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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

Community courses

Subseries contains one file of records pertaining to the creation of a course for First Nation's communities at the Museum of Anthropology.

Scholarly research

Subseries contains copies of various published and unpublished essays related to Sawyer’s research on Northwest Coast artifacts, including essays written by Frederica de Laguna, Aldonia Jonaitis, Sