Fonds 14 - Beatrice Pilon fonds

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Beatrice Pilon fonds

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9.5 cm of textual records
70 photographs: prints and negatives
18 postage stamps
2 objects
1 postcard

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Beatrice ‘Beatty’ Pilon worked in Chengtu, Szechwan, China in the late 1940s and made a month-long trip into Tibet by horseback in 1948. Some objects Pilon purchased while in Tibet were later donated to the Museum of Anthropology.

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Material originally in possession of creator, Beatrice Pilon, then passed on to her niece, Jane Wagner.

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The fonds consists of material Pilon created and collected when she was in China from 1947-49. Pilon worked for the Pioneer Timber Co., and attended the Medical College at West China Union University (WCUU), in Chengtu, Szechwan, China. Prominent themes among the fonds materials are the daily life of an international student in China, Christian missionary work in China, and discussions (among English speakers) on the contemporary Chinese Revolution of 1949.

Records include letters, photos from China and Tibet, local publications, and drafts of Pilon's essays. The fonds also includes an original book of Mongolian Folklore (1926) and other misc. related items. Also includes digitized copies of material, created by Pilon's niece, Jane Wagner.

The records are organized into the following function-based files:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Photography
  3. Collected Publications
  4. Personal Writing
  5. Ideas
  6. Passports
  7. Mongolian Folk Lore
  8. Blank Stationary
  9. Collection of Chinese Currency
  10. Stamp Collection

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The Museum of Anthropology collections department contains objects donated by Pilon and/or her estate in 1975 (accession 284) and 1988 (accession 1075).

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Original fonds was comprised entirely of the 14 photo negatives now found in the "Photography" series.

02/14/2022 accrual of materials created by Pilon during and related to her time in China, from 1947-49.

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Updated May 2022 by Peyton Moriarty -- added Acc. # 2022-1

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