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Director's fonds

  • 119
  • Fonds
  • 1953 - 2018, predominant 1971 - 2004

Fonds consists of records created by the Director of the Museum of Anthropology. The records consist of mainly textual material and a small amount of graphic material and architectural drawings. The records include correspondence, memoranda, minutes of staff, committee, and association meetings, reports, handwritten notations, draft copies, published and unpublished articles and papers, applications and forms, financial reports and statements, pamphlets, brochures, day-timers ,contracts, agreements, newspaper clippings, blueline prints, programmes, invitations, staff lists, volunteer lists, donor lists, member lists, photographs, curriculum vitae, job descriptions, collections lists, architectural plans, advertisements, cards, receipts, slides, contact sheets, and other textual and graphic material related to the activities and functions of Director.

The fonds has been organized into the following series:

  1. General Administration Files, 1970-ca. 2013
  2. Finances Files, 1971-2005
  3. Human Resources Files, 1972-2013
  4. Facilities and Services Files, 1972-2013
  5. Collections Files, 1953-2004
  6. Exhibitions Files, 1971-2017
  7. Public Programmes and Events Files, 1974-2013
  8. School Programmes Files, 1978-1996
  9. Teaching/Training and Research Files, 1971-2008
  10. External Relations Files, 1966-2012

Director of the Museum of Anthropology

Walter C. Koerner fonds

  • 85
  • Fonds
  • [196-] - [199-]

Fonds consists of physical and intellectual descriptions of objects in the form of photographs and textual records that provide relevant background information and bibliographic citations relating to Koerner’s personal collections. Fonds consts of two series: W. and M. Koerner ceramics collection and Northwest Coast Indian art.

Walter C. Koerner

George Szanto fonds

  • 138
  • Fonds
  • May 1962

Fonds consists of eight slides of totem poles being raised in the Haida Village at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The slides are dated May, 1962. The photographs were taken by George Szanto, the son-in-law of Geoffrey Andrew who was the Dean and Deputy President of UBC from 1947 to 1962.

The totem poles represented in the images were carved by Haida artist Bill Reid and 'Namgis artist Doug Cranmer. They were originally situated at UBC's Totem Park. They are now located on the grounds behind the Museum of Anthropology, and modelled on a 19th century Haida village.

George Szanto

Wilson Duff fonds

  • 29
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1977, predominantly 1948-1977

The Wilson Duff papers consist of textual records, photographs, negatives, slides, maps, audio recordings, compact disks and one video tape that relate to Duff's activities, correspondences, and publications as one of the foremost researchers in Northwest coast Indian history, culture and traditions. Also included in the fonds are records relating to Duff’s work as an Anthropology professor at the University of British Columbia, his advisory and curatorial consultancy work, committee membership and the exhibit Images: Stone: B.C.

Records in the Wilson Duff fonds have been organized into the following seventeen series:

Series 1: Wilson Duff’s student papers (1949-1950)
Series 2: Correspondence (195?-1975)
Series 3: Published and unpublished articles (195?-1972)
Series 4: Site visits (195-)
Series 5: Northwest Coast research (195?-197?)
Series 6: Teaching materials (1965-1976)
Series 7: Committee and consultancy records (1966-1976)
Series 8: Personal records (1965-1976)
Series 9: Photographic records (195?-1976)
Series 10: Maps (1955-1976)
Series 11: Images: Stone: B.C. (1975-1977)
Series 12: Research notes and materials (196?-1976)
Series 13: Tsimshian files (1915-1976, predominant 1957-1971)
Series 14: Recordings (1962-1976)
Series 15: Creative writing (195? - 197?)
Series 16: Posthumous writings on Duff (197? – 199?)
Series 17: Ephemera (195? – 197?)

Wilson Duff

Minn Sjolseth fonds

  • 144
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1999

The fonds reflects Minn Sjolseth's artistic career and travels to First Nations communities throughout British Columbia and Alaska with her husband Anthony Carter. Contents of the fonds depict First Nations cultures in British Columbia between 1960 and 1980, including Haida, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Gitsegukla, Kispiox, and Nisga'a. Several of the contents depict notable figures, including Chief Dan George and August Jacks.

