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Civic Properties

This series contains ledgers describing land purchased and owned by the City of Edmonton and used for conducting the business of the municipality, as well as certificates of ownership and duplicate certificates of title for select municipal properties.

Civil/Human Rights

This series consists of records described with the following sub-series: GALA Civil Rights Committee; Alberta Human Rights Commission; Canadian Human Rights Commission; Civil Rights Case Files; Human Rights Policies; Issues; Political Party Positions; and Provincial/Canadian Legislation. Information is included on numerous issues around achieving equitable rights for Edmonton’s (and more broadly Alberta’s) gay community, and the series is extensive in the range of gay and lesbian civil and human rights detailed. The textual material includes correspondence, meeting documents, newsletters, briefs and prepared submissions and presentations, and many news clippings and published article references.
The records are arranged as follows:

  • GALA Civil Rights Committee
  • Alberta Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Civil Rights – Case Files
  • Human Rights Policies
  • Issues
  • Political Party Positions
  • Provincial/Canadian Legislation

GALA Civil / Human Rights

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

Clubs/Entertainment Venues

This series consists of records of some of the clubs described above, but predominantly Club 70, The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose (ISCWR) and The Roost Nightclub. There are early administrative records for Club 70, as well as newsletters and photographs. ISCWR records include Coronation programs and information from the first coronation in 1976, and then further programs and records from courts held from 1985 to 2009. There are numerous event and promotion files for The Roost Nightclub, including monthly event calendars, broadsheets and flyers, news clippings and event posters. Included with the records were Roost Nightclub plaques and trophies.

Clubs / Entertainment Venues

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.

Committees

This series consists of material pertaining to committees and groups the EFCL was either the hosting organization, a member of, or gathered for information. This series best represents the EFCL’s mandate for community development and advocacy outside of their sports and programs.

Communications

This series contains lectures and speeches delivered by Fire Department staff to graduating classes of recruits, as well as at recruitment sessions, conferences, and special events. It also contains internal newsletters and information on fire safety, and material related to fire fighter training.

File List

  • File 1: Lectures (1971-1977)
  • File 2: Speeches (1973-1981)
  • File 3: Speeches (1982-1984)
  • File 4: Speeches (1985-1992)
  • File 5: Fire-Line (1990)
  • File 6: Fire-Line (1991)
  • File 7: Fire-Line (1993)
  • File 8: Fire-Line (1994)
  • File 9: Fire-Line (1996)

Communications

This series contains material relating to Edmonton Power's communications directly to the public through various publications. It contains examples of mass-produced publications intended to educate citizens about the department and the creation and use of electricity. It also contains samples of artwork and production proofs used to create the publications, as well as photos taken by the department to illustrate said publications.
The series has been divided into three subseries:

  • Subseries 1: Publications
  • Subseries 2: Artwork and Production Proofs
  • Subseries 3: Photographs

Community Leagues

This series consists of records from the Community Leagues that joined the EFCL. The EFCL collected documents from the Leagues for administrative and informational purposes. These documents include incorporation records, membership lists, administrative material, correspondence, and publications relevant to the individual leagues.

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.

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