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Correspondence

Series consists of two files of correspondence:

  1. Military Period (1921-1923)
  2. Other Correspondence (1961-1985)

Materials in the ‘Military Period’ file include ten letters written to, or by, Lt. Col. Parker while on duty as the Commander of the Military Forces in Tibet. Two other letters were written by Sir Charles Bell in which Bell arranges to meet up with Lt. Col. Parker and an escort on his return journey from Lhasa. One additional letter is handwritten in Tibetan and stamped with ‘British Trade Agency – Gyantse – Tibet’ (which suggests that it may be from Parker’s military period), but it is not kown who authored it or when it was created. Five of the letters are written in Tibetan and translations and transcriptions for four of the five letters are available in hard copy and on compact disc (see ‘Notes’).

Of significance among the letters written in Tibetan is correspondence from Lt. Col. Parker to the 13th Dalai Lama in which Lt. Col. Parker states that he has received and inspected the troops from the Dalai’s personal escort and suggests that they be kept for training. In this letter Lt. Col. Parker also raises question on military dress and deportment, specifically, the length of the officers’ hair (a translation of this letter was provided by Father Donald but no original copy of the translation exists). An original draft of this letter, written in English by Lt. Col. Parker, is also included in this file. A second letter is from the Dalai Lama to Lt. Col. Parker and is an acknowledgement of Parker’s training of Tibetan soldiers. This letter is written on rice paper and includes the Dalai’s official ink seal and an envelope with the Dalai’s wax seal and a postmarked Tibetan stamp. Three other letters were sent to Lt. Col. Parker from officials of the Tibetan government. These letters are also written on rice paper and ink stamped with official seals. The first of these letters is written by a member of the Tibetan Supreme Council (known as Shapes or Shapees) and is a response to Lt. Col. Parker’s questioning of hair length of the Tibetan troops, and includes explanations of cultural and religious differences. The second letter is from the minister responsible for the Tibetan military in which permission is granted for training of the Tibetan troops, and the sending of further troops to be trained. The third letter is written by two Tibetan Officers in which praise is given to one of their officers along with a request for his return. Of those letters mentioned above, translations and transcriptions are available for the letters written from the Dalai and the officials of the Tibetan government, and accompany the series.
The five other letters in this series include four that were typewritten by Lt. Col. Parker in English: two are from his military period; two others were written decades later to the editor of a publication. As mentioned above, one was written in Tibet and has not been translated. The two letters from his military period are lengthy and provide significant details of Lt. Col. Parker’s perceptions of his work, the people, the country, events and festivities and are an important accompaniment to many of the prints in Photograph Collection A.

Materials in the “Other Correspondence” file consist of more recent records. Two letters from 1961 relate to an address Lt. Col. Parker accepted to give to the Victoria Section of the Royal Over-Seas League about his experience in Tibet. The two other letters also relate to Lt. Col. Parker’s time in Tibet and were sent to the editor of “Country Life.” The first letter (dated 1966) describes Lt. Col. Parker’s unique experience of being the first European to see a Takin, “the rarest mammal in the world,” while the second letter (dated 1977) discusses a pony that Lt. Col. Parker bought in the early 1920s. The file also contains a letter (dated 1985) from the Office of Tibet in New York City acknowledging receipt of a donation for $20.00 along with a brief update on certain individuals. This letter is signed by two people; one, “T.C. Tethong,” was the translator for the 14th Dalai Lama in the 1960s.

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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.

Donation letter

Series consists of a letter written by May Ashurrtt to Museum Director Michael Ames on October 31, 1977. The letter provides details of the donated photographs and the life of Frederich H. Maude, the photographer.

Education records

Series consists of artists’ statements, cards, diagrams, lecture notes, pamphlets, reports, student assignments, and syllabi relating to David Dunnett Cunningham’s responsibility as an instructor of Anthropology 431: Museum Principles and Techniques, and 432: The Anthropology of Public Representation, and a community course, Introduction to the Museum of Anthropology.

