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William Hawrelak

The series consists of correspondence, invitations, meeting minutes, reports, daily journals, and speeches from William Hawrelak's different terms of office.

An order has been imposed on the material. The arrangement includes three subseries, which are as follows:

  • Subseries 1: 1951-1959
  • Subseries 2: 1963-1965
  • Subseries 3: 1974-1975

Hawrelak, William

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.

Valley Zoo

This sub-series contains records created in the planning and operation of the Storyland Valley Zoo. The material includes correspondence as well as records relating to administration, strategic planning, facility and exhibit development, animal acquisition and care, programming, finances, personnel, external organizations, and media coverage.

The sub-series includes photographs of animals and zoo facilities around 1970 (EA-20-623 to EA-20-633), as well as postcards of Edmonton and photos of Fort Edmonton Park (EA-20-635 to EA-20-641), and historic photographs of the construction of the High Level Bridge, Fort Edmonton, the Legislature, and the Edmonton Ski Club (EA-20-642 to EA-20-645). The subseries also includes a set of postcards depicting the Valley Zoo from ca. 1970 (EA-20-5471 to EA-20-5500).

The file list was arranged by type of record.

Edmonton Valley Zoo

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.

Universiade '83

The Parks and Recreation Department was very involved in the 1983 World University Games. The Department worked in conjunction with the Federation Internationale du Sportif Universitaire to schedule and prepare facilities for the games. The City of Edmonton also appointed an International Events Coordinator to deal almost exclusively with Universiade '83. The role of the Parks and Recreation Department also included finance and budgeting, transportation, and media and public relations.

This subseries includes administrative records including correspondence, reports, and minutes of committee meetings from the Universiade '83 Corporation and the City of Edmonton Parks and Recreation Department relating to the bid to host the 1983 World University Games and the subsequent organization of the event. There are also records relating to the organization and construction of facilities for Universiade '83, as well as correspondence, brochures, and programs from other major sporting events held in Edmonton and their relationship to Universiade '83. There are also bulletins, notices, and minutes of meetings from the Federation Internationale du Sportif Universitaire, and press clippings and media releases relating to Universiade '83.

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.

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
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