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Kwak’wala

The series contains records created during a number of visits and projects completed with the Kwakwaka'wakw of Alert Bay.

After meeting David Grubb at the Salish Conferences in the early 1970s, Jensen was invited by Grubb to attend a potlatch on Gilford Island, just off Alert Bay.  It was the first potlatch that she attended, and Jensen photographed it in black and white without flash.

Around the same time, Gloria Cranmer Webster began involving her UBC colleague Powell in discussions on the development of a Kwak’wala orthography. The two worked on this project during their breaks at work, with the main end goal to create accurate labels for artefacts at the museum, then located in the basement of the library on campus.

In 1975, after she moved back to Alert Bay, Webster contacted Powell and asked him to assist her in the creation of a language and culture book for Kwak’wala speaking people. Powell travelled to Alert Bay, the first of many trips to do such work. Over the next few years, Powell and Jensen were invited to Alert Bay on a number of occasions to attend potlatches, pole raisings, and other community events. Jensen photographed the events, as well as other aspects of the community such as the day care and band school.

In 1980 Webster, on behalf of the U’Mista Cultural Centre, secured salaries for both Jensen and Powell for one full year. They were hired to produce language and culture books, but in reality helped with many other aspects leading to the opening of the Centre. They rented a house in the village and lived there full time for the year, immersing themselves in the community, and creating a body of records that integrates both work and community life. Jensen had permission to photograph extensively, and these are all included in this series. Powell did linguistic research and worked with teachers from both the band school and the provincial school that were located in the village. Jensen also photographed language and culture lessons to be used in the books being produced. During the year they lived in Alert Bay, they produced 12 language books and a teacher’s manual for U’mista.

In 1982 Powell and Jensen purchased a house in Alert Bay, further cementing their intentions to maintain connections to the community. They continued to attend and photograph events and potlatches between projects.

In 1983 the Kwak’wala Teacher Training Program (KTTP) was developed by Powell and Jensen. The program was a college credit course for local area teachers to train them to lead language and culture lessons in their classes. Jensen and Powell divided their teaching duties, involving another teacher named Joy Wild. The program was successful for two years.

Over the next 20 years many of their visits were social in nature, although they continued to keep a detailed record of the events they attended. In 2001 they completed a CD-ROM for the Learning Kwak’wala series. This project had been ongoing for some time.

The series also contains photographic records of two events that took place outside the realm of the language projects. The Canadian Museum of Civilisation hired Doug Cranmer to carve a new Wakas Pole to replace the decaying version in Stanley Park and contacted Jensen to document the event. The second set of photographs records a trip organised by U’Mista Cultural Centre for scholars and experts to visit Mimkwamlis (Village Island) and T’sadzis’nukwakme’ (New Vancouver).

The records kept in this series consist of recordings, photographs, research notes, draft teaching aids, and copies of completed resources for both children’s education and the KTTP.

The series consists of eleven sub-series:
A. U’Mista research/background
B. Research materials
C. Field notes
D. Publications
E. Kwak’wala teacher training program
F. Kwak’wala CD-ROM project
G. Kwak’wala photographs
H. Potlatch photographs.
I. Wakas pole raising in Stanley Park 1987 photographs
J. Trip to Village Island and New Vancouver photographs 2005.
K. Audio recordings

Shuswap

Series consists of records pertaining to the development of Shushwap Language books and a teacher’s manual.

In the summer of 1979 Jensen and Powell moved to Alkali Lake for the summer to begin the Shuswap project.  The work later expanded to include the communities of Soda Creek, Dog Creek, Canim Lake and Sugar Cane.  Their primary language resources were Phyllis Chelsea and Celina Harry for the younger students’ books, and Phyllis Chelsea, Celina Harry, Cecelia DeRose, May Dixon, Elizabeth Pete, Minnie Phillips, Margaret Gilbert, Lucy Archie, Sharon Paul, and Cecile Harry for the older students’ book.  In the latter part of the project Powell and Jensen also developed a curriculum with Joy Wild, and produced a teacher’s manual.

The series consists of seven sub-series:
A. Project records phase I
B. Project records phase II
C. Research
D. Original manuscripts for publications
E. Shuswap Teacher Training
F. Photographs and slides
G. Recordings.

Northwest Coast research

Series consists of materials Duff created and gathered on various Northwest Coast tribes including Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian and Kwakiutl. The documents include handwritten notes, typed articles, correspondence and reference materials such as photographs from other museums, Photostats and reprints and originals of articles.

