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Hindaleah (Hindy) Ratner fonds
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1976 - 1988 (Creation)
- Hindaleah Ratner
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1.46 m of textual records and other material
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Hindy Ratner graduated with an MA in Museology and Anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1972. Previous to her employment with the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology (MOA) she worked at the National Museum of Man (now the Canadian Museum of Civilization) in Ottawa, and at the BC Provincial Museum as Extension Curator. Ratner served on the ICOM Committee for Ethnology (1977-?), the board of the Jewish Festival of the Arts, and on the board of the BC Touring Council for the Performing Arts (1983-1985). Ratner was hired full time as Extension Curator at MOA in 1977.
Ratner was on a leave-of-absence from May to October 1984, maternity leave from January to July 1985, and on another leave-of-absence from September 1986 until her resignation in February, 1987. Graduate students Margaret Holm and Susan Hull performed Ratner’s duties while she was on leave. The position of Extension Curator was succeeded by the hiring of Rosa Ho as Curator of Art and Public Programmes in January 1988.
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The fonds consists of records created by Ratner in the process of conceptualizing, developing and running public programming and extension services at the Museum of Anthropology. Initially, the duties of the Extension Curator were coordinating the development of in-house exhibits, non-credit educational programming, extension activities and publicity. Programming included performances, workshops, lectures, non-credit courses, museum tours, identification clinics and audio-visual presentations, often in conjunction with the Center for Continuing Education. Ratner organized local and international cultural excursions, including acting as a tour escort. Ratner was responsible for coordinating special events and lectures in conjunction with exhibits, and from 1980 was responsible for administering travelling exhibitions. Other extension activities included print exhibits in Vancouver office spaces, installations in off-campus locations such as the Vancouver Airport, and the Special Prison Extension Project.
Communications duties included production of the calendar of events and publicity circulars. Other duties included preparation of grant applications, managing staff, including student interns, budgeting, preparing reports, and assisting film and video production use of museum space and collections.
Public relations activities included establishing contacts with media representatives, promoting exhibits and other special events, producing news releases, distributing calendars of events and brochures, arranging staff interviews with media and soliciting publicity.
The fonds has been organized into the following series:
- Administrative and other records
- Calendar of events
- Special events
- Strategic planning
- Weekly programming
- Youth programming
See attached pdf document for series descriptions and file lists.
Immediate source of acquisition
The intellectual arrangement of the records is largely imposed by the describing archivist to reflect the activities of the creator. No file plan or classification was evident. The physical arrangement reflects the sequence of files when they were received into the custody of the archives.
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All records in the fonds are subject to the Freedom of Information
and Protection of Privacy Act.
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Some series may contain records with copyright and
reproduction restrictions. See archivist for more information.
Full finding aid is attached as a pdf document
Other public programming records are located in the Rosa Ho fonds, the Madeline Bronsdon Rowan fonds, the Public Programming and Education fonds, and the Public Relations Office fonds.
No further accruals expected.
The following files were removed prior to transfer to the Archives: Ksan pole raising ’80, Raven – June 5/80, Haida pole raising ’82. Box 1605-B, attributed to Ratner, was never transferred to the archives.
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Created December 4, 2015