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Electrical Division contract files

Series consists of files numbered "Contract 94" through "Contract 105" containing general correspondence and progress estimates for street lighting contracted out to private electrical firms. General correspondence files begin with a list of the letters contained in the file, giving date sent or received, name of correspondent and subject matter. File contents include contracts, tenders, schedules and estimates, engineering drawings, and inspection certificates. Progress estimates are detailed accounts of costs incurred, sent periodically from the contractor to the City Electrician. Files numbered "Contract 57" through "Contract 92" were disposed of in 1977 and never microfilmed. Arranged by contract number.

Vancouver (B.C.). Electrical Division

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 as well as names of committee members, staff and delegations present. Included in the minutes are: reports to the Board of Works by the Engineering Department regarding matters pertaining to the operation, activities, and mandate of the department; Board consideration and approval of work by the Water Works Department; recommendations to City Council by the Board; statements of tenders received and recommendations for acceptance; correspondence regarding requests for work from individuals and companies and decisions by the Board; communications with other bodies and committees; and statements of accounts and recommendations for payment. Also recorded are references to employee relations, wages, pensions, conditions of work, and employee grievances and petitions. Beginning with the January 12, 1937 meeting, the minutes contain a separate water section report. Minute books from 1 to 25 are indexed, but volumes 26 and 27 are without indexes. Volumes 4 to 12 and 15 to 18 have indexes attached to the inside of their back covers, while the indexes for the other volumes (13, 14 and 19 to 24) are in separate volumes (28 to 36). On the microfilm, the index for each volume precedes it. Arranged chronologically with index volumes at end.

Vancouver (B.C.). Board of Works

Senior Psychologist's subject files

Series consists primarily of journal articles and reports of research on a variety of mental health issues. Some correspondence is also included. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Vancouver (B.C.). Health Department

Metric Conversion Committee reference files

Series consists of the records of the Metric Conversion Committee, which was formed in January 1977 to coordinate metric conversion planning for the City in compliance with federal and provincial requirements. Senior representatives of civic departments met monthly to develop conversion plans for their departments, develop conversion budgets, and schedule training for employees.
Records consist of photocopies of minutes of committee meetings, and supporting documents relating to metric conversion, including newsletters, reports, and surveys. The minutes are arranged in chronological order.

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

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 Vancouver, Burnaby and Point Grey. The bound volume is arranged alphabetically by street name and indexed, with occasional sketches and profiles interleaved. The files contain notebooks, loose papers, and street maps arranged in no apparent order.

Vancouver (B.C.). Surveys Branch

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.

Vancouver (B.C.). Engineering Services

Board of Works meeting files

Series consists of incoming letters from private companies or individuals brought before the Board of Works relating to the construction and maintenance of road, sewer, and water systems kept by the City Engineer. Arranged chronologically by Board of Works meeting dates.

Vancouver (B.C.). Board of Works

City Electrician's files

Series consists of subject files which include correspondence, reports, tables and technical drawings; financial and inspection record books; one set of drawings; and photocopied minutes of the Technical Planning Board's Zoning and Real Estate Sub-committee (1951-1960). Filing units are arranged by starting year.

Vancouver (B.C.). Electrical Department

Electrical Division subject and departmental files

Series consists of two sets of electrical subject and departmental files, which were probably kept by two engineers or two offices. Records pertain to a broad range of administrative and operational matters concerning installation and maintenance of electrical services, including inspection and licensing. Set 1 (1949-1968) records are in original paper form, while set 2 (1948-1974, microfilmed 1985) is microfilm copy. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Electrical Division

Board of Works reports to City Council

Series consists of the City Engineer's set of Board of Works reports (1906-1956), Board of Administration reports (1956-1974), and City Manager's reports (1974-1977), relating to engineering matters, which were forwarded to City Council for adoption, and signed by the City Clerk. Each volume contains an index. Arranged chronologically.

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

Electrical Division project files

Series consists of two sets of electrical project files, which were probably kept by two engineers or two offices. Records pertain to the electrical aspects of a wide variety of city-wide sites, as well as to overall systems such as traffic signals, street lighting, fire alarms, radio signal transmitters, and utility poles. Set 1 (1930-1971) is in original paper form, while set 2 (1941-1975, microfilmed 1985) is microfilm copy. The two offices sometimes worked on the same projects, but neither set contains all projects (records are usually not duplicated). Arranged in two sets of numerical sequences by project numbers.

Vancouver (B.C.). Electrical Division

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

Road Operations Branch correspondence

Series consists of general correspondence pertaining to the construction and maintenance of roadways, including reports to City Hall, complaints, letters regarding accidents and claims, and reports on snow removal. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Streets Division

Water Works Department plumbing record

Series consists of a record of plumbing work done on houses and buildings in the city, as well as existing plumbing fixtures at each location. Entries list the city lot number, street name, date, owner, number and type of fixtures at that location, the plumber's name, remarks, and cost. Arranged according to location by district lot number.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Water Works Department valve inventory

Series consists of a large valve inventory compiled for reference purposes. It contains 160 pages of descriptions and accompanying drawings of valves at cross streets and other city locations. Indicated are valve sizes, number of turns required to open or close a valve, exact locations, type of valve (e.g. vertical, gate, etc.), sizes of bypasses, and characteristics of valve chambers. Includes alphabetical street name contents list. This record may have been compiled shortly after the amalgamation of Vancouver, Point Grey, and South Vancouver. Arranged more or less in alphabetical order by associated street name.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Sewerage records

