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Wilson Duff fonds

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  • 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Series 3: Published and unpublished articles (195?-1972)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

Student papers

Series consists of notes and papers written by Duff when he was an anthropology student at UBC.

Maps

Maps created, acquired, and used by Duff in his research and teaching activities. The materials show geographical features; location and boundaries of territories and villages of Northwest coast native people; reserves; language families and distribution, influences, and historical features. Included are ms. maps; and copied, traced, outline and published maps, most with added ms. notations.

The Base maps sub-series consists of topographic maps produced as bases for the creation of other maps to show the locations and territorial boundaries of native people within British Columbia. Maps include ms. notations by Duff.

The Territory maps sub-series consists of ms. maps; and base, outline, copied and photocopied maps with ms. notations. Items show location and boundaries of native territories in British Columbia and the United States. Includes maps showing extent and detail of Tsimshian territory; Kispiox sites; Kitwancool territory and sites; South Kwakiutl territory, villages and tribes. Notations identify some place names and villages.

The Reserve maps sub-series consist of copied and published maps with ms. notations showing the location and extent of various reserves. Some acreage is also included.

The Miscellaneous Maps sub-series consists of published, copied and outline maps showing language families in North America, influences on British Columbia native people, historical distribution of native people in B.C., and Vancouver Island in the 19th century.

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.

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