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Elections - record of elections

Series consists of handwritten, typed, and otherwise reproduced, signed originals of poll by poll and final tallies for general elections and a variety of by-law and other plebiscites. General elections were held for mayors (from 1886), aldermen ...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

Elections - voters' lists

Series consists of unsigned printed voters' lists 1886-1953 and, as of 1954, officially signed and sealed bound lists arranged by polling district. These relate to the gathering of the essential information required to document voting eligib...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

Board of Works minutes

Series consists of 27 minute books and 9 index books kept by the City Engineer. These are the minutes of the regular weekly and special meetings of the Board of Works, a standing committee of Council. They indicate the date and place of meetings...

Vancouver (B.C.). Board of Works

City Council Standing Committee minutes

Series consists of bound volumes of standing committees of Council minutes, presented in Council minutes style. Bound volumes arranged chronologically by start year.

Vancouver (B.C.). City Council

City Engineer's subject files

Series consists of records relating to a wide variety of subjects which concerned the Office of the City Engineer, inluding infrastructure (roads, bridges, sewer systems and harbour facilities); administrative and personnel matters; industry, espe...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Engineer

City by-laws

Series consists of official signed and sealed by-laws passed by City Council, the legislation of the governing body of the City of Vancouver. Series is complete from incorporation in April 1886. Many by-laws include appendices (e.g. financial da...

Vancouver (B.C.). City Council

City Accountant's cash books

Series consists of debit and credit journals which recorded "to cash" (accounts payable, e.g. engineering costs, health expenses, administrative expenses of boards and committees, and payroll), and "by cash" (accounts receivabl...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Accountant

Fire Department administration files

Series consists of general correspondence and subject files from the Administrative Division pertaining to City departments, monthly reports and statistics, minutes of meetings, recruitment, training, safety requirements, fire by-laws and miscella...

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

Medical Health Officer's subject files

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports, published articles, scrapbooks and photographs which document the wide variety of interests of the office of the Medical Health Officer. In most cases it is not evident fr...

Vancouver (B.C.). Medical Health Officer

Special funds financial records

Series consists of records documenting the financial transactions of various City trust accounts, such as the Sinking Fund, Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, Property Endowment Fund, Taylor Manor Fund.

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Treasurer

City agreements records

Series contains the City's agreements respecting engineering services, land issues, general maintenance services to City buildings, for prescription drugs (health services), and other matters. Agreements are originals, the earliest of them h...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

Debenture registers

Series consists of debenture registers and cash receipt book re issue of debentures.

Vancouver (B.C.). Revenue and Treasury Division

Business license registers

Series consists of annual registers which record the payment made by individuals and companies for licenses to carry on a profession, trade, or small business venture in Vancouver. They document many of the types of work or jobs carried out in a...

Vancouver (B.C.). License and Business Tax Office

City Clerk's Office outward correspondence

Series consists of bound volumes of letter press books containing copies of letters sent by the City Clerk to both internal and external addressees. Each bound volume contains an index of addressees.

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

City Council minutes

Series consists of the minutes of City Council meetings, the official record of the discussion and decision-making of the governing body of the City of Vancouver. Series is complete from incorporation in April 1886. The minutes are arranged chro...

Engineering Department technical drawings, maps and plans

Series consists of technical drawings, maps and plans for a variety of building and engineering projects. While some of these drawings originated with the Engineering Department, others were created by transportation, communication, or utility co...

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services

Mountain View Cemetery registers

Series consists of cemetery registers from Mountain View cemetery, which was surveyed for a City burial ground in November 1886. The cemetery registers consist of an alphabetic index to the volumes which record burials for sections of the cemeter...

Vancouver (B.C.). Health Department

Property tax assessment rolls

Series consists of assessment rolls for 1887-1889 and 1929-1977 which indicate owners' names and values of properties (1890-1928 rolls are missing). Holdings dated 1887-1955 are in original ledger form while those dated 1956-1977 are held in...

Vancouver (B.C.). Assessment Division

Building permit application architectural plans and drawings

Series consists of architectural plans and drawings which were submitted to City Hall as part of a building permit application. These were selected by the Archives for their historic interest, including downtown buildings, schools, churches, hosp...

Vancouver (B.C.). Permits and Licenses Department

Water application record books

Series consists of a record of applications for water service, in chronological order by date of application. Entries are numbered consecutively and the applicant's name, address, and city lot number are recorded. The earlier volume was beg...

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Law Department general correspondence

Series consists of correspondence of the City Solicitor's Office (to 1936), the Law Office (1937-1947), and the Law Department (from 1948), relating to legal advice to City offices and boards, and correspondence with Province of British Colum...

