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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.

Eastern Gitksan photographs

Consists of photographs in the form of negatives, prints and slides from Jensen’s visit to the Gitksan villages in 1975, and from Jensen and Powell’s work and life in the Eastern villages between 1977 – 1982. The images include photographs that were used to illustrate the language books being produced, and other photographs that documented the culture and way of living in these communities.

Ellen Neel pole

Subseries consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs and documentation regarding the totem pole that was carved for UBC by Ellen Neel in 1948, its subsequent deterioration and mishandling, and the committee formed to resurrect a new pole carved by Calvin Hunt. Bill McLennan sat on the committee that was struck to handle the installation of the new pole.

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.

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