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City of Calgary. Board of Commissioners fonds
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- Source of title proper: Title based on contents of the fonds.
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CA ccg ccg-2049
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- City of Calgary. Board of Commissioners
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94.6 m of textual records
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The Board of Commissioners is the highest administrative body in the Corporation of the City of Calgary. Since its establishment by Council appointment in 1905 and through its various manifestations, its role has been and continues to be ensuring the effective administration of The City. Before the Board of Commissioners was created, City Council had exclusive jurisdiction on all matters pertaining to The City, both legislative and administrative, generally carried out through committees reporting to Council. It soon became obvious that with expanding civic departments, a structure for coordination and control was necessary. While the first Board and its interim successor were both created by-law, an amendment to the Calgary Charter of 1908 divided certain legislative and executive duties of Council, giving most of the latter to the Commissioners. The first Board of Commissioners was appointed by Council in 1905, to assume office in January 1906. After a brief trial period, this Board was found to be unsatisfactory and disbanded. In 1907, Council petitioned the Provincial Legislature for the power to elect a Board of Commissioners. While awaiting the Legislature's decision on their petition, Council appointed an interim Commission for 1908. A special plebiscite was held in 1907 to select two candidates for appointment to the new Board. For more information regarding the City of Calgary, Board of Commissioners administrative history, please link to the City of Calgary Archives homepage and click on the "fonds level descriptions" link.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of records created by the Board of Commissioners. The records can all, with the exception of the Convention Centre files, be described as correspondence or subject files. From their establishment until the present, the Board of Commissioners have used simple file classification systems to arrange their files. These systems changed over time and the series, determined by the archivist, reflect changes to the classification system rather than changes in the types or nature of the records created. The first series consists of records created from 1909-1931 (predominant 1909-1921), the second from 1923-1945 (predominant 1923-1929), the third from 1945-1949, the fourth from 1950- 1959, the fifth from 1960-1970, and the sixth from 1971-1980. A separate series has been created for the records relating to the Calgary Convention Centre. For more information regarding the City of Calgary, Board of Commissioners scope/content information, please link to the City of Calgary Archives homepage and click on the "fonds level descriptions" link.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records were transferred either directly from the City of Calgary, Board of Commissioners or from the Civic Records Centre in several separate transfers.
Language of material
- The material is in English.
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Restrictions on access
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.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
A descriptive finding aid is available at the City of Calgary Archives.
Accruals are expected.
The City of Calgary Archives may have reference material which may be associated to the fonds. All textual records are in closed storage. To view records please contact the City of Calgary Archives.<br><br>
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- City of Calgary. Board of Commissioners (Subject)