Vancouver (B.C.). Legal Services

Accounting ledgers

Series consists of records which document expenditures by City committees and departments, and movements of cash into and out of accounts.The series consists of a variety of types of bound volumes, which record expenditures at the level of individ...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Accountant

Elections - nomination papers

Series consists of nomination papers submitted by candidates for civic office prior to civic elections relating to the recordkeeping of required signatures of nominators and candidates. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

Water supply drawings

Series consists of maps, plans and profiles of the Vancouver water supply system and the area which supplies the system. Included are detailed technical drawings of pipes, joints and the mechanical systems. There are also a number of maps of the...

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Vancouver water service applications

Series includes, in addition to water applications, many installation orders, requisitions for meters, application and agreement forms, applications for supply service connection, and applications for fire service connection. More recent files co...

Vancouver (B.C.). Revenue and Treasury Division

Elections - warrants to fill vacancies

Series consists of one file containing warrants (originals signed and sealed) issued by the Mayor and Clerk to the Returning Officer calling for by-elections to fill mid-term vacancies on Council, the Park Board, and the School Board, according to...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

Water service record cards

Series, microfilmed by the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board for its own use, shows the top section of the water service record cards only. The "record of fixtures" was not filmed. Used by the Archives as a source which provides acce...

Vancouver (B.C.). Revenue and Treasury Division

Fire Department photographs

Series consists of photographs and negatives of staff members, equipment, activities, and offices of the Vancouver Fire Department. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Fire and Rescue Services

City Council Special Committee minutes

Series consists of minutes of special committees, boards, commissions, task forces, and of other "non-standing" committees of Council (although there is flexibility about what differentiates special and standing committees or what define...

Vancouver (B.C.). City Council

Gifts to the City

Series consists of objects or items that have been received as gifts by the City of Vancouver in the course of its interactions with sister cities, cities, governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals as well as gifts of recognition...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

Demolished and redeveloped heritage properties files

Series consists of building case files concerning permits to demolish heritage designated buildings typically containing heritage evaluation forms including photographs, as well as various reports, correspondence, news clippings, etc. Arranged al...

Vancouver (B.C.). Planning Department

Cancelled cheques

Series consists of 65 cheques signed by D. Oppenheimer, G. F. Baldwin, F. Cope, or R. A. Anderson. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Accountant

Vancouver and Burnaby levels and benchmarks surveying records

Series consists of surveying data for streets in Vancouver, Burnaby and Point Grey, including a bound volume recording levels and benchmarks for the city of Vancouver 1891-1903, and two files of miscellaneous benchmarks and field notes for Vancouv...

Vancouver (B.C.). Surveys Branch

City Council minutes indexes

Series consists of indexes to the City Council minutes (series COV-S31). The indexes were prepared by the Office of the City Clerk. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

City Engineer's incoming correspondence

Series consists of several sets of incoming correspondence relating to the City Engineer's public liaison and senior management activities. The earliest correspondents include the Canadian Pacific Railway Company; the early letters are addre...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Engineer

Water rates journals

Series consists of an incomplete sequence of water payments (1892-1893, 1900, 1902, ca. 1905?, 1914-1920). The 1892-1893 record indicates the company name, the volume of water consumed, and the associated costs; the 1900 and 1902 volumes show th...

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

South Vancouver by-laws

Series consists of by-laws for the years 1892-1928, along with alphabetical and chronological indexes. By-laws are arranged by by-law number.

South Vancouver (B.C.). Municipal Council

South Vancouver property tax assessment rolls

Series consists of bound property tax assessment rolls. Rolls for the years 1893-1895 are bound in separate volumes. Rolls for the years 1913-1927 are bound into one volume.

South Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the Assessor

City Clerk's Office report files

Series consists of reports (published and unpublished), some publicity brochures, a few unusual items (e.g. handwritten notes by the designer of the City's crest), and a small amount of correspondence related to certain report files, all asse...

Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Clerk

South Vancouver deeds, mortgages and agreements records

Series consists of deeds, mortgages, agreements and related documentation pertaining to the sale of land, property, electrical energy and so on. Also included are a list of deeds and agreements and an alphabetical index to agreements. Arranged n...

South Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the Municipal Clerk

Tax sale land records

Series includes records pertaining to the sale of land for taxes, applications for the "work for taxes" scheme, a record of sales of city tax sale properties, and comparative statements and monthly sales for tax sale lands and city owned...

Vancouver (B.C.). Properties Division

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