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Shand dam : construction.

Consists of six photographs of the Shand Dam site on the Grand River above Fergus, Ontario, during the construction phase. The following identifications are provided on verso: Shand : widening and deepening river diversion. Shand : looking west across dam showing forms for east wing wall; Shand : commencing concrete operations on east wing wall; Shand: pouring concrete by means of pumpcrete machine; Shand : east wing wall completed for winter, showing backfill; Shand : floor of spillway prepared for winter.

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Chicopee archival footage.

Consists of DVD transfer of a videocassette of a 16 mm movie of skiers at the Chicopee Ski Club, Kitchener, Ontario in the 1940s. The film was made by Norman Schneider and narration was added later by Herb Schneider, and Ralph Beaumont and Jim Bauer of the Grand River Conservation Authority.

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Shand Dam construction : edited version.

Consists of a DVD transfer of a videocassette of edited 8 mm film footage of the Shand Dam near Belwood, Ont. during its construction and after its completion. Also appears to include scenes from the opening ceremony of the Shand Dam. The film was made by Hugh Templin, GRCA Commissioner and editor of the Fergus News Record, Fergus, Ont.

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Shand Dam construction / Hugh Templin.

Consists of a DVD transfer of a videocassette of 8 mm film footage of various phases of the construction of the Shand Dam and Lake Belwood, near Belwood, Ont. The footage was taken by Hugh Templin, a commissioner of the Grand River Conservation Commission and editor of the Fergus News Record.

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Report on Grand River improvement scheme.

Consists of ts.report by H.G. Acres, Hydraulic and Hydro-Electric Engineer, Niagara Falls, Ont. dated February 8, 1940 for the Grand River Conservation Commission concerning preliminary study and exploratory work on the proposed Luther-Shand water control structure on the upper Grand River. The report summarizes investigatory work performed in 1938-1939.

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Hugh Templin movies, no.2.

Consists of a DVD transfer of a videocassette of 8 mm film footage including scenes of the CPR rail yards possibly in Elora or Fergus, Ont.; snow removal activities after a major snowstorm in an unidentified location, possibly Fergus, Ont.; and a building demolition. The footage was taken by Hugh Templin, GRCA Commissioner and editor of the Fergus News Record, Fergus, Ont.

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Belwood Lake photos, Shand dam

Five copy prints of construction machinery clearing the lake bed, one photograph of Shand Dam, Aug. 14, 1940 and 16 col. snapshots of Belwood Lake in the 1960's. These latter have tape on the verso and have adhered to each other. Also includes a photocopy of the Aug. 8, 1942 Globe and Mail account of the opening of the Shand Dam.

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Grand River : glass plate negatives.

File consists of seven glass plate negatives showing scenes of the Grand River and of the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Includes scenes of the Shand Dam construction, river fortification, houses and businesses along the river and of a Scout troupe.

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Speech from Mr. Schneider and Press Clippings, 1942.

Consists of ms. notes for a speech given to the K-W Rotary Club, August 24, 1942 by Norman Schneider regarding water flow and flood control by the Grand River Conservation Authority. Also present is a newsclipping from the Daily Record, August 24, 1942 outlining the substance of the speech. Also includes a newsclipping from the Fergus News Record, August 6, 1942 regarding the Shand Dam, and the Globe and Mail, August 20, 1957 concerning the Conestoga dam.

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Minute Book no. 3, February 27, 1942 to November 14, 1945.

Consists of ts. minutes of meetings of the Grand River Conservation Commission pasted into a bound volume. Includes minutes of annual meetings of the GRCC, 1942-1945.
Also includes a statement of order of business conducted at GRCC meetings, statement of accounts, reports and correspondence. Enclosed in the volume are : audited financial statements of the GRCC for the years ended January 31, 1944 and January 31, 1945 and an ms. list [of attendees at a meeting?].

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Ontario Municipal Board : decision in the matter of The Grand River Conservation Act, 1938, 2 Geo. VI, Chapter 15, Section 15 : between William H. Norris, Claimant and the Grand River Conservation Commission, August 25, 1943.

