Collection PR-2232 - Douglas S. Wilson collection

Photograph of a portrait of Dorothy Burritt

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Douglas S. Wilson collection

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  • sound recording
  • moving images
  • multiple media

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  • 1947-1990 (Creation)
    Wilson, Douglas S.

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3 videotapes, 3 audio reels, 1 film reel, 1 photograph

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Biographical history

Douglas S. Wilson was a film enthusiast and collector who lived in Toronto and was active in the Toronto Film Society. He was also a friend of Oscar C. Burritt and Dorothy Burritt (nee Fowler).

Custodial history

The audio reels and the film reel were donated to the BC Archives by Douglas S. Wilson in 1981 and 1986, respectively. The videotapes were copied (in 1990) from films loaned to the BC Archives by Wilson, or (in 1985-1986) from material he deposited at the National Archives of Canada.

Scope and content

The collection mainly consists of copies of several short films by Oscar and Dorothy Burritt. The Burritts were film enthusiasts and amateur filmmakers who lived in Vancouver until 1947. Oscar C. Burritt also worked as a professional cinematographer and director. In later years he worked for CBC Television in Toronto. Both the Burritts were active in the film society movement, including the Vancouver Branch of the National Film Society and the Toronto Film Society.

The collection includes footage of Vancouver events and places, as well the amateur or experimental works "And--", "Bats Out of Hell", "Residue 2", "Suite Two: A Memo to Oscar", and "Three There". The collection also includes Douglas Wilson's 1981 oral history interview with Leon C. Shelly, who discusses his career as a film producer in Vancouver and Toronto. It also includes a photograph of a portrait of Dorothy Burritt, painted in 1947 by Peter Bortkus.

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Location of originals

The original films of "and--", "[Cinemaorgy]", and "Three There" are held by Library and Archives Canada. The original film of "Suite Two" is F1986:06 at the BC Archives. Location of the other film originals is unknown.

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  • No access restrictions apply.
  • Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

For copyright information, see the descriptions of the individual films.

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Item-level descriptions of the films and sound recording are available on-line.

Associated materials

F1986:06 (in the Stanley Fox fonds) is the original film of "Suite Two", from which the reversal print F1986:07 was made.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Archives code(s): Fonds description was previously numbered AAAA8062.; F1986:07 ; V1985:36 (item #1) ; V1986:63 ; V1990:06 ; T3920.

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Accession number(s): F1986:07; V1985:36; V1986:63; V1990:06; T3920


Sound recording and moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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