Fonds - Finley McInnes fonds

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Finley McInnes fonds

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  • 1911 - 1978 (Creation)
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    McInnes, Finley

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1.5 metres of textual material.-- 550 photographs.-- 11 audio tapes

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(1893-08-31 - 2.24.1978)

Biographical history

Finley McInnes was born in 1893 in Lucknow, Ontario. He earned a first class engineer's certificate and enlisted with the Canadian Forces in 1915, serving until taken prisoner at Ypres on 2 June 1916. He remained a prisoner for 28 months. In August 1919, McInnes joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and was stationed at Fort MacLeod and then at several postings in Canada's Arctic, including Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung, Nottingham Island, and Port Burwell. Corporal McInnes retired from the Force in 1936, and pursued prospecting for gold. In 1940, he was employed by the federal government to supervise Reindeer Station in the Mackenzie Delta, and later by the Liquor Board both in Aklavik and Inuvik. McInnes led numerous Arctic patrols over the years, and he took a keen interest in the Inuit, acquiring extensive knowledge about their traditions, legends, foods, clothing and hunting techniques. Finley McInnes died at Inuvik in 1978, at the age of 85, leaving behind his wife Marie and son Andrew.

Custodial history

The Finley McInnes fonds remained with his granddaughter, Andrea McInnes Williams following Finley McInnes's death. The materials were loaned to Dr. Shelagh Grant for purposes of research and an inital arrangement and description of the records. The fonds was donated to the University of Alberta Archives in 2006 by Finley McInnes' grandchildren, Andrea McInnes Williams, David McInnes, and Sandra McInnes.

The Finley McInnes fonds remained with his granddaughter, Andrea McInnes Williams following Finley McInnes's death. The materials were loaned to Dr. Shelagh Grant for purposes of research and an inital arrangement and description of the records. Andrea McInnes Williams donated the fonds to the University of Alberta Archives in 2006.

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Fonds consists of records documenting the personal and professional lives of Finley McInnes. The predominant volume of records were created during McInnes's career as a member of the North West Moutned Police. He served most of his law enforcement career in the "Northen Services." His northern service includes numerous Arctic patrols where he set up stations at Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung. He worked significant portions of his career at Port Burwell , Nottingham Island, Aklavik, Port Burwell and the Nothern Ungava Peninsula. His law enforcement work in these locations generated the predominant protion of the graphic and textual material in the fonds. The fonds has been arranged into five series. The first series, Professional Services consists of 22 sub-series, each sub-series encapsulates a particular assignment or professional acitivity save for sub-series one (personal) and sub-series two (poems).

Fonds consists of records documenting the personal and professional lives of Finley McInnes. The predominant volume of records were created during McInnes's career as a member of the North West Mounted Police. He served most of his law enforcement career in the "Northern Services." His northern service includes numerous Arctic patrols where he set up stations at Pond Inlet, Pannier. He worked significant portions of his career at Port Burwell , Nottingham Island, Aklavik, Port Burwell and the Nothern Ungava Peninsula. His law enforcement work in these locations generated the predominant portion of the graphic and textual material in the fonds.

The fonds has been arranged into five series. The first series, Professional Services consists of 22 sub-series, each sub-series encapsulates a particular assignment or professional activity save for sub-series one (personal) and sub-series two (poems).

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Donated by Andrea McInnes Williams, David McInnes, and Sandra McInnes.

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The fonds has been arranged into five series: Personal Papers; Newsclippings; Diaries and Notebooks; Photographs; Audio-visual materials. The fonds consists of the following
5 series:

  1. Personal Papers
  2. Newspaper Clippings / Journals
  3. Diaries and Notebooks
  4. Photographs
  5. Audio-visual Material and Transcripts

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  • English
  • French
  • Inuktitut

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There are no access restrictions on these records. Restrictions on Use There are no use restrictions on these records.

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Finding aid prepared by Sheri Feltman, with B. Dodge, Shelagh Grant and Raymond Frogner, . Encoded by Raymond Frogner November 2008.

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  • English

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