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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.

Published and unpublished papers and reviews

Series consists of published and unpublished papers, book reviews, prefaces and poems written by Dr.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”.

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.

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.”

General Administration Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, minutes, reports, contracts and agreements, handwritten notations, draft copies, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, and other textual and graphic records related to the general administration of the museum and the administrative activities and responsibilities of the Director. Includes records related to museum policies and procedures and their development, the planning of museum activities and goals, the evaluation and accountability of the museum, including files containing museum annual report information and files regarding reviews of the museum, records regarding contracts and agreements made by the museum, and records related to various museum committees. The series also includes records related to the administration of the museum in general, including files regarding the early history of the museum, executive committee and staff meetings and memoranda, as well as files of correspondence and minutes of meetings relating to communications and involvement with the Dean of Arts and the President’s Office.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1971-2009

B. Policies and Procedures Files 1975-1998

C. Planning Files 1976-2009

D. Accountability and Evaluation Files 1974-ca. 2013

E. Contracts and Agreements Files 1976-1993

F. Committees Files 1970-2009

External Relations Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, handwritten notations, reports, newspaper clippings, journal articles, pamphlets, minutes, financial statements, papers, membership lists, photographs and other textual and graphic material related to the Museum of Anthropology’s relations with individuals, organizations, and associations external to the museum. Series includes records related to museum membership vis-à-vis the short-lived Friends of the Museum of Anthropology, the museum’s public relations activities, and events held by external organizations or groups at the museum, such as APEC, inquiries and requests received by the museum, including requests for guided visits, as well as records regarding the collection of visitor comments. In addition to Ames’ general communications and correspondence, the series also includes records relating to the Museum of Anthropology’s relations with other museums and institutions. This includes correspondence and other records regarding the director’s participation in a number of external museum-related committees and associations.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1985-1986

B. Public Relations Files 1971-1990

C. Inquiries and Requests Files 1974-2011

D. Friends of the Museum of Anthropology 1977-1985

E. Communications and Service: Museums and Other Institutions Files 1970-2006

F. Communications and Service: Other Files 1966-2010

G. Outside Events at MOA Files 1986-2012

H. Visitor Surveys and Feedback Files 1976-1992

MOA External Advisory Board Files

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes & agendas, draft & final copies of the museum’s exhibitions, programs and building plans, printed presentation slides, invitations, magazine & journal articles, brochures, handwritten notes, and other textual records related to the administrative activities and responsibilities regarding the Museum of Anthropology’s External Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, comprised of experts from various diverse cultural backgrounds, was established in order to help decide and shape the Museum’s direction and promote support within local, national and international communities. The Advisory Board was active from 2007-2013 and re-activated in 2019.
Also included in this series are Board members’ recruitment files consisting of biographical information and curriculum vitae.

The series is divided into the following sub-series:

A. General Files, 2002-2008
B. External Advisory Board Meetings Files, 2007-2013
C. External Advisory Board Members Files, 2000, 2005-2016

Finances Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, grant applications and related forms, financial statements and reports, handwritten notations, donor lists, receipts of donations, published material, newspaper clippings, and other textual records related to the administration of the museum’s finances. Includes files related to the museum’s budget and sources of revenue and funding, including: records of donations and grant applications.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. Budget Files 1974-1992

B. Funding Files 1971-2004

C. Revenue Files 1981-1996

D. Fundraising – External Causes 2005

Human Resources Files

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, forms, reports, handwritten notations, draft copies, volunteer lists, staff lists, job descriptions, papers, event advertisements and other textual records relating to the museum’s human resources activities, including records relating to museum staff and staff positions, volunteers, non-Museum of Anthropology University of British Columbia staff, and the activities of these groups.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. Staff Files 1972-2013

