Series 2 - City Clerk's Department, Election Records, City of Winnipeg (1874-1971)

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City Clerk's Department, Election Records, City of Winnipeg (1874-1971)

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CA COWA 1-2

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  • 1874 - 1971 (Creation)
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    City of Winnipeg (1874-1971), City Clerk’s Department, Election Records
  • 1874 - 1971 (Creation)
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    City of Winnipeg (1874-1971)

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9.5 m. Textual Materials; 66 Volumes

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(1874-1971)

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The City of Winnipeg (1874-1971) was incorporated by a charter granted by the provincial legislature in Manitoba on November 8, 1873. The office of the City Clerk was established early in 1874, its primary responsibilities having been defined in the Charter. The main duties of the City Clerk were to record and maintain a record of all resolutions, decisions and proceedings of Council and to act as the Returning Officer for the election of the mayor and members of Council, for voting on money by-laws or referenda and plebiscites and for the election of school trustees for the School District of Winnipeg No. 1 (from 1891). By the 1880’s, the City Clerk was a Vital Statistics Division Registrar, and kept records of vital statistics for Winnipeg (births, deaths and marriages) until Vital Statistics Manitoba centralized this process and related records were transferred to the province. The City Clerk was also responsible for purchasing and distributing all stationery supplies required by the City and for preparing and distributing the Municipal Manual, an annual publication first published in 1904. The City Clerk served as Clerk of the Greater Winnipeg Water District (GWWD) and the Greater Winnipeg Sanitary District (GWSD). These districts were created in 1913 and 1935, respectively. When the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg (Metro) was created in 1961, the GWWD and the GWSD ceased to exist and the City Clerk was relieved of the task of clerking these two bodies.

With amalgamation in 1971, the City Clerk’s Department of the former City of Winnipeg became the Clerk for the new City of Winnipeg (1972-). There have been sixteen City Clerks since the incorporation of Winnipeg as follows: A.M. Brown (1874-1883); C.J. Brown (1883-1926); M. Peterson (1926-1935); G.F. Bentley (1935-1945); L.M. Ault (1945-1948); G.L. Gardner (1948-1962); J.B. Kinnear (1962-1964); T. Mitchell (1964-1966); J.A. Masson (1966); W.A. Quayle (1966-1976); H.E. Sanger (1976-1979); R.J. Fergusson (1979-1986); M.G. McCullough (1986-1987); R.B. Hayes (1987-1991); D.E. Browton (1992-2000); and R. Kachur (2001-present).

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City Clerk's Department.

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Forms part of Fonds 1: Series consists of records created, accumulated and used by the City Clerk’s Department to run elections for Mayor, Councilors and School Trustees and to record the vote on money by-laws, referenda and plebiscites. The records document the development of election processes including those designed to implement proportional representation in 1920; disputes regarding the counting of the vote and judicial recounts; nomination papers and oaths of office; staffing of election polls; preparation of voters lists; sample posters, ballots and other documentation created to facilitate the electoral process; and voters lists.

The records consist of three sub-series:

Sub-Series 4: Nominations and Results, 1874-1970

Sub-Series 5: Election Working Papers, 1874-1970

Sub-Series 6: Voters Lists, 1881-1970

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