George Swinton fonds

An Inventory of his images at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jeanette Mockford
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(March 2013)

Finding aid encoded by Jeanette Mockford (March 2013)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Title:
George Swinton fonds

Dates:
[199-]

Quantity:
38 cm of photographic material.

Identification:
PC 190, (A. 12-59)

English

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Biography of George Swinton

George Swinton was born in Vienna, Austria on April 17, 1917. He studied Economics and Political Science in Vienna from 1936-1938 before coming to Canada in 1939. He served five years with the Intelligence Corp in the Canadian Army becoming a Canadian citizen in 1944. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at McGill in 1946 and took courses at the Montreal School of Art & Design 1946-1947 and the Art Students' League of New York, 1949-1950.

Swinton was the Curator of the Saskatoon Art Centre, 1947-1949 an Instructor at Smith College, 1950-1953 and Artist-in-Residence, Queen's University, 1953-1954. In the fall of 1954 Swinton joined the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, a position he held until 1974. From 1974-1981 he was professor of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. His final academic position was as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History, at Carleton University from 1981-1985.

Swinton was an art critic for the Winnipeg Tribune from 1954 to 1958 and hosting the CBC television series "Art in Action" from 1959-1962. He was the recipient of many honors including: the Centennial Medal in 1967, Member of the Order of Canada in 1979, Professor Emeritus from Carleton University in 1986 and an L.L.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1987.

Swinton was the author of numerous articles and a reknowned authority on Inuit Art. His own art work hangs in the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He wrote four books What is Good Design? with Donald Buchanan, for National Industrial Design Council, Ottawa in 1964. Eskimo/Sculture/Esquimaude was published by McClelland and Stewart in 1965. Sculpture of the Eskimo was published in 1972.by McClelland & Stewart, the New York Graphic Society and Christopher Hurst of London. Sculpture of the Inuit a revised edition of Sculpture of the Eskimo was published in 1992 by McClelland & Stewart. Almost Poems was self published by Swinton in 2001. Swinton died in Winnipeg on April 22, 2002.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The third accrual (A. 12-59) is made of one series. Slides produced in the 1990s make up the this accrual and they document Arctic landscape, maps, Inuit culture including soapstone, bone, and wood carvings, wallhangings, clothing, printmaking, drawings, and etchings dated from prehistoric times into the 1990s. There are 1961 slides in this accrual.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into one series.

