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City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
multiple media
textual records
Date Range
1948-2001
Accession Number
2018-26
Storage Location
R8 S5 Sh3 B2-5
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds
Creator
City of St. Thomas Engineering Department
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2018-26
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R8 S5 Sh3 B2-5
GMD
graphic material
multiple media
textual records
Date Range
1948-2001
Physical Description
2,055 photographs; b&w and col.
109 slides, col.
1 volume
0.7 cm of textual records
Extent
54 cm
History / Biographical
The City of St. Thomas was incorporated on March 4, 1881. Early services faced challenges due to the small infrastructure at the time. The City Engineering office was crucial in developing a system of waterworks and sewage treatment that improved the lives of City residents, beginning with a brick sewer down Elgin Street in 1882, and continuing with a bylaw for the creation of a waterworks in 1890. The latter went so smoothly that it was supplying the City with water since January 1891. The City Engineer at the time, James A. Bell, also designed a fire hall around 1882. The Engineering Department continued to maintain pre-existing sewers and install new ones, branching the sewer system out as the city expanded, including going into the Homedale area. During this time, the City documented the installation or maintenance of pre-existing sewers through photographs, as well as other projects under their jurisdiction.
Custodial History
Records were given to the Archives by Aaron VanOorspronk, Senior Technologist with the City of St. Thomas.
Scope and Content
The City of St. Thomas Engineering Department fonds consists primarily of photographs, both black and white and in colour, documenting structural defects in sidewalks and sewers, repairs, road widenings and other projects, alongside general documentation of roads, sewers, and buildings in St. Thomas, primarily from the 1940s through the 1970s.
This fonds consists of three series:
1. Events: Documentation, including reports, clippings, and photographs, surrounding large or notable events in which the City Engineer or Engineering Department was involved.
2. Photographs: Photographs documenting paving issues, sewer or maintenance work, or other projects done by City Engineering crew, arranged alphabetically by street name. Also includes a handful of miscellaneous images, filed in original order, documenting places, events, or items, such as dog pounds or storm damage.
3. Projects: Photographs, slides, and textual documents relating to more recent projects, from the 1970s up until 1998, often documenting the different stages of a large-scale project.
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Engineers
Municipal Corporations
Municipal Offices
Municipal Services
Public Buildings
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Pilot Club of St. Thomas - Scrapbooks series

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Pilot Club of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
multiple media
Date Range
1948-1992
Accession Number
2020-01
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Pilot Club of St. Thomas fonds
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2020-01
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S1 Sh2 B1
GMD
multiple media
Date Range
1948-1992
Series
Pilot Club of St. Thomas fonds - Scrapbooks series
Physical Description
33 cm of textual records ca. 100 photographs : b&w and col.
Scope and Content
Series consists of eleven scrapbooks compiled by the Publicity and Outreach Committee of the Pilot Club of St. Thomas. Scrapbooks contain press clippings, photographs, newsletters, programmes and other materials documenting the activities of the Pilot Club of St. Thomas, Pilot Club International District 17 (Ontario), and Pilot Club International during the following periods: October 1948-May 1952; 1952-1953; April 1956-March 1957; April 1958-April 1959; June 1967-March 1968 (includes photographic negatives); May 1968-November 1970 (contains press clippings only); 1975-1976 (contains photographs only); June 1973-May 1976; May 1976-February 1978; June 1978-June 1982; 1986-1987 July 1989-February 1992; October 1948-October 1988 (created to mark the club's 40th anniversary). Scrapbook for July 1989-February 1992 includes black and white photograph of club members at "Charter Night" meeting, January 5, 1949).
Name Access
Pilot Club of St. Thomas
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Women
Community Service
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