Collection 2006.25 - Al Elsey Moving Images Collection

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Al Elsey Moving Images Collection

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  • 1961 - 2000, predominant 1961-1967 (Creation)

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  • 80 film reels
  • 4 videocassettes

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Fonds consists of original, silent 16mm reels that portray the natural, social and land use history of the Bella Coola and Chilcotin regions named the "Natural and Guiding History of the Bella Coola and Chilcotin Regions".

Possible locations that Al Elsey filmed include: Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Anahim Lake, Alert Bay, Nimpo Lake, Bulkey Valley, the Rainbow Mountains, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Dean River, Bella Coola River, Tchaha Lake, the Chilcotin region, the Ulkatcho Mountains, Lassard Lake, Fenton Lake, Atnarko River, Wells Gray Park, and Holt Homestead.

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In 2011 the 16mm films were digitized and are available as digital files and on DVD. Digitization and finding aid development was financially supported by a private foundation.

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Films available via usage of digitized access copies. Access to original film masters are restricted for conservation reasons. See archivist for details.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Personal or academic use of audiovisual material is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the UNBC Archives for further information.

Finding aids

There are two finding aids available. One finding aid orders the films according to the accession number and is entitled "Summaries of Al Elsey Original Footage 16mm Film". The other orders the films according to the order the original films were recorded onto VHS format and is entitled "Summaries of Al Elsey Recorded Original Footage".

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There are 80 silent 16mm reels of film that run for 2 seconds to 47 minutes long.

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