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Correspondence

Series consists of two files of correspondence:

  1. Military Period (1921-1923)
  2. Other Correspondence (1961-1985)

Materials in the ‘Military Period’ file include ten letters written to, or by, Lt. Col. Parker while on duty as the Commander of the Military Forces in Tibet. Two other letters were written by Sir Charles Bell in which Bell arranges to meet up with Lt. Col. Parker and an escort on his return journey from Lhasa. One additional letter is handwritten in Tibetan and stamped with ‘British Trade Agency – Gyantse – Tibet’ (which suggests that it may be from Parker’s military period), but it is not kown who authored it or when it was created. Five of the letters are written in Tibetan and translations and transcriptions for four of the five letters are available in hard copy and on compact disc (see ‘Notes’).

Of significance among the letters written in Tibetan is correspondence from Lt. Col. Parker to the 13th Dalai Lama in which Lt. Col. Parker states that he has received and inspected the troops from the Dalai’s personal escort and suggests that they be kept for training. In this letter Lt. Col. Parker also raises question on military dress and deportment, specifically, the length of the officers’ hair (a translation of this letter was provided by Father Donald but no original copy of the translation exists). An original draft of this letter, written in English by Lt. Col. Parker, is also included in this file. A second letter is from the Dalai Lama to Lt. Col. Parker and is an acknowledgement of Parker’s training of Tibetan soldiers. This letter is written on rice paper and includes the Dalai’s official ink seal and an envelope with the Dalai’s wax seal and a postmarked Tibetan stamp. Three other letters were sent to Lt. Col. Parker from officials of the Tibetan government. These letters are also written on rice paper and ink stamped with official seals. The first of these letters is written by a member of the Tibetan Supreme Council (known as Shapes or Shapees) and is a response to Lt. Col. Parker’s questioning of hair length of the Tibetan troops, and includes explanations of cultural and religious differences. The second letter is from the minister responsible for the Tibetan military in which permission is granted for training of the Tibetan troops, and the sending of further troops to be trained. The third letter is written by two Tibetan Officers in which praise is given to one of their officers along with a request for his return. Of those letters mentioned above, translations and transcriptions are available for the letters written from the Dalai and the officials of the Tibetan government, and accompany the series.
The five other letters in this series include four that were typewritten by Lt. Col. Parker in English: two are from his military period; two others were written decades later to the editor of a publication. As mentioned above, one was written in Tibet and has not been translated. The two letters from his military period are lengthy and provide significant details of Lt. Col. Parker’s perceptions of his work, the people, the country, events and festivities and are an important accompaniment to many of the prints in Photograph Collection A.

Materials in the “Other Correspondence” file consist of more recent records. Two letters from 1961 relate to an address Lt. Col. Parker accepted to give to the Victoria Section of the Royal Over-Seas League about his experience in Tibet. The two other letters also relate to Lt. Col. Parker’s time in Tibet and were sent to the editor of “Country Life.” The first letter (dated 1966) describes Lt. Col. Parker’s unique experience of being the first European to see a Takin, “the rarest mammal in the world,” while the second letter (dated 1977) discusses a pony that Lt. Col. Parker bought in the early 1920s. The file also contains a letter (dated 1985) from the Office of Tibet in New York City acknowledging receipt of a donation for $20.00 along with a brief update on certain individuals. This letter is signed by two people; one, “T.C. Tethong,” was the translator for the 14th Dalai Lama in the 1960s.

