L.B. Foote fonds Help




L.B. Foote fonds


Dates of Creation 


[ca. 1895]-1985


Physical Description 


2537 photographs
0.36 m of textual records


Scope and Content 


Fonds consists of approximately 2500 photographs taken by L.B. Foote between the early 1900s and late 1940s. Foote's commercial photographs document Winnipeg's rapid growth in the first half of the twentieth century. His photographs document a variety of activities including weddings, picnics, new building construction and funerals. He is especially recognized for his photos of visiting royalty and the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. Also included are approximately 100 photographs of murder scenes, sometimes including the bodies of victims, which were taken by Foote between 1916 and 1945 in his role as photographer for the Coronor's office. Because these photographs were to be used as official evidence the date was written directly on the negative making accurate identification possible.

Fonds also includes records related to his work including journals with lists of photographs linking his personal numbering system with specific images and providing descriptions and dates. Similar loose lists are also included. The journals do not appear to be in a specific order and might have been written in at different time periods. The journals also contain random notes that Foote left for himself such as recipes or reminders to contact someone regarding an image or job. Other records related to his profession include detailed records of specific assignments such as photographing the construction of the Legislative Building in 1915 and photographing a series of Chinese artefacts in 1921. There are also business cards, a royal press pass, sample photograph holders for the Foote and James studio and correspondence with various clients. Records also include a memoir (1873-1899), an account of his 12 week stay in hospital (ca. 1895) and several diaries from the late 1940s to 1956, mainly documenting some of his travels during this period. Records also include newspaper clippings collected by Foote and by his relatives. Clippings include retrospectives on Foote's career which were published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Free Press.


Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


L. B. (Lewis Benjamin) Foote (1873-1957) was a freelance commercial photographer in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Foote, L. B.


Restrictions on Access 


There are no restrictions on access to these records.


Terms For Use and Reproduction 


Researchers are responsible for observing copyright legislation. Permission may be required for any form of publication or exhibition where records are not in the public domain.


Custodial History 


The majority of the photographs and the textual records were donated by various members of the Foote family between 1957 and 2000. A small number of photographs were donated by individual and organizations during that same time period.


Availability of Other Formats 


Some of the photographs have been digitized and can be viewed through the listings database.




In 2017 it was determined that 15 of the photographs in this fonds (Foote 1672-1673, 1675-1678, 1680, 1684, 1686, 1692-1694, 1696-1697, 1700) had actually been exhibits in the R v. Ivens et al trial following the events of the Winnipeg General Strike. These photos were transferred to the Archives with other exhibits in 1973 from the Court of Queen's Bench and then removed from the exhibits and added to the L. B. Foote fonds. The decision has been made to return them to the other exhibits from the trial (GR3081, A 0272 Exhibits and other records related to the Winnipeg General Strike trials).




The photographs were arranged roughly by subject by Archives's staff. Where specific descriptive information and dates are listed they were likely taken by matching Foote's photograph numbers as written on the negatives with his record of photographs (P7406/1, P7406/2) and Lists of photographs (P7406/6). Additonally, Foote often wrote the descriptive information directly onto the negative.


Former Codes 


MG14 C18


How to proceed

Access to the orginal negatives is limited. Access prints are available for consultation.

Consult listings database to find location codes and digitial copies of some photographs.

This material is not available for microfilm loan.

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