George Swinton fonds

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

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(November 2005)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs and V. Zvonik (November 2005)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
George Swinton

Title:
George Swinton fonds

Dates:
1932-2002

Quantity:
1.25m. of textual & other records: including 1266 sketches, 20 audio tapes, 2742 photographs, 52 proof sheets, 669 slides & 3122 negatives

MSS 210, A.05-47, A.07-70, PC 190 & TC 115

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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 fonds is separated into 13 series. They include: biographical information, correspondence with publishers, correspondence, manuscripts & drafts, articles & speeches, reviews & brochures of Swinton's work, miscellaneous, sketches, map cabinet material, tape collections, photographs, slides & negatives.

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Restrictions on Access

Some letters of reference are restricted

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Custodial History

The fonds were donated by Swinton's daughters Nelda & Moira in 2005 and 2007.

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Other Finding Aids

A larger accession was donated by George Swinton in 1997. MSS 210, A.97-67

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Detailed Description of the Collection

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION [ 1953-1999 ]

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11 Curriculum vitae 1961-1998
2 Unsigned living will 1999
3 Sketches of twin daughters at birth 1953
4 Brother Kurt Swinton's obituary 1987
5 Moira Swinton's story " My Father" 1958
6 Diary of trip to Greenland ca.1990
7 Swinton's collected " Sayings & Ideas" 1966-1974
8 Order of Canada - correspondence 1979-1980
9 Order of Canada - correspondence 1979
10 Citation at Honorary Degree from University of Manitoba 1987
11 Catalogue of Swinton's Art Work 1982
12 Art Collectors Club - list of Swinton's work 1999
13 Guest Book - A Restrospective Exhibition - Looking Back 1946-1994 at Gallery 454 1994
14 " Eighty Years Swinton" - The Art Collectors Club 1997
15 Transcript of Interview with Swinton - Peter Millard 1985

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CORRESPONDENCE WITH PUBLISHERS 1983-200
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116 McClelland & Stewart Ltd. 1999-2001
17 McClelland & Stewart Ltd. - royalty statement 1984
18 University of Toronto Press - correspondence 1995
19 McClelland & Stewart Ltd. 1983-1995
20 McClelland & Stewart Ltd. 1996-2001
21 Correspondence with McClelland & Stewart - Re: Sculpture of the Inuit 1999

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CORRESPONDENCE 1953-2002
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21 Artist friends 1953-2002
2 Jack & Doris Shadbolt 1955-2000
3 Winnipeg Art Gallery 1960-2000
4C Eric Anose nomination for Order of Canada 1980
5 Jack Shaver Memorial Service & Commemorative Book 1982-2001
6 Inuit Art Foundation 1986
7C Letters of recomendation 1987-1999
8 Kalvak/Emerak Memorial portfolio 1987
9 Inuit Art 1988-1999
10 Reviews for & correspondence with the editor of Inuit Art Quarterly 1987-1989
11 Inuit Art Quarterly controvery 1989-1999
12 Faye Settler Upstairs Gallery 1989-1998
13 Norman Zepp 1990-1994
14 Louis Gagnon 1991-1999
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31 Correspondence 1992-2001
2 Rosmarin Heidenreich 1992-2000
3 Bill Lobchuk 1996-2001
4 Notes for letter Re: Baltimore Museum of Art - Bernadette Driscoll ca.1995
5 Correspondence 1996-2000
6 Correspondence - Re: donation of Swinton papers & art 1996-1997
7 John Miller 1997
8 Inuit Art 1997-1999
9 Marie Bouchard correspondence & vitae 1997-1999
10 Rolf Gilberg 1997
11 Cynthia Cook: Art Gallery of Ontario 1998
12 Bill Nasogaluak 1999
13C Income tax 1999-2000
14 Regarding health issues 1997-2001
15 Letters to editors 1999
16 Dorothy Eber 2000
17 Innocent Art - Winnipeg Art Gallery - loan agreement 2000
18 Correspondence 2000-2001
19 Grandson Alexandre 2000-2001
20 Correspondence - Re: Bill Nasogaluak 2001