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Personal and missionary photographs

Series consist of loose photographs, a newspaper clipping, photomechanical prints, and one photomechanical print album produced and collected throughout Rev. Crosby’s personal and missionary life, including portraits and group photographs of aboriginal individuals and/or missionaries, photographs of churches, schools, homes, hospitals, and other buildings, and aboriginal cultural and ceremonial objects (artifacts and curios). In addition, photographic events include carvings, church congregations, gathering of aboriginal children from residential schools, weddings, and funerals. Geographic locations depicted in the photographs include (but are not limited to): Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, Fort Essington, Fort Rupert, Fraser River, Greenville, Gold Harbour, Massett Village, Naas River, Port Simpson, River Inlet, Skidegate (Haida), Yale, and Vancouver Island (Nanaimo, Victoria) all in British Columbia; as well as, Whatcom County Washington, USA; Fort Wraugh, Alaska; Port Chester, Alaska; Montreal, Quebec; Norway; and Labrador. Series includes photographers and photograph studios such as Noah Shakespeare, Richard & Hanna Maynard, Carlo Gentile, J.G. Parks, Thos. E. Perkins, Geo Rirton, B.F. Howland & Co., J.M. Jacobsen, Wadds Bros., N. Caple & Co., Hugill, R.Z. Tashiro, Butcher & Co., Brooks, Skene Lowe, Nathan Joseph & Co., and S.A. Spencer. Photographers Carlo Gentile (whose Victoria studio was purchased by Noah Shakespeare) and Frederick Dally (whose negatives were partly acquired by Richard & Hanna Maynard) may also be included but unidentified. Series includes photomechanical prints, albumen prints, cabinet cards, carte-de-visites, gelatin printing-out papers, gelatin developing-out papers, a ferrotype, stereograph prints, and other unidentified print types.

FILE LIST: (with box-folder number, title, and dates)
1-1: Personal and missionary photographs – portraits (and ferrotype), ca. 1860
1-2 : Missionary photographs – reproductions, [199-]
1-3 : Missionary photographs – stereograph cards, 1863 – [191-]
1-4 : Missionary photographs – totem poles and artifacts, 1863 – [191-]
1-5 : Missionary photographs – photomechanical, 1863 – [191-]
2-1 : Personal and missionary photographs, 1863 – [191-]
2-2 : Missionary photographs – artifacts, 1863 – [191-]
2-3 : Missionary photographs – glad tidings, 1863 – [191-]
2-4 : Missionary photographs – Alaska, 1863 – [191-]
2-5 : Missionary photographs – Bella Bella, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-6 : Missionary photographs – Chilliwack, B.C. and Cultus Lake, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-7 : Missionary photographs – Hazelton, B.C. and Kispiox, B.C. ,1863 – [191-]
2-8 : Missionary photographs – Mission, B.C. and River Inlet, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-9 : Missionary photographs – Port Essington, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-10 : Missionary photographs – Port Simpson, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-11 : Missionary photographs – Vancouver Island, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-12 : Missionary photographs – Washington, USA, 1863 – [191-]
2-13 : Missionary photographs – Naas River, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-14 : Missionary photographs, 1863 – [191-]

Thomas Crosby

Books

Series consists of material related to books written and illustrated by Stewart. Material includes collected research, notes, sketches and illustrations, photographs, correspondence, book drafts, and pre-press materials. Material is grouped into subseries based by book. The series does not contain material related to all of Stewart's publication. The first subseries contains the first book that Hilary wrote, but did not publish.

Museum of Man correspondence and minutes

Series consists of correspondence between Douglas T. Kenny as Chair of the President’s Planning and Coordinating Committee for the Museum of Man and Chairman of the User’s Committee, and members of these committees. Also contains correspondence between Kenny as Chair and the Design Team of the Museum of Man, the University Board of Governors, University President Walter Gage, and other committees concerned with the construction, planning, and design of the Museum of Man. Kenny generated other correspondence in his capacity as Chairman of the University Advisory Council and in his involvement on the Search Committee. The majority of correspondence is original; some are copies of outgoing correspondence.

Sound recordings

Series consists of six sound recordings, digitized from three cassette tapes. Recorded content includes Xa'islakala vocabulary and sentence exercises, along with compiled segments of radio reports and interviews regarding events in and around Kitimat in the 1970s and early 1980s. Recorded language materials are intended to be used as supplementary to the textual course materials.

University of Ibadan Community Studies

The research reports were written by students of the Department of Education at the University of Ibadan. Reports cover studies of various communities is western Nigeria. Collection also includes two books published by Jack Lieber, and a piece of correspondence sent to him.

