George Coutts fonds Help




George Coutts fonds


Dates of Creation 




Physical Description 


3 film reels (1 hr., 17 min., 37 sec.)


Scope and Content 


Fonds consists of three films created by George Coutts documenting the progress of construction of the port facilities at Churchill, Manitoba from 1931-1933, life at the port and surrounding area in all seasons and Coutts' journey to Churchill from The Pas in 1931 via the Hudson Bay Railway, which had been completed in 1929. Segments are preceded by explanatory title cards typed and filmed by Coutts. Numerous panoramic and close-up shots of the port and surrounding area show the construction of the port's grain elevator, power house, dock and warehouse.

Additionally, Coutts filmed the 1767 Samuel Hearne rock inscription at Sloop Cove and the remains of Prince of Wales Fort before reconstruction of it began in 1932. Footage also includes an RCMP patrol comprised of an officer and Inuit guide, two Inuit men constructing an igloo, a group of Inuit in a whaling boat, the arrival and departure of various ships including the Hudson's Bay Company arctic supply ship SS Nascopie, the loading of grain and cattle onto ships, the arrival and departure of Canadian Airways, RCAF and commercial aircraft and an overnight refueling stop by Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh who were en route to Japan in 1933.


Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


George Coutts (d. 1966) was a civil engineer involved in construction of the port and grain storage facilities at Churchill, Manitoba from 1927-1937 and port facilities at Basra in the Persian Gulf from 1941-1949.

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Coutts, George


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 films were purchased by Archives of Manitoba from George Coutts' widow, Mrs. Winnifred E. Coutts in 1968. (Library and Archives Canada also holds prints of these films.)


Availability of Other Formats 


All of the records in this fonds have been digitized and can be viewed through the listings database.


How to proceed

These records must be consulted in the Archives Research Room, however digitized records may also be accessed online.

Consult the listings database for location codes, and digitized recordings of the records in this fonds.

This material is not available for microfilm loan.

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