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Photographs

Consists of photographs documenting life in Kitamaat village, as well as journeys taken in the creation of various publications for the Haisla projects, such as the journey leading to the creation of By Punt to Kitlope.

Photographs and slides

Consists of photographs and slides created for use in the Let’s Study Shuswap books, as well as a number of images of Jensen, Powell, and their two young sons in the community.

Native Education Centre (NEC) pole photographs

Consists of photographs taken by Jensen for the creation of the book Where the People Gather, which covers the creation of a pole by Norman Tait and his team over a number of months. Includes some later photographs showing changes to the pole due to ageing.

Misc. photographs

Consists of photographs taken of social events and carvers connected to the Tait project, but not officially part of the project itself. Jensen was invited to a number of feasts and parties hosted by the Tait family, which she often photographed, making a gift of the pictures to the family members. At one of the parties, a family member performed a dance wearing a mask made to represent Jensen and her camera, complete with the sound of the shutter. In addition to events, Jensen met a number of artists, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, through her acquaintance with the Taits, and she often photographed them.

Tait family and crew artists’ photographs

Consists of photographs documenting the work of various artists that assisted Norman Tait in the period that Jensen was photographing his work. Most of the photographs included in this sub-series are of the various side projects that the artists would spend time on whilst major projects such as totem poles were in progress. Artists photographed in this sub-series are: Norman Tait, Isaac Tait, Robert “Chip” Tait, Ron Telek , Wayne Young, Valerie Tait, Alver Tait, Bernice __ .

Audio tapes and transcripts

Consists of tapes and transcripts used to form the text for Where the People Gather. The tapes contain a mix of recordings of Norman Tait teaching/directing the carving of the NEC pole and later poles, and more formal interviews between Jensen and the carvers involved in the projects of this time period.

Administrative Records

Subseries consists of records created, received, and/or used by Miriam Clavir in the course of her administrative duties, including her activities on the Collections Committee. Also included are records relating to repatriation activities, personal job descriptions, and a leave request. These records come in the form of correspondence, memoranda, annual reports, collection policy notes, (staff) retreat reports, budget reports, minutes of meetings, typewritten notes, a collection survey report, and a conservation photograph for the MOA website.

Conservation Records

Subseries consists of records related to conservation issues that Miriam Clavir created during her duties and activities as conservator. These include: correspondence, memoranda, photos, conservation reports (including priority reports), and notes related to her laboratory activities in the form of proposals and policy notes, suggested conservation supply stock for the MOA shop, as well as a student’s conservation course paper. Records relating to her conservation internship with the Public Archives of Canada (1982), and her collaborative participation with Virginia Salazar on the International Partnerships Among Museums (IPAM) report on museum conservation (1991-1992) are also included.

Exhibit Records

Subseries consists of records related to Miriam Clavir’s involvement (which was primarily consultative and/or advisory) with exhibits and exhibition planning. Some records focus on conservation issues, while others include exhibit proposals and planning records. The exhibits include: “The Third Eye,” “Fluff and Feathers,” the “Coat of Many Colours,” “Ancient Cloth…Ancient Code,” “Multiplicity,” “Bob Boyer: A Blanket Statement and the “Open House Conservation Exhibit.” Other records relate to a paper loan from MOA to the Vancouver Paper Fair.

Also included in this subseries are funding proposals relating to two further exhibits (one of which Clavir was proposed to curate), as well as general exhibit information relating to an assessment of the Museum’s exhibits in the form of visitor studies.

The records in this subseries include: correspondence, memoranda, computer printouts (drafts) of exhibit proposals, committee meeting notes (on exhibit and public programming), budget summaries, conservation notes, brochures, packing & crate lists, artifact lists, photocopies of images taken of display items, exhibit planning notes, display drawings, contact sheets (with images of display cases and artifacts), case labels, and visitor study reports.

Conference Records

Subseries consists of records related to a symposium, “Doing Yourself in? The Artist as Casualty,” held in 1982 which Clavir organized and chaired. Included are an unedited transcript of the 1982 Symposium, and six audio cassettes of papers presented there. Also includes a number of conservation conferences Clavir attended between 1984 and 1989, some at which she was a presenter. These later conference records were accessioned in one unlabelled folder, and were subdivided by the archivist in relation to each conference attended.

Teaching and Internship Records

Subseries consists of records related to courses taught by Clavir at the Museum of Anthropology, her training of conservation interns which was primarily funded through the Museum Assistance Programme (MAP), and to Clavir’s participation in the Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Program. The subseries includes: course outlines, teaching notes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, application forms, cost summaries, funding contracts, a published discussion paper, and a program module.

The subseries is arranged in the following three sub sub subseries:
a: General teaching records
b: Museum Assistance Programme (MAP)
c: Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Program

Building Records

Subseries consists of records related to the MOA facilities and services including Conservation Laboratory construction, expansion and renovations, from initial proposal through design and development, including a large amount of records relating to the development of visible storage. Records also relate to building maintenance operations, earthquake mitigation, museum environmental concerns, and building security. Subseries consists of correspondence and memoranda, reports, photographs, blueline prints and other architectural drawings, handwritten notes, photomicroscopic images and negatives, and published materials.

The subseries is arranged in the following two sub subseries:
A: General Building Records
B: Visible Storage

MOA Activities, 1976 and later

Subseries includes photographic material collected to document the organizational memory of MOA. Photographs primarily depict the events and functions that have occurred in the museum, as well as events and functions that took place outside the museum that involved MOA or MOA staff members. The subseries also contains candid shots of MOA staff members, photographs of different parts of the museum, and photographs related to MOA that have made their way into the MOA archives.

See attached document for photograph list.

Institutional recordings

Subseries consists of sound recordings made or collected by the Museum of Anthropology and its staff. Some recordings were created or collected for research purposes (such as interviews); others are final products intended for some type of distribution (such as documentaries).

See attached pdf document for list of recordings.

Early MOA activities and curatorial research

Subseries consists mainly of photographs collected by MOA for curatorial research, as well as some photographs documenting MOA activities and/or people. Photographs in this subseries were collected in 1976 or earlier. Subject matter of the photographs includes Northwest Coast material culture, people, and geography; MOA history; MOA events; UBC Totem Park; and, a smaller number of non-Northwest Coast cultures.

See attached pdf document for photograph list.

Don Bain Massive Carvings Documentation Project

Subseries consists of records collected or created by Don Bain during the course of his Massive Carvings Documentation Project. This project took place in the early to mid 1990s. The Massive Carvings Documentation Project was intended to compile information directly related to the poles and massive carvings in the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) collection into a set of Totem Pole Files. The Totem Pole Files were intended to be accessible to MOA staff, volunteers, students, and the general public. The subseries is divided into two sub subseries:

a. Totem pole files
b. Working files

Research materials

Consists of articles and other records used by Powell to research Chinook Jargon and its historical uses. Powell referenced the sources in the unpublished manuscript Chinook Jargon: The Language of Northwest History.

Audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings created for various purposes. Many are recordings community members reading the language education materials created in both the Western and Eastern dialects. These recordings were intended to be used in conjunction with the books. Other recordings consist of interviews with community informants. Powell used the recorded interviews in preparation for the creation of language education materials. Finally, some of the recordings include community stories and songs that were considered and sometimes used in the language materials.

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