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Fonds F 4561

W. Douglas Short fonds


About these records

Title
W. Douglas Short fonds
Dates of Creation
1956, 1958-2003
Physical Description

40 centimetres of textual records

110 film reels (63 hours, 1 minute)

19 videocassettes (12 hours, 16 minutes)

2 audio reels (2 hours, 6 minutes)

13,537 photographs : 6805 colour prints, 6692 colour negatives, 36 black and white prints, 3 colour slides, 1 photomechanical reproduction

1 map : ink on paper

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by W. Douglas Short from the time he obtained a movie camera around 1956 until approximately 2003.

Specifically, the records include photographs, motion picture film, videotapes, audio reels, text, and reference material.

Short's records document Sarnia as well as his travels throughout Ontario, the rest of Canada, and the United States as he pursued his interests in promoting tourism, and in photographing, filming, and recording subjects including trains (steam, electric, and model), ships, construction projects, and nature.

The textual records in this fonds include Short's film notes: these could be considered camera shot lists as he itemized, in handwritten and typed text, details of specific trains, locations, and dates. Short used these notes for his film presentations and his self-created promotional material, which is also included in the fonds. Short's text was probably also used by him as reference for his voice-overs, when he transferred some of his film to video, which he sold to family, friends, and his community. The Archives has received copies of some of his videos.

Short also collected published material relating to his photographs and films, brochures from his travels, cards with images of his favourite subjects including trains and nature, and financial records including evidence of the transfer from film to video.

Not all of Short's photographs, motion picture films, or videotapes were transferred to the Archives of Ontario. Not all of the prints or negatives have a match as Douglas gave away some of his prints to individuals featured in the photographs. None of the 8 mm films used to create some of his videotapes or the associated sound tracks were acquired. Based on the listings for Short's presentations, there may have been additional 16 mm motion picture films and videocassettes that also were not transferred to the Archives of Ontario.

The fonds is arranged into two series, one for Short's films and videos (with related material), and the other for his photographs (with related material).

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

W. D. Short was a freelance and amateur photographer and film-maker from Sarnia, Ontario. He documented Sarnia as well as his travels throughout Ontario, the rest of Canada, and the United States as he pursued his interests in promoting tourism, as well as photographing, filming, and recording subjects including trains (steam, electric, and model), ships, construction projects, and nature.

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Short, W.D. (Wesley Douglas), 1916-2006

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use these records for purposes other than for research and private study, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario in November 2007 by Gladys Pearl (G.P.) Short, wife of W. Douglas (W.D.) Short.
Related Material

F 4478 Edward Emery fonds of photographs of railway locomotives and railway stations in Ontario, Canada and the United States, 1954-2006; C 156 Frank X. Amoss fonds which consists of approximately 840 photographs, most of which document the construction of the Transcontinental Railway in northern Ontario and Quebec, 1907 to 1914; RG 14-52 Algoma District bridge construction survey plans and photographs, 1928-1935, from the Department of Northern Development; RG 14-54 Historic bridge photographs and plans, 1898-1982, which depict bridges in various parts of Ontario, but particularly in the north; RG 14-152-1 Ministry of Transportation film and video productions, [ca. 1950-1999], which include films on many topics, including highway and bridge construction projects in Ontario.

Availability of Other Formats

Some of the films are available on DVD.
Notes

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

0708-042

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4561-1 Records relating to W. Douglas Short sound and moving image productions
F 4561-2 W. Douglas Short photographs