The fonds includes textual records including correspondence, ephemera, newspaper clippings; graphic materials such as photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies that depict Sjolseth’s travels and artworks; and artworks produced by Sjolseth including paintings, drawings, and prints.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

  1. Personal records
  2. Artwork an Exhibition records
  3. Artworks

Minn Sjolseth

William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds

  • 1
  • Fonds
  • 1956, [197-?] - 2013

Fonds consists of records created by McLennan during his employment at the Museum. Fonds has been arranged into six series. The first series is titled Exhibits and relates to McLennan’s role first as a designer and photographer of exhibits and later as a curator of exhibits. Each exhibit is arranged into a separate subseries. Some of the photographs were taken by staff who worked for McLennan.

The second series is titled Projects and events. This series relates to McLennan’s role as photographer. He has recorded many events and documented projects through the use of photography. On some projects he also took on the role of designer.

The third series is titled Multiversity galleries and contains materials related to the creation of the Multiversity gallery space which occurred as part of the Partnership of Peoples Renewal project from 2007-2010.

The fourth series is titled general research and contains materials related to McLennan’s research in art on the northwest coast of British Columbia. The research series has been sub-divided into four sub-series: museums, archives and subject files, artist files, culture photographs and books.

The fifth series is titled Bill Reid and contains materials created and collected about Bill Reid and his work by McLennan.

The sixth series is titled Administration, public relations and correspondence and relates to McLennan’s administrative role at MOA, containing administrative records.

Additional digital records from this fonds are still being processed and will be added to this finding aid at a later date.

William McLennan

Stanley E. Read fonds

  • 94
  • Fonds
  • [1946?] - 1948

Fonds consists of scans of two albums of photographs and one enlarged photograph captured by Stanley Read during two separate vacations through interior British Columbia with his wife, Ruth. Also included in the fonds is a journal which Stanley Read used to document the daily events of one of these trips, during which Stanley and Ruth travelled through Gitksan territory/Skeena Country. The photographs capture Gitksan totem poles, people, and wilderness encountered on their travels.

Stanley E. Read

Reverend Smith Stanley Osterhout fonds

  • 89
  • Fonds
  • [1870-1911]

Fonds consists of 45 glass-plate lantern slides featuring scenes from Osterhout's work with B.C. First Nations, including Haida, Tsimshian and Kwakwaka'wakw. Images document First Nations individuals, communities, totem poles and landscapes of British Columbia.

Smith Stanley Osterhout

Frederich H. Maude fonds

  • 47
  • Fonds
  • [189-?], 1977

Fonds consists of 71 black and white photographs of the Hopi, the Zuni, and Inscription Rock. The fonds is divided into threes series: Donation Letter (1977), Hopi Images [189-?], and Zuni and Inscription Rock Images [189-?].

Frederich H. Maude

Reverend Thomas Crosby fonds

  • 96
  • Fonds
  • 1863 - [199-], predominantly 1863 - [191-]

The records in this fonds pertain to Rev. Crosby’s missionary activities and personal life in British Columbia, Canada. Personal life and missionary activity records include: photographs, bibles, hymns, scriptures, and one textile object.

Thomas Crosby

Virginia Kehoe fonds

  • 92
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1964 - 1970

This fonds consists of 201 photographs taken by Virginia Kehoe of various art created by Douglas Cranmer. The photographs include large scale totem pole and canoe carving projects, and smaller scale masks, carvings and artwork projects. There are also several photographs of events attended and photographed by Virginia Kehoe.

Virginia Kehoe

Harry B. Hawthorn fonds

  • 51
  • Fonds
  • [189-] - [200-], predominant [193-] - [197-]

The fonds consists of records created and collected by Harry B. Hawthorn in a number of different capacities: as researcher, professor, Dean of Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Anthropology. Textual records in the fonds include correspondence, transcripts, research notes and clippings from publications. Much of the graphic materials relate to Harry Hawthorn’s interactions with aboriginal communities as an anthropologist, a professor, and as the Director of MOA. Other images relate to his personal life, documenting his youth in New Zealand, his life as a father and anthropologist, and his later established professional roles.

