Fonds ccg-2077 - City of Calgary. Electric System fonds

Paving 11th Avenue, to 1st Street West, Calgary, Alberta. Looking north from the roof of the Victoria Park powerhouse. Lightning damage to ring main pole. Paving 11th Avenue looking west, Calgary, Alberta. Stores area of the Victoria Park powerplant. Backhoe at work on the 8th Street overpass. Paving 11th Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets West, Calgary, Alberta. Proposed garage area of the Victoria Park Power Plant. Excavation for duct line at 8th Street overpass. Paving 11th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets West, Calgary, Alberta.
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City of Calgary. Electric System fonds

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CA ccg ccg-2077

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  • 1884-1997 (Creation)
    City of Calgary. Electric System

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14.5 m of textual records and other materials

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The fonds consists of textual records, graphic records and sound recordings from 1884 to 1997 that reflect the administrative and operational history of The City of Calgary Electric System. The textual records include minutes, reports, ledgers, publications, newspaper articles, press clippings, public relations correspondence, Burton Commission reports, substation inspection and entry logbooks, network distribution maps, and Employee Record cards dating 1910 to 1969. The graphic records in this fonds include photoprints and negatives of employee events and staff retirement functions, substation and power plant construction, and daily operational activities such as streetlighting and electrical wiring repairs and the installation of underground electrical distribution by Electric System employees. Sound recordings include videotapes on staff training and orientation and cassette tapes of radio advertisements. Records have been arranged into the following series; Series I: History and Annual Reports; Series II: Public Relations; Series III: Operational Records and Reports; Series IV: Log Books and Ledgers; Series V: Employee Records; Series VI: Maps and Plans; Series VII: Photographs.

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Includes: 12,000 graphic images, 1000 microfiche, 300 plans/drawings, 20 audiotapes microfilm, 3 Beta U-Matic videotapes, 3 VHS videotapes, 4 artifacts.

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The records of the City of Calgary Electric System were held by the City of Calgary Electric System Library and Archives which was transferred in 1997 to its successor ENMAX. Many of the records were catalogued and it is unknown how other records were acquired by the Electric System Library; however, acquisitions likely occurred through unscheduled transfers directly from the various sections and divisions of the Electric System. It may be possible that records were housed at the Glenbow Archives during this time. Between 1983-1996 The City of Calgary Archives received a number of unscheduled accessions from various departments within the Electric System. In 2001, in accordance with the ENMAX Master Agreement with The City, Electric System records housed at ENMAX were appraised and a selection was repatriated by the City of Calgary Archives (see accession 2001-004).



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  • The material is in English.

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In accordance with The City of Calgary's policy on Access to Municipal Information, records more than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted. Records which are less than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted by legislation. Please see the City of Calgary Archives Policies and Procedures Manual for further infomation regarding access to records.

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A descriptive finding aid is available at the City of Calgary Archives.

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Further accruals of records created by The City of Calgary Electric System may be received by the City of Calgary Archives as a result of private donation or the records management program underway at ENMAX.

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To date, a number of Electric System accessions in Archives holdings have not been processed. These accessions include G82-12, A84-43, CR90-007, 94-050, and 96-015.<br><br>

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