Academic journal article Manitoba History

HBC Filmmaker's Diary Donated to Hudson's Bay Company Archives

Academic journal article Manitoba History

HBC Filmmaker's Diary Donated to Hudson's Bay Company Archives

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The Provincial Archives of Manitoba has accepted a donation of historic personal records from the Wyckoff Family of Sacramento, California. The material records the making of a remarkable documentary from 1920, Romance of the Far Fur Company. Harold Wyckoff was hired by Hudson's Bay in 1919 to direct this film to mark the 250th anniversary of the company. Walter Wyckoff, grandson of filmmaker Harold Wyckoff, travelled to Winnipeg from Sacramento to personally deliver the documents which include diaries, letters and other records that detail the production of the documentary..

A silent film in black and white, Romance of the Far Fur Country was stored in the HBC archives in London for many decades, lost to viewers and students of the north until it was meticulously restored and returned to Canada in 2012.This unique film vividly documents not only the HBC's business activities at a number of northern Canadian posts but it also offers significant insight into the HBC's important relationships with indigenous people. The two New York filmmakers who made the film departed from Montreal in the spring of 1919 on the famous icebreaker HMS Nascopie, travelling toward the Arctic Circle. …

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