Richard Sterling Finnie fonds [multiple media]
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Richard Sterling Finnie fonds [multiple media]Hierarchical level:FondsDate:1890-1992.Reference:R5516-0-8-E, MG31-C6Type of material:Textual material, Photographs, Maps and cartographic material, Moving images, Sound recordings, Architectural and technical drawingsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:106136Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsFonds includes:212 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1890-1992.Place of creation:CanadaExtent:4.125 m of textual records.
ca. 116 film reels (ca. 41 h, 36 min, 46 s).
48 audio cassettes.
21 audio reels.
1 audio disc.
2 architectural drawingsLanguage of material:EnglishScope and content:Fonds consists of textual records including correspondence, diaries and manuscripts relating to the Klondike Gold Rush, Captain J.E. Bernier's Arctic Expeditions in 1924 to 1925 and the Arctic patrol in 1937 and the J.L. Burwash Arctic Expedition to King William Island for which Finnie served as filmmaker in 1930 to 1931. His papers document his films in the 1930's of mineral resources and Indian and Inuit peoples in the Mackenzie Valley region. His papers reflect his employment for Bechtel Engineering and Construction Ltd. from 1942 to 1968 and document the construction of the Alaska Highway and Canadian pipelines such as the Canol pipeline 1942 to 1945, the TransCanada gas pipeline and the Interprovincial oil pipeline in the 1950's as well as projects such as the development of Labrador iron ore in the 1960's. Also included in this fonds is a selection of documents which includes correspondence with or relating to Richard Finnie, his work as a writer, a film maker and explorer in northern Canada; manuscripts and articles by Richard Finnie on northern Canada; biographical notes on Finnie; as well as personal papers, clippings and other material relating to Finnie and or his interests.
Fonds also contains photographs which document the life and career of Finnie, particularly in northern Canada; as well as photographs of events, individuals, and subjects related to Finnie, 1898-1980.
Also included in fonds are moving images that document Richard Finnie's position as explorer, writer, lecturer, photographer, and pioneer motion picture producer. Included are documentaries on the natural resources of Canada's Northland, with special emphasis on oil, oil sands, pipelines, and minerals. Other subjects include the Canadian Arctic Expeditions of 1928 and 1929, folk art, the study of the Copper Inuit, the Dogrib Indian Land Treaty, the development of Northern Canada, Quebec traditions, Paris, Kampuchea, World War Two, Alaska Highway and CANOL, his extensive productions for the Bechtel Corporation, and interviews.
Also included are sound recordings documenting lectures, interviews, research and background material relating to Finnie's work on the history and the development of Northern Canada. Included are interviews with Finnie by Claude Minotto about the 1924 East Arctic Expedition, 1975; an interview with Richard Finnie, Maurice Haycock and Walter Kupsch about their experiences in the Canadian Arctic, 1980; a dedication of the first shipment of ore from the Puerto Ordaz mine in Venezuela, 1954; and the official opening of the western terminus of the Trans Mountain Pipeline in Burnaby, British Columbia, 1953.
The fonds also contains maps of the Klondike Goldfields, city of Dawson, and transportation facilities in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, 1943-1972, as well as 2 plans for the CANOL project at Norman Wells, Northwest Territories.Provenance:Biography/Administrative history:Finnie, Richard Sterling, 1906-1987 : Richard Finnie was born in Dawson, the son of Oswald Sterling Finnie, Director of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Branch from 1921 to 1931. Richard Finnie made numerous expeditions to the Canadian north which lead to his recognition as an authority on the history and geography of the Arctic and northern Canada. His first expeditions were with Captain Bernier in 1924 and 1925 as radio operator on the last expeditions of the C.G.S. ARCTIC. In 1928 he received his first Commission to produce the film "In the Shadow of the Pole" from the Government Motion Picture Bureau. He served on the Burwash expedition to King William Island and produced a series of films in 1930 and 1931 during a twelve month assignment in the western Arctic. In 1939 he made a film for the Bureau on mineral development in the Mackenzie District during which he produced the film "Treaty Time at Fort Rae" concerning the Dogrib tribe. He published the books Lure of the North, 1940 and Canada Moves North in 1942 as well as numerous articles on the Canadian North. He was hired by the firm Bechtel Engineering and Construction in 1942 as a northern advisor and documentary filmmaker. He produced the film "the Alaska Highway" and also films on the CANOL pipeline. During his 25 years of service with Bechtel he produced numerous films, photographs and articles on their construction projects all over the world. Canadian projects which he documented include the construction and publicity for the Interprovincial, Transmountain, Westcoast Transmission and Trans Canada pipelines in films such as "Canadian Pipeline" and "Oil Across the Mountains" as well as the film "Iron from Labrador".Finding aid:Textual records (Electronic) Finding aid 1891 is a descriptive file list. MSS1891 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000461.pdfMoving images (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)Moving images (Paper) Refer to AV Collection file for additional information. (Restrictions not set)Sound recordings (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)Sound recordings (Paper) Refer to AV Collection file for additional information. (Restrictions not set)Architectural, technical drawings, cartographic material (Other) Please consult lower level descriptions. 87802/533; 912037. (90: Open)Additional information:Custodial history:The papers were received in 1978 from R.S. Finnie and from his wife Anne Ackerman Finnie in 1987 and 1992 and through Janet Sawyer in 1994 and 1996.Related material:Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives in the Library of Stanford University holds a collection of Richard Sterling Finnie Papers, dating from 1950-1967 (
Collection number: M0694). These papers, created by Richard Sterling Finnie during the course of his employment as a professional photographer and historian by the Bechtel Corporation, includes 6 linear ft. of papers, as well as 22 Photographs, 31 audio tapes and 28 films relating to many of Bechtel Corporation's major construction projects.Container note(s):Subject heading:Source:Private
Moving images: Reproduction with written permission of copyright owner. No donor restrictions. The copyright of material produced by Richard Finnie resides with Anne Ackerman Finnie. However, Mrs. Finnie does not care to be contacted by researchers requesting reproduction of the material. She has given the National Archives discretionary power to allow copying or not (see letter of 21 July 1987 in Collection File). Researchers requesting copies should contact Film and Broadcasting Section for permission.
Anne Ackerman Finnie died on October 25, 1995. Janet Sawyer, Mrs. Finnie's daughter and Mr. Finnie's step-daughter, should be contacted.
Sound recordings: Material in accession 1988-0323 (MISA) is closed. Reproduction of material in accessions 1992-0164 (MISA) and 1975-0059 (MISA) require written permission of copyright owner : no donor restrictions.
Cartographic material: No restrictions concerning access; however, there are restrictions on reproduction as described in the Copyright Act.
Architectural, technical drawings: No restrictions concerning access; however, there are restrictions on reproduction as described in the Copyright Act.
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