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City Council letterbook

Series consists of copies of letters sent outward by the City Clerk, mostly communications ordered by Council.

Because the letters were bound chronologically, access is most effective using the alphabetical indexes to the letterbooks. Indexes for 1870 to 1893 are bound in at the beginning of the corresponding letterbooks, providing an alphabetical listing of names of correspondents, whether persons or organizations. Independent indexes providing similar listings are available for 1894 to 1973 (CR-0010), although these indexes also provide in addition a note on the topic of each letter. Subject access can also be obtained through the topical index (CR-0015), which covers the period from 1914 to 1974.

The series is relatively complete, with only a few gaps within years from 1902 to 1908. The first two letterbooks cover 1 April 1870 to 7 April 1873 and 31 March 1870 to 10 June 1875 respectively. The latter volume covers mostly mid 1873 to 1875 but there is still considerable overlap.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

City Council letterbook index

Series consists of an index to letters sent outward (CR-0009).

Each volume is divided into alphabetical sections. Within each section the names of correspondents, whether persons or organizations, are listed chronologically throughout the year. The index also provides in addition a note on the topic of each letter.

See also the indexes to individual letterbooks before 1893 (CR-0009) and the topical index (CR-0015).

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

Special City Council correspondence inward

Series consists of letters received by the City Clerk from different City departments, community organizations, the federal and provincial governments, professional organizations, and municipalities throughout the world.

Although there are letters dating back to 1908, most of the material dates from the mid 1930's. There are two sequences of records within this series; the first ranging from the earliest material to the 1950s, and the second covering the 1950s through to 1973. This correspondence is arranged by subject and is filed either by received stamp number or chronologically. If the letter received originated within the City administration there will be no received stamp number, it will not be listed in the communications received index (CR-0014), and the file will be arranged chronologically. If the material received originated outside the City administration it will be arranged according to received stamp number and will be listed in the index.

Council meeting agendas, originally described as part of this series, were transferred to CR-0327 (Council Agendas) in 2006.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

City Council communications received

Series consists of letters received by the Clerk's Office, other than those received primarily from internal and external governmental agencies (for which see CR-0013).

The material is arranged chronologically by received stamp number. "File numbers" (as provided in the file list for this series) combine file and item numbers; for example, "089 001-078" refers to file 89, items 1 through 78. "Reference" numbers are consecutive numbers given to individual items regardless of which file they are part of. In other words, reference numbers "31114-31266" are another way of pointing to the same items indicated by the file numbers "089 001-078".

Access to these records is provided by the communications received index (CR-0014), which is arranged chronologically by received stamp number and includes for each entry the sender and subject. Access can also be obtained through the topical index (CR-0015).
For other series of letters received, see CR-0011 (1862-1916) and CR-0013 (special correspondence inward).

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Miscellaneous City Council files

Series consists of correspondence, declarations, petitions, briefs, and certificates relating to Council business that were either orphaned from their original filing systems or retained by the Clerk because they did not fit within the regular series of Council records.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

City Council correspondence inward

This 31 cm of correspondence is all that remains of the letters received by the City Clerk before 1940.

The correspondence covers a wide range of subjects, but there is no alphabetical subject index to it. A chronological item-level descriptive list, however, provides some access to correspondents and subjects for the existing letters. All correspondence inward from 1893 onwards, whether existing or not, is indexed chronologically in the communications received index (CR-0014).
For other series of letters received, see CR-0012 (1940-1974) and CR-0013 (special correspondence inward).

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City Council communications received index

Series consists of an index to three series of letters inward: correspondence inward (CR-0011), communications received (CR-0012), and special correspondence inward (CR-0013).

The entries are arranged by received stamp number, and provide information on date of receipt, sender, and topic.

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Topical index to City Council records

Series consists of an index to the letterbooks, Council minutes, committee reports and resolutions.

Arranged chronologically, one volume per year. Each volume is divided into alphabetical sections. Within each section, topics are entered chronologically throughout the year. In the early volumes the communications inward were indexed, although the material has not survived. The subjects vary over time and are usually well cross referenced.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

City Council agendas

Series consists of agendas of City Council meetings.

The series includes a variety of correspondence, reports, and other materials that provide the background material for discussion.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council