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Letterbook

Series consists of letters sent outward from the City Surveyor.
The letters are indexed alphabetically within the volume mainly by name of correspondent, with occasional subject references

Victoria (B.C.). City Surveyor

Letterbook

Series consists of letters sent outward from the Collector-Treasurer, mainly in his capacity as Collector.
The letters for 1894 to 1899 are indexed alphabetically within the volume by name of correspondent

Victoria (B.C.). Collector-Treasurer

Letterbook

Series consists of letters sent outward from the Sanitary Inspector.
The internal index refers to only a few of the letters. It includes a report for 1941

Victoria (B.C.). Sanitary Inspector

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

Letterbook

Series consists of letters and reports sent outward from the Plumbing and Sewerage Inspector regarding the plumbing conditions of local buildings.
Indexed alphabetically by name of correspondent.
There is a gap in this series from July 1907 to July 1909

Victoria (B.C.). Plumbing and Sewerage Inspector

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 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

Local improvement book

Series consists of reports from the City Engineer and City Assessor to Council regarding the cost of constructing permanent (cement) sidewalks together with statements showing the amount chargeable against the various portions of real property immediately benefited. Included also are plans describing the location of the works to be done, the length of time it is expected to last, the cost to the City, and the owners of the relevant properties. See bylaw 343.
Arranged chronologically.
The 1892-1906 volume consists of copies without plans

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Local improvement initiatives

Series consists of bylaws, notices to residents, correspondence, newspaper advertisements, and reports from the City Engineer and City Assessor regarding proposed local improvements such as sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and crossings.
All that remains of this series are the files for streets in the F-G alphabetical range. Specific streets included are Foul Bay, Frances, Gamma and Delta, Garden, Gladstone, Glasgow, and Gonzales

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

Magistrate's record book

Series consists of bound volumes containing the names of individuals charged with an offence, the nature and date of the offence and what action was taken. The action taken could range from a jail sentence, a fine or a remand date.
Indexes exist for some of the volumes and can be found in CRS 117

Victoria (B.C.). Police Court

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

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering Department

Miscellaneous Council files

Series consists of correspondence, briefs, 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 Clerk

Miscellaneous files

Series consists of several groups of files with no discernible relationship amongst themselves except that they were created by the City Solicitor at various times. Most date from the period when the City Solicitor was a member of City Hall permanent staff. The series covers a full range of typical Solicitor activities including the preparation of bylaws and legislation, negotiation of agreements and contracts for local improvements, sale of lands, and supply of services to the City, general counsel in litigation, and drafting of legal opinions.
A substantial group of files concerned with the building of Johnson St. Bridge (1911-1923) is comprised of records created by the City Engineer. These may have been brought together to handle potential litigation, given the City of Victoria's sensitivity to liability arising from the Point Ellice Bridge streetcar disaster of 1896.
See also CRS 119, CRS 122, CRS 123

Victoria (B.C.). City Solicitor

Monthly suppliers list

Series consists of a monthly listing of vendors supplying the following products to the City: hardware, lumber, paint, leather goods, stationary, ship chandlery, electrical, groceries, meat, butter, sand and gravel, gasoline, and auto tires.
Arranged chronologically

Victoria (B.C.). Purchasing Department

Aerial photographs

Series consists of several sets of aerial photography of Victoria used for mapping reference. The photographs pertain mainly to the City of Victoria proper, although there are some of Thetis Lake, Prospect Lake, Elk and Beaver Lakes, and Saanich.
Indexes are included for several sets.
Many of these images are British Columbia Crown copyright and therefore cannot be copied without permission

Victoria (B.C.). Engineering

Annual reports

Series consists of annual reports documenting the operations of the Department of Recreation and Community Services.
There are gaps for the years 1969, 1971, and 1973

Victoria (B.C.). Recreation and Community Services Department

Architectural and Special Projects Division administrative files

Series includes correspondence, reports, clippings, personnel files, and requisitions.
Some of these records were originally filed in a manner distinguishing internal and outgoing documents from those coming in to the Division with regard to a single topic or activity. This order, which has been retained, is indicated in the file list by parenthetical notations following file titles

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager

Architectural and Special Projects Division project files

Series consists of the following project files: centennial decorations, Centennial Square, centennial projects, downtown beautification (includes display panels with black and white photographic panoramas, by downtown block, recording the current state of buildings), Fire Hall, floats, Humber Green, parks, and special projects. Records dating from 1943 to late 1963 were created in the Engineering or Building Inspector's Departments. They were merged with the rest of the files in 1963 as a result of the division head's continuing responsibilities despite his change of position.
Many of the records were originally filed in a manner distinguishing internal and outgoing documents from those coming in to the Division with regard to a single topic or activity. This order, which has been retained, is indicated in the file list by parenthetical notations following file titles. Files originally filed as subordinate to others are so indicated by indentation

Victoria (B.C.). City Manager

B.C. Electric Franchise Committee minutes

Series consists of the minutes of this City Council committee. The volume, which includes the minutes of several other committees, is not indexed.
Arranged chronologically

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk

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