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Private pole raising

This subseries contains one file that consists of images of a private pole raising. The mask in the photographs was carved by Jim Hart and is being danced by him. The mask is part of the MOA, UBC collection.

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Bill Reid symposium

Subseries contains three files consisting of records related to the Bill Reid symposium which was titled “The Legacy of Bill Reid: A Critical Enquiry”. The records comprise planning of the symposium, research done after the symposium on related topics, and McLennan’s presentation.

Pole raising in Haida Gwaii

Subseries contains one file that consists of photographs of six totem poles being raised in Haida Gwaii for the Qay’llnagaay Heritage Centre. The photographs comprise eight different incomplete rolls of film. The images depict First Nations people in regalia, other community members, and visitors all participating in the raising of the totem poles.

Otsego Institute conference

Subseries consists of several annotated copies of McLennan’s “Beneath the Patina: using technology to expand the study of Northwest Coast painting” for the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History conference held in Cooperstown, New York, from August 7-9, 1998. Subseries also includes correspondence between McLennan and conference organizers, and photograph permission requests.

Haida house reconstruction

Subseries consists of photographs and textual records relating to and documenting the reconstruction of the roof and exterior of the Haida House at the MOA. Photographs depict the exterior of the Haida House pre-reconstruction as well as the surrounding totem poles. The accompanying textual records document proposals for the reconstruction, correspondence regarding materials, construction, financial documentation including proposed budgets and grant applications, and a UBC MOA Haida House Upgrade Proposal Report.

Source books

Subseries contains one file of photographs taken by Edward Malin for the Quatsino source book. Additional material includes an inventory of all slides used in the sourcebooks.

3D scanning research

Subseries consists of research McLennan did regarding 3D scanning technology and its use in a museum setting. Records include photographs, 3D stereoscope cards, STS scanning technology information, UBC published materials on McLennan’s research and correspondence.

Bill Reid rotunda

Subseries contains one file consisting of correspondence, budget reports, drawings of the cabinetry, and label designs. McLennan worked closely on this project as liaison to Bill Reid while the cases were being constructed to house Reid's jewelry pieces.

Argillite [project]

Subseries contains of one file consisting of images of two argillite sculptures at the MOA, UBC. These images were taken by McLennan while working with a student on a project related to masking the scale of the object. McLennan called it “Unravelling Scalability.”

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.

Cape Mudge

Subseries contains one file consisting of correspondence, draft manuscript pages, and photographs relating to the ‘Marie Mauze Project’. This project involved the Kwakiutl Museum (now named the Nuymbalees Cultural Centre) and pieces from their collection that had been returned to them after the ban on potlatches had been lifted. The project was designed in order to create a book, however, the book was never published.

YVR projects

Subseries consists of several files documenting a number of projects McLennan was part of at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) over several years. Files include publicity, correspondence, artists’ statements, photographs, artists’ renderings, the YVR Art Foundation and designs for YVR regarding the creation and installation of Northwest Coast art at the International Airport. Art pieces specifically mentioned include Bill Reid’s The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Jade Canoe, Susan Point’s Flight Spindle Whorl and Richard Hunt, Dempsey Bob and Robert Davidson’s pieces for the Supernatural World.

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