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Joan Witney fonds

  • 95
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 194-?]

Fonds consists of one notebook attributed to Witney. The notebook contains notes regarding the Cree language and alphabet, and may have been created while Moore was in Norway House.

Joan D. Witney

Jim and Mary Prime fonds

  • 20
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1928]

Fonds consists of photographic negatives of people in the South Pacific, probably Hawaii or Samoa, in their traditional dress. A Polynesian tapa from the same time period and region was donated to the museum's collections.

Jim and Mary Prime

Jennifer Kramer fonds

  • 126
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2012

Fonds consists of records related to Jennifer Kramer's work as a curator at MOA. Currently only records relating to the planning and implementation of exhibits curated by Jennifer Kramer are in the fonds.

Jennifer Kramer

Jean Telfer fonds

  • 2
  • Fonds
  • [between 1931 and 1940]

The fonds consists of records Telfer created or received during the time that she spent as a teacher at residential schools. The materials donated by Telfer include correspondence, essays, schedules, programmes, ephemera notes and a significant number of photographs. These records are primarily related to the the Morley Residential School, the Coqualeetza Residential School and the Port Alberni Residential School, as well as the Nakoda (Stoney) Nation.

Jean Telfer

James and Mary G. Fyfe Smith fonds

  • 56
  • Fonds
  • 1911 - 1914

The fonds consists of two albums containing images accumulated by James and Mary Fyfe Smith during visits to Japan between 1911 and 1914.

James Fyfe Smith

James B. W. Cater fonds

  • 130
  • Fonds
  • [193-]

Fonds consists of five glass plate negatives taken in the early 1930s by James B. W. Cater when he worked for a farming company on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle.

Glass plate negatives feature: a young girl posed in front of a moai, the monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people; a portrait of a young girl; group portraits taken outdoors.

James B. W. Cater

James Albert Gibson fonds

  • 91
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1973]

Fonds includes 20 audio reels used to record speakers of the Secwepemc language of Secwepemctsin. Gibson created the recordings while conducting research for his dissertation, “Shuswap Grammatical Structure” (1973). Other materials include a copy of a photograph of Gibson with two of his informants, and a copy of his obituary.

James Albert Gibson

Inge Ruus fonds

  • 101
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1975 - 1977

The records in this fonds consist of material created and received by Ruus both in her voluntary capacity and as a curatorial assistant. The majority of the records in the fonds pertain to the 1976 Guatemalan Highlands exhibit. Other records in the fonds are largely composed of photographic documentation of the clothing and textiles of various cultures. Other materials in the fonds relate to the management of the museum’s collection, with a particular focus on research into visible storage. Records in this fonds are composed of slides, photographs, notes, memoranda, and correspondence.

The fonds has been organized into the following three series:

  1. Visual Documentation of Clothing and Textiles
  2. Guatemalan Highlands Exhibit
  3. Collection Management/Visible Storage

See attached pdf document for series descriptions and file list.

Inge Ruus

Hylton Smith fonds

  • 142
  • Fonds
  • May 1955

Colour slides of a shaman gathering labeled as a "Witchdoctor Conference" that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1955, and other images from South Africa (Johannesburg, Zululand, Ndebele village near Pretoria, and Majuji Village near Transvaal). Photos taken by Hylton Smith, who was working as an architect in Johannesburg when he witnessed and photographed the conference.

Hylton Smith

Hugh Campbell-Brown fonds

  • 55
  • Fonds
  • 19--

Fonds consists of papers that appear to be the beginning of a catalogue of Chinese charms and coins that were hand drawn. It is not clear whether they are specific to the Campbell-Brown collection of Chinese coins that were acquired by the Museum of Anthropology. However, they were acquired in the same trunk as the Campbell-Brown collection of Chinese coins.

Hugh Campbell-Brown

Hindaleah (Hindy) Ratner fonds

  • 111
  • Fonds
  • 1976 - 1988

The fonds consists of records created by Ratner in the process of conceptualizing, developing and running public programming and extension services at the Museum of Anthropology. Initially, the duties of the Extension Curator were coordinating the development of in-house exhibits, non-credit educational programming, extension activities and publicity. Programming included performances, workshops, lectures, non-credit courses, museum tours, identification clinics and audio-visual presentations, often in conjunction with the Center for Continuing Education. Ratner organized local and international cultural excursions, including acting as a tour escort. Ratner was responsible for coordinating special events and lectures in conjunction with exhibits, and from 1980 was responsible for administering travelling exhibitions. Other extension activities included print exhibits in Vancouver office spaces, installations in off-campus locations such as the Vancouver Airport, and the Special Prison Extension Project.

Communications duties included production of the calendar of events and publicity circulars. Other duties included preparation of grant applications, managing staff, including student interns, budgeting, preparing reports, and assisting film and video production use of museum space and collections.
Public relations activities included establishing contacts with media representatives, promoting exhibits and other special events, producing news releases, distributing calendars of events and brochures, arranging staff interviews with media and soliciting publicity.

