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.
Series consists of 13 art prints, related to the collections or exhibitions of the Museum of Anthropology. The series includes works by Arthur Amiotte (Oglala Lakota), Clifford Beck Jr. (Navajo), Doug Cranmer (Kwakwaka'wakw), Robert Davidson (Haida), Jim Hart, (Haida), Richard Hunt (Kwakwaka'wakw), Gordon Miller, and Ken Mowatt (Gitxsan).
Interviewees include: Jim Hart (2 tapes) Dorothy Grant Terry Starr Susan Point (re: [Time]) Norman Tait Alexander Peters Rita Barnes (re: feast dishes MOA's Great Hall, 2 Dec. 2002) Glen Tallio Robert Davidson Dempsey Bob (2 tapes) William White (2 tapes) Stolo Doreen Jensen Richard Sumner (28 January 1997) David Gladstone Tim Paul Richard Hunt (re: Shark mask) Cryl Carpenter Russell Smith Bill Reid Leona Sparrow Alfred Scow
Subseries consists of photographs documenting the carving of a totem pole by Jim Hart for MOA. The slides document the entire process of carving from start to finish. The totem pole is listed as the House Frontal Totem Pole on the MOA catalogue, carved by artist Jim Hart, purchased by MOA, and raised on October 12, 1982. McLennan noted that the pole was carved based on fragments of an old pole which came to MOA in 1948. These fragments remain in a carving shed.