Fonds MSS 494 (A2013-094) - Elise Swerhone fonds

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Elise Swerhone fonds

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  • Moving images
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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material

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MSS 494 (A2013-094)

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  • 1946-2007 (Creation)
    Swerhone, Elise

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1.36 m of textual records
393 slides
371 reels
177 photographs
79 DVcams
42 audio-cassette
29 VHS tapes
21 floppy disks
14 betacams
5 negatives
2 CD-Roms
1 LP record

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Elise Swerhone is a Winnipeg-born director, producer and writer of multiple dramatic and documentary films and television series or episodes. Beginning her career in the 1970s, Swerhone’s filmography credits include “Tommy Douglas: Keeper of the Flame”, “Leo Mol in Light and Shadow”, “Me, My Brother and My Father’s Van Gogh” and “Restitution”. Her work has also been featured on the CBC’s “The Family Pictures” (“Miss Manitoba” and “Now & Then”), and “Inside Stories” (“The Mayor of Odessa”). Her work has also been featured by National Geographic, HGTV, Global TV, the National Film Board, Discovery US, and Vision.

Swerhone has also held various positions throughout her career, including president of Riverain Productions, a Manitoba-based production company. An alumni of the National Screen Institute’s DramaLab, she has also acted as program manager and co-program manager for the NSI Aboriginal Documentary course.

She has been nominated for multiple Gemini Awards, including one for “Mayor of Odessa” (Best Director of a dramatic program or miniseries) and one for her film on Tommy Douglas.

Custodial history

The records were donated to the University of Manitoba in 2013 by Elise Swerhone.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records related to films, documentaries, television shows, and non-produced projects by Swerhone. The records document the research, writing and filming process, and include scripts, transcriptions, agreements, contracts, applications, production files, financial documents, release forms, schedules, correspondence, promotional material, research notes, proposals, slides, photographs, negatives, and audio-visual material.
The fonds is arranged into 3 series:
1) Textual material
2) Photographs
3) Audio-visual material.
Each series is subsequently arranged by project.

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Physical condition

The records are generally in good condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Elise Swerhone


Arrangement of the fonds is based on the original order established of the records as established by the creator of the records.

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  • English
  • German

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There are some restrictions on access.

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Researchers must comply with Canadian copyright legislation.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Created November 2016 by Natalie Vielfaure

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  • English

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