Sharon Condie:

An Inventory of Sharon Condie's Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Nicole Coffey
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(January 2006)

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (October 2006)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sharon Condie

Sharon Condie fonds


.45m of graphic material

MSS 222, PC 197, A.05-102


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Biography of Sharon Condie

Sharon Condie was born in 1939 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of seven and graduated from Kelvin High School in 1957. Between 1957 and 1961 she attended the University of Manitoba where she studied Fine Arts and Interior Design. Ms. Condie’s artistic abilities were first formally recognized in 1972 when she received a Canada Council Explorations Grant to develop several drawing techniques for children’s books. In 1974 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Graphics and Film History) from Concordia University. Upon returning to Winnipeg Ms. Condie found employment in a variety of related artistic fields to which she contributed in a variety of capacities. Most notable were her layout and background contributions to several award-winning animated films, including the National Film Board productions “John Law and the Mississippi Bubble” (1978), “Getting Started” (1979), and the Academy Award Nominee “The Big Snit” (1985). In 1981 Ms. Condie co-directed “Putting it in Perspective,” a combined animation and live action video explaining perspective and optical illusion for Grade 10 Geometry students. This project won an Association for Media and Technology in Education Award in 1982. She also received two Canada Council Grants and in 1997 she completed her second degree, B.A. in Women's Studies (gold medal) at the University of Winnipeg. In addition to her valuable contributions as an artist in the film industry Ms Condie has extensive experience in promo writing and script writing. She continues to work on several fiction and non-fiction writing and research projects.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds is compiled into two series; whenever possible the material is arranged chronologically. The first series is comprised of trial backgrounds created for the animated shorts “The Big Snit” (1985) and “Getting Started” (1979). The second series contains two film reels: the animated short “John Law and the Mississippi Bubble” [9 min. 40 sec.] released in 1978, and the animated short “The Big Snit” [10 min. 41 sec.] released in 1985.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into two series and PC collection.

  • 1."Getting Started"
  • 2. "Big Snit"
  • 3. PC 197 - photograph collection

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access.

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Restrictions on Use

Extra care must be taken with this collection as it is very fragile and light sensitive.

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Custodial History

The Sharon Condie fonds was donated to The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Ms. Condie in 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

"Getting Started", [ 1978-80, ]
11 [ 1978-80 ]


2 [ 1978-80 ]

(photocopy, 51 pages)


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"The Big Snit", 1982-85
13 [ 1982 ]

7 various views of living room, 5 signed

4 [ 1982-83 ]

8 Background, draftings - signed

5 [ 1982 ]

16 trials - signed

6 [ 1982 ]
7 [ 1983 ]

2 kitchen views - trials, signed

8 [ 1982 ]

living room view, 5 trials, signed

9 [ 1982 ]

3 trials - signed

10 [ 1982 ]

chair - 7 trials, signed, two with cels

11 [ 1982 ]

bathtub, 2 trials

12 [ 1982, 1984 ]

1982: 4 Backgrounds- never used, 1 with cel

1984: Paradise Backgrounds - never used in any form, 4 trials signed

13 [ 1984 ]

3 Backgrounds signed - not used/incomplete

14 [ 1985 ]

shot list, fading photocopy of Storyboard, 21 pages - heavily annotated

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PC 197
1 "The Big Snit" (release print),

1 film reel, 16 mm., 10 min. 41 sec.

"John Law and the Mississippi Bubble",

1 film reel, 16 mm, 9 min. 40 sec., 378 ft (slight magenta shift)

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