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Churchill: Gateway to a new world of commerce

Home movie: A train trip to Churchill, Manitoba passing through Hudson Bay and The Pas. Includes shots of the town of Churchill, the grain elevators, grain loading facilities, a tour of a ship in harbour, Fort Prince of Wales, whale hunting, and the fauna and flora of the area. This film won a prize at the Yorkton International Film Festival.



  • FILM R-3983
  • Item
  • 1999 or before

Nature film: Describes how the forces of nature have shaped the landscape of the Cypress Hills and documents the fuana and flora of the region. Includes excellent closeups of animals, birds, insects and plants that inhabit the area. The Saskatchewan Archives has another copy of this film in its holding - See VT R-2273


Dick and Ada Bird fonds

  • BF 17
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1981, 1984, 1992, 1995 (predominant: 1920-1979)

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Dick and Ada Bird of Regina, Saskatchewan during the course of their careers in the cinematography field, their travels worldwide and their lecture tours throughout Canada and the United States. Their personal family life is also documented. The period of the record relates predominantly to the 1920s through 1970s.

Included in the fonds are 16 mm silent film reels; photographs; journals, diaries and memo books; notes; scripts; manuscripts, scrapbooks and extensive correspondence. Also contained in the textual records are draft chapters and research notes for Dick Bird's incomplete autobiographical manuscript, 'Sixteen Frames, Hand-Cranked and Silent' written in the 1970s.

The types of film include dramatic presentations, instructional and historical documentaries, comedic feature films, compilations of footage and clips, newsreels, interviews, shorts, travelogues, animated cartoons, home movies and nature films. The film reels document travels in China, Bermuda, British Guiana, Europe, New Zealand, Florida, California, Arizona and Texas; historical subjects such as the North-West Mounted Police, aviation, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and the Second World War; and various news events. Film of wildlife and travels in Newfoundland, Manitoba and Alberta is represented in the fonds, as well as travel throughout Saskatchewan (in particular Regina, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Fort Qu'Appelle and Lac La Ronge and the Birds' cottage at Buena Vista on Last Mountain Lake). Agricultural scenes, wildlife, birds, nature and conservation are the predominant subjects of the films.

Photographic material includes prints, copy and glass negatives, transparencies, slides and filmstrips. The photographs include documentation of the Birds' foreign, Canadian and Saskatchewan travel producing nature films and conducting lecture tours. As well, provincial politicians, local events, visiting dignitaries, aviation, nature, industry, agricultural scenes and Regina subjects are depicted substantially in the fonds.

Series and subject assignment were applied to certain parts of the fonds in 2000 by the archivist describing the textual records, under the following headings: Film; 'Camera Trails' Radio Series; Lecture Tour Series; 'Sixteen Frames, Hand-Cranked and Silent,' Dick Bird's Autobiography; Scripts; Correspondence; Research; Trips; Clubs and Organizations; Personal Files; Photos and Films; Miscellaneous; Diaries; Memo Books; Notebooks; and Scrapbooks.

Photographs listed in 1992 were described under the following categories: Dick and Ada Bird; Natural History - Saskatchewan; Natural History - Canada; Foreign Excursions; Regina; General; and Filmstrips.

The fonds includes a sound recording of an interview with Fred Bradshaw of Vancouver, British Columbia regarding his discovery, on may 28, 1922, of the first Whooping Crane nest found in west central Saskatchewan. The interview was conducted by Dick Bird in 1955 and is 26 minutes long.

No series assignment was applied to the film records described in the 1990s, or to the photographic records described in 2003.

This fonds is missing additional films, diaries and correspondence that were destroyed in a 1985 fire at the Bird residence.

Bird, Dick and Ada, 1892-2003


  • FILM R-4003
  • Item
  • 1999 or before

Nature film: This film looks at the Canadian Shield during the summer months and the fauna and flora that inhabit the area. Described are the different landforms that were created during the retreat of the glaciers 13,000 years ago and how the environment is changing the landscape of the region. Man's impact on the area is also discussed. Includes excellent closeups of the fauna and flora that live in the region. See FILM R-4003 copy 1 and FILM R-4003 copy 2. The Saskatchewan Archives has another copy of this film in its holds - See VT R-2275.



  • FILM R-3987
  • Item
  • 1999 or before

Scientific film: An educational film describing how the geological features of the Lake Agassiz Region of west-central Canada and northern United States were formed. On-site field shots and animated graphic sequences are used to show many of the effects Pliestocene glaciation had on the landscape and to show the character of the bedrock formations in the region. See FILM R-3987 copy 1, FILM R-3987 copy 2, and FILM R-3987 copy 3. Shrinkage for FILM R-3987 copy3 is: head 0.6%, center 0.6%, tail 0.6%.


Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba

  • R-1527
  • File
  • 1800-1979

Compilation of former pamphlet collections in the Regina office of the Saskatchewan Archives Board.

File 35 contains the publication Farm Life in the Selkirk Colony. Files 14 and 46 relate to mounds and mound builders. File 49.25 includes Wapella Farm Settlement by Cyril Edel Leonoff. Includes article on the life and times of Archbishop Alexandre A. Taché by Maurice Prud'homme (No. 11, 1956, p.4-17). File 13 relates to chinook winds. Files 2, 20, 23, 49.5, 49.10 and 49.26 relate to fur trade.File 49.17 relates to Archibald Dale, a cartoonist with the Winnipeg Free Press. File 30 relates to Crow Wing Trail. Files 3 and 49.12 relate to Alexander Kennedy Isbister.

Includes Exploration Photographer: Humphrey Lloyd Hime and the Assiniboine and Saskatchewan Exploring Expedition of 1858, by R. Huyda (Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba Transactions Series III No. 30, 1973-74). No. 27 (1970-71) includes biographical information on William Kennedy (1814-1890).

No. 29, 1972-73, includes an article by Dr. E.C. Shaw entitled The Kennedys - An Unusual Western Family.

Interview with Tom Gentles

  • Tape R-16092
  • Item
  • 1981-07-02

Sound recording of an interview with Thomas (Tom) Babington Gentles regarding his work with the Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation since 1946. He speaks of road conditions then and now; various programs which have been established; road construction; costs and safety; his interests in the Saskatchewan Natural History Society; environmental conservation and archaeology; his involvement in road construction projects in Uganda and Java; and future plans. The interview was broadcast on CFMQ-FM Radio in Regina, Saskatchewan on the FM Noon Magazine program.

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