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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds Subseries English
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Massett Haida pole carving

Subseries consists of photographs documenting the carving of a totem pole by Jim Hart for MOA. The slides document the entire process of carving from start to finish. The totem pole is listed as the House Frontal Totem Pole on the MOA catalogue, carved by artist Jim Hart, purchased by MOA, and raised on October 12, 1982. McLennan noted that the pole was carved based on fragments of an old pole which came to MOA in 1948. These fragments remain in a carving shed.

McDonald’s exhibit (Big Mac box)

Subseries contains images of the student exhibit titled <i>Show and Tell: The Story of the Big Mac Box</i> as well as negatives of the text panels for the exhibit. Students were part of the Anthropology 431 (Museum Principles and Methods) class.

Metal works

Subseries contains records related to an exhibit on Northwest Coast metals developed by McLennan in collaboration with two anthropology students. Records include exhibit design notes including case arrangements, the exhibit proposal from the students, correspondence regarding the exhibit preparations, research regarding Northwest Coast metal works and photographs depicting various artifacts that would be included on display.

Museum quality

Subseries consists of images showing objects exhibited during the exhibit titled Museum Quality. This exhibit was purchased for the Museum’s permanent collection by the Anthropology Shop Volunteers. Photographs were taken by Moya Waters.

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.

Ninstints, Haida world heritage site

Subseries consists of the images used in the booklet titled Ninstints: Haida World Heritage Site by George F. MacDonald, as well as a copy of the booklet. In addition are photographs of the removal of totem poles and dismantling of houses at Anthony Island. These photographs were not taken by Bill McLennan but kept by him and used for research purposes.

Northwest coast videodisk

Subseries consists of images that were selected by McLennan from Bill Holm Northwest Coast videodisk. Video disks were played in the museum. A copy of the original video disk that images are from is available in David Cunningham fonds (MOA Video 252).

Otsego Institute conference

Subseries consists of several annotated copies of McLennan’s “Beneath the Patina: using technology to expand the study of Northwest Coast painting” for the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History conference held in Cooperstown, New York, from August 7-9, 1998. Subseries also includes correspondence between McLennan and conference organizers, and photograph permission requests.

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