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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds Subseries
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Sunday programs

Subseries consists of photographs documenting various Sunday programs at the MOA and the children attending them. Programs include those for the visually impaired, related to visible storage, related to Japanese heritage and culture, the Punch and Judy show, Evelyn Roth’s giant salmon and others that are unidentified. Photographs were taken by McLennan, Jean Hamilton and Stephen Inglis.

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Museums, archives, and subject files

Subseries contains resources acquired by McLennan due largely in his research interest in Northwest coast art and design. The series consists largely of photographs taken by McLennan during his travels to museums and archival institutions of artifacts. There are also collections of photographs acquired by McLennan from archival institutions which he had copied. Correspondence between professionals at museums and archives is also sometimes located within the file with the photographs. The museums and archives which have files in this subseries are geographically very diverse. As a note of interest, some objects were taken out especially for McLennan, when access to them by the general public would not normally be granted.

2010 Olympics Aboriginal Art Program

Subseries consists of information provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver regarding an Aboriginal Arts Program for the Olympics. The package includes background information about the program and application information for those wishing to apply.

Artist files

Subseries contains largely photographs of artworks of Northwest Coast First Nations artists located at various cultural heritage institutions as well as in private collections. The majority of the information within the files was collected by McLennan for research purposes, and includes textual documentation about the lives of the artists, correspondence with the artists, information about exhibits based on the artists’ work and newspaper clippings and other stories about the personal life of the artists.

Private pole raising

This subseries contains one file that consists of images of a private pole raising. The mask in the photographs was carved by Jim Hart and is being danced by him. The mask is part of the MOA, UBC collection.

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BC Pavillion in Seville

Subseries consists of correspondence and accompanying documentation regarding the creation and installation of northwest coast art at the British Columbia pavilion as part of the Canada pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992 as part of the Universal Expo of Seville (Expo ’92).

Commonwealth [conference installation]

Subseries consists of records related to the 1987 Commonwealth Conference which brought together heads of government, delegates and media from every commonwealth country in the world. The MOA contributed examples of Northwest Coast art to the conference.

Culture photographs

Subseries contains binders of copies of images that McLennan has ordered, and some cases paid for, from other institutions, in addition to some that he has taken himself. He has arranged them in binders according to culture. He created these binders as an easy reference system for faculty, students, community members, and artists to use when identifying and comparing cultural artistic styles, and traditional customs. First Nations included in the culture photographs include: Tsimshian, Haisla, Kwakwaka’wakw, Northern First Nations, Ktunaxa, Kinbasket, Okanagan, Salish, Tlingit, Tahltan, Tsilhqot’in, Secwepemc, Stl’atl’lmx, Nlaka’pamux, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Oweekeno, Gitxsan, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth and Nisga’a. A file also pertains to differentiating between different styles of canoes.

Changing tides

Subseries consists of images of artifacts and of the exhibit. Artifacts in this exhibit are part of the Laboratory of Archaeology (LOA) collection at UBC. For more information on the objects contact the LOA.

Speaking to memory

Subseries consists of records relating to research on residential schools that led to the production of the exhibit Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School, held at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC.

Books

Subseries contains mainly digital files with some accompanying textual records of records which mostly pertain to ideas that McLennan had for books he wanted to write. In some cases an actual book was created and published, and in other cases a book was printed (not published) to show perspective donors. Potential book subjects are listed as follows: argillite, Charles Edenshaw [file contains an assemblage of digital images that could be used in a publication], Edenshaw exhibit [file contains records related to the Edenshaw exhibit “Signed Without Signature”], Explorers [notes for the beginning of an idea for a book], Gisaxstala, MOA books [these books were made as talking pieces to show prospective sponsors of gallery space what could be done in the galleries, and what had not yet been done], Port Essington, Raven Rattle, Seeing, Thinking, Serenipitous Assembly, Site Specific, Weavers Workshop. Other subjects included in this subseries pertain to book ideas or contacts who would have been interested in sponsoring book including Elspeth McConnell and Michael Audain.

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