Melita and David A. Ennis fonds (Churchill Photographs)
Call Number: Pc 240 (A.08-19)

Title: Melita and David A. Ennis fonds (Churchill photographs).

Dates: 1929-1932.

Extent: 2 photo albums. -- 1 newsclipping.

Historical note: In 1929, the railroad to Churchill, Manitoba was completed.  Reverend Samuel Angus Martin, Minister of the United Church in Churchill, drove the final spike on April 2nd, 1929 amongst the thousands of spikes driven by migrant laborers.  According to Rev. Martin’s daughter, Margaret Martin, there were only eight women in Churchill in 1929 and over 2000 men who had constructed the railroad and shortly after built the Churchill grain elevators.  In 1931, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, on a historic flight from Europe to Asia, stopped in Churchill to refuel.  The Lindbergh stop over became a large event for the small port town of Churchill leading to the proliferation of photographs and postcards of the stop-over.  During this period, major construction projects were undertaken for resource extraction which led to the expansion of small settlements like Churchill and The Pas, among other northern communities. 

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Melita Ennis (niece of Margaret Martin) and David A. Ennis in 2008.

Scope and content: The fonds consists of black and white photographs, some of which were processed on card-stock paper or postcard.  The photographs depict construction projects, settlement communities, rail roads, indigenous peoples, Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and images of northern landscapes.  They document the process of mechanization and frontier expansion.  In addition to the photographs is one newspaper clipping with a picture of the ‘Lindbergh Baby,’ relating to his kidnapping on March 1st, 1932.  The photographs and postcards are stored in two leather bound photo albums with black-paper pages.  Painted on the leather covers are an Indigenous chief, a teepee near pine trees, and the words “Photograph Album” and “Churchill.”      

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

Finding aid: Finding aid is currently unavailable.

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Melita and David A. Ennis fonds