Harry Bertram Hawthorn

John Mennie fonds

  • 30
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1937, predominant 1930-1937

Fonds consists of various photographic materials and a small number of textual records. Glass plate negatives document totem poles, house fronts, street scenes, church groups, school groups, weddings, the local store and maritime subjects in Alert Bay. Textual records include a Christmas card from Alert Bay Radio and two small pamphlets of photography instructions printed by "J. Mennie, Developing & Printing Service." The oldest negative dates from 1862, though the identity of its photographer is unknown.

John Mennie

Anthony Carter fonds

  • 25
  • Fonds
  • [194-]-2018, predominant 1966-1979

The fonds consists of photographs, transparencies, negatives, prints, slides, textual records and objects. Contents of the fonds primarily reflect First Nations cultures in British Columbia between 1960 and 1980, including the Haida, Coast Salish (formerly Burrard Reserve), Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw), Gitsegukla and Ans'pa yaxw (Kispiox) nations. Notable First Nations personalities and artists documented include Chief Dan George, Gerry Marks, Henry Hunt and Norman Tait. Contents also include: B.C. landscapes such as Gwayasdums (Gilford Island), Klemtu, Mamalilikulla and Uchucklesaht; First Nations children; First Nations exhibits, totem poles and installations at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and for the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan. The original accession was arranged in series according to Carter's published works which focus on specific localities, communities, individuals and subject matter, with additional series related to Carter's photojournalistic work and personal recordkeeping added in 2019 when an accrual was made to the fonds.

Anthony Carter

Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell fonds

  • 3
  • Fonds
  • 1969-2008

Fonds consists of records relating to the numerous culture and language projects that Powell and Jensen worked on since 1976. The communities with which they worked include:
• The Quileute of La Push
• The Kwakwaka’wakw of Alert Bay
• The Gitksan of Kispiox, Gitanyow, and surrounding villages
• The Nuu-chah-nulth of Vancouver Island
• The Musqueam of Vancouver
• The Seton Lake St'at'imc (Lillooet) of Shalalth
• The Shuswap of Alkali Lake, Soda Creek, Dog Creek, Canim Lake, and Sugar Cane
• The Haisla of Kitamaat
• The Nisga’a of Gingolx (Kincolith) and New Aiyansh

Most of the projects had an end goal to produce a book, language education materials, or teacher training materials. Often the education materials incorporated cultural lessons throughout. The records created in the production of the books are varied and reflect the intrinsic connection between language, culture, and daily activities in the communities. Powell and Jensen were co-editors for nearly all of the language books and materials produced. Although some of the projects reflected in the records were done primarily by Powell or primarily by Jensen, the vast majority of the work involves collaboration between the two in some aspect. As Jensen and Powell immersed themselves in the communities they worked for, often their personal photographs and records are interspersed with those relating to their work. This community involvement enhanced their relationships with the people with whom they were working and allowed them to experience and participate in cultural activities as part of those communities. This close relationship is reflected in and is integral to their work. Jensen and Powell have two sons: Nels, born in 1978, and Luke, born in 1981. Their sons travelled with them to the communities in which they worked and lived, and on their work trips and sabbaticals. Nels and Luke are also present in many of the photographic records.

The records contain a mixture of research, field notes, administrative records, and publications at various stages, in addition to audio and visual records. Field notes, for the most part handwritten, and archival research into language and culture groups was undertaken by Powell, whilst the majority of the photography, found in a variety of formats, was done by Jensen. Manuscripts and final publications were a combined effort and are included at various stages. Administrative records, including grant proposals, are found throughout.