General

Series consists of Conservation records that cannot be attributed to a specific member of the Conservation staff. There are currently only two files in this series. As of 2017, the majority of Conservation records in the archives came from Conservator Miriam Clavir. These records can be found in the Miram Clavir series of the Conservation sous-fonds.

Somewhere Between records

Series consists of images found in or related to Carter's 1966 published work. Focus is on photographic representations of First Nations communities along B.C.'s North coast, including the Xwemelch'stn (Coast Salish), Kynoc, Kitisug, Klemtu and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Files are generally arranged chronologically according to locality and/or subject matter. Except where noted with square brackets, the titles for files and items in this series were taken from annotations on the original material.

Anthony Carter

Education records

Series consists of artists’ statements, cards, diagrams, lecture notes, pamphlets, reports, student assignments, and syllabi relating to David Dunnett Cunningham’s responsibility as an instructor of Anthropology 431: Museum Principles and Techniques, and 432: The Anthropology of Public Representation, and a community course, Introduction to the Museum of Anthropology.

Exhibitions

Series consists of records related to exhibitions in which Porto was involved. Material includes planning documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, research, and promotional material.

Nuno Porto

Exhibitions and collections

Series consists of records pertaining to exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology from the 1960s to the present day, including programming and events related to specific exhibitions. Material includes exhibition press releases, invitations, proposals, catalogues, and programmes. Records of this series are arranged into files for each represented exhibition, organized chronologically.

Exhibits

Series consists of records relating to exhibits curated by Jennifer Kramer. The records span the entire breadth of the intellectual creation process, including research material pertaining to exhibition subjects, transcripts of interviews used for research and publication purposes, administrative files and notes and correspondence pertaining to exhibition design, installation and publication development. Fonds currently has records from only one exhibit; additional exhibits material expected.

The series is arranged into sub-series relating to a specific exhibition:
Sub-series 1-A: Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer (1964-2012)

UBC and anthropological research

Files in this series relate to the various roles Harry Hawthorn has fulfilled at the University of British Columbia as an anthropologist, a professor (and later head of the Anthropology department), and as the first Director of the Museum of Anthropology. This series consists of correspondence, slides, photographs, negatives and research notes.

The correspondence files primarily relate to the general administration of the Museum of Anthropology by Dr. Hawthorn, including correspondence related to the museum’s collections, potential acquisitions, museum funding, the official name of the museum and the establishment of a new site for the museum. Additionally, there is also correspondence regarding the proposed development of the Indian Historical-Cultural Village, correspondence with other museums, letters asking for Dr. Hawthorn’s expert advice regarding objects, and correspondence with Wilson Duff. Included is correspondence between H. Hawthorn and Bert Robson relating to Hawthorn’s trip in the northeastern region of B.C.

Slides, photographs, negatives and notes relate to the various research trips undertaken by Hawthorn in B.C. from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. Some slides document a totem pole salvage expedition on Anthony Island, B.C. in 1957. Some of these slides were used in the production of George MacDonald’s book, Ninstints: A World Heritage Site. Other slides document miscellaneous events relating to Museum of Anthropology exhibitions and research, as well as other events such as Sports Day on the grounds of the Alberni Residential School and the carving of a 20’ long 2’ wide canoe, which took place at a regatta on May 24, 1948. Series includes negatives of totem poles, stories collected from Mungo Martin and notes, mostly written in an indigenous language.

Photographs

The series consists of over 600 hundred black-and-white photographs and negatives that relate to Lt. Col. Parker and his wife’s time in Tibet (1921- 1924), and a collection of more recent colour photographs of Tibetan objects that were collected by the couple. The majority of the b&w photographs were taken by Lt. Col. Parker during his military period, as well as the year following his release. The images depict military scenes, festivals and events, individual and group portraits, as well as various landscapes and architecture. Significant among these photographs are images of: the photographer who accompanied famed British climber, George Mallory; the Dalai Lama’s personal escort; and the first Lhasa Apso dogs out of Tibet. A small number of images (e.g., those of the Dalai Lama in 1910-1911) predate Lt. Col. Parker’s time in Tibet and are believed to have been given to him by some unknown person(s). The original photographs were not labelled; however, valuable contextual information has been provided by Father Donald, whose descriptions and commentary accompany a large number of these images (see Item List).

