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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds

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  • 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

Exhibits

Series consists of records created by McLennan in the course of planning and designing various exhibits, both at MOA and on behalf of MOA for other institutions such as the World Expo in 1986. Each specific exhibit comprises its own sub-series. Graphic material includes photographic material depicting artifacts used in the exhibit, artifacts at other institutions that could potentially be used for exhibit, staff involved in exhibit, events held surrounding the opening and closing of an exhibit including any special ceremonies and other people and items related to the exhibit. Textual material includes label text, research conducted in order to strengthen the exhibits, correspondence between McLennan and cultural heritage institutions, administrative records (i.e. budgets and finances, schedules and time frames) and public relations materials.
Subseries 1 through subseries 64 represent an earlier time frame when McLennan’s role at MOA was more related to exhibit and graphic design than to actively curating exhibits. Subseries 65 through subseries 81 represent McLennan’s increased role as a curator of exhibits which he often researched, curated and did the exhibit design.

Photographs

File contains the labels, text, and images used in the source book titled Totem Poles, an Illustrated Guide, written by Marjorie Halpin.

Book

File contains a copy of the publication Totem Poles, an Illustrated Guide, written by Marjorie Halpin.

Robes of power print materials

File contains book and exhibit pamphlet for exhibit Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth. The book published from this exhibit is No. 17 of the Museum Notes Series In addition are two letters of correspondence.

Robes of power: Totem poles on cloth

Subseries contain the images used in the booklet Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth written by Doreen Jensen and Polly Sargent, as well as a copy of the booklet. In addition, there are images of a children's workshop that took place during the exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology.

Ephemera

File contains a book titled Jack Shadbolt and the Coastal Indian Image written by Marjorie Halpin and was published in the Museum Notes series as No. 18. In addition is the invitation to the opening event held at the Museum of Anthropology on June 17, 1986.

Ninstints, Haida world heritage site

Subseries consists of the images used in the booklet titled Ninstints: Haida World Heritage Site by George F. MacDonald, as well as a copy of the booklet. In addition are photographs of the removal of totem poles and dismantling of houses at Anthony Island. These photographs were not taken by Bill McLennan but kept by him and used for research purposes.

Museum notes booklet

File contains publication Ninstints: Haida World Heritage Site written by George F. Macdonald. This publication is no. 12 in the Museum Note series. In addition is a booklet titled Conservation of Wooden Momuments Proceedings of the ICOMOS Committee IV International Sympsoium.

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