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Wilson Duff fonds Series
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Correspondence

Series consists of letters sent to Duff, occasionally accompanied by articles or manuscripts. There are a few copies of letters from Duff.

Creative writing

Creative works written by Duff during his lifetime. Works include rough and completed drafts of poems and short stories.

Ephemera

Textual records, porcupine quills, dried leaves, brochures and other materials which do not clearly fall into existing categories.

Images: Stone B.C. records

Correspondence, news clippings, installation and exhibition photographs, and press kits from the Images: Stone: B.C. exhibit that was displayed at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Greater Victoria Art Gallery. Also includes 2 cassette tapes from ...

Maps

Maps created, acquired, and used by Duff in his research and teaching activities. The materials show geographical features; location and boundaries of territories and villages of Northwest coast native people; reserves; language families and distr...

Northwest Coast research

Series consists of materials Duff created and gathered on various Northwest Coast tribes including Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian and Kwakiutl. The documents include handwritten notes, typed articles, correspondence and reference materials such as phot...

Personal documents

Series consists of records documenting personal transactions, financial matters, and accomplishments of Duff.

Photographic records

Series consists of photographs, negatives, and slides taken or acquired by Duff during his study of North West coast culture and art. Included are views of objects, exhibits, places, trips, events, and people. There are six sub-series.

Posthumous writings on Duff

Series consists of creative works written about Duff after his death, as well as a book of unpublished writings of Duff (Birds of Paradox). Works include rough and completed drafts of poems, short stories, articles, essays, a book and an opera.

Research notes and materials

Hand-written and typed materials by Duff, possibly compiled during research for lectures or publications. The records cover a variety of topics, including population distribution and native cultures, and six bracelet molds.

Site visit notes

Series consists of notes Duff took while visiting First Nations communities. The materials consist of handwritten notes by Duff concerning totem poles, carvers, language and social organization of the communities. There are also some notes of conv...

Sound Recordings

Cassette and sound reel recordings of lectures given by Duff for Anthropology 301 and 304 and at external events. Also included are various interviews by Duff and taped narratives, songs, and stories by Maxime George (Fort Fraser), Donald Gray (Ha...

Student papers

Series consists of notes and papers written by Duff when he was an anthropology student at UBC.

Teaching materials

Series consists of records created and collected by Duff relating to his work as professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of British Columbia.

Tsimshian files

Research notes compiled by Wilson Duff during his work on the Barbeau/Beynon material held at the National Museum of Canada (now Canadian Museum of History). This research, focused specifically on the Tsimshian culture, includes correspondence add...