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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.”


File consists of images of two carvings made from argillite. The images were purposefully taken so that the scale of the object can not be determined. Photographs were taken in the Museum of Anthropology.

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.

Cape Mudge

File contains images of masks, bowls, and textiles. In addition are correspondence with Joy Inglis and Marie Mauze.

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.

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.


File contains several publications related to the YVR Art Foundation, including the following: "YVR Art Foundation Scholarship News 2008"; "Foundation News," <i> YVR Art Foundation</i>, Summer 1995 edition; and a copy of the March 2001 edition of the <i>Vancouver</i> magazine. The file also contains a postcard which features several of YVR's Northwest Coast art collection, including carvings, a canoe, and totem poles situated at the International Arrivals terminal.

YVR correspondence

File contains copies of correspondence both sent and received between Bill McLennan and YVR Airport regarding several different pieces of Northwest Coast Artworks to be displayed at the airport. Other records include correspondence between various Musqueam Band members and YVR airport, with McLennan being a copied recipient of these letters and/or memos.

Artists' statements

File contains faxes from various Northwest Coast artists to McLennan and YVR Airport. The faxes give information about the artists and their artwork, as well as information about Northwest Coast legends if applicable to the work being described.

YVR photographs

File contains images of various different pieces of Northwest Coast artwork located at YVR. These artwork pieces include: the cedar crabs from the <i>Pacific Passage</i> installation; <i>Hetux, Thunderbird, the Keeper of the Sky</i> installation; the whaling canoe from the <i>Rainbow off the Beach</i> installation; the <i>Origins of Light</i> installation; the <i>The Supernatural Worlds: The Land, The Sea, The Sky</i> installation; and the <i> Musqueam Welcoming Area</i> installation, which includes several Salish weavings.

Out of the Silence

Image of 2 of the 4 weavings that comprise Out of the Silence on display at the Vancouver International Airport. The weavings were made by Musqueam artists Krista Point, Robyn Sparrow, Debra Sparrow, Gina Grant and Helen Callbreath.

The Pacific Passage

Image depicts the exhibition The Pacific Passage installed at the Vancouver International Airport. The focal point of the photograph is Hetux, a large Thunderbird sculpture created by artist Connie Watts (Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka'wakw).

Artists' renderings

File mainly contains textual records related to YVR's expansion of their International Terminal in 2000, and information about the Northwest Coast Art installations at the airport. The textual records include facts and figures, news releases, and artist renderings of the new wing at YVR. The textual records related to the artwork include information about the installations including the artist's names, materials used to make the installation, the work's dimensions, and the official photographer of the piece. The photographs are of the new wing at YVR.

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