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MANUSCRIPT DRAFTS 1999-2001
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321 Sculpture of the Inuit 3rd edition corrections 1999
22 Almost Poems 2001

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ARTICLES & SPEECHES 1956-2000
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41 Articles 1956-1989
2 "Our 'Underdeveloped' Canadians" in the University of Manitoba Alumni Journal 1966
3 Essay about Eskimo carving 1967
4 "To a Friend and Colleague" Swinton poem 1970-1971
5 "The Inventive Genius of the Eskimo" article by Jeannine Veisse - with edite by Swinton ca.1970
6 Notes on form & style ca.1970
7 "Art and the World of Ideas" lecture at Carleton University 1980
8 "About My Collecting Inuit Art" - Swinton essay ca.1980
9 "An Artist's Credo" lecture at the University of Manitoba School of Art 1982
10 " On Contemporary Artists and their Education" ca. 1984
11 "Sanavik Printmaking Dilemnas" 1988
12 " Fine Art or Culture: Comments on the Marketing of Inuit Art" 1987
13 "Anguhadluq's Art" 1988
14 "The Anguhadluq's Exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery" 1988
15 Notes to Marjorie Ward Lecture at St. John's College 1988
16 " Baker Lake Printmaking and the Upstairs Gallery an Unsolicited Postscript" 1989
17 Notes on the Inuit ca.1990
18 "Traffic Hazards on the Highways & Byways of Inuit Arts" Swinton discussion paper ca.1990
19 Reviews of James Houston's work 1995
20 "Sculpture from Baker Lake" 1989
21 Re: "Drum Dancer" by Shorty Kiliktee ca.1989
22 "Eskimo Point: The Past in the Present" 1989
23 "Whale's Bone and Arctic Bay Art" ca.1989
24 "Eskimo Art: 'Beyond the Mythologized Past' in Art News ca.1990
25 "Eskimo Art Reconsidered" ca.1990
26 Eskimo Arts by Hans Himmel Leber review by Swinton 1994
27 Major Art ? Minor Art? - notes for proposed book 1996
28 "Who Makes Inuit Art" Swinton article - Meldgaard celebratory issue for the National Museum in Copenhagen 1996
29 "Inuit Art: What is It? What is it Not? Who Makes It? 1997
30 "A Love Affair with Inuit Art" book proposal ca.1996
31 Swinton forward for "Birds of Play in the Garden of Delight Paintings" by Kenneth Lochhead 1998
32 Drafts of articles 2000

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REVIEWS & BROCHURES OF SWINTON"S WORK 1947-2000
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51 Reviews of Swinton works 1947-2000
2 Reviews mainly of Eskimo Scuplture 1964-1973
3 Advertisement for Swinton shows & lectures 1963-1965
4 Brochures for Swinton Arts shows 1964-2000
5 Swinton Collection of Inuit Art - Winnipeg Art Gallery - Darlene Wright 1987

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MISCELLANEOUS 1959-1999
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61 Notes & lectures 1959-1975
2 Church lectures 1959
3 Church lectures 1960-1974
4 Newspaper articles on Chirac art debate 1997-1999
5 English - Eskimo Dictionary - Research for Amerindian Anthropology - University of Ottawa 1958
6 Repulse Bay notes - compiled by Diana Trafford 1973
7 Terramor Farms Barn compound sketches ca.1974
8 Note book - Contains listing & description of sculptures ca.1975
9 List of Northern Quebec Communities 1982
10 Lists of Inuit Artists ca.1985
11 The Inuit Art Enthusiasts Conference - Edmonton 1987
12 The Eskimos by Ernest S. Burch Jr. - reviewed by Swinton 1988
13 N.W.T. Co-operatives Financial 1988
14 Swinton identifying sculpture photographs for Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver ca. 1990
15 Inuit Sculpture: The Williamson Collection - Art Gallery of Ontario 1990
16 Vancouver Inuit Art Society - Granville Island Exhibition Canadian Inuit Sculpture 1991-1992
17 Inuit Art Conference - Kleinburg, 1992
18 Cultural Appropriation 1992
19 Report to N-Daf 1997