The fonds has been organized into the following series:

  1. Administrative and other records
  2. Calendar of events
    1. Correspondence
    2. Excursions
    3. Exhibits
    4. Open-House
    5. Outreach
    6. Publicity
    7. Reporting
    8. Special events
    9. Strategic planning
    10. Weekly programming
    11. Youth programming

See attached pdf document for series descriptions and file lists.

Hindaleah Ratner

Hilary Stewart fonds

  • 122
  • Fonds
  • 1962 - 2005

Fonds consists of material related to the art, research, and writing of Hilary Stewart. The bulk of the material is related to the production of her books on the culture and art of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. The remaining material relates to illustrations that she did for publications by other authors, a small amount of material done for personal use, and collected research and ephemera that does not appear to be related to one specific publication. Material includes original illustrations, collected research and notes, book drafts and pre-press materials, photographs, correspondence, and collected memorabilia.

The material has been arranged into three series:
1 - Books
2 - Illustrations and other artwork
3 - Collected research and ephemera

Hilary M. Stewart

Herb Watson fonds

  • 107
  • Fonds
  • 1975 - 1992

Fonds consists of records generated by Watson while working as an exhibit designer at the Museum of Anthropology. Material includes records gernated during the preparation and documentation of exhibitions at the Museum, as well as records generated for two additional design projects undertaken by Watson during his tenure at MOA: the design of textile storage and display unit, 1980-1984; and the design of an extension to the west wing of MOA, 1988-1990.

Fonds is organized into two series:
1 - Museum design
2 - Exhibition design

See attached pdf document for series descriptions and file list.

James Herbert Watson

Helen Moore fonds

  • 53
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1974

The fonds consists of printed ephemera relating to First Nations art, correspondence, and photographs of Gitksan totem poles.

Helen Moore

Helen Frances Codere fonds

  • 52
  • Fonds
  • 1955

The fonds consists of 28 black and white photographs taken by Codere in 1955 during her second field work expedition to B.C. 19 of the photos were taken in and around Alert Bay, while the remaining 9 were taken on Hope Island.

Helen Frances Codere

Harry B. Hawthorn fonds

  • 51
  • Fonds
  • [189-] - [200-], predominant [193-] - [197-]

The fonds consists of records created and collected by Harry B. Hawthorn in a number of different capacities: as researcher, professor, Dean of Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Anthropology. Textual records in the fonds include correspondence, transcripts, research notes and clippings from publications. Much of the graphic materials relate to Harry Hawthorn’s interactions with aboriginal communities as an anthropologist, a professor, and as the Director of MOA. Other images relate to his personal life, documenting his youth in New Zealand, his life as a father and anthropologist, and his later established professional roles.

Harry Bertram Hawthorn

Gordon and Louanne Houston fonds

  • 50
  • Fonds
  • 1985 - 1987

During their time living in Bella Bella, the Houstons took many photographs of the lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation community documenting the day-to-day lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation as well as ceremonial activities. The colour slides document the construction, painting, and launching of the Gi’wa, a Heiltsuk canoe which sailed with the Lootaas, the Haida canoe built by Bill Reid for Expo 86. Some of the slides document the welcome feast at Bella Bella in honour of the Haida crew of the Lootaas. The colour slides also document several potlatches and wedding feasts held in the community hall, and the local Sports Day parade. Slides also depict the role of the fishing in the community, such as smoking salmon and processing roe. Other photos document gravestones on a nearby cemetery island, derelict canneries, petroglyphs and pictographs, totem poles and house posts, all in or near Bella Bella.

Houston (family)

Gillian Darling Kovanic fonds

  • 49
  • Fonds
  • 1973 - 2010

This fonds consists of textual records, photographs, negatives, slides, audio recordings, compact discs and video on DVD that relate to Kovanic’s academic and film career. The fonds relates especially to her work in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, but also captures her work with First Nations on the Northwest coast of British Columbia.

Gillian Darling Kovanic

George Szanto fonds

  • 138
  • Fonds
  • May 1962

Fonds consists of eight slides of totem poles being raised in the Haida Village at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The slides are dated May, 1962. The photographs were taken by George Szanto, the son-in-law of Geoffrey Andrew who was the Dean and Deputy President of UBC from 1947 to 1962.

The totem poles represented in the images were carved by Haida artist Bill Reid and 'Namgis artist Doug Cranmer. They were originally situated at UBC's Totem Park. They are now located on the grounds behind the Museum of Anthropology, and modelled on a 19th century Haida village.

George Szanto

Genni Hennessy fonds

  • 48
  • Fonds
  • 2002 - 2003

The fonds consists of records relating to Hennessy’s 2003 MA thesis titled The Spirit of Collaboration: Exploring Critical Pedagogical Principles in Transforming the Museum Through Space and Time. Hennessy was interested in the relationships that developed between community members and museum staff during the process of putting together the Museum of Anthropology’s exhibit The Spirit of Islam, which ran from October 2001 to May 2002. Her purpose was to document the kinds of collaborative processes that occurred as the exhibit planning progressed in order to identify a model from which other museums working with communities might benefit.

Genni Hennessy

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