This series consists of textual records and photographs created by the Engineer's Department. The series includes the following classes:
Class 1: Administration, 1915-1962
This class contains information relating to the various tasks involved in administering the City Engineer's Department. The department maintained a large fleet of vehicles and equipment and was responsible for a large number of employees. Much of the correspondence in this class refers to these two subjects as well as inspections and testing of products and machinery, safety, and accidents involving the City Engineer's Department. There is also a substantial amount of general correspondence relating to a wide variety of subject matter.
This class has been divided into the following subclasses: Accidents; Safety; Machinery and Equipment; Inspections and Testing; Personnel; General Correspondence.
Class 2: Airports, 1933-1960
This class contains information relating to the development and administration of the Municipal Airport. The correspondence includes information on user groups and maintenance. There is also some material relating to the operation and use of the Cooking Lake Sea Plane Base.
Class 3: Bridges, 1908-1957
This class contains information relating to the construction and maintenance of city bridges, in particular, the High Level, Low Level, Fifth Street, and Groat Road Bridges. There is also information pertaining to the Canadian Pacific, the Canadian National, and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railways, as well as correspondence relating to traffic control on bridges.
Class 4: Civic Departments, 1926-1962
This class contains correspondence with different civic departments on matters relating to the City Engineer's Department. This includes budgets, financial statements, and estimates of expenditure; answers to inquiries from the City Commissioners; health and safety issues; and legal correspondence relating mostly to leases and agreements.
This class has been divided into the following sub-classes: Edmonton Board of Health; City Commissioners; City Solicitor; Finance Department; Parks Department.
Class 5: Civil Defence, 1953-1957
This class contains information relating to the involvement of the City Engineer's Department in preparations for civil defence in the case of war. Interdepartmental correspondence is included as well as provincial and federal newsletters on the subject.
Class 6: Coal Mining, 1923-1933
This class contains correspondence relating to the impact of mining activity and its impact on construction and road development in Edmonton.
Class 7: Garbage Collection, Incinerators & Dumpsites, 1931-1959
This class contains information relating to the collection and disposal of garbage and the use and selection of dumpsites, all of which were the responsibility of the City Engineer's Department. Correspondence relating to the operation and maintenance of City incinerators, and the problems associated with them, is also included.
Class 8: Gravel Pits, 1940-1959
This class contains correspondence with the City Engineer's Department relating to arrangement for the use of City gravel pits.
Class 9: Street Improvements, Alterations & Repairs, 1921-1960
This class contains correspondence relating to the different areas of improvements undertaken by the City Engineer's Department. These include the acquisition of property to allow development; response to complaints about street, lane, and sidewalk conditions; and easements and encroachments.
This class has been divided into the following subclasses: Local Improvements; Easements & Encroachments.
Class 10: Planning & Transportation Development, 1938-1962
This class contains information relating to the City Engineer's Department's involvement in different areas of planning and development, such as the resubdivision and replotting of land to assist in future growth. There is also correspondence from the Technical Planning Board, as well as material relating to different annexation proposals. There is also material relating to the development of improved traffic routes through the city.
Class 11: Railways, 1913-1960
This class contains correspondence with the City Engineer's Department relating to the different railway companies, notably the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the Canadian National Railway Company. Subject matter includes maintenance agreements in connection with bridges, spur tracks, and the operation of level crossings.
Class 12: Roadways, 1923-1961
The bulk of the correspondence in this class relates to bridge and road improvements during the 1920s and 1930s. These two subjects were interrelated and were filed together by the City Engineer's Department. Correspondence relating to street and lane closures, paving and subways were also included.
This class has been divided into the following subclasses: Road Improvements; Paving; Subways; Street Cleaning and Snow Removal.
Class 13: Sewers & Drainage, 1901-1958
This class contains information relating to the planning, construction, and improvement of sewer and drainage services in Edmonton. Such subject matters as charges and assessment, flooding claims, and sewage treatment plants are also included.