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The Papers of the Edmonton Town/City Secretary (1892-1912)

This series includes all incoming and outgoing correspondence and several administrative registers. The correspondence deals with all matters involving the Town, in particular municipal elections, water and sewer extensions, electric lighting, the street railway system, immigration, the sale of Town debentures, taxation, property alterations, and numerous petitions for extended services. The records have been classified according to subject and provided with an index.

This series contains the following classes:

  • Class 1: Outgoing correspondence, 1892-1894
  • Class 2: Outgoing correspondence, 1894-1896
  • Class 3: Incoming correspondence, 1895-1896
  • Class 4: Outgoing correspondence and census report, 1896-1899
  • Class 5: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1902-1903
  • Class 6: Plumbing undertaken for private citizens, 1902-1906
  • Class 7: Debentures sold, 1893-1906
  • Class 8: Electric metre recordings and payments, 1903
  • Class 9: Receipts and disbursements, 1903-1905
  • Class 10: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1904
  • Class 11: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1905
  • Class 12: Register and index of new buildings, 1905-1911
  • Class 13: Outgoing correspondence to various school districts, 1905-1907
  • Class 14: Electric light register, 1905-1906
  • Class 15: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1906
  • Class 16: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1907
  • Class 17: Debenture register, 1906-1910
  • Class 18: Electric metre books, 1907
  • Class 19: Electric metre books, 1908
  • Class 20: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1908
  • Class 21: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1909
  • Class 22: City Council Finance Committee, recommendations for payment, 1909-1911
  • Class 23: Disbursements, 1909-1911
  • Class 24: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1910
  • Class 25: Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1911-1912

The Vocal Minority Music Society/Edmonton Vocal Minority

This series consists of records primarily created by The Vocal Minority Music Society, and includes administrative records as well as records around their activities and associations. There is a collection of published music and a file of photographs related to both the VMS and EVM. Included with the papers are EVM programs and GALA Festival information along with one EVM newsletter

The Vocal Minority Music Society / Edmonton Vocal Minority

Theatre for Children

The photographs in this series depict theatrical productions put on by the Recreation Department and the Junior League of Edmonton. The program was called Theatre for Children, and most productions took place at Victoria Composite High School, though a few were also held at the Jubilee Auditorium. In the 1960s the program expanded to include The Playground Players, which offered outdoor theatrical productions in the community. This series includes photographs of most of the productions undertaken from 1954 until 1966, when the Junior League handed the program over to the Junior Arts Council. The series also includes photographs of dance workshops for children and a concert held at Borden Park.

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.

University of Alberta Gay Organizations

This series consists of just five files, but as records accrue, this series is expected to expand. The extant files are all related to GALOC except for one poster pertaining to Women’s Studies on campus. GATE records are described in Series 1, and editions of 'The Pink Triangle' newspaper are listed as part of Series 13. Campus Pride Festival events and activities were kept where they were originally located with the Pride planning files described in Series 5. Finally, one file related to ELGRO mentioned in the history is located with Box 36, folder 54.

University of Alberta Gay Organizations

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.

Vernis McCuaig

File List
File 1: Personal records - includes:

  • programme, 'Death Of A Salesman', Citadel Theatre, Mar. 23 – Apr. 12, 1966, (role - The Woman)
  • news clipping of article on fashion, with photo of Vernis’s daughter, Cathie Christie, modeling
  • Scrapbook pages - includes news clippings re: Vernis and daughters Sharon, Ann, and Kathy modeling in newspaper advertisements. (O/S Box 1)

McCuaig, Vernis Clifton Christie

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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