Images: Stone B.C. records

Correspondence, news clippings, installation and exhibition photographs, and press kits from the Images: Stone: B.C. exhibit that was displayed at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Greater Victoria Art Gallery. Also includes 2 cassette tapes from the Vancouver Art Gallery dated May 6, 1975 and 1 U-Matic videocassette titled “Images: Stone B.C.: Hilary Stewart, Wilson Duff” dated May 16, 1975.

Research notes and materials

Hand-written and typed materials by Duff, possibly compiled during research for lectures or publications. The records cover a variety of topics, including population distribution and native cultures, and six bracelet molds.

Miscellaneous Materials

Series consists of four files:

  1. Publications
  2. Other Materials
  3. Speech Notes
  4. General Notes

One accompanying compact disc contains scanned images of the Almanac, map, children’s rhymes, two Tibetan songs, and a verse for a New Year’s toast, and philatelic materials.

General Administration

This series consists of records created, received, and/or used by individuals, groups or committees responsible for public programming and education function of the Museum.
Contains records related to public programming and education policy development, finances, planning, as well as other administrative activities.
Records in this series include correspondence, memoranda, drafts, query/suggestion forms, meeting minutes, grants, acquisition proposal report, reports, guidelines, policy proposals, and handwritten notes.

University of British Columbia. Museum of Anthropology. Public Programming and Education

Exhibition files

Series consists of records related to the administration and realization of exhibits that Halpin organized at the Museum of Anthropology. Records include correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, draft copies, proposals, brochures, newspaper clippings, newsletters, loan forms, photocopies of photos and articles, photographs, negatives, contact prints, travel insurance slips, grant applications, reports, and budgets. Many of the files include research conducted on specific artists featured in various exhibitions as well as pictures of their works of art, gallery plans, rough drafts of labels, and bibliographies compiled for research purposes.

Museum of Anthropology projects

The series consists of records created by Dr. Halpin’s involvement in various projects at the Museum of Anthropology. Records include correspondence, memoranda, grant applications, reports, permissions, photo requests, architectural material, pamphlets, newsletters, contracts, budgets, labels, photographs, negatives, contact sheets, a computer floppy disk, and compacts disks. The records relate to museum-wide projects such as label creation for the museum collection, the commission for the construction and design of the MOA doors, the opening of Gallery III in 1993, and the expansion of the museum in 1984. Records also relate to individual endeavours undertaken by Dr. Halpin such as CD-Rom projects, research on totem poles, photo projects, conservation, and film and video production.

Published and unpublished papers and reviews

Series consists of published and unpublished papers, book reviews, prefaces and poems written by Dr. Halpin while she was the curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Anthropology. Included is Dr. Halpin’s paper on “Visible Storage”, a preface to Potlatch by Joe David, and an article on “Museums in Literature”.

Miscellaneous

Series consists of textual records and graphic records including photographs and slides of Dr. Halpin’s activities at the Museum of Anthropology. Included in this series are unlabelled photographs of a staff retreat, Halpin giving tours at the Museum of Anthropology, slides of MOA, visible storage, artifacts, and NWC objects found in displays and museums across Canada, the United States and Europe. Also included are personal photographs of Halpin and of her dog “Cammy” who frequently joined Halpin at the museum. Textual records in this series include a bibliography by Ron Hamilton on “18th Century Northwest Coast Explorers Observations-Early Collection and Maritime Fur Trade” and printed out CD-Rom templates for “A Century of Indian Art.”

Missionary resources

Series consist of bibles, hymns, and scriptures referred to throughout Rev. Crosby’s personal and missionary activities. Series includes ephemera removed from The Holy Bible Old & New Testaments. Ephemera consists of documents such as: a letter from The Lord’s Day Alliance of Canada; a letter from the Department of Temperance, Prohibition and Moral Reform of the Methodist Church; a small flower cut-out; a note written by Crosby regarding population sizes; and articles titled “Heaven: What is it like,” “Trusting the Weaver,” “Good Resolutions/ Liquor Arithmetic – Object Lesson,” “Mission Work in British Columbia,” “Guardian” (written by Crosby), “Holiness in San Antonio,” “The Young Disciple,” “The Wealth of the West and the Safety of the Sabbath,” and “Calvary/Eternity.” Series also includes two embroidered and one non-embroidered fabric strips used as bookmarks.