Ephemera

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

Exhibit records

Series documents Cunningham’s responsibilities as exhibits designer, and consists of records related to the planning and implementation of various exhibits since the late 1980s. In addition to his role as designer, Cunningham has also been involved in producing exhibit proposals; assisting with travelling exhibits; and developing exhibition policies and guidelines. Records include artists’ statements and artwork; banners; calligraphy; case lists; contact prints/proofs; contracts; correspondence; exhibition catalogues; exhibition panels; exhibition proposals; exhibition text; guidelines; invitations; labels; loan agreements; measurements; memoranda; minutes; negatives; object lists; photographs; photocopy of artworks; plans; policies; reports; schedules; and sketches.

The records are divided into the following sub-series:

A Guidelines 1992-1994

B Long-term installations [ca. 1992]-2000

C Proposals 1988-1996

D Schedules 1991-1993

E We Sing to the Universe: Poems and Drawings by Ron Hamilton [1994]-1994

F Fragments: The E. Sonner Donation of African Sculpture 1990-1991

G A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada 1990-1991

H Ancient Cloth / Ancient Code? 1990-1992

I Savage Graces: After Images by Gerald McMaster 1990-1993

J A Rare Flower: A Century of Cantonese Opera in Canada 1989-1997

K Inside Passage: 1792 1993

L Multiplicity: A New Cultural Strategy 1989-[ca. 1993]

M Cannery Days: A Chapter in the Lives of the Heilsuk 1993-1994

N High Slack: An Installation by Judith Williams 1992-1994

O Reclaiming History: Ledger Drawings by Assiniboine Artist Hongeeeysa 1993-1995

P Trapline Lifeline 1990-1992

Q Our Chiefs and Elders: Photographs by David Neel, Kwagiutl 1989-1990

R Festival Hong Kong: Possessions from the Past: Objects from a Lifetime of Change and Contrasts: Hong Kong’s New Territories in the 20th Century 1991-1992

S Nunavutmiutankik Elisasiniq: A Tribute to the People of Nunavut 1998-1999

T Travelling exhibits 1990-1991

U Gathering Strength: New Generations in Northwest Coast Art [199-?]-2004

V Continuing Traditions: Coast Salish Basketry 2000-2001

W Musqueam Weavers 1999-2000

X Haida Metalwork [1999?]-1999

Y Kaxlaya Gvilas [200-]-2002

Z Proud to be Musqueam 1991-1993

AA Repatriation 2000-2002

BB To Wash Away the Tears 2002-2003

CC Artifacts 1995-[ca. 1996]

DD The Abstract Edge: Recent Works by Robert Davidson 2001-2005

EE Mehodihi: Well-Known Traditions of Tahltan People [200-]-2003

FF Connoisseur’s Collection: Chinese Ceramics from the Victor Shaw Donation 2000-2002

GG Written in the Earth 1993-2002

HH Recalling the Past: Early Chinese Art from the
Victor Shaw Collection 1997-1998

II Maui: Turning Back the Sky: Exhibition of Contemporary
Hawaiian Art 1996-1997

JJ El Corazon Del Mundo: At the Heart of the World
La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia 2002

KK The Art of Norval Morrisseau 1999-2000

LL Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art 2014

MM Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists 2013

NN The Smart One video

OO Luminescence: the Silver of Peru 2012

PP Inuit Prints and Drawings: Selections from the Permanent Collection 1988-1989

QQ Carl Beam 2011

RR Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens 2010-2011

SS Jack Shadbolt and the Coastal Indian Image 1986

TT Speaking to Memory 2013

UU One Mind, One Heart 2013

VV Hiroshima 2011-2012

WW Mungo Martin: A Slender Thread 2004

XX "Pasifika: Island Journeys” - The Frank Burnett Collection of Pacific Arts 2003-2004

YY Exhibit unknown

ZZ: Recent acquisitions 2005

Exhibition files

Series consists of records relating to museum exhibits that were In House (MOA based exhibit displayed at MOA), Traveling In (exhibits from outside institutions), and/or Traveling Out (a MOA based exhibit that travels for exhibition outside of MOA). The records include correspondence, interdepartmental memoranda, loan agreements, exhibit receipts, exhibit proposals and forms, news releases, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, colour photocopies, display labels, negatives, slides, and photographs.