  • 1. (PC 190) Slides

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

This accession of the George Swinton fonds was donated by George Swinton to the Architecture/Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections aquired the slides in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Slides [ [199-] ]
BoxFolder
11 Alaskan Region Carvings [199-]
2 Northern Alaskan Images [199-]
3 Northern Alaska Clothing and Carvings [199-]
4 Southwest Alaska Clothing and Mask [199-]
5 Prehistoric Carvings and Images of Thule Culture [199-]
6 Prehistoric Dorset Carvings [199-]
7 Maps of Arctic Region [199-]
8 Map of Kivalliq [199-]
9 Maps of Northern Hudson Bay Area [199-]
10 Map of Qikiqtaaluk - P.A. [199-]
11 Prehistoric Inuit Carvings and Drawing - P.A. [199-]
12 Inuit Culture and Drawings - IN2-2P1 - Nunavik [199-]
13 Inuit Soapstone Carvings - IN2-2K2 - Nunavik [199-]
14 Inuit Soapstone and Wood Carvings - IN2-2K3 - Nunavik [199-]
15 Inuit Soapstone Carving - IN2-2K4 - Nunavik [199-]
16 Inuit Soapstone Carvings - IN2-2K5 - Nunavik [199-]
17 Inuit Prints and Bone Carvings [199-]
18 Inuit Soapstone Carvings [199-]
19 Inuit Prints - IN2-2K1 - Nunavik [199-]
20 Inuit Soapstone and Bone Carvings - IN2-2I2 - Inuit [199-]
21 Arctic Landscape and Soapstone Carvings - IN2-2T1 - Inuit [199-]
22 Animal and Birdskin Artwork - IN2-1 - Inuit [199-]
23 Carved Bird in Flight - IN1-1GEN - Inuit [199-]
24 Mike Massie Artwork - IN2-2H1 - Inuit [199-]
25 Arctic Landscape and Soapstone Carvings - I.GEN - Inuit [199-]
26 Caribou Skin Parka - S.GEN - Arctic - Siberia [199-]
27 Inuit Clothing, Carving, and Shaman's Mask - G.GEN - Arctic - Greenland [199-]
28 Shaman Image - A4-2 - Alaska [199-]
29 Quiver - A4-1 - Alaska [199-]
30 Shaman's Drum - A3-6 - Alaska [199-]
31 Inuit Carvings and Cultural Artefacts - A3-5 - Alaska [199-]
32 Inuit Community and Carvings - IN4-2I3 - Nunavut [199-]
33 Inuit Bone Carvings, Pendants, and Soapstone - IN4-2I3 - Nunavut [199-]
34 Inuit Carvings, Video Stills, and Museum - IN4-2I1 - Nunavut [199-]
35 Inuit Soapstone Carving - IN4-2A1 - Nunavut [199-]
36 Inuit Culture and Bone Carvings [199-]
BoxFolder
21 Inuit Northern Games and Drawings - IN3-2U1 - Inuvialuit [199-]
2 Inuit Bone Carvings - IN3-2P1 - Inuvialuit [199-]
3 Inuit Artefacts - IN3-1GEN - Inuvialuit [199-]
4 Inuit Soapstone Carvings - IN2-2S1 - Nunavik [199-]
5 Inuit Prints and Carvings - IN2-2P1 - Nunavik [199-]
6 Northern Landscapes, Inuit Culture, Prints, and Carvings - IN4-2K2 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
7 Inuit Culture and Clothing - IN4-2K3 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
8 Northern Landscape, Carvings, and Prints - IN4-2K1 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
9 Inuit Carvings - IN4-2S1 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
10 Inuit Soapstone Carving - IN4-2Q2 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
11 Northern Landscape, Inuit Wallhangings, Printmaking, and Carving - IN4-2P1 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
12 Inuit Lithographs and Carvings - IN4-2K3 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
13 Inuit Community, Carvings, and Clothing - IN4-2K3 - Qikiqtaaluk [199-]
14 Northern Landscape and Inuit Clothing - IN6-1 - Kivalliq [199-]
15 Inuit Carvings - IN5-2U2 - Kitikmeot [199-]
BoxFolder
31 Inuit Carvings - IN5-2T1 - Kitikmeot [199-]
2 Inuit Carvings and Clothing - IN5-2K1 - Kitikmeot [199-]
3 Inuit Clothing - IN5-1 - Kitikmeot [199-]
4 Inuit Clothing and Artefacts - IN6-2K1 - Kivalliq [199-]
5 Inuit Cloting and Artefacts - IN6-2I1 - Kivalliq [199-]
6 Inuit Art and Artefacts - IN6-2A1 - Kivalliq [199-]
7 Inuit Soapstone, Bone Carvings, and Wallhangings - IN6-2Q1 - Kivalliq [199-]
8 Inuit Drawings and Clothing - IN6-2Q1 - Kivalliq [199-]
9 Inuit Community, Soapstone, and Bone Carvings - IN6-2N1 - Kivalliq [199-]
10 Inuit Soapstone, Bone Carving, and Wallhanging - IN6-2K1 - Kivalliq [199-]
11 Inuit Drawings, Prints, and Wallhangings - IN6-2Q1 - Kivalliq [199-]
12 Inuit Soapstone, Bone Carvings, and Prototype Drawings - Non-Inuit Community [199-]
13 Inuit Etchings - IN7-2Y1 - Northwest Territories [199-]
14 Bone Carving - IN6-2T1 - Kivalliq [199-]
15 Inuit Soapstone - IN6-2S2 - Kivalliq [199-]
16 Inuit Wallhangings - IN6-2Q1 - Kivalliq [199-]
17 Itemized Bibliography of Slides from Architecture/Fine Arts Library 2012

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