Fonds MSS 364 - Atlas Wrecking Company fonds

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Atlas Wrecking Company fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material
  • Sound recording

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CA UMASC MSS 364

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  • 1896 - 1985 (Creation)
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    Atlas Wrecking Company

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0.63 m of graphic material and other material.

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([1933-1970])

Administrative history

The Atlas Wrecking Company was established in the early 1900's by David Billinkoff. Coming to Winnipeg from Russia on Christmas Eve, Billinkoff used his only dollar to buy a handsaw, going door to door offering to cut wood. He also began hauling loads of frozen gravel from Birds Hill to the City of Winnipeg, and eventually developed a scrap lumber resale business. After David's passing in 1933, his son Alecander quit school to run Billinkoff Wrecking and Lumber, and was eventually joined by his brothers Ben and Joe. In the 1950's the business became two distinct companies, Billinkoff's Lumber and the Atlas Wrecking Company. Over the years, Atlas completed many major wrecking, salvaging, or demolishing projects occurring in Western Canada. This includes the demolition of various public structures in Winnipeg such as the old Canadian National Telegraph's building at the corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street, the old Winnipeg Electric Company's steam generating plant, and the old Canadian Distillery in St. Boniface to name a few. Before and during each demolition, pictures were taken to document the event, making a unique contribution to the city's evolving landscape.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Batya Billinkoff in 2012.

Scope and content

This fonds is comprised of newspaper articles, photographs, letters and other printed materials detailing the history of Atlas Wrecking Company. In addition to textual materials, the collection includes 1163 photographs and 1 reel to reel audio tape. The fonds consists of two series, the first entitled Scrapbooks and Photographs and the second Publications.

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  • English

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A complete finding aid can be accessed online at:
https://umlarchives.lib.umanitoba.ca/atlas-wrecking-company-fonds

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Further accruals to this fonds are not expected.

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Tape Collection

TC 164

Photograph Collection

PC 320

Accession

A2012-033

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UMASC

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  • English

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