The records are divided into the following sub-series:

A Trapline Lifeline 1987-1992
B Beyond Revival 1988
C I Have Seen the Other Side of the World

  • Masks of the Northwest Coast 1988
    D Gifts & Giving 1988
    E Lyle Wilson: When Worlds Collide 1988-1989
    F Images from the Inside Passage 1985-1989
    G Everything Politics – Australian Aboriginal Political
    Art in Print & Poster 1988-1989
    H Ghosts in the Machine, Phase II 1988-1989
    I A Coat of Many Colours 1988-1991
    J From Classical to Modern: Javanese Shadow Play Figures 1988-1991
    K Sacred Objects & Holy Presence 1989-1990
    L Fieldnotes 1989-1991
    M Transforming Image 1988-1995
    N Proud to be Musqueam 1988-1996
    O The Inside Passage – 1792 1989-1995
    P Great Canada Exhibit 1990-1991
    Q World Aids Day 1990
    R Fragments: The E. Sonner Donation of African Sculpture 1990-1991
    S Asia Pacific Foundation 1990-1993
    T David Neel 1990-1993
    U British Columbia Contemporary Ceramics 1991
    V Denendeh 1991
    W Savage Graces: “After Image” by Gerald McMaster 1992
    X Thunderbird & Whale 1992
    Y Cantonese Opera 1991-1996
    Z Eulachon – A Fish to Cure Humanity, The Grease Trails 1977-1995
    AA Saltglazed Stoneware 1992
    BB Dragon Jars 1992-1993
    CC Maiolica/Majolica 1992-1993
    DD Echoes 1992-1996
    EE Ron Hamilton 1994
    FF Cannery Days 1994-1995
    GG Sally Michener 1994-1996
    HH Maui: Turning Back the Sky 1995-1997
    II Written in the Earth 1992-1998
    JJ Ancient Lives: The Maya of Guatemala 1998
    KK Exhibit “A” – Objects of Intrigue 1998-1999
    LL Chinese Trade Ceramics 1998-2000
    MM Celadon 1991-2002
    NN Looking at Labels 1994
    OO La Force de la Tradition (virtual exhibit) 1995-1997
    PP T’ang Horses [ca. 1992]
    QQ Of Other Spaces 2001
    RR A Break in the Ice: Prints and Drawings from the
    Linda J. Lemmens Collection 1999
    SS Viewpoints: A student exhibition 2002
    TT A Guide to Visible Storage 2001
    UU Man Ray 2010-2011
    VV Tatau 2008-2009
    WW Ways of Knowing 2008
    XX The Village is Tilting 2008-2009
    YY Pleased to Meet You: Introductions 2012
    ZZ Paradise Lost? 2013
    AAA A Green Dress: Objects, Memory and the Museum 2011
    BBB Koerner European Ceramics Gallery [ca. 1990-20--]
    CCC Spirit of Islam: Experiencing Islam through Calligraphy 1999-2003
    DDD Pasifika: Island Journeys 1999-2003
    EEE Visions of Enlightenment: Buddhist Art at MOA 2011-2012

Exhibition files

Series consists of records related to the administration and realization of exhibits that Halpin organized at the Museum of Anthropology. Records include correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, draft copies, proposals, brochures, newspaper clippings, newsletters, loan forms, photocopies of photos and articles, photographs, negatives, contact prints, travel insurance slips, grant applications, reports, and budgets. Many of the files include research conducted on specific artists featured in various exhibitions as well as pictures of their works of art, gallery plans, rough drafts of labels, and bibliographies compiled for research purposes.

Exhibitions

Series consists of records related to exhibitions in which Porto was involved. Material includes planning documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, research, and promotional material.

Nuno Porto

Exhibitions Files

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, handwritten notations, draft copies, financial reports, proposals, brochures, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, programmes, grant applications, agreements and other textual and graphic records related to Museum of Anthropology exhibitions and the planning of them. Includes Exhibits Committee records.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1979-1983

B. Planning Files 1973-2010

C. Long-Term Exhibits Files 1971-1994

D. Temporary Exhibits Files 1976-2017

E. Borrowed Exhibits Files 1981-2008

F. Exhibits Loaned Elsewhere Files 1985

G. Non-MOA Exhibits Research 1988-1990

H. Exhibit Openings 1999-2014

Exhibitions and collections

Series consists of records pertaining to exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology from the 1960s to the present day, including programming and events related to specific exhibitions. Material includes exhibition press releases, invitations, proposals, catalogues, and programmes. Records of this series are arranged into files for each represented exhibition, organized chronologically.

