Series MS-3290 - Films

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  • moving images

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.

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  • [ca. 1956-1972] (Creation)

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18 film reels : colour, silent : 16 mm

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Custodial history

The films were held by G. Ronald Toews as part of the Tommy Walker estate and most were donated to the BC Archives in 1990. Two more (F1990:14/005 and /008) were donated by Toews in 2003. In 2005, Toews donated four more that had been loaned to the Smithers Museum by Walker (F1990:14/012; /013; /014 and 015).

Scope and content

The series consists of films and footage that depict Tommy and Marion Walker's guiding-outfitting operation at Cold Fish Lake, and the flora, fauna and scenery of the surrounding Spatsizi Plateau. This material documents the operating seasons of 1957 to 1968; events and activities at Cold Fish Lake Camp; the TW Ranch at Hyland Post; packtrains; hunting and fishing trips; the local wildlife; the Walker's annual journeys in and out of the region by horse, floatplane, and automobile; and their winter home at Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Early films were made by Walker as publicity for his guide outfitting business and later films were made to show around the Province in his (eventually successful) attempts to have the Spatzizi designated a park.

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In 2016, the archival selection was completed. 18 film reels were identified for permanent retention and preservation and the short reels of miscellaneous footage, out-takes and trims were approved for destruction.

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Conservation restriction: original films are in cold storage and are inaccessible.

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Copyright assigned to the British Columbia Archives by the co-executors of the Thomas Walker estate in December 2005.

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Accession number(s): F1990:14 (90-9591)

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Previously described as AAAA1557.


Original film reels are in cold storage.

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