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Swimming pools

Subseries is divided into two categories: correspondence, plans and reports pertaining to specific swimming pools; and correspondence regulations and reports pertaining to swimming pools in general.

Health inspection cards

Subseries consists of cards arranged alphabetically by street name. A one line entry registers the date of inspection and the Inspector's remarks on the condition of the premises. The series is available on microfilm only. Dates are approximate.


In addition to health-related regulations and blueprints, this subseries includes dental and public health photographs and negatives, miscellaneous statistics (1953-1963), and health inspection report forms (June 1973).

Correspondence files

Subseries includes correspondence 1977-1985, inquiries 1983-1986, and invitations 1981-1986. Arranged chronologically.

Subject files

This subseries includes subject files used both in Ford's administration of City matters and Greater Vancouver Regional District affairs. Due to the voluminous nature of the series, the records have been appraised at the item level. Earlier files, created between the 1970's and 1980's were transferred by Marguerite Ford when clearing her office after her defeat in the civic election of 1986 and should be read in context with the earlier access of the records. Arranged alphabetically by file title and chronologically within each file.

Newspaper clippings

Subseries contains newspaper clippings which reflect Kennedy's interest in urban planning and in Vancouver's civic political scene.

Subject files

Subseries consists of correspondence, notes and briefs on the third crossing, development in the downtown area and the West End, as well as civic and provincial elections.

Subject files

These files include such items as inter-office memos, reports and briefs from City departments and community groups, copies of letters by Harcourt and others, agendas and minutes of meetings from Council committees and various community committees, handwritten notes, petitions, and supporting material for Council discussions. Some of the documents are underlined or annotated. When they were received, the subject files were in roughly alphabetical order by file title. The small discrepancies from alphabetical order were then corrected.

Correspondence files

These files include correspondence and memos from other City departments and officials, as well as Harcourt's correspondence with his constituents and officials in other cities. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the name of the writer (or by the name of the recipient if the correspondence was initiated by Harcourt). One file usually corresponds to one letter of the alphabet, but not all letters of the alphabet are represented. The files include both incoming letters and copies of outgoing letters.

Personal files

Subseries consists of correspondence and personal essays, as well as photographs, correspondence, notes and reviews related to his books "Vancouver Tomorrow" and "Vancouver - Fight For It or Lose It". Arranged alphabetically.

Subject files

Subseries includes correspondence, reports, memos, briefs, notices and minutes of meetings relating to Pendakur's career as alderman. Many files highlight his special areas of interest including the waterfront, transportation, False Creek, Gastown, human rights and the P.N.E. Arranged alphabetically.

Blocks 42/52 development

Subseries consists of correspondence and reports re the 1967 proposal by Eaton's and the Fairview Corporation to develop Blocks 42 and 52 in the downtown area. Arranged by subject and chronologically within each subject.

Subject files

These records are files compiled by Woodside in his capacity as chairman of the Bridges and Railways Committee and as alderman. The material in the Bridges and Railways Committee files contains information on the construction of the Georgia Viaduct, the Main Street bridge, False Creek seawall and North Vancouver ferry subway. Later records also deal with grain elevators and the United Farmers of Alberta. Files on the Hastings Townsite annexation and the site investigation for the Vancouver airport include correspondence and notes typed by Woodside in order to record the chronology of the events.

Christ Church Cathedral redevelopment plan

Subseries consists of correspondence, briefs and reports re the 1972 proposal to demolish Christ Church Cathedral and redevelop the property. Arranged by subject and chronologically within each subject.


This subseries includes only one piece of correspondence, from Major J. S. Matthews to Woodside thanking him for a recent donation of Woodside's records.


This subseries includes miscellaneous pamphlets and booklet souvenirs collected by Woodside. One interesting item is an election broadside for Louis D. Taylor, former Mayor of Vancouver 1936.

Special Committee papers

Subseries contains papers on Arbutus and 25th shopping centre, Centennial Project and Gastown/Chinatown development correspondence. Arranged alphabetically.

Subject files

Subseries contains information re blocks 42/52, C.P.R., Fairview Slopes, False Creek, etc. Arranged alphabetically.

Correspondence files

Subseries consists of files which document Sandra Wilking's involvement with multiculturalism and race relations. Arranged chronologically.

Subject files

Subseries consists of files which document Sandra Wilking's involvement with various concerns, specifically multiculturalism, race relations, Chinatown area development, taxes and transit. Arranged alphabetically.

Prevention Contract Services files

Subseries consists of records pertaining to federal, provincial and Vancouver School Board health services delivered on a contract basis by the Vancouver Health Department.

Facilities development files

Subseries consists of two albums of photographs documenting the restoration of Barclay Manor (1447 Barclay Street, formerly referred to as Park Site 19), a once gracious Edwardian residence turned rooming house. Also documented is the structural restoration of the neighbouring Weeks house (1459 Barclay Street). Some textual information is included in the albums.

Prevention Services files

Subseries contains records pertaining to prevention services, including the following: screening programs; dental services; communicable disease control and immunization; abuse and family violence prevention; perinatal services; geriatric services; immigrant and refugee services; mental health services; Native Indian health services; nutrition services; occupational health programs; and speech and hearing programs.


Subseries consists of correspondence, memos and reports to and from the various Fire Department divisions, either created or received by the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chiefs, or copied to them by the divisions.

Smoking prevention and cessation files

Subseries contains records pertaining to amendments to health by-laws concerning smoking in the workplace and public buildings. Subseries also includes records pertaining to smoking prevention and cessation programs delivered by the department.

Legislated Program Area (Environmental Health) files

Subseries contains records pertaining to services provided in compliance with provincial health legislation, including health inspections, community care facilities licensing, communicable disease control, pollution control and other community and environmental health services.

General Services files

Subseries contains files pertaining to the delivery of services by the City Analyst's Laboratory; Mountain View Cemetery; and homemakers, volunteers and nursing liaison services. Subseries also includes files pertaining to student training, health promotion, health planning and policy, alcohol abuse and smoking.

Tipping bucket gauge registers

Series consists of bound volumes containing daily measurements of precipitation in Vancouver. The measurements were taken by a tipping bucket gauge at City Hall and are given in inches, to 100ths of an inch. Brief comments on weather conditions, such as "sunny" and "overcast - mild", are also often given.

Government programs and committees files

Subseries contains files pertaining to the Vancouver Health Department's participation in programs and committees administered by federal, provincial, municipal and regional government branches and agencies, including the Vancouver Regional Hospital District.

[Rain and snow fall registers]

Series consists of bound volumes containing daily measurements of precipitation at different locations in Vancouver, including City Hall, from 1913 to 1955. They are collected by month, usually one volume per year. Measurements are given in inches, to 100ths of an inch. Brief comments on weather conditions, such as "sunny" and "overcast - mild", are also often given.

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