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Collections Care, Management and Access fonds Subseries
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Conservation Records

Subseries consists of records related to conservation issues that Miriam Clavir created during her duties and activities as conservator. These include: correspondence, memoranda, photos, conservation reports (including priority reports), and notes related to her laboratory activities in the form of proposals and policy notes, suggested conservation supply stock for the MOA shop, as well as a student’s conservation course paper. Records relating to her conservation internship with the Public Archives of Canada (1982), and her collaborative participation with Virginia Salazar on the International Partnerships Among Museums (IPAM) report on museum conservation (1991-1992) are also included.

Teaching and Internship Records

Subseries consists of records related to courses taught by Clavir at the Museum of Anthropology, her training of conservation interns which was primarily funded through the Museum Assistance Programme (MAP), and to Clavir’s participation in the Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Program. The subseries includes: course outlines, teaching notes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, application forms, cost summaries, funding contracts, a published discussion paper, and a program module.

The subseries is arranged in the following three sub sub subseries:
a: General teaching records
b: Museum Assistance Programme (MAP)
c: Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Program

Administrative Records

Subseries consists of records created, received, and/or used by Miriam Clavir in the course of her administrative duties, including her activities on the Collections Committee. Also included are records relating to repatriation activities, personal job descriptions, and a leave request. These records come in the form of correspondence, memoranda, annual reports, collection policy notes, (staff) retreat reports, budget reports, minutes of meetings, typewritten notes, a collection survey report, and a conservation photograph for the MOA website.

Exhibit Records

Subseries consists of records related to Miriam Clavir’s involvement (which was primarily consultative and/or advisory) with exhibits and exhibition planning. Some records focus on conservation issues, while others include exhibit proposals and planning records. The exhibits include: “The Third Eye,” “Fluff and Feathers,” the “Coat of Many Colours,” “Ancient Cloth…Ancient Code,” “Multiplicity,” “Bob Boyer: A Blanket Statement and the “Open House Conservation Exhibit.” Other records relate to a paper loan from MOA to the Vancouver Paper Fair.

Also included in this subseries are funding proposals relating to two further exhibits (one of which Clavir was proposed to curate), as well as general exhibit information relating to an assessment of the Museum’s exhibits in the form of visitor studies.

The records in this subseries include: correspondence, memoranda, computer printouts (drafts) of exhibit proposals, committee meeting notes (on exhibit and public programming), budget summaries, conservation notes, brochures, packing & crate lists, artifact lists, photocopies of images taken of display items, exhibit planning notes, display drawings, contact sheets (with images of display cases and artifacts), case labels, and visitor study reports.

Building Records

Subseries consists of records related to the MOA facilities and services including Conservation Laboratory construction, expansion and renovations, from initial proposal through design and development, including a large amount of records relating to the development of visible storage. Records also relate to building maintenance operations, earthquake mitigation, museum environmental concerns, and building security. Subseries consists of correspondence and memoranda, reports, photographs, blueline prints and other architectural drawings, handwritten notes, photomicroscopic images and negatives, and published materials.

The subseries is arranged in the following two sub subseries:
A: General Building Records
B: Visible Storage

Conference Records

Subseries consists of records related to a symposium, “Doing Yourself in? The Artist as Casualty,” held in 1982 which Clavir organized and chaired. Included are an unedited transcript of the 1982 Symposium, and six audio cassettes of papers presented there. Also includes a number of conservation conferences Clavir attended between 1984 and 1989, some at which she was a presenter. These later conference records were accessioned in one unlabelled folder, and were subdivided by the archivist in relation to each conference attended.

Task force on museums and First Peoples

Subseries contains files related to Miriam Clavir's service to the Task Force on Museums and First Peoples. It contains correspondence between members and stakeholders, meeting minutes, drafts of reports, reports, and Mrs. Clavir's handwritten notes. A substantial portion of the subseries consists of submissions to the task force made by various stakeholders, which consists of reports and papers related to the relationship between First Nations and Canadian museums and institutions in general.

Don Bain Massive Carvings Documentation Project

Subseries consists of records collected or created by Don Bain during the course of his Massive Carvings Documentation Project. This project took place in the early to mid 1990s. The Massive Carvings Documentation Project was intended to compile information directly related to the poles and massive carvings in the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) collection into a set of Totem Pole Files. The Totem Pole Files were intended to be accessible to MOA staff, volunteers, students, and the general public. The subseries is divided into two sub subseries:

a. Totem pole files
b. Working files