Series consists of an assortment of records pertaining to the costs of sewerage installation and maintenance. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water and Sewers Division

Street banner program records

Series consists of notes, photographs, media kits and banners relating to the Committee's activities to document the artists' work and the hanging of the banners on Vancouver streets. Arranged into three subseries: Administrative files, Photographs and Banners. The artists whose works are included: Boque Babiki (1967), Nick Bantock (2003), Alistair Bell (1996), Arts Umbrella students (1997), Elizabeth Bell (2002), Sam Black (1990), Genny Chapman (1968), Diana Zoe Coop (1994), Joe David (1978), Robert Davidson (1978), Friedrich Peter (1995), Herb Gilbert (1970), Sherry Gower (1976), Marnie Healy (1988), David Hornblow (1984, 1986 & 1998), Gale Hunter (1969), Don Jarvis (1993), Marken Joysen (1972, 1975 & 1980), Julie Kemble (1985), Roy Keyooka (1960), Rudy Kovak (1965, 1980, 1986 & 2006), Lavina Lightbaun (1973), Bill McLennan (1983), Michael Morris (1976), Len Norris (1980), Toni Onley (1989), Mrs. Popperwell (1974), Margaret Rankin (1988), Elizabeth Rathje (2000), Geof Reese (1964), Bill Reid (1986, 1991, 2001), Evelyn Roth (1979), Jack Shadbolt (1976, 1977 & 1992), Barbara Shelly (1982), Gordon Smith (1976), Jane Sutherland (1981), Takao Tanabe (1962 & 1963), The Design Works (1987), Alan Wood (2000), and Heather Woodall (1971).

Vancouver (B.C.). Street Decoration Committee

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

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 begun by the Vancouver Water Works Company, a private utility which supplied the city's water before the City took it over.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

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 the owner's name and payment record; the 1919 volume contains also plumbing details (e.g. no. of toilets). A separate volume contains properties which were deemed out of the ordinary and is complete for 1914-1920. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Department

Law Department special files

Series consists of case files on significant City legal issues, e.g. amalgamations, land and property matters (including disputes with railway companies), etc. Also included are two files of photographs which were kept for their historical interest only. Arranged alphabetically by case file title (with the photographs at the end).

Vancouver (B.C.). Legal Services

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 addressed to the City Engineer, to City Council, to the City Clerk, or to the Board of Works. Arranged chronologically.

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

Water Works Committee reports to Committee and Council

Series consists of reports of the City Engineer to the Water Works Committee, and reports of the Committee to Council (the 1910 volume contains only the former) kept by the City Engineer. The 1937-1940 volume consists of Board of Works reports on water matters, as the Board had taken over these responsibilities when the Waterworks Committee was abolished. Each bound volume has an index attached to the back cover. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Committee

Water Works Committee minutes

Series consists of minutes of the regular and special meetings of the Water Works Committee kept by the City Engineer. Included are Water Works Department reports, department requests for approval (and a record of the decision), Committee recommendations to Council, incoming correspondence from the public, copies of related by-laws, incoming correspondence from the public, copies of related by-laws, documentation of relations with contractors and employees, and with adjoining municipalities. Each bound volume has an index attached to the back cover. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver (B.C.). Water Works Committee

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 Columbia offices on legislative issues. Arranged in annual sets and therein alphabetically by subject.

Vancouver (B.C.). Legal Services

Records of Arthur Phillips

Series consists of correspondence, memos, notices of meetings, reports, briefs and speeches relating to his career as alderman and as mayor. The correspondence is primarily between Phillips and the general public during his years as alderman. A large number of newspaper clippings, arranged by month, have been collected from his time as mayor. As well, there are newspaper clippings and miscellaneous papers relating to Phillips' concerns as mayor. These include the creation of the Granville Mall, the False Creek development, the purchase of the Orpheum Theatre, as well as in general housing, planning, taxation and immigration policies of that period. Arranged by form of records, and chronologically in each division.

Phillips, Arthur

Park Board - Board meeting agendas

Series consists of agendas which list guests and delegations, summarize correspondence received, identify committee reports, and include information items. Some recommendations are also included. Arranged chronologically.

Vancouver Park Board. Administrative and Revenue Services Division

Park Board - Board Committee minutes

Series consists of minutes of various committees struck by the Park Board. The committees include Park Sites, Finance, Works, Utilities, Sports, Music, Theatre, Public Relations, Community Buildings, as well as Special Committees to investigate specific matters. The series is arranged chronologically.

Vancouver Park Board

Park Board Director of Recreation Services' subject files

Series consists of reports, minutes and correspondence from the Office of the Director of Recreation Services Division, Board of Parks and Recreation. The records are arranged chronologically by year and, within these divisions, the records are arranged alphabetically by subject. A block numeric classification system - which corresponds to an alphabetic arrangement - was applied in 1970 and 1971.

Vancouver Park Board. Recreation Services

Park Board Superintendent's subject files

Series consists of correspondence, minutes and reports from the office of the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. Arranged chronologically and alphabetically by subject. A block numeric system - which corresponds to an alphabetic arrangement - was applied in 1970 and 1971.

Vancouver Park Board. Superintendent

Park Board correspondence

Series consists of correspondence and reports of the Park Board and represents various administrative offices which made up the Board. Records are arranged by accrual and within each accrual, chronologically.

Vancouver Park Board

Park Board payroll files

Series consists primarily of payroll records relating to unemployed relief work projects sponsored by the Park Board during the Depression. There are listings of the men hired and wages paid, as well as budget figures for various projects.

Vancouver Park Board

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