Fonds consists of 13 series of records. Series are arranged according to community and/or project, and include:

  1. Quileute
  2. Chinook Jargon
  3. Kwak’wala (U’Mista)
  4. Gitksan
  5. Nuu-chah-nulth
  6. Salishan
  7. Shuswap
  8. Haisla
  9. Tait
  10. Northwest Coast artists
  11. Northwest Coast groups
  12. UBC totems/events
  13. Publications

Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell

Anne Williams fonds

  • 24
  • Fonds
  • 1978

Fonds consists of a set of tapes of interviews and the corresponding interview transcripts with Dr. Charles (Carl) E. Borden, late Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at the University of British Columbia, in June/July 1978. Additional textual records include comments made off-tape by Dr. Charles E. Borden during the course of the interviews. The interviews were conducted, transcribed, and edited by Anne Williams for her thesis Carl Borden and archaeology in British Columbia: an interactive history. The interviews relate to the social history of archaeology in British Columbia and were made possible by a British Columbia Youth Employment Program grant.

Anne Williams

MOA Shop fonds

  • 140
  • Fonds
  • 1973-2011

The fonds consists of records generated and used by several creators that all support the functions of the MOA Shop at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology. The fonds reflects the creators’ filing system and illustrates the MOA Shop’s activities of administration, purchasing, sales and retailing, product development and merchandising, wholesaling and distribution, vendor and artist relations, marketing, and event planning from its founding in 1977. These functions produce textual records including correspondence, committee meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, statements and reports, business plans and budgets, inventories, policies and procedure documents, agreements and contracts, and sample publications; graphic materials such as photographs, slides, and negatives that document the Shop’s activities, retail space and display, special events, products, and other MOA exhibitions and events; and product samples including postcards and slides, apparel, fabric samples, accessories, and home goods.
The fonds is organized into the following series:

  1. Retail Shop Management and Administration
  2. Wholesale
  3. Events
  4. Artist-Vendor Relations
  5. Product Development and Merchandising
  6. Product Samples

Lilo Berliner fonds

  • 145
  • Fonds
  • Nov. 1968 - 1975

Fonds consists of negative images of petroglyphs largely from the Pacific west coast of North America. Most of the images are from sites located in British Columbia, but there are also images from sites in Washington State, New Mexico, and other areas of the United States and Mexico. There are also images of artifacts, masks, totem poles, wood carvings, and graveyards. Images of family travels, landscapes, wild animals, and house cats are interspersed within the collection.

Lilo Berliner

Fred Ryckman fonds

  • 22
  • Fonds
  • [1920-1936]

The fonds consists of records created by Ryckman during his tenure with the Department of Indian Affairs, primarily from the 1920s and 30s. The fonds includes contact sheets made as copies of photographs that remain in possession of Ryckman’s heirs. Records in the fonds take the form of notes and correspondence. Also included in records is a ledger which contains census information. The fonds also includes photocopies of newspaper articles relating to members of the First Nations whom Ryckman came into contact with as a result of his work as well as materials relating to Ryckman himself.

The fonds consists of the following files:

1-1, Ledger Book [Original & Copies], c. 1920
1-2, Photographs [Negatives & Contact Sheets], c. 1920
1-3, Articles and Correspondence [Photocopies], 1922-1936
1-4, Kootenays [Typed & Handwritten transcipts], c. 1932

Fred Ryckman

Carol Mayer fonds

  • 100
  • Fonds
  • 1977 - 2014, predominant 1987 - 2014

The fonds consists of records created by Carol Mayer at the University of British Columbia as Curator of Collections and Curator of Ethnology and Ceramics at the Museum of Anthropology, as a Department of Anthropology & Sociology Instructor, as Curator of Africa/Pacific, and as Curatorial Department Head. Also included are records relating to her role within the MOA Exhibition Committee. The fonds also contains records related to her role as an instructor at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. The records consist mainly of textual material with a small amount of graphic material and small artifacts. The records include correspondence, memoranda, incoming loan agreements, exhibit receipts, exhibit proposals and forms, policy drafts, news releases, pamphlets, minutes of committee meetings, budgets, agendas, schedules, exhibition lists, facility reports, display labels, CD’s, sketches, journals, transcribed interviews, research notes, negatives, slides and photographs.

The records are arranged into the following series:

  1. Administrative files 1987-2014

  2. Exhibition files 1977-2013

  3. Student Project files 1994-2013

See attached pdf document for descriptions of these series with file lists.

Carol Mayer

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