Fonds 122 - Hilary Stewart fonds

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Hilary Stewart fonds

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ca. 1.65 m textual records
ca. 3370 photographs : prints, negatives and slides
1 video reel
ca. 90 postcards
5 objects
1 floppy disc

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(November 3, 1924 - June 5, 2014)

Biographical history

Author and artist Hilary Majendie Stewart was born on November 3, 1924 in St. Lucia, West Indies. She attended boarding school in England and served for six years in the armed forces. She studied at St. Martin's School of Art. In 1951, she moved to Canada with her brother, where she worked as an artist for CHEK TV.

Stewart is best known for her illustrations and books on the art, artifacts, and cultures of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. She published 11 books over the years, in addition to doing illustrations for publications by other authors. Her 1984 book Cedar received one of the first four B.C. Book Prizes that were presented in 1985. She also received a B.C. Book Prize for her 1987 book John R. Jewitt, Captive of Maquinna.

Stewart was associated with the Archaeological Society of BC for many years. She lived for many years on Quadra Island for 35 years, and later moved to Campbell River. She passed away on June 5, 2014.

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Fonds consists of material related to the art, research, and writing of Hilary Stewart. The bulk of the material is related to the production of her books on the culture and art of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. The remaining material relates to illustrations that she did for publications by other authors, a small amount of material done for personal use, and collected research and ephemera that does not appear to be related to one specific publication. Material includes original illustrations, collected research and notes, book drafts and pre-press materials, photographs, correspondence, and collected memorabilia.

The material has been arranged into three series:
1 - Books
2 - Illustrations and other artwork
3 - Collected research and ephemera

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Material was donated to the Museum of Anthropology as a bequest from Stewart.


The arrangement of this fonds is based on the arrangement that the records had when they arrived at the archives, and on photographs taken at Stewart's house showing how she kept and labelled her work. The material was grouped into series created by the archivist to make the material more easily accessible. All material has been rehoused for preservation purposes. Any file names that were present on the original folders were kept and used for the archival files.

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The box and folder location for each file in this fonds is noted in its record in the "Location of originals" field. It is written as the 'box number.folder number'. For example, a file that is physically located in folder 3 of box 1 of this fonds will have the location id '1.3'.

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Created May 2016 by Katie Ferrante.
Accrual processed May 2019 by Stuart Hill.

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