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Media Services fonds
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- Moving images
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CA UWA 17.014
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1942, 1946, 1966-1973 (Creation)
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- Canadian-American Conference
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14 acetate discs
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The date of the creation of the Media Services Department is unclear, however, the earliest evidence of its existence as a distinct administrative entity dates to 1970. In cooperation with other university departments, including the University Relations Department, the Media Services Department developed print and radio advertisements, announcements, and other communications for internal and external audiences, and documented the institutional life and history of the University of Winnipeg and its predecessor institutions (United and Wesley College). The department also hosted and organized a variety of presentations for staff and students. Additionally, it provided a range of services to staff and students, including the provisioning of classroom equipment, assistance in graphic and video production, audio services for special events, and photography unit. The Media Services Department was disbanded in 1995 and its responsibilities redistributed to various other departments including Technical Support Services, Printing Services, and Physical Plant. Following its closure, photographic services were contracted out.
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The Canadian-American Conference, a joint project of United College and Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, had its first meeting in 1941. The annual conference, which met at each college in alternate years, offered faculty and students the opportunity to hear reports and discuss issues in international affairs. Over the thirty years of its existence, the Conference heard papers on the new internationalism, the end of White Imperialism, the British Commonwealth in world affairs, ehtnic tensions in the modern world, the nation in the future, The Middle East, and the Pacific and the New World Order. Prominent academics, politicians and businessmen were members of the Institute while at United College, including Lloyd Axworthy, Arthur Lower, Serling Lyon, Kenneth McNaught, William Norrie, Margaret Prang, and Peter Gordon White.
The recordings from the 1942 Canadian-American Conference were made by members of Macalaster College and later given to United College, as noted by Alf Longman in 1968. Material was located by Brett Lougheed, University Archivist, in archives storage area 5CM06 amongst other films originally retained by Media Services. Lougheed transferred the material to the University Archives upon their discovery in 2017.
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The films contain footage of the University of Winnipeg in the late-1960s/early-1970s. Titles on the films include” "UofW Birthday Party", "UofW Grad 19__", "100 Birthday", "UofW 1973", "United College", "Hello 101 UofW", "Collegiate Film 1969", "Original Roll #1 and #2 UofWpg", and five reels labeled "Change and Challenge". The acetate discs contain audio recordings of the 2nd Annual Canadian-American Conference at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in November 1942. Among the speakers was Manitoba Premier Stuart Garson. Other discs are labeled "Foster Hewitt" and various numerical "Narrations".
The films are in various stages of decomposition and are quite brittle. The acetate discs are very fragile. Film shards were collected following playback attempts and placed in an envelope for splicing at a later date. This envelope is stored with the films.
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A selection of the films have been digitized and made available on the Archives’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU-WQIZxCptZcloZRxKRoCw/featured.
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The fragile state of the film and discs, in addition to the lack of equipment to render the information, limits their accessibility.
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Users must abide by copyright legislation. University of Winnipeg retains copyright on this material. University of Winnipeg waives copyright in most instances.
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Created by Christopher Kshyk on January 16, 2018.
Finding aid created by Daniel Matthes, 2 March 2018
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