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Letterbook

Series consists of letters sent outward from the Engineering Department. Until 1911, correspondents include City Council, other City agencies, other governments, and the private sector. Letters sent to other City departments between 1911 and 1914 are located in the series of interdepartmental letterbooks (CRS 101), although they again become part of the letterbook series after this date. Letters sent to City Council and its committees from 1912 onward are located in the series of reports to Council and Committees (CRS 102).
Each yearly volume includes an alphabetical index to subjects and correspondents

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Interdepartmental letterbook

Series consists of letters sent from the Engineering Department to other City agencies. Earlier and later interdepartmental letters form part of the letterbook series (CRS 100).
Each volume includes an alphabetical index to subjects and correspondents

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Reports to Council and Committees

Series consists of letters sent from the Engineering Department to City Council and its Committees. Earlier reports to Council form part of the letterbook series (CRS 100).
Each volume includes an alphabetical index to subjects and correspondents

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Memorandum book

Series consists of internal Engineering Department memoranda.
Each volume includes an alphabetical index to subjects and correspondents

Victoria (B.C.). 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.
Each volume includes an alphabetical index to correspondents.
There are gaps in this series from 1893 to 1901 and for 1904

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Demolished buildings plans

Series consists of 1728 files pertaining to residential and commercial buildings demolished in Victoria. The files generally consist of architectural plans and supplementary textual records deposited with or created by the Engineering Department as part of the building permit approval process

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Applications for plumbing and sewer connections

Engineering

Series consists of plumbing and sewer connection applications pertaining to buildings that no longer exist in their original location, having been demolished, moved, or burned (applications pertaining to existing buildings are in the custody of the Engineering Department).

There are six different kinds of records in this series, all of them used (and filed) together in administering plumbing and sewerage connection applications: Application to connect with sewer; Application to construct plumbing; Application to connect with public surface drains; Application to connect with public surface drains or septic tank; Application to connect with holding tank; and Application to connect house sewers temporarily to public surface water drains. Each application consists of a form and a basic plan of the structure (on linen). The plans show the location of the bathroom(s) and kitchen and indicate where the house plumbing connects to the main sewer. Some applications contain more detailed plans showing elevations, alterations, and additions, as well as correspondence.
Filed alphabetically by street name and then in numeric order by address.
The first application to connect to the sewer was made on 1 December 1892.

The design of the forms and the information collected changed over time. Sample data elements for several periods are provided below.

Sample Data Elements:

December 1892 - April 1893

Location of property
Legal description
Date
Owners name
Owners address*
Architect name*
Architect address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Builder name
Builder address
Purpose of building
No. of houses connected
Signature of owner
Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Not necessarily the architect of the building. Since many of the buildings had already been built when indoor plumbing became available, an architect was often hired to incorporate the plumbing into the existing structure.

April 1893 - October 1895

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name
Owners address
Architect name
Architect address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Builder name
Builder address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner

Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date

Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner. Not necessarily the architect of the building. Since many of the buildings had already been built when indoor plumbing became available, an architect was often hired to incorporate the plumbing into the existing structure. Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others.

October 1895 - December 1911

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name*
Owners address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner**
Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date

*Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others.

January 1912 - 1950s

Location of property
Legal description
Owners name*
Owners address
Pipe layer name
Pipe layer address
Plumber name
Plumber address
Purpose of building
How many buildings
The street on which main sewer is located
A schedule setting out the class and position of plumbing fixtures
Signature of owner
Date
Signature of Agent for owner**
Report and recommendation of Inspector
Signature of inspector
Date
A receipt for a sum as required by the application

*Owner at the time that the application was made. This is not necessarily the original owner.
**Agents signing for owner include: spouse, contractor, architect, plumber and others

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Survey field books

Series consists of notebooks used by surveyors in the field for making notes when determining elevations of land and locations of natural and manmade features of the landscape. Includes notes pertaining to land benchmarks (elevations), land surveys, and monument locations. Series also referred to as "Benchmarks" and "Transit Books".
The Description column of the location list may refer to more than one numerical reference per book. In such cases, the first number in the description refers to a stamp on the cover of the volume apparently added by the Engineering Department sometime after the volumes were initially created. The description may also contain the name of the surveyor and the number he assigned the volume, separated by a dash. For example, "46; D.A. Rose - No. 5" refers to volume 46 in the overall departmental arrangement, which is D.A. Rose's personal book number 5.
Arranged in general chronological order, within any departmental numbering sequence that may exist, except for undated monument books and other volumes forming their own grouping, which are described at the end of the overall listing

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Construction permits and demolitions reports

Series consists of monthly reports submitted by the Engineering Department to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. The information provided includes (where appropriate) name of building owner or applicant, location, type of use, kind of work to be done, value of construction, and number of new dwellings created

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Methodist Church plans

Series consists of original linen and blueprint plans of various Victoria Methodist churches, as surveyed by the Engineering and Surveys Division.
Microfilm copies are with the Engineering Department

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Local improvement bylaws index

Series consists of an index to local improvement bylaws pertaining to street work such as sewers, paving, lighting, and sidewalks

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Johnson Street Bridge log

Series consists of a record of railway and navigation traffic using and requiring operation of the Johnson Street Bascule Bridge. Includes daily information on the time the bridge was raised, for what vessel, and whether it was entering or leaving the Upper Harbour. Also includes the time trains passed over the bridge, their name or a description of them, and whether they were entering or leaving the downtown area. In addition, there are notes on bridge maintenance, weather, and various other matters

Victoria (B.C.). 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.
Arranged numerically by yearly sequential document numbers, which are generally in chronological order.
There is a gap in this series from May to December 1961.
For an index to the letters and reports, see CRS 290

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Letters and reports index

Series consists of an index to the Engineering Department letters and reports (CRS 289).
The index consists of yearly volumes that provide references to document numbers, file numbers, and topics. Topical searches will yield document numbers pointing to specific letters or reports.
Letters and reports indexed for 1970-1972 are not in archival custody.
There are gaps in this series from 1963 to 1964 and 1966 to 1967

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department