Consists of ts.(carbon copy) decision of the Ontario Municipal Board concerning compensation owing to William H. Norris, Township of West Garafaxa, Ont. by the Grand River Conservation Commission for expropriation of farm lands belonging to the former.

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Ontario : Department of Public Works : agreement covering final contribution towards the Grand River conservation scheme, March 3, 1943.

Consists of a ts. (carbon copy) of an agreement issued by the Minister of Public Works concerning percentages and amounts of capital costs payable by the Province of Ontario to the Grand River Conservation Commission for the purchase of lands, erection of works and creation of reservoir. Includes a covering letter from R.A. McAllister, Deputy Minister of Public Works to the Grand River Conservation Commission, March 19, 1943. The agreement probably relates to the construction of the Shand Dam and Reservoir.

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Operations : Division : Forestry and Wildlife Branch

Series consists of materials relating to the Forestry and Wildlife Division of the GRCA, including materials created by the GRCA and submitted to the GRCA. Includes a report on a tree planting machine and an Annual Report submitted to the GRCA from the Department of Lands and Forests, Lake Huron District.

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Maps and Plans

File consists of maps created by, or relevant to, the GRCA. Includes an historic conservation map, as well as a historic watershed act.

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Organization and Administration

Series consists of miscellaneous records concerning the organizational structure and functions of the Grand River Conservation Authority and its predecessors, the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Grand Valley Conservation Authority. Includes minutes of meetings, organizational charts and reports.

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Chapter 11 : an act to provide for the establishment of conservation authorities for the ourposes of the conservation, restoration and development of natural resources, other than gas, oil, coal and minerals and for the prevention of floods and of water pollution, assented to April 5th, 1946, session prorogued April 5th, 1946, revised.

Consists of a printed copy of Province of Ontario Statute 1946, Ch. 11, An Act to Provide for the Establishment of Conservation Authorities for the purposes of the Conservation, Restoration and Development of Natural Resources, other than Gas, Oil, coal and Minerals and for the Prevention of Floods and Water Pollution (short title : Conservation Authorities Act, 1946), with 1947 mimeograph revisions tipped in.

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Incorporation : Acts and Bills

Series consists of records relating to the incorporation and organization of the Grand River Conservation Authority and its predecessors, the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Grand Valley Conservation Authority. Includes originals and photocopies of acts, bills, and letters patent.

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Flood warning : Grand River Conservation Authority and other agencies : reports on floods and their management.

Consists of a binder containing materials relating to the emergency preparedness and flood warning measures undertaken by the Grand River Conservation Authority and its precursor, the Grand River Conservation Commission, and various Canadian and American governmental bodies. Includes correspondence, offprints and photocopies of periodical articles, pamphlets concerning control of flood damage.

Also present are blueline charts of rainfall amounts of Grand River run-off, prepared by the Grand River Conservation Commission, 1948 and blueline graph of water flow at Lake Conestogo, Belwood Reservoir and other sites on the Grand River System, prepared by the GRCC, 1960.

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Visual : Photographs : Reference Prints in Hanging Folders

Series consists primarily of copy prints of images originally taken between 1883 and 2001, maintained in hanging folders for corporate use: reference, publicity, etc. The series is organized numerically with each number representing a category assigned by the GRCA. Includes a "file guide" consisting of a key to the numbering system.

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Board Minutes : Grand Valley Conservation Authority

Series consists of minutes of the general meetings of the Grand Valley Conservation Authority (GVCA) together with minutes of the GVCA Executive Committee. Includes minutes of the Grand Valley Conservation Authority Advisory Boards, whose number and official names varied over time. The name order of these bodies also varied, e.g. the Advisory Board on Recreation also appears as the Recreation Advisory Board.

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Minutes, 1947 to December, 1949.

Consists of ts. minutes of the organizational meetings of the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, in a bound volume. The volume is divided into the following sections : Establishment of the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, 1947; General Meetings : minutes, 1948; and Membership Records, 1949 which includes minutes of the Grand Valley Conservation Authority Annual Meeting, June 29, 1949.

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Flood Inquiry, 1974.

