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Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services Series
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Engineering Administration housekeeping subject files

Series comprises records from the 1975-1980 Central Registry Files of the Engineering Department, relating to its administration, general services and involvement in community planning. The documents include minutes and related materials of meetings of the Engineering Department and committees, organizational charts, reports, correspondence and notes to the file. The files are arranged in their original order.

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Bridge engineer J. R. Grant's subject files

Series consists of consulting engineer Grant's private files (not City files) containing correspondence, plans, news clippings, maps, and notebooks relating to the design and construction of bridges in Vancouver, Victoria, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services

Water works distributing journals

Series consists of accounting records of the Waterworks Dept., including administrative and operational expenses. 1929-1933 records are missing. After 1933 the record is called "Distributing Journal". Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Local improvements miscellany

Series consists of an assortment of recordkeeping ledgers and a scrapbook pertaining to local improvements.

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Water works register of appropriations for roadwork

Series consists of a register listing all instances of roadwork, drainwork, etc. It is possible to determine the date of the work, the portion of a street for which work was completed, and the cost of the work by looking up a street name. The date sequence appears complete. Arranged alphabetically by street name.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Vancouver bridge records

Series consists of a variety of records relating to the planning, designing, and opening of Vancouver's bridges. Included are plans for the Connaught Bridge (1910) and the Burrard Street Bridge (1930-1931), Granville Street Bridge (1952), photographs of the Granville Street Bridge (1954), and motion picture films on the building of the Granville Street Bridge (1954) and the Cambie Street Bridge (1986). Filing units arranged chronologically by start date.

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Engineering Department contract register

Series consists of a record of work contracted to private businesses by the City. The majority of these contracts are for paving streets and sidewalks, but there are also a number of contracts for the construction of public buildings and the installation of utilities. The contracts are divided into two sections, "Current" and "Completed" and indexed by contract name (e.g. Charles Dickens School, Heating) and name of contractor. Each register sheet lists type of work, location, fund, date, contractor, and expenditure.

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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 companies and approved by the Engineering Department. Arranged in no apparent order.

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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 North Vancouver creeks which supply the water system. A third group are linen drawings of tenders, submitted for pipes and other materials in the system. Lastly, there are engineering profiles of the creeks involved in the system.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Photographs of Council meetings and special events

Series consists of selected photographs and negatives which relate to Council presentations and internal City events. Events photographed include: Council presentations to retirees, Civic Merit awards, Freedom of the City, Citizen Peace awards, 25 years service awards, Inaugural Council, Mayor and Council photographs, visiting dignitaries, Engineering retirement parties, plaque honoring employees who gave their lives at work presentation, Tree Canada Foundation presentation, International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, Civic recognitions and civic awards. Engineering staff Jack Bell, Roger Kwan, Barb Stetski, and Jeannette Black served as City photographers and attended these events at the request of the City Clerk or department managers. Arranged chronologically.

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Transportation Planning Engineer Expo 86 files

Series consists of correspondence, informal reports, City reports, consultants' reports, notes to file, minutes of the Transportation Working Group and the Expo Traffic Operations Group, and architectural drawings of sites, relating to transportation and traffic planning activities of committees of Provincial, Expo, and City officials for Expo 86. Textual records arranged chronologically; oversize maps and architectural drawings are a separate chronological sequence.

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Engineering Department annual correspondence

Series consists of registry copies of correspondence and associated records, including reports, memoranda, hand-written notes, maps and other materials, emanating from all functional areas of Engineering between 1905 and 1974.

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services

Engineering Department old policy files

Series consists of about 300 subject files documenting policy development over a long period. Arranged in policy number order.

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services

Georgia Viaduct and Granville Street Bridge photographs

Series relates to documenting major City projects in progress and completed. Contained are the following photographs.
CVA 216-1 (88 photographs): 1 album documenting the Georgia Viaduct replacement carried out by Phillips, Barratt, Hiller, Jones and Partners (photographers Campbell Studio, 25 Apr. 1969 - 18 Oct. 1971) - in this album is a photograph of Vie's Chicken & Steak House at 209 Union Street (item number CVA 216-1.23);
CVA 216-2 (44 photographs): 1 scrapbook showing new Granville Street Bridge construction (photographer title page Commercial Illustrators, remaining 43 photographs Parry Films Ltd., ca. 1951-1954), includes specifications for the Granville Street Bridge;
CVA 216-3 to CVA 216-6: miscellaneous photographs dated ca. 1920-1924 (photographers unknown);
CVA 216-7 to CVA 216-35: photographs documenting demolition of "Old" Georgia Viaduct (photographer A. J. Ingram, employee of the Engineering Department).

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Main Street sea wall construction photographs

Series relates to the construction of the Main Street sea wall which was "partially completed under terms of contract with Canadian National Railways (cost to C.N.R. $243,103)" (ref case file). The work took place 11 Nov. 1915 until 17 Oct. 1917. Images show C.N.R. wharf and surroundings (some show closeups). Includes key map which documents vantage points of all the photographs.

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Engineering Department miscellaneous photographs

Series consists of glass negatives on a variety of subjects pertaining to City Engineering Services. These include building, road and railway construction; Vancouver street scenes; damage to roads and structures; scenes of the city after heavy snowfalls; the 1914 Labour Day Parade; pipelines (probably sewerage pipelines); and a blasting accident and fire at Hastings Townsite. Series also includes some negatives taken outside Vancouver, including views of Capilano River and North and West Vancouver Ferry docks.

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Rain gauge registers

Series consists of bound volumes containing daily measurements of precipitation in Vancouver.

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services

Engineering Department slide collection

Series consists of images (slides) taken in support of Engineering Department work performed in the 1970s and 1980s. Major projects undertaken in this time that are documented in this series include the construction of the Expo Line (Skytrain), the construction and opening of the 1985 Cambie Street Bridge, the cleanup of the shoreline around False Creek and building of the Seawall, and the conversion of Granville Mall to pedestrian use.

Other images in this series show work at the Vancouver Landfill in Burns Bog (Delta, BC), construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, sewers, waterworks, lighting, and parks throughout the city, and Engineering equipment and facilities.

Individual image titles are taken from the database used by the Engineering department to organize and catalogue the images. The titles tend to relate to projects and activities, and are not always reflective of the content of the images. 991 images were not identified in this database and are currently untitled. Images in this series were taken by City employee Alan (Al) Ingram.

Series also includes one subseries of textual records (subseries 1 - Supplementary paperwork) used to organize the images.

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services

Engineering Department traffic accident index cards

Series consists of index cards containing compiled information about fatal traffic accidents in the City of Vancouver. Information recorded on the cards includes date, time, location and type of accident. Some cards also mention persons involved in the accident. There are two sets of cards, one organized chronologically, and one organized by street name.

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services