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Thomas Whitefoot fonds
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- moving images
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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[ca. 1926]-1955; 1963 (Creation)
- Whitefoot, Thomas, 1891-1986
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16 film reels
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Name of creator
Thomas W. Whitefoot (1891-1986) was an English-born portrait photographer (and sometime cinematographer) who first came to Canada in 1911, residing in Vancouver from 1923-1924 until his death. He studied photography in Calgary (1913-1914) and at the London Polytechnic School of Photography (1918). In Vancouver, he worked as a photographer's assistant at the Bridgman Studio (1924-1929) before establishing his own business, The Whitefoot Studio, which he operated until 1950. Whitefoot retired in 1969. Beyond his work as a professional photographer, he was an avid amateur cinematographer who filmed travelogues, sporting events, and important public occasions in Vancouver. He also produced promotional films for the Vancouver Parks Board, Home Oil Distributors Ltd., and British Pacific Properties.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of Tom Whitefoot's amateur films depicting military parades, Vancouver scenery, highway trips in British Columbia and the Northwest, and local events such as Vancouver's Golden and Diamond Jubilees (1936 and 1946), the 1939 Royal Visit, the British Empire and Commonweath Games (1954), and the city's first Grey Cup game (1955).
Immediate source of acquisition
Films 6 and 12 were received from Thomas W. Whitefoot in 1981, and films 1-5, 7-11 and 13 were acquired from Whitefoot via CBC Vancouver in 1986. All films accessioned in 1986.
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Restrictions on access
- No access restrictions apply.
- Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright assigned to British Columbia Archives, 1986, by T.W. Whitefoot (d. 1986-11-03).
- Content notes in file V1986:45.
- Item-level descriptions are available on-line.
- See F1986:29/002.01 for Whitefoot's film "Construction of the Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver" (1937-1939).
- See F1982:09 for further fragments of Whitefoot's film "Out of the land of Lilliput" (1935).
No further accruals are expected.
Archives code(s): F1981:9; F1986:26.
Accession number(s): F1981:09; F1986:26
Moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.
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Name access points
- Whitefoot, Thomas, 1891-1986 (Subject)