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Fonds C 330

John Macfie fonds

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John Macfie fonds
Dates of Creation
[1920]-2009, predominant 1946-1980
Physical Description

1390 photographs : black and white negatives, colour slides

18 items of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of negative photographs taken by John Macfie while he worked with the Department of Lands and Forests in Northern Ontario. The photographs depict various Cree, Iroquois, and Ojibway tribes and activities in the Patricia District, an area that extended directly north of Lake Superior on the western edge of James Bay and Hudson's Bay. It included Fort Severn, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Landsdowne House, Sioux Lookout, Weenusk, Moose Factory, Gogoma and Mattagami Reserve.

Macfie photographed with a Kodak camera, a Rolleicord, and a Zeiss Contax for 35 mm colour slides. His images depict native people and activities and include trapping, construction of tools and artifacts, images of dwellings and community buildings and domestic activities. Macfie's photographs also depict activities relating to agriculture, maple sugar farming, the logging industry, the commercial fishing industry, archeological digs along the French and Shebeshekong rivers, site investigations in McKellar, Ontario, as well as aerial surveys of polar bears and other wildlife near James Bay and Hudson Bay. Some photographs depict Ministry staff on expeditions. Life on the Macfie family farm, and the family's timber harvesting and sawmill operations are also documented.

John Macfie provided extensive identification for all of the photographs. This information includes the date and location of the photograph, names of subjects, and description of the activities. Additionally included are articles written by Macfie that provide detail about the subject matter of the photographs.

Fonds also includes diaries, field notes and a glossary written by John Macfie during his trips to Northern Ontario as a trapline management officer for the Department of Lands and Forests.The field notes represent his official notes of his field trips and most are accompanied by a map of the area examined on that trip. These field notes were the source material for his report on his investigation to the Department. The diaries, on the other hand, present a personal account of his experiences during his field trips. The diaries complement the photographs by describing verbally some of the items depicted in the photographs.

Also included in the fonds is a copy of a technical circular attached to which is a note by Macfie stating how this circular shaped his thinking as a trapline management officer, as well as correspondence between the Royal Ontario Museum and the Department District Officer regarding some specimens collected by Macfie.

The arrangement given to the records by John Macfie has been fully retained. The photographs in this fonds have been arranged into 32 series, and the textual items have been arranged into four separate series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

John Macfie (1925-) was a provincial civil servant working in northern Ontario for the Department of Lands and Forests, an author, and an amateur photographer.

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Macfie, John, 1925-

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright to the textual records in series C 330-1 to C 330-17 has been transferred from John Macfie to the Archives of Ontario. The copyright of the photographs has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario. The donor has retained copyright to material comprising C 330-12-0-0-15 to C 330-12-0-0-48 and series C 330-19 to C 330-32 until September 24, 2014, as well as to series C 330-18 until January 1, 2020, at which time copyright will be transferred to the Archives of Ontario. Fonds also contains material by other copyright owners. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form. Please contact a Reference Archivist for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was acquired from John Macfie in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009.
Availability of Other Formats

Some of the photographs in this fonds are available through the Archives of Ontario's Visual Images Database.

Copy prints are available for some of the photographs in this fonds. See series descriptions for more information.

Some of these photographs were published in Hudson Bay Watershed: A Photographic Memoir of the Ojibway, Cree and Oji-Cree, by John Macfie and Basil Johnson (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1991).

Former Codes

Accession Numbers: 31770, 41196, 48264.

The 2009 accrual was given lead file #0708-084.

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Reference Code Series Title
C 330-1 John Macfie photographs of winter trapline trips with Indians
C 330-2 John Macfie photographs of a waterfowl banding expedition
C 330-3 John Macfie photographs of Blackduck River
C 330-4 John Macfie photographs of a dogteam trip
C 330-5 John Macfie photographs of Indians at Gogoma
C 330-6 John Macfie photographs of Indian arts and crafts and artifacts in Gogama
C 330-7 John Macfie photographs of the crafts of William Moore
C 330-8 John Macfie photographs of Patricia District Indians
C 330-9 John Macfie photographs of Indian arts and crafts and artifacts in the Patricia District
C 330-10 John Macfie photographs of the Patricia District
C 330-11 John Macfie photographs of rock pictographs in northern Ontario
C 330-12 John Macfie photographs of polar bear aerial surveys
C 330-13 John Macfie miscellaneous photographs of northern Ontario
C 330-14 John Macfie colour slides
C 330-15 Department of Lands and Forests technical circular #135 with note by John Macfie
C 330-16 John Macfie photographs of logging at Weenusk
C 330-17 John Macfie correspondence regarding specimens from Hudson Bay area
C 330-18 John Macfie diaries and glossary
C 330-19 John Macfie photographs of logging operations by the Patricia Lumber Company in Sioux Lookout, Ontario
C 330-20 John Macfie photographs of logging operations along the west boundary of Algonquin Park in Nipissing District, Ontario
C 330-21 John Macfie records documenting whitewater archaeology on the French River, Ontario
C 330-22 John Macfie photographs documenting trappers in Burton Township, Ontario
C 330-23 John Macfie photographs of maple syrup farming on the Macfie farm near Dunchurch, Ontario
C 330-24 John Macfie photographs documenting prehistoric “Indian Pits” on the Limestone Islands and the French River in Parry Sound, Ontario
C 330-25 John Macfie photographs documenting agricultural activities and artifacts in Parry Sound District, Ontario
C 330-26 John Macfie photographs of the Macfie family farm near Dunchurch, Ontario
C 330-27 John Macfie photographs of the remains of a whiskey still near McKellar, Ontario
C 330-28 John Macfie photographs of white pine logging operations near Foleyet Township, Ontario
C 330-29 John Macfie photographs of forest farming near Dunchurch, Ontario
C 330-30 John Macfie photographs of commercial fishing activities on Georgian Bay and Lake Superior, Ontario
C 330-31 John Macfie photographs of pulpwood cutting in Northern Ontario
C 330-32 John Macfie photographs of a fur trading post near Parry Sound, Ontario