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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 Manager's operational files 2

Series consists of records created by the second City Manager. They pertain to virtually all areas of City activity. Earlier Manager's records are described in CR-0022 (predominantly 1950-1963), while later ones are described in CR-0124 (predominantly 1970-1977).

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager's Office

Group 'A' Committee records

Series consists of agendas, minutes, and papers of this standing committee of Council, which dealt with matters of a financial nature.

There are a number of committees that reported to the Group 'A' Committee: the Finance Committee; the Health, Welfare and Personnel Committee; the Lands and Fire Wardens Committee; the Public Transportation Committee; and the Inter-municipal Committee.

Included in addition to the material of the Group 'A' Committee are agendas, minutes, and papers of the Finance Committee (CR-0026) and the Greater Victoria Intermunicipal Committee (CR-0027).

For an alphabetical index to the minutes of the Group 'A' Committee, see CR-0132.

Victoria (B.C.). Group "A" Committee

Johnson Street Bridge files

Series consists of records pertaining to operation and maintenance of the Johnson Street Bridge. Includes correspondence, maintenance files, and cement test results.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Advisory Planning Commission general files

Series includes correspondence relating to applications, minutes, correspondence, draft zoning bylaws, notes and reports related to the creation of zoning bylaws.

Victoria (B.C.). Planning Department

Zoning and rezoning case files

Series consists of Advisory Planning Commission (APC) zoning and rezoning applications, related reports, correspondence, plans and photographs.

Files go up to 1994 however some files may contain more recent information.

Victoria (B.C.). Advisory Planning Commission

Engineering Department letters received

Series consists of letters received by the Engineering Department from other City agencies and departments, other governments, and the private sector.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

City Manager's operational files 3

Series consists of records created by the City Manager under a filing system introduced in 1971. They pertain to virtually all areas of City activity.

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager's Office

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).

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

City Manager's operational files 1

Series consists of records created by the first City Manager. They pertain to virtually all areas of City activity.

Files are arranged primarily by subject within a sequential numerical scheme reflecting a general alphabetical order. Individual descriptions include original file numbers, which range from 1 to 329. Unnumbered files are described after those so numbered.

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager's Office

Collector-Treasurer letterbook

Series consists of letters sent outward from the Collector-Treasurer, mainly in his capacity as Collector.

Victoria (B.C.). Collector-Treasurer's Office

Liquor Licencing Advisory Committee records

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, agendas, and minutes of this committee charged by Council with developing, reviewing, and advising on policies and procedures pertaining to the issuance of liquor licences.

Victoria (B.C.). Liquor Licencing Advisory Committee

Victoria Athletic Commission operational files

Series consists of records pertaining to the regulation and supervision of wrestling and boxing matches in Victoria.

Includes wrestlers' licences (1973-1977), correspondence with City Council (1953-1976), general correspondence (1953-1976), investment receipts and statements ([ca. 1973-1976]), journal (1954-1976), minutes (1954-1975), programs (1959), and rules and regulations (1952-1972).
See bylaw 3723

Victoria (B.C.). Athletic Commission

Capital Region Planning Board of British Columbia operational files

Series consists of records created as a result of the City of Victoria's participation in the Capital Region Planning Board.

This board was constituted in 1951 under Provincial legislation and served as an advisory board for regional planning until its functions were taken over by the Capital Regional District in the late 1960s.

The records include correspondence, memoranda, and reports pertaining to City planning, historical buildings, transportation, statistics, urban renewal, subdivisions and urban sprawl, street numbers and names, and parks.

Capital Region Planning Board of British Columbia

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

Mayor's miscellaneous correspondence and invitations

Series consists of invitations and miscellaneous correspondence inward and outward pertaining to protocol visits and ceremonies. Includes items from the British Columbia Rifle Association, the Lieutenant Governor, and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as a variety of greetings and congratulations pertaining to the City's 1962 centenary and a play called "The Victoria Story"

Victoria (B.C.). Office of the Mayor

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).

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

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.

Victoria (B.C.). City Council

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

Purchasing Department correspondence

Series consists of correspondence of the City Purchasing Agent.

Correspondence deals primarily with policy and procedures of the Purchasing Division with several special occasion files interfiled within.

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Assessment notices and correspondence

Series consists of property tax assessment notices and related correspondence, mainly concerning persons and corporate bodies with multiple properties.

Victoria (B.C.). Assessor's Office

Committee of the Whole agendas

Series consists of agendas of this special committee of Council, which serves as a forum for Councillors to consider and discuss various issues in a less formal manner than Council meetings themselves permit. The series includes a variety of correspondence, reports, and other materials that provide the background material for discussion.

Victoria (B.C.). Committee of the Whole

Archives operational files

Series consists of records created by the City of Victoria Archives. Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, and guest registers.

Victoria (B.C.). Archives Division

Heritage Advisory Committee reports and photographs

Series consists of photographs of some of the houses in the original "This Old House" volume published by the City of Victoria. Also includes several reports: Rockland, Fort Street Heritage Program (1978), A Brief to Heritage Canada Concerning the Establishment of a Heritage Conservation Area (1976) and Proposal of Fees and Services for a Study of a Heritage Conservation Area (1977) as well as correspondence and an inventory of Fort Street homes with photographs.

Victoria (B.C.). Planning Department

Budget estimates working papers

Series consists of records created in the process of estimating annual revenue and expenditures, as published in the bylaws comprising CR-0243 (budget estimates). Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and spreadsheets.
There is a gap in this series for 1950.

Victoria (B.C.). Comptroller's Office

Engineering Department letters and reports

Series consists of letters and reports sent outward from the Engineering Department to other City agencies and the general public regarding all aspects of departmental operations.

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

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