilities providing health care services to Edmontonians. Also included are records relating to emergency services: firefighting, police, and ambulance provision.

7.4 Welfare
This subseries consists of records relating to the City's programs to assist Edmontonians who require support for their day-to-day living.

Wartime

During the First and Second World Wars the Commissioners took on a variety of duties relating to providing services to Edmontonians, serving as liaison for the delivery of Federal initiatives, and monitoring threats to civilians and the nation. Some post-war activities also generated the records found in this series. Subjects include air raid precautions, civil defense, military matters, rationing, immigration, deportation, and subversive activities, as well as the construction of the Cenotaph and Memorial Hall.

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