Exhibits

Series consists of records created by McLennan in the course of planning and designing various exhibits, both at MOA and on behalf of MOA for other institutions such as the World Expo in 1986. Each specific exhibit comprises its own sub-series. Graphic material includes photographic material depicting artifacts used in the exhibit, artifacts at other institutions that could potentially be used for exhibit, staff involved in exhibit, events held surrounding the opening and closing of an exhibit including any special ceremonies and other people and items related to the exhibit. Textual material includes label text, research conducted in order to strengthen the exhibits, correspondence between McLennan and cultural heritage institutions, administrative records (i.e. budgets and finances, schedules and time frames) and public relations materials.
Subseries 1 through subseries 64 represent an earlier time frame when McLennan’s role at MOA was more related to exhibit and graphic design than to actively curating exhibits. Subseries 65 through subseries 81 represent McLennan’s increased role as a curator of exhibits which he often researched, curated and did the exhibit design.

Exhibits

Series consists of records relating to exhibits curated by Jennifer Kramer. The records span the entire breadth of the intellectual creation process, including research material pertaining to exhibition subjects, transcripts of interviews used for research and publication purposes, administrative files and notes and correspondence pertaining to exhibition design, installation and publication development. Fonds currently has records from only one exhibit; additional exhibits material expected.

The series is arranged into sub-series relating to a specific exhibition:
Sub-series 1-A: Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer (1964-2012)

External Relations Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, handwritten notations, reports, newspaper clippings, journal articles, pamphlets, minutes, financial statements, papers, membership lists, photographs and other textual and graphic material related to the Museum of Anthropology’s relations with individuals, organizations, and associations external to the museum. Series includes records related to museum membership vis-à-vis the short-lived Friends of the Museum of Anthropology, the museum’s public relations activities, and events held by external organizations or groups at the museum, such as APEC, inquiries and requests received by the museum, including requests for guided visits, as well as records regarding the collection of visitor comments. In addition to Ames’ general communications and correspondence, the series also includes records relating to the Museum of Anthropology’s relations with other museums and institutions. This includes correspondence and other records regarding the director’s participation in a number of external museum-related committees and associations.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1985-1986

B. Public Relations Files 1971-1990

C. Inquiries and Requests Files 1974-2011

D. Friends of the Museum of Anthropology 1977-1985

E. Communications and Service: Museums and Other Institutions Files 1970-2006

F. Communications and Service: Other Files 1966-2010

G. Outside Events at MOA Files 1986-2012

H. Visitor Surveys and Feedback Files 1976-1992

Facilities and Services Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, reports, minutes, blueline prints, architectural plans, handwritten notations, journal articles, newspaper clippings, brochures, photographs and other textual and graphic material relating to Museum of Anthropology facilities and services. The series includes records regarding the museum’s construction plans and projects, including: the initial planning and building of the museum and several of its expansions and renovations. Also included are records relating to building maintenance; this includes records relating to building security and museum grounds.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1972-1995

B. Building Maintenance Files 1973-1996

C. Building Projects and Plans Files 1972-1988

Finances Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, grant applications and related forms, financial statements and reports, handwritten notations, donor lists, receipts of donations, published material, newspaper clippings, and other textual records related to the administration of the museum’s finances. Includes files related to the museum’s budget and sources of revenue and funding, including: records of donations and grant applications.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. Budget Files 1974-1992

B. Funding Files 1971-2004

C. Revenue Files 1981-1996

D. Fundraising – External Causes 2005

From History's Locker records

Series consists of images found in or related to Carter’s [date] published work. Focus is on photographic representations of First Nations communities located throughout British Columbia. Localities include: Alert Bay, Gwayasdums (Gilford Island), Karlukwees (Turnour island), Kingcome Inlet, Mamalilikulla, and Uchucklesaht. Series includes images of totem poles and community members from Ehattesaht, Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka’wakw) and Nuu-chah-nulth nations. Files are generally arranged chronologically according to subject matter and/or locality. Except where noted with square brackets, the titles for files and items in this series were taken from annotations on the original material. Except where noted with square brackets, the titles for files and items in this series were taken from annotations on the original material.

Anthony Carter

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