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Translations

Subseries includes handwritten translations of the audio and video interviews.
Translations were done by Daisy Sewid-Smith and sent to Martine J. Reid for editing.

Daisy May Sewid-Smith

Books

Subseries contains mainly digital files with some accompanying textual records of records which mostly pertain to ideas that McLennan had for books he wanted to write. In some cases an actual book was created and published, and in other cases a book was printed (not published) to show perspective donors. Potential book subjects are listed as follows: argillite, Charles Edenshaw [file contains an assemblage of digital images that could be used in a publication], Edenshaw exhibit [file contains records related to the Edenshaw exhibit “Signed Without Signature”], Explorers [notes for the beginning of an idea for a book], Gisaxstala, MOA books [these books were made as talking pieces to show prospective sponsors of gallery space what could be done in the galleries, and what had not yet been done], Port Essington, Raven Rattle, Seeing, Thinking, Serenipitous Assembly, Site Specific, Weavers Workshop. Other subjects included in this subseries pertain to book ideas or contacts who would have been interested in sponsoring book including Elspeth McConnell and Michael Audain.

Culture photographs

Subseries contains binders of copies of images that McLennan has ordered, and some cases paid for, from other institutions, in addition to some that he has taken himself. He has arranged them in binders according to culture. He created these binders as an easy reference system for faculty, students, community members, and artists to use when identifying and comparing cultural artistic styles, and traditional customs. First Nations included in the culture photographs include: Tsimshian, Haisla, Kwakwaka’wakw, Northern First Nations, Ktunaxa, Kinbasket, Okanagan, Salish, Tlingit, Tahltan, Tsilhqot’in, Secwepemc, Stl’atl’lmx, Nlaka’pamux, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Oweekeno, Gitxsan, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth and Nisga’a. A file also pertains to differentiating between different styles of canoes.

Artist files

Subseries contains largely photographs of artworks of Northwest Coast First Nations artists located at various cultural heritage institutions as well as in private collections. The majority of the information within the files was collected by McLennan for research purposes, and includes textual documentation about the lives of the artists, correspondence with the artists, information about exhibits based on the artists’ work and newspaper clippings and other stories about the personal life of the artists.

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.

Captain cook club

Subseries contains images of the unveiling of the club given to Captain Cook as well as research materials collected by McLennan on Captain Cook.

Robert Davidson Pepsi-Co Commission

Subseries consists of material created by Jacquie Gijssen and Karen Duffek, two MOA employees who were in charge of McLennan’s office while he was working on Expo ’86. During this time, they visited Robert Davidson at his studio in Semiahoo Village where he was carving three totem poles for the Pepsi Cola Sculpture Garden. Karen interviewed Robert about the work on two occasions and Jacquie photographed the work on the pole over the year of 1986. The series consists of interview notes by Karen and negatives and slides by Jacquie.

Basket exhibit

Subseries consists of a program and information related to a basket weaving exhibit held at the Bellevue Arts Museum called American Indian Baskets: Trees, Reeds and Grasses.

President's house

This subseries consists of images showing objects from the MOA on display at the president of the University of British Columbia’s house, and one textual record listing the labels for these objects.

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