The prints are located in two photograph albums identified as Photograph Collections A & B. Photograph Collection A contains 243 b&w photographs, all of which are considered to be original prints. Although duplicates of images occur, these simply represent copies developed on different paper. It was reported (by Father Donald) that the last 48 photographs in this album were found loose and spread throughout Lt. Col. Parker’s papers. A total of 189 prints in Photograph Collection A have acetate negatives. Collection B contains 170 b&w photographs, of which all are considered original prints. A total of 67 b&w prints in Photograph Collection B have acetate negatives. Collection B also contains 74 colour photographs of artefacts to which there are no negatives. Duplicates of 68 b&w prints exist between the Photograph Collections A & B.

The series also includes 210 b&w negatives which correspond in number and sequence to print images found in Photograph Collection A: 193 negatives have corresponding prints; 17 negatives have no prints associated with them. A small number of negatives are duplicated. There are no negatives for the colour prints.

Accompanying the series is one compact disc (CD No. 5) consisting of 243 scanned b&w prints and 104 scanned negatives. The scanned prints also correspond in number and sequence to print images found in Photograph Collection A. Ten of the scanned negatives have acetate negatives but no prints associated with them; one scanned negative has neither acetate negative nor print (see Item List).

Illustrations and other artwork

Series consists of illustrations and other artwork made by Stewart, either for personal purposes or to be used in publications authored by other people. In addition to the artwork, the series also includes research, photographs, and correspondence related to the production and publication of the works. The series divided into four sub-series:

A - Personal illustrations and artwork
B - Images: Stone (by Wilson Duff)
C – Wisdom of the Elders (by Ruth Kirk)
D – Antiquity (by Dale Cross)

This is Haida records

Series consists of images found in or related to Carter's 1969 published work. Focus is on photographic representations of First Nations communities and individuals throughout Haida Gwaii. Geographic locations include Anthony Island (Ninstins), Masset, Skedans, Skidegate, Tanu and Yan. Series also contains images related to the 1969 Masset pole raising ceremony in honor of Robert Davidson, Jr. Files are generally arranged chronologically according to subject matter and/or locality. Except where noted with square brackets, the titles for files and items in this series were taken from annotations on the original material.

Anthony Carter

Exhibit records

Series documents Cunningham’s responsibilities as exhibits designer, and consists of records related to the planning and implementation of various exhibits since the late 1980s. In addition to his role as designer, Cunningham has also been involved in producing exhibit proposals; assisting with travelling exhibits; and developing exhibition policies and guidelines. Records include artists’ statements and artwork; banners; calligraphy; case lists; contact prints/proofs; contracts; correspondence; exhibition catalogues; exhibition panels; exhibition proposals; exhibition text; guidelines; invitations; labels; loan agreements; measurements; memoranda; minutes; negatives; object lists; photographs; photocopy of artworks; plans; policies; reports; schedules; and sketches.

The records are divided into the following sub-series:

A Guidelines 1992-1994

B Long-term installations [ca. 1992]-2000

C Proposals 1988-1996

D Schedules 1991-1993

E We Sing to the Universe: Poems and Drawings by Ron Hamilton [1994]-1994

F Fragments: The E. Sonner Donation of African Sculpture 1990-1991

G A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada 1990-1991

H Ancient Cloth / Ancient Code? 1990-1992

I Savage Graces: After Images by Gerald McMaster 1990-1993

J A Rare Flower: A Century of Cantonese Opera in Canada 1989-1997

K Inside Passage: 1792 1993

L Multiplicity: A New Cultural Strategy 1989-[ca. 1993]

