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Administration records

Sub subseries consists of administration records including correspondence, information requests, public relations files, grant application information, budget information, papers, conferences and publications about Transforming Image.

Research files

Sub subseries consists of research files, including research conducted by McLennan at various museums and cultural heritage institutions regarding artifacts that could benefit from the infrared photography project Transforming Image, photographs of the exhibit at MOA and in Port Alberni and research on infrared photography.

Book related

Materials in this sub subseries relate to the production and publication of the Transforming Image book, written by McLennan and Karen Duffek based on the Transforming Image exhibit at MOA.

Institutional photographs

Materials in this sub subseries consist largely of photographs taken by McLennan and research assistants (J.L. Gijssen and Mila Cotic) of bent wood boxes and other artifacts that would benefit from infrared photography as part of the transforming image exhibit. These photographs were all taken at various museums and institutions that were visited by McLennan, or if photographs of the artifacts existed, McLennan received copies of these from various institutions.

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Binder 1

This sub subseries contains images on the following subjects:

  • Mungo Martin and Abaya Martin at UBC
  • Raising of the Mungo Martin Memorial Pole
  • Museum of Anthropology's exhibition at "Man and His World", 1969-1970
  • Reassembly of the Haida House on the grounds of the new Museum of Anthropology building
  • Totem poles being moved into the new Museum of Anthropology building
  • The Museum of Anthropology building in various states of construction

Binder 2

This sub subseries includes images on the following subjects:

  • Exhibitions of the Museum of Anthropology from the 1950s through the 1960s
  • Staff and students working in and packing up the Museum of Anthropology's old location in the library basement
  • items being moved into the new Museum of Anthropology
  • Photographs of masks and other objects for the Claude Lévi-Strauss book "The Way of the Masks"
  • Photographs of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

Binder 3

Subjects of this sub subseries include:

  • The opening exhibition of the Vancouver Centennial Museum, curated by the Museum of Anthropology
  • The opening ceremony of the new Museum of Anthropology building
  • Visit of Governor General Vincent Massey to UBC and the Museum of Anthropology
  • Moving totem poles from Totem Park to the new Museum of Anthropology building
  • Displays in the Great Hall and visible storage of the new Museum of Anthropology around the time of its opening
  • Displays and photographs of objects, largely but not exclusively from the Museum of Anthropology
    Plans, drawings, and models of the new Museum of Anthropology building

Binder 4

Subjects of this sub subseries include:

  • Visible storage, classes, and exhibitions at the new Museum of Anthropology around the time of its opening
  • Construction of the Haida House
  • Transportation and display of Museum of Anthropology materials for the "Man and His World" exhibit the museum curated in Montréal
  • Robert Davidson carving in the rotunda in Montréal for the exhibition "Man and His World"

Binder 5

Subjects of this sub subseries include:

  • Working in the old Museum of Anthropology in the library basement
  • Construction of the Haida House, including Doug Cranmer and Bill Reid carving poles
  • Various displays in the new Museum of Anthropology building
  • Totem Pole Preservation Committee investigating and removing poles
  • Totem Poles on University Boulevard and in Totem Park
  • Expo 1967 images, extensive photography of many pavilions
  • Opening exhibition of the Vancouver Centennial Museum, curated by the Museum of Anthropology
  • Children's programs at the Museum of Anthropology in the late 1970s, notable is the program for visually impaired children

Totem pole files

Sub subseries contains the Totem Pole Files, as put together by Don Bain. Material in the Totem Pole Files was compiled by Don Bain from the MOA Archives, UBC Special Collections, UBC Library, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the British Columbia Archives, and the Department of Indian Affairs, as well as information from MOA staff. Record types include photocopies of photographs, catalogues, accession files, research files, technical files, historical correspondence, internal memos and reports, and committee meeting minutes. Most records collected by Don Bain date from between 1920 and 1980.

Working files

Sub subseries contains Don Bain's working files, used during the course of his Totem Pole Files creation. Record types include notes, photocopies of archival records, and correspondence related to the project.

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