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SKETCHES 1949-2000
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71 Swinton inventory #1 Landscape Fantasies includes 54 sketches [1960-1980]
2 Swinton Inventory #2 Abstract Landscapes includes 32 sketches [1960-1980]
3 Swinton Inventory #3 Landscapes includes 103 sketches [1960-1980]
4 Swinton Inventory #4 Formalized Landscapes includes 24 sketches [1960-1980]
5 Swinton Inventory #5 Arctic includes 11 sketches [1960-1980]
6 Swinton Inventory #6 Prairies includes 59 sketches [1960-1980]
7 Swinton Inventory #10 Nudes includes 75 sketches [1960-1980]
8 Swinton Inventory #11 "Red River of the North" includes 73 sketches & finished drawings [1960-1980]
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81 Swinton Inventory #12 Figures includes 29 sketches [1960s-1980s]
2 Swinton Inventory # 13 Musical includes 15 sketches 1952-1982
3 Swinton Inventory #14 Figural I includes 64 sketches [1960-1980]
4 Swinton Inventory #15 Figural II includes 31 sketches [1960-1980]
5 Swinton Inventory #16 Animals includes 49 sketches [1960-1980]
6 Swinton Inventory #17 Still Lives includes 53 sketches [1960-1980]
7 Swinton Inventory #18 Cubist Period includes 35 sketches [1960-1980]
8 Swinton Inventory #19 Far East includes 8 sketches [1960-1980]
9 Swinton Inventory # 20 Comic Drawings includes 35 sketches [1960-1980]
10 Swinton Inventory #21 Decorative Abstraction includes 26 sketches [1960-1980]
11 Swinton Inventory #22 Geometric Abstraction includes 30 sketches [1960-1980]
12 Swinton Inventory #23 Theoretical includes 27 sketches [1960-1980]
13 Swinton Inventory #24 includes "Design" 11 sketches [1960-1980]
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91 175 mainly untitled sketches [1950-1970]
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101 9 Sketches for Hudson's Bay Co. adverisement "Ma Fiancee" [ca.1960]
2 55 sketches mainly for St. John's College ca.1959
3 53 sketches some nudes [1970-1990]
4 13 mainly early Swinton sketches [1949-1960]

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OVERSIZE SKETCHES 1949-2000
BoxFolder
11 67 sketches including 15 nudes 1949-2000

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Oversized, Map Cabinet #4 [1970-1991]
BoxFolder
11 1 poster & 7 sketches [1970-1990]
2 1 poster & 8 sketches [1970-1991]

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TAPE COLLECTION (T.C. 115) 1977
BoxFolder
11 Jack Butler & Baker Lake interviews 1977

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SWINTON PHOTOGRAPHS PC 190 (A.05-47) [1930-1996]
BoxFolder
11 Swinton (includes 17 photographs) [1930-1990]
2 Swinton at Debert Camp with the Intelligence Corp in WWII (includes 33 photos) 1941
3 Swinton daughters, wife & grandson (includes 11 photos) 1953-1990
4 Swinton halloween party (includes 13 photos) ca.1980
5 Swinton's Inuit art & sculpture collection (includes 34 photos) ca.1990
6 Swinton's Inuit sculpture collection (includes 36 photos) ca. 1990
7 Swinton's Inuit sculpture collection & home studio (includes 15 photos) ca.1990
8 Swinton at Repulse Bay (5 photos) 1995
9 Swinton's Winnipeg home & gallery show of his paintings (includes 50 photos) ca.1995
10 Swinton's art studio in Winnipeg (includes 8 photos) 1996
11 Old School of Art (includes 17 photos & slides) 1965
12 Swinton teaching outdoor drawing class (includes 12 photos) [ca.1960]
13 Examples of students art (includes 23 photos & negatives) [1961-1965]
14 Young Winnipeg artists & their work (includes 20 photos) ca.1965
15 School of Art party (includes 3 photos) 1968
16 Inuit carvers (includes 4 photos) 1964
17 Inuit carvers and their work - Baker Lake ( includes 55 photos) 1970
18 Inuit carvers at Cape Dorset (includes 6 photos) 1970
19 Inuit carvers & artists (includes 41 photos) ca.1970
20 Inuit carvers & artists and their work (includes 58 photos) 1971
21 Swinton in North with Inuit artists & carvers (includes 10 photos) ca.1985
22 Scans of Inuit artists working with Jack Butler at Baker Lake (includes 80 scans) ca.1990
23 Inuit carvers (includes 14 photos) ca. 1990
24 Inuit artists & carvers at Montreal Gallery (includes 11 photos) ca.1992

