Fonds edm-105 - City of Edmonton. City Clerk's fonds

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City of Edmonton. City Clerk's fonds

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CA EDM edm-105

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546 m of textual records. -- 42 photographs

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Shortly after Edmonton's incorporation as a town in 1892 the first Town Clerk, A.G. Randall was appointed. In 1893 Mr. Randall's duties were expanded to include the position of Town Assessor. This situation continued until 1898 when the two positions were separated. Randall was succeeded in 1898 by F.K. Gibson. Following Gibson's death in 1900, the position of Town Clerk and Town Secretary-Treasurer were amalgamated under G.J. Kinnaird, who continued to fill this position until after Edmonton was incorporated as a city in 1904. F.M.C. Crosskill became City Secretary-Treasurer in 1907. In 1912 the number of city officials was greatly expanded and the position of secretary treasurer was divided into those of City Clerk and Treasurer. In the ensuing 83 years only six people have held the position of City Clerk. The responsibilities of the position have been numerous, ranging from the recording of all resolutions, decisions, and council proceedings to the communication of council resolutions to the parties concerned. The City Clerk is also responsible for the safekeeping of original or certified copies of bylaws and proceedings.

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The fonds consists of materials created by the City of Edmonton City Clerk's Department between 1893 and 1997. Due to its size, the processed materials in the fonds has been catalogued in separate series according to chronological order and/or subject. Each installment has been numbered sequentially, starting with RG 8 and ending with RG 8.11. The fonds consists of these series:;RG 8 Edmonton Town/ City Secretary Correspondence (1892-1912) The series includes outgoing and incoming correspondence from 1892 until the City of Edmonton's amalgamation with the Town Strathcona in 1912. RG 8.1 Financial Accounts (1892-1915) The series consists of four ledgers detailing the profits and expenditures of the Town/ City of Edmonton, receipts, cash journals and other materials relating to the financial administration of the Town/City of Edmonton. RG 8.2 Debenture (1897) The series consists of a single debenture issued by the Town of Edmonton payable to the order of the Bank of Hamilton. RG 8.3 Miscellaneous (1891-1913) The series consists of a scrapbook, taxation records, legislation, building specifications and other materials. RG 8.4 Election Scrapbooks (1918-1963) The series consists of scrapbooks compiled by the City Clerk's office relating to local elections and election procedures. RG 8.5 Royal Family (1939-1971) The series consists of correspondence relating to various visits to Edmonton by members of the British Royal family. RG 8.6 Miscellaneous (1935-1972) The series contains correspondence, financial documents, election materials, personnel correspondence and other materials. RG 8.7 Public Affairs Committee (1968-1973) The series consists of correspondence created by the Public Affairs Committee and has been futher divided into five sous-series: reports; land development and acquisition; planning of subdivisions; correspondence with Engineering Department; and the development of parks and recreation department. RG 8.8 City Commissioners (1972-1973) The series consists of correspondence between the City Clerk concerning news media coverage of city affairs, public notices and university funding. 8.9 Finance and Budget Committee (1968-1973) The series consists of correspondence, reports, minutes and other materials related to the City of Edmonton's Finance and Budget Committee. RG 8.10 Special Committee Reports (1907-1966) The series consists of reports submitted by Special Committees appointed to study specific problems or issues. RG 8.11 Elections Office (1895-1974) The series consists of voter's lists, census documents, photographs, and other materials created by the Elections Office of the City of Edmonton. Council Minutes from 1892 to 1987 are also catalogued but were not given an RG number.

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In accordance with the archives mandate, which requires that records generated by the corporation of the City of Edmonton be deposited at the City of Edmonton Archives, this fonds was transferred to the City Archives in separate installments from 1964 to 1980.


The scope and content note includes only processed material. A considerable amount of unprocessed material is also stored at the repository.

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  • The material is in English.

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Due to the size of this fonds there are three file level finding aids available at the repository. For access to other catalogued material please contact the City of Edmonton Archives.

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Record No. RG 8<br><br>

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