M Cannery Days: A Chapter in the Lives of the Heilsuk 1993-1994

N High Slack: An Installation by Judith Williams 1992-1994

O Reclaiming History: Ledger Drawings by Assiniboine Artist Hongeeeysa 1993-1995

P Trapline Lifeline 1990-1992

Q Our Chiefs and Elders: Photographs by David Neel, Kwagiutl 1989-1990

R Festival Hong Kong: Possessions from the Past: Objects from a Lifetime of Change and Contrasts: Hong Kong’s New Territories in the 20th Century 1991-1992

S Nunavutmiutankik Elisasiniq: A Tribute to the People of Nunavut 1998-1999

T Travelling exhibits 1990-1991

U Gathering Strength: New Generations in Northwest Coast Art [199-?]-2004

V Continuing Traditions: Coast Salish Basketry 2000-2001

W Musqueam Weavers 1999-2000

X Haida Metalwork [1999?]-1999

Y Kaxlaya Gvilas [200-]-2002

Z Proud to be Musqueam 1991-1993

AA Repatriation 2000-2002

BB To Wash Away the Tears 2002-2003

CC Artifacts 1995-[ca. 1996]

DD The Abstract Edge: Recent Works by Robert Davidson 2001-2005

EE Mehodihi: Well-Known Traditions of Tahltan People [200-]-2003

FF Connoisseur’s Collection: Chinese Ceramics from the Victor Shaw Donation 2000-2002

GG Written in the Earth 1993-2002

HH Recalling the Past: Early Chinese Art from the
Victor Shaw Collection 1997-1998

II Maui: Turning Back the Sky: Exhibition of Contemporary
Hawaiian Art 1996-1997

JJ El Corazon Del Mundo: At the Heart of the World
La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia 2002

KK The Art of Norval Morrisseau 1999-2000

LL Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art 2014

MM Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists 2013

NN The Smart One video

OO Luminescence: the Silver of Peru 2012

PP Inuit Prints and Drawings: Selections from the Permanent Collection 1988-1989

QQ Carl Beam 2011

RR Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens 2010-2011

SS Jack Shadbolt and the Coastal Indian Image 1986

TT Speaking to Memory 2013

UU One Mind, One Heart 2013

VV Hiroshima 2011-2012

WW Mungo Martin: A Slender Thread 2004

XX "Pasifika: Island Journeys” - The Frank Burnett Collection of Pacific Arts 2003-2004

YY Exhibit unknown

ZZ: Recent acquisitions 2005

Personal

This series relates to the personal history and life of Harry Hawthorn and his wife Audrey. The series primarily consists of photographs with some textual records, slides, and photographic negatives. A number of files consist of family photograph albums, featuring images of Harry Hawthorn’s family and childhood, his children, and a separate album relates to Harry hawthorn’s Travels in BC between 1947 and 1951. Multiple files relate to Audrey Hawthorn, and three files illustrate a compiled account of interactions between the Hawthorns and Bill Reid that span from the 1950’s through 2000.

Harry Bertram Hawthorn

Miriam Clavir

Series consists of records associated with the functions and responsibilities assigned to Miriam Clavir in her role as the conservator of the Museum of Anthropology, and/or are related to the Conservation Area, as well as to her teaching activities. Included are: correspondence, memoranda, reports (published and unpublished), evaluations, building (architectural) plans, photographs, slides, e-mails, facsimiles, computer disks, and audio cassettes.

The series is arranged in the following six subseries:

  1. Administrative Records
  2. Conservation Records
  3. Exhibit Records
  4. Teaching & Internship Records
  5. Building Records
  6. Conference Records

Miriam Clavir

Textual materials

Series consists of written X̄a’islak̓ala (Haisla language) documentation and learning materials by the Dutch linguist Hein Vink (also known as Henry Vink). These language materials consist of a dictionary, one beginner course book, and one advanced level Haisla learning course book. The series also contains written tellings of traditional Kitimat stories, as told by Jeffrey Legaic and collected by Gisele Mendel.

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