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SWINTON'S ARCTIC TOUR 1989
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21 Greenland (includes 27 photos) 1989
2 Pack-ice (includes 48 photographs) 1989
3 Nuvudlik & Savage Island (includes 35 photographs) 1989
4 Qikertaaluk (includes 38 photographs) 1989
5 Holsteinburg, Sisimiut & Umanarssuassuag (includes 20 photographs) 1989
6 Campland & Sonderstrom Sound (includes 29 photographs) 1989
7 Rankin Inlet & Marble Island (includes 31 photographs) 1989
8 Pangnirtung & Kekerjien (includes 37 photographs) 1989
9 Fox Channel (includes 31 photographs) 1989
10 Wager Bay, Handerchief Island, Barrjecue, Rankin Inlet (includes 28 photographs) 1989
11 Churchill (includes 37 photographs) 1989
12 Rock drawings (includes 26 photographs) 1989
13 Arctic Tour miscellaneous (includes 24 photographs) 1989
14 Cape Pembroke (includes 14 photographs) 1989

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OTHER ARTISTS 1969-1997
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31 Jack Shadbolt at home & work (includes 90 photographs) ca.1985
2 Inuit sculpture (includes 67 photographs) 1969-1971
3 Inuit sculpture (includes 74 photographs) 1969-1975
4 Eskimo art purchased for Children's Hospital (includes 5 photographs) ca.1970
5 Inuit sculpture (includes 77 photographs) 1972
6 Inuit conference (includes 5 photographs) ca.1990
7 Shaman's costume (includes 20 photographs) ca.1990
8 Wooden carving of a Phoenix ? (includes 17 photographs) ca.1992
9 Inuit sculpture mainly post cards from a display in a German gallery (includes 20 photographs) 1994
10 Multi artist gallery show in Winnipeg (includes 15 photographs) ca.1994
11 Vital north spirited sculpture of the Kitikmeat Inuit (includes 36 photographs) 1997
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41 Photographs taken from Swinton's studio in Art Space (includes 13 photos) ca.1990
2 Swinton's family in Austria (includes 41 photos & 1 color slide) [1930-1945]
3 Photos from a folder titled Dulcineas includes Swinton's art & classes (includes 29 photos) ca. 1950-1955
4 Swinton: Family's Art Collection ? (includes 52 photos) ca.1950
5 Miscellaneous northern photographs (includes 26 photos) ca.1987
6 Swinton with family (includes 8 photos) ca.1955
7 Inuit art (includes 13 photos) ca.1970
8 Inuit sculpture & art (includes 59 photos) 1969-1990
9 Inuit carvers & northern residents 1969-1990
10 Swinton ca.1990
11 Inuit artists & carvers & northern shots ( includes 114 photos) ca.1987
12 Inuit carvings in a gallery (includes 19 photos) 1972
13 Inuit postcards (includes 16 photos) [1960s]
BoxFolder
51 Binder of Sculpture from Winnipeg Art Gallery (includes 10 photographs, 6 scans, 3 slides & 4 negatives ca. 1988
2 Binder containing 52 proof sheets of Inuit Sculpture ca.1988
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6 OVERSIZE
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61 George Swinton at Victoria Beach, Winnipeg Lake, Manitoba

