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Council minutes

Series consists of the minutes of City Council meetings. The original minute books are stored in City Hall and access is limited. There are microfilm copies available in the Archives starting with the 1862 meetings and continuing until 2000. Duplicate hard copies of the minutes of most years from 1977 to 1994 can be found in the Archives. The early minutes were handwritten and are sometimes difficult to read. Beginning with the 1927-1928 volume, the page numbers are listed on the spine of the volumes, and are sequential throughout the subsequent volumes until 1978.
The index to this series (CRS 2) uses the page numbers as references.
There is one volume of minutes of special and closed Council meetings (CRS 48) 1896-1900) which contains only 27 pages but includes, among other things, information relating to Council's actions regarding the collapse of the Point Ellice Bridge.
The Council minutes can be accessed in several manners: through the index to Council minutes (CRS 2), the topical indexes (CRS 15), and through a subject card index created by the Archives staff covering the years 1862 to 1870

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Letterbook index

Series consists of an index to letters sent outward (CRS 9).
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 (CRS 9) and the topical index (CRS 15)

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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 (CRS 14).
For other series of letters received, see CRS 12 (1940-1974) and CRS 13 (special correspondence inward)

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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 CRS 13).
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 (CRS 14), 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 (CRS 15).
For other series of letters received, see CRS 11 (1862-1916) and CRS 13 (special correspondence inward)

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Special 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 (CRS 14), 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

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Group 'B' Committee minutes index

Series consists of an index to the minutes of the Group 'B' Committee records (CRS 25).
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section

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Intermunicipal Committee minutes index

Series consists of an index to the minutes of the Greater Victoria Intermunicipal Committee records (CRS 27).
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section. The index for 1956-1961 amalgamates the alphabetical sections for these years.
There is a gap in this series for 1965

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Group 'A' Committee minutes index

Series consists of an index to the minutes or the Group 'A' Committee records (CRS 24). Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section

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Index to Finance Committee minutes

Series consists of an index to the minutes in Series 26, Finance Committee (CRS 26) and the Finance, Lands, Housing, Market, Public Utilities and Intermunicipal Committee minutes (CRS 42).
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section.
There are gaps in this series for 1952, 1954-1955, and 1957

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Index to Parks Committee minutes

Series consists of an index to the Parks Committee minutes (CRS 107) and the Parks, Boulevards and Recreational Facilities Committee minutes (CRS 41). Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section.
There are gaps in this series for 1955-1957 and 1959

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Index to Policy Review Committee minutes

Series consists of an index to Policy Review Committee minutes, which are not in the custody of the City of Victoria Archives and Records Management Division.
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section

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Index to Public Works Committees minutes

Series consists of an index to the minutes of the Public Works Committee (CRS 28) and to the Public Works, Lighting, Water and Harbour Committee minutes (CRS 43).
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section
There are gaps in this series for the years 1955, 1958, and 1960 and within some years as noted in the file list

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Index to Recreation and Community Services Committee minutes

Series consists of an index to the minutes of the Recreation and Community Services Committee (CRS 29).
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within alphabetical sections

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Index to Victoria and Saanich Beaches and Parks Committee minutes

Minutes for this committee of Council are not held by the City of Victoria Archives and Records Management Division. Related records will be found in the Victoria and Saanich Beaches and Parks Committee records (CRS 34).
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section. The index for 1951-1952 combines both years within a single alphabetical scheme.
There is a gap in this series for the years 1959-1960

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Communications received index

Series consists of an index to three series of letters inward: correspondence inward (CRS 11), communications received (CRS 12), and special correspondence inward (CRS 13).
The entries are arranged by received stamp number, and provide information on date of receipt, sender, and topic

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Index to Buildings Committee minutes

Series consists of an index to the Buildings Committee minutes (CRS 38).
Arranged alphabetically by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section

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Index to Executive Committee minutes

Minutes for this committee of Council are not held by the City of Victoria Archives and Records Management Division.
Arranged chronologically by year, alphabetically within each year by first letter only, and numerically by minute number within each alphabetical section

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Index to Municipal Manager's reports to Council

Series consists of an index to the Manager's reports to Council for January-April 1954, which are missing from CRS 22, file 213, 21 A 5-4 (Manager's operational files 1).
Arranged alphabetically by first letter only, and chronologically by month within each alphabetical section

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Greater Victoria Centennial Committee general office files

Series consists of office files generated by the directors of the Greater Victoria Centennial Committee under their mandate to organize and coordinate celebrations in Greater Victoria of the 1958 centenary of the founding of British Columbia. The majority of records deal with cooperative ventures between the Committee and cultural groups of the City. The remainder of records deal with the general administration of the Committee.
Records are arranged sequentially as new files were opened and numbered as needed

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Greater Victoria Centennial Committee minutes

Series consists of minutes of meetings of the Greater Victoria Centennial Committee under its mandate to organize and coordinate celebrations in Greater Victoria of the 1958 centenary of the founding of the Colony of British Columbia.
For an index to the minutes, see CRS 148.
Arranged chronologically

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Victoria Civic Arena Commission records

Series consists of miscellaneous files produced by the Arena Commission, which oversaw the management and daily operation of Memorial Arena. Records include financial statements, reports on the Arena's structural integrity, and minutes of meetings

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Topical index

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

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Annual reports

Series consists of annual reports of the City. The first annual report was issued in 1882. Reports up to 1950 generally include statements by the Mayor, heads of various departments, and committees outlining the past years' events, sometimes in considerable detail. The reports from 1951 to 1957 and 1959 include a summary of the activities of the different departments. For subsequent years only summary financial information is provided.
Clerk's copies for 1927-1957 include typed sheets listing names and positions of some officers and employees that are not included in the published version. For some years, these lists include committee members as well.
"File" numbers provided in the file listing are not original. They refer to numbers given by the Archives to bound volumes (or, for draft copies, folders) for internal inventory control.
Provenance information has been taken from stamps on reports or on volume covers. Where given in square brackets, this information has been inferred from other volumes with similar binding and complementary date ranges which do have stamps

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Nomination papers

Series consists of two forms submitted by each candidate for municipal office. First, the actual nomination paper, listing the name, address, and occupation of the nominee, proposer, seconder and witness. Second, for the early years, a declaration by candidates of their qualifications, which included a statement of the nominee's willingness to run for office and a list of property qualifications. This second document was later replaced by a statement of acceptance of nomination

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