Atlas Wrecking Company:

An Inventory of Atlas Wrecking Company's papers and photographs at the University of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Alanna MacIsaac
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(April 2012)

Finding aid encoded by Alanna MacIsaac (October 2012)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Atlas Wrecking Company

Atlas Wrecking Company Fonds


0.63 m of graphic and other materials

MSS 364, TC 164, PC 320 (A.12-33)


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Administrative History of Atlas Wrecking Company

The Atlas Wrecking Company was established in the early 1900’s by David Billinkoff. Coming to Winnipeg from Russia on Christmas Eve, Billinkoff used his only dollar to buy a handsaw, going door to door offering to cut wood. He also began hauling loads of frozen gravel from Birds Hill into the city of Winnipeg, and eventually developed a scrap lumber and resale business. After David’s passing in 1933, his son Alecander quit school to run Billinkoff Wrecking and Lumber, and was eventually joined by his brothers Ben and Joe. In the 1950’s the businesses became two distinct companies, Billinkoff’s Lumber and the Atlas Wrecking Company. Over the years, Atlas completed many major wrecking, salvaging or demolishing projects occurring in Western Canada. This includes the demolition of various public structures in Winnipeg such as the old Canadian National Telegraph’s building at the corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street, the old Winnipeg Electric Company’s steam generating plant, and the old Canadian Distillery in St. Boniface to name a few. Before and during each demolition, pictures were taken to document the event, making a unique contribution to the history of the city’s evolving landscape.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection is comprised of newspaper articles, photographs, negatives, letters and other printed materials. In addition to textual materials, the collection includes 1163 photographs and 1 reel to reel audio tape.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged by series

  • 1. Scrapbooks and Photographs
  • 2. Publications

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions

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Custodial History

This fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in the Elizabeth Dafoe Library by Batya Billinkoff in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

11 Residences 1 1963
2 Residences 2 - Alex Billinkoff Wrecking Record Bk 1 1962-1965
3 Residences 3 circa 1956
21 Scrapbook 1 1966-1967
2 Loose photographs 1 - Royal Alexander 1971
3 Loose photographs 2 - 48 Rupertsland 1971
4 Loose photographs 3 circa 1958
5 Loose photographs 4 circa 1962
31 Negatives 1 - Poole Construction 1968
2 Negatives 2 [1960-1970?]
3 Negatives 3 1968
4 Negatives 4 1965
5 Negatives 5 [1960-1970?]
6 Negatives 6 [1960-1970?]
7 Negatives 7 [1960-1970?]
41 Miscellaneous Audio circa 1960
2 City Hall and Disraeli Freeway 1961
3 New Royal Bank [1960-1970?]
4 Loose photographs 5 [1960-1970?]
5 Loose photographs 6 1964
6 Loose photographs 7 [1960-1970?]
7 Loose photographs 8 - maybe city hall circa 1910
8 Loose photographs 8 - Disraeli freeway and city hall 1961
9 City Hall/Disraeli Freeway [1961]

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51 Newspaper clippings 1896
2 Newspaper articles about demolition 1963-1966
3 Artwork/photographs circa 1932
4 Trade publication
5 The Main Street Directory 1985
6 Painting of "site of new Royal Bank"

See map cabinet for painting (A12-33)

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