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Marjorie Halpin (MOA Curator) fonds Séries
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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.

Administration files

Series consists of textual records related to Dr. Halpin’s administrative activities while she was the curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Anthropology. Records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, applications, agendas, grants, budgets, exhibition schedules, newsletters, pamphlets and internal review reports related to museum policies and the development of the museum’s acquisition policy. There are also records related to various committees, curriculum reports, and acquisition evaluations for specific items which were considered for purchase by the museum.

Museum of Anthropology projects

The series consists of records created by Dr. Halpin’s involvement in various projects at the Museum of Anthropology. Records include correspondence, memoranda, grant applications, reports, permissions, photo requests, architectural material, pamphlets, newsletters, contracts, budgets, labels, photographs, negatives, contact sheets, a computer floppy disk, and compacts disks. The records relate to museum-wide projects such as label creation for the museum collection, the commission for the construction and design of the MOA doors, the opening of Gallery III in 1993, and the expansion of the museum in 1984. Records also relate to individual endeavours undertaken by Dr. Halpin such as CD-Rom projects, research on totem poles, photo projects, conservation, and film and video production.

Museum of Anthropology events

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, pamphlets and
newspaper clippings of events that Dr. Halpin either organized, or assisted, while working at the Museum of Anthropology. Records relate to the opening of the museum in 1976 and to various visiting scholars who gave lectures or organized activities between 1975-1986. Also included are records relating to two events which took place at the Museum of Anthropology: the Norman Tait Barbecue, an open public event for all to attend; and Inuit Art Round Table, during which issues related to Inuit art were discussed by a panel of curators and First Nations people.

Conferences and meetings

The series consists of records from the traveling exhibit “Tent of Meeting” and the “Sasquatch and Similar Phenomena” conference held May 1978 that Halpin developed and organized. The series includes correspondence, interdepartmental memorandas, conference paper abstracts, articles, book reviews, conference summaries, news releases, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, postcards, photographs, sew-on patches with Sasquatch figures on them, curators meetings papers, and audio cassettes of interviews and presentations from the Sasquatch conference.

Published and unpublished papers and reviews

Series consists of published and unpublished papers, book reviews, prefaces and poems written by Dr. Halpin while she was the curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Anthropology. Included is Dr. Halpin’s paper on “Visible Storage”, a preface to Potlatch by Joe David, and an article on “Museums in Literature”.

Teaching and student files

Series consists of records related to Dr. Halpin’s activities as a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Records include student evaluations of the internship program supervised by Dr. Halpin from 1983-1984 while she was Acting Director of the Museum of Anthropology, permission forms for a student project which Dr. Halpin consulted on, notes on an expansion of the department curriculum, reports, and records related to the source book for ANTH 432 which consists of two pictures, photocopied articles and course bibliography.

Miscellaneous

Series consists of textual records and graphic records including photographs and slides of Dr. Halpin’s activities at the Museum of Anthropology. Included in this series are unlabelled photographs of a staff retreat, Halpin giving tours at the Museum of Anthropology, slides of MOA, visible storage, artifacts, and NWC objects found in displays and museums across Canada, the United States and Europe. Also included are personal photographs of Halpin and of her dog “Cammy” who frequently joined Halpin at the museum. Textual records in this series include a bibliography by Ron Hamilton on “18th Century Northwest Coast Explorers Observations-Early Collection and Maritime Fur Trade” and printed out CD-Rom templates for “A Century of Indian Art.”