Consists of materials assembled by the Grand River Conservation Authority apparently in connection with a trial commencing in June, 1980 involving a lawsuit against the GRCA for property damage sustained by plaintiffs during the 1974 flood of the Grand River. Contains ts. (original and photocopy) correspondence to and from the Grand River Conservation Authority from their legal representatives, the firm of Lochead Sills Barristers, Kitchener, Ont.

Also includes ts.(original and photocopies) correspondence from 1948 to 1969 between the GRCA and federal and provincial authorities concerning flood control projects, and between the GRCA and legal firms, which appears to have been collated as evidence. Also includes ts.(photocopy) schedule of evidence presented by the GRCA at the hearings of the Ontario Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Grand River Flood, 1974; and ms.(original) report titled : Report on Grand River Flood Event, May 16-19, 1974, by the Grand River Conservation Authority.

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Memo re Grand River Watershed, November 17, 1949.

Consists of a ts. memo by an unidentified author regarding the history and development of conservation and water management in the Grand River Watershed. The memo appears to have been prepared for public distribution and focuses primarily upon the activities of the Grand River Conservation Commission in regard to dam construction and water flow control.

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Lion's Club address, September 30, 1949.

Consists of a ts. notes for a speech concerning the background and development of the Grand River Conservation Commission prepared for a presentation to the Lion's Club[Kitchener, Ont.?] by an unidentified member of the Grand River Conservation Commission.

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Minute Book no. 5, November 17, 1949 to January 25, 1955

Consists of ts.minutes of meetings of the Grand River Conservation Commission pasted into a bound volume. Includes minutes of annual meetings of the GRCC, 1950-1954.
Also included are correspondence and reports. Enclosed are : annual audited financial statements of the GRCC for the years ended December 31, 1949-1953.

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Grand River Conservation Commission Secretary-Treasurer : correspondence, 1949.

Consists of ts.(carbon copy) letters to the Hon. A.G. Welsh, Department of Planning and Development from E.F. Roberts, Secretary-Treasurer of the Grand River Conservation Commission concerning request for approval and support of projects at Luther Marsh and on the Conestogo River. Also includes letters received by the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Ontario Minister of Public Works relating to funding of the Luther Marsh and Conestogo Dam Projects.

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Artifacts

Series consists of discrete items, including the first river flow recording gauge used by the GRCA, the GVCA banner and several engraving plates of GRCA logos.

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Minutes, July 25, 1950 to February 2, 1954.

Consists of ts. minutes of meetings of the Executive Committee of the Grand River Conservation Commission, pasted into a bound volume. Also present are correspondence, tender estimates for the Luther Dam, dated September 9, 1950; accounts payable statements for the Grand River Conservation Commission; and a financial statement of the Grand River Conservation Commission as of December 31, 1952 produced by Scully & Scully, Chartered Accountants, Kitchener, Ont.

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Water management.

An ms. note added to the listing accompanying the slides relates that the Water management slides contain "some key May' 74 flood aerials."

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Elora footage, 1950s.

Consists of a DVD transfer of a videocassette of an 8 mm promotional film of Elora, Ontario by the Elora Chamber of Commerce. Includes scenes of local industries, railways and the Grand River.

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Visual : Slides : Historic :"Archival Slides"

Series consists of two metal cases of "Archival" slides belonging to the the Grand River Conservation Authority which illustrate the history of the management of the Grand River Watershed including water management and conservation efforts primarily during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Minutes, January, 1950 to December, 1952.

Consists of ts. minutes of meetings of the Grand Valley Conservation Authority, in a bound volume.

The volume is divided into the following sections :
General Meetings : minutes, which includes Grand Valley Conservation Authority : Annual Meetings : minutes, April 17, 1950, April 26, 1951 and April 22, 1952; Executive Commitee : minutes of meetings; Advisory Board on Soils and Water : minutes of meetings; Advisory Board on Recreation : minutes of meetings; Advisory Board on Education and Publicity : minutes of meetings; Advisory Board on Farm Ponds and Small Dams minutes of meetings; Advisory Board on Rules and Procedures : minutes of meetings; and Advisory Board on Reforestation : minutes of meetings.

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