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Norman Lightfoot fonds
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- Moving images
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CA UMASC MSS 518
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- Lightfoot, Norman
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25 Betacam SP videocassettes
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Norman Lightfoot is a Canadian naturalist, photographer and cinematographer who was trained in audio-visual arts at the University of Guelph. Born in Dublin, Ireland on February 7 1936, his family then moved throughout Africa and the United Kingdom during his father’s military career. The family moved to Ontario in the years following the Second World War, although Lightfoot would travel back to Africa annually to guide safari trips. His primary interest has always been images of animals, and upon entering university he studied seals in Canada’s north, taking video footage that would later be used for television broadcast. His career has gone on to include works such as the film Images of the Wild (about Robert Bateman), as well as work on many television shows, including Profiles of Nature and Canadian Wilderness Journal. He has worked with other notable Canadian naturalists such as Robert Taylor and Robert Bateman, helping to draw attention to the animals and the environment of not only Canada, but also the world. Norman Lightfoot currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario.
The collection was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in December of 2015 by Norman Lightfoot, via John Toone (documentary filmmaker).
Scope and content
The fonds consists of 25 betacam video cassettes. These contain footage of trips to the Northwest Territories in August-September 1994, as well as June 1995. Included are interviews and footage with Robert Taylor and “Tundra Tom” Faess, who were working as guides on the trips, as well as shots of the landscape and many animals , including arctic hare, black bears, caribou, muskox and wolves. The three series within the fonds are arranged according to the timeframes of the betacam video cassettes: August-September 1994 and June 1995.
Items are in good condition.
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The fonds are arranged according to the original chronological order, with the Robert Taylor interviews and the 1995 betacam video cassettes arranged into their own series.
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There are no restrictions on the fonds.
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Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation, please check with an archivist regarding use.
A finding aid can be downloaded from this description by clicking on the download link under finding aid on the right hand side of this page.
Fonds consists of one accrual: A2015-142.
Further accruals are possible.
Further accruals are possible.
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- Lightfoot, Norman (Creator)
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Created by Krystal Payne August 2017