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Audrey Shane fonds
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1973 - 1992, predominant 1975 - 1987 (Creation)
- Audrey Patricia Mackay Shane
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ca. 1.08 m of textual records
631 photographs : prints, negatives and slides
6 postcards: col.
1 architectural drawing
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Audrey Patricia MacKay Shane was born on August 27, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received a diploma in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba in 1942 and worked for the Department of Architecture and Fine Arts at the University for the next three years. In the period between 1962 and 1970, she served in voluntary roles such as secretary of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and treasurer of the Manitoba Archaeological Society. In 1974, Shane received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). A year later, she was hired as Archivist/Librarian at the Museum of Anthropology, a position she held until she was appointed Curator of Documentation in 1979. As Archivist/Librarian, Shane was responsible for the documentation of the Museum’s collections for inclusion in the National Inventory of Canada as well as for the cataloguing of the collections.
Shane completed her M.A. in Anthropology in UBC in 1978. Her primary interest was in the art and material culture of the northern Northwest Coast, China, Japan and the Insular Pacific before the 20th century. As the Curator of Documentation, Shane’s responsibilities included ensuring the accurate permanent catalogue records were created and maintained for the Museum’s collections, interpreting the Museum’s collections to the public and students through exhibits, publications, university and community teaching, and representing the museum on a local and international level. She taught a series of laboratory sessions in Anthropology 431, Museum Principles and Methods, a course offered by UBC’s Department of Anthropology and also conducted lectures and seminars for the Museum’s volunteers. Shane has written various scholarly articles and presented many papers in numerous conferences. Her published articles include “Sensibilities: Unsuspected Multicultural Harmonies” which appeared in the March/April 1983 issue of Canadian Collector, “Power in Their Hands: the Gitsontk,” which was published in The Tsimshian: Images of the Past Views for the Present and “Networking: the Canadian Experience,” a paper published for the Western Museum Conference in 1983. Shane has also curated a number of exhibitions and served on the Acquisitions and Collections Committees within the Museum. In addition, she was active in committees formed by professional associations such as the British Columbia Museum Association Committee on Legal and Ethical Questions. She also assumed the role of Signing Expert Examiner in Ethnography for the Canadian Cultural Property Export and Import Board. Shane retired from her position at the Museum in 1987.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records created by Audrey Shane as Archivist/Librarian and later Curator of Documentation of the Museum of Anthropology. The records consist of mainly textual and graphic material. The records include correspondence, internal memoranda, minutes of committee meetings, reports, student papers, handwritten notations, draft copies of articles and papers, book reviews, grant applications, drafts of text labels, photographs, negatives, contact sheets, slides and other textual and graphic material related to Shane’s functions and activities at the Museum.
The fonds has been organized into the following series:
- Exhibition files 1977-1987
- Collections files 1976-1992
- Project files 1979-1986
- Database files 1973-1987
- Museum history files 1974-1989
- Papers/teaching/lecture files 1975-1987
- General administration files 1975-1987
- External committees files 1978-1987
- Conference files 1977-1986
Immediate source of acquisition
The records in this fonds were held by Audrey Shane upon her retirement in 1987 and were transferred to the Archives in 1993.
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Some records in this fonds are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
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Some series contain records with copyright and reproduction restrictions.
The Museum of Anthropology holds copyright for records produced by Audrey Shane in her capacity as Archivist/Librarian and Curator of the Museum. The Museum does not hold copyright for published or unpublished articles and reports by Shane and individuals not employed by the Museum of Anthropology.
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Four files that were found stored with the Elizabeth (Betsy) Johnson fonds were added to the Audrey Shane fonds in 2013. These files included: 2-25 (Visible Storage), 2-26 (Artifact Purchasing Policy), 6-D-4 (Inuit – People of Three Oceans) and 6-E-1 (MOA Volunteer Seminar II). No further accruals are expected.
This fonds contains some records that were created by individuals other than Audrey Shane. In some cases, records by Dr. Marjorie Halpin, the Museum’s past Curator of Ethnology, Dr. Michael Ames, the Museum’s past Director and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Shane’s immediate successor have been included in Shane’s fonds as they relate to initiatives she inherited or took on.
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Created April 2001 by Y.M. Chong
Updated October 2013 by Taryn Day
Updated December 2, 2015