B. Volunteers Files 1975-1996

C. Internships and Student Appointments 1988-1994

D. Non-MOA UBC Staff Files 1975-1983

E. Hiring Files 1987-2003

Facilities and Services Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, reports, minutes, blueline prints, architectural plans, handwritten notations, journal articles, newspaper clippings, brochures, photographs and other textual and graphic material relating to Museum of Anthropology facilities and services. The series includes records regarding the museum’s construction plans and projects, including: the initial planning and building of the museum and several of its expansions and renovations. Also included are records relating to building maintenance; this includes records relating to building security and museum grounds.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1972-1995

B. Building Maintenance Files 1973-1996

C. Building Projects and Plans Files 1972-1988

Collections Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, minutes, reports, collections lists, draft copies, handwritten notations, journal articles, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, slides, and other textual records related to the Museum of Anthropology’s collections. Includes records related to the acquisition of new collection pieces, including records related to the museum’s Acquisitions Committee and the donation of particular items and collections to the museum. Also included are records related to the de-accessioning and repatriation of museum collection items. The series also includes records related to the preservation, conservation, and storage of collections, and records related to the museum’s collections in general.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1971-1994

B. Acquisitions/De-accessioning Files 1953-2004

C. Preservation/Conservation and Storage Files 1972-1997

D. Loans Out 1983-1984

Exhibitions Files

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, handwritten notations, draft copies, financial reports, proposals, brochures, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, programmes, grant applications, agreements and other textual and graphic records related to Museum of Anthropology exhibitions and the planning of them. Includes Exhibits Committee records.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1979-1983

B. Planning Files 1973-2010

C. Long-Term Exhibits Files 1971-1994

D. Temporary Exhibits Files 1976-2017

E. Borrowed Exhibits Files 1981-2008

F. Exhibits Loaned Elsewhere Files 1985

G. Non-MOA Exhibits Research 1988-1990

H. Exhibit Openings 1999-2014

Public Programmes and Events Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, reports, brochures, pamphlets, handwritten notations, invitations, programmes, photographs, slides, newspaper clippings, advertisements, and other textual and graphic records related to public programmes and events produced by the Museum of Anthropology. The series includes records relating to specific programmes, the planning of programmes, museum film and video productions and their viewing, as well as records regarding special events and performances held at the museum. Also includes planning records relating to the museum’s involvement with Expo’86.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. Planning Files 1974-1983

B. Programmes Files 1976-1990

C. Film and Video Files 1976-1984

D. Special Events Files 1975-2013

E. Expo ’86 Files 1984-1986

F. Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Files 2002-2010

School Programmes Files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, brochures, journal articles, papers, reports, draft copies, grant applications, handwritten notations, and other textual records regarding Museum of Anthropology school programmes. In addition to records regarding specific school programmes, the series includes records relating to the planning of school programmes, the production of workshops, kits, informative brochures for teachers and participant responses.

The series is been divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1978-1991

B. Programmes Files 1979-1992

C. Planning Files 1992-1996

D. Teachers’ Workshops and Communications Files [ca.1980]-1993

Teaching/Training and Research Files

Series consists of published and unpublished articles and papers, draft copies, correspondence and memoranda, minutes, handwritten notations, curriculum vitae, pamphlets, brochures, speech outlines, photographs, and other textual and graphic material related to the director’s teaching, training, and research activities, as well as those of other Museum of Anthropology staff members. Includes records related to the teaching and planning of University of British Columbia credit courses, such as the Museum Studies Certificate program, taught at the museum, as well as records regarding special volunteer training and internship programs at the museum. The series also includes files regarding research and publications by the directors, other Museum of Anthropology staff and individuals not employed by the museum. In addition, the series includes records relating to talks given by the Director of the Museum, as well as a few files related to Michael Ames’ retirement and nominations for various awards.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1974-1997

B. Planning Files 1974-2005

C. UBC Credit Files 1972-2003

D. Special Training Files 1979-1995, pre-dominant 1991-1995

E. Staff Research, Publications, and Productions Files 1971-2004

F. Non-staff Research, Publication, and Productions Files 1978-2008

G. Talks-Related Files 1971-2004

H. Volunteer Training Files 1979-1991

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

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