ITEM LIST (with box-folder number, title, and dates):
3 [Oversized box] : Methodist Hymn Book, [186-] – [191-]
3 [Oversized box] : Holy Bible Maps, [186-] – [191-]
3 [Oversized box] : Hymns Ancient & Modern No.34, 1860 – 1871
3 [Oversized box] : A New Concordance to the Holy Scriptures, 1874
3 [Oversized box] : Holy Bible Old & New Testaments, [186-] – [191-]
3 [Oversized box] : Thomas Crosby Friendship’s Gift [embroidered bookmark], [186-] – [191-]
2-15 : Missionary resources – Ephemera, 1874 – [191-]
2-16 : Missionary resources – bookmarks, 1863 – [191-]

Thomas Crosby

UBC and anthropological research

Files in this series relate to the various roles Harry Hawthorn has fulfilled at the University of British Columbia as an anthropologist, a professor (and later head of the Anthropology department), and as the first Director of the Museum of Anthropology. This series consists of correspondence, slides, photographs, negatives and research notes.

The correspondence files primarily relate to the general administration of the Museum of Anthropology by Dr. Hawthorn, including correspondence related to the museum’s collections, potential acquisitions, museum funding, the official name of the museum and the establishment of a new site for the museum. Additionally, there is also correspondence regarding the proposed development of the Indian Historical-Cultural Village, correspondence with other museums, letters asking for Dr. Hawthorn’s expert advice regarding objects, and correspondence with Wilson Duff. Included is correspondence between H. Hawthorn and Bert Robson relating to Hawthorn’s trip in the northeastern region of B.C.

Slides, photographs, negatives and notes relate to the various research trips undertaken by Hawthorn in B.C. from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. Some slides document a totem pole salvage expedition on Anthony Island, B.C. in 1957. Some of these slides were used in the production of George MacDonald’s book, Ninstints: A World Heritage Site. Other slides document miscellaneous events relating to Museum of Anthropology exhibitions and research, as well as other events such as Sports Day on the grounds of the Alberni Residential School and the carving of a 20’ long 2’ wide canoe, which took place at a regatta on May 24, 1948. Series includes negatives of totem poles, stories collected from Mungo Martin and notes, mostly written in an indigenous language.

Sound Recordings

Series consists of the sound recordings about, by, or related to the Museum of Anthropology. Sound recordings can be found in many collections and fonds in the MOA Archives; the recordings in this General Media collection are those that do not belong to a more specific archival collection, usually because their provenance is not known.

Teaching/Training and Research Files

Series consists of published and unpublished articles and papers, draft copies, correspondence and memoranda, minutes, handwritten notations, curriculum vitae, pamphlets, brochures, speech outlines, photographs, and other textual and graphic material related to the director’s teaching, training, and research activities, as well as those of other Museum of Anthropology staff members. Includes records related to the teaching and planning of University of British Columbia credit courses, such as the Museum Studies Certificate program, taught at the museum, as well as records regarding special volunteer training and internship programs at the museum. The series also includes files regarding research and publications by the directors, other Museum of Anthropology staff and individuals not employed by the museum. In addition, the series includes records relating to talks given by the Director of the Museum, as well as a few files related to Michael Ames’ retirement and nominations for various awards.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1974-1997

B. Planning Files 1974-2005

C. UBC Credit Files 1972-2003

D. Special Training Files 1979-1995, pre-dominant 1991-1995

E. Staff Research, Publications, and Productions Files 1971-2004

F. Non-staff Research, Publication, and Productions Files 1978-2008

G. Talks-Related Files 1971-2004

H. Volunteer Training Files 1979-1991

Exhibitions Files

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, handwritten notations, draft copies, financial reports, proposals, brochures, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, programmes, grant applications, agreements and other textual and graphic records related to Museum of Anthropology exhibitions and the planning of them. Includes Exhibits Committee records.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

A. General Files 1979-1983

B. Planning Files 1973-2010

C. Long-Term Exhibits Files 1971-1994

D. Temporary Exhibits Files 1976-2017

E. Borrowed Exhibits Files 1981-2008

F. Exhibits Loaned Elsewhere Files 1985

G. Non-MOA Exhibits Research 1988-1990

H. Exhibit Openings 1999-2014

Gift shop

Series consists of materials pertaining to the Museum of Anthropology's gift shop. These materials include communications about the shop's opening, advertisements for gift shop products, information about sales and special events, and the online store. Record types include press releases, informational pamphlets and hand-outs, product order forms, and bookmarks.

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