(9 photographs)

2 Winter scenes - snow in Manitoba

(22 photographs)

3 Sky in Manitoba

(28 photographs)

4 Winter - rivers, lakes, icebergs

(16 photographs)

5 Wildlife

(7 photographs)

6 Boats

(7 photographs)

7 Rock formations, beaches

(40 photographs)

8 Fall scenes

(6 photographs)

9 Plants, flowers

(21 photographs)

10 Details

(10 photographs)

11 Houses, Building structures

(10 photographs)

12 Miscellaneous photographs

(23 photographs)

(Photographs taken by George Swinton)

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7 Photographs taken by George Swinton on his various European, North American and Arctic trips, [ 1980's ]

(47 envelops - 616 photographs and 1022 negatives)

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8 Swinton Family Photographs

(156 photographs)

(includes a photo album "Bruges" and a slide collection)

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SLIDES [1965-1980]
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11 Swinton paintings & art work (230 slides) 1987
2 Leningrad (88 slides) 1981
3 Swinton course slides (91 slides) [1965-1975]
4 Emma Lake course (69 slides) ca.1964
5 Other artist work (78 slides) [1965-1972]
6 Totem poles (22 slides) ca.1970
7 Alaska (20 slides) ca.1970
8 Eskimo children (11 slides) ca.1965
9 Inuit sculpture & northern scenes (42 slides) [1975-1980]
10 Northwest Hudson's Bay (9 slides) 1967
11 Candida - Casa ca.1975

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NEGATIVES [1960-1990]
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11 2.25 x 2.25 negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture (includes 110 negs.) [1960-1970]
2 2.5 x 3.5 negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture (includes 11 negs.) [1960-1970]
3 2.5 x 3 negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture (includes 9 negs.) [1960-1970]
4 4 x 5 negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture (includes 16 negs.) ca.1980
5 3.5 x 3.5 negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture ( includes 16 negs.) ca. 1990
6 1.75 x 1.75 negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture (includes 3 negs.) ca.1980
7 2.5 x 4 negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture (includes 5 negs.) ca. 1990
8 16 mm. negatives of Inuit Art & Sculpture (includes 19 negs.) ca. 1990
BoxFolder
21 35 mm. negatives including, Inuit Art & Sculpture, Swinton portraits, Leningrad, Swinton's art & Northern scences (includes 1514 negs.) [1980-1990]
BoxFolder
31 Binder containing 397 negatives of Inuit Art & Scuplture ca.1980

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AUDIO TAPES - TC 115 (A.07-70),
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11 George Swinton Interview - The Art File with Janet Derks - CBC Radio, March 30, 1970
2 George Swinton, May 3, 1979
3 George Swinton, May 4, 1979
4 George Swinton - People Show, March 1982

(59 minutes)

5 George Swinton on CFMX-FM Radio, March 26, 1991 George Swinton on CJRT-FM Radio, March 27, 1991
6 George Swinton on CBC Radio - All in a day, February 2, 1993
7 Inuit Art Interview, February 2, 1993
8 George Swinton interview with P. Holting about Eskimo Carvings,

(26 minutes)

9 Northern Showcase "Carving"

(producer: Flora Evans)

10 Baker Lake
11 Writers and Company - George Steiner
12 George Swinton Interview - The Art File with Janet Derks - CBC Radio
13 Inuit Print Making
14 Interviews with Inuits - Jill Hoyt
15 George Swinton Presentation

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Videocassettes - PC 190 (A.07-70),
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11 Canadian Inuit Art - The Heard Museum
2 Art Gallery of Ontario - Swinton Collection

  • 1. MuchMusic - FAXFILE
  • 2. CBC at Six

3 George Swinton - Exhibition: 80 Years at Art Collectors Club
4 George Swinton re: Inuit Art
Electronic Records - EL 8 (A.07-70),

4 floppy discs

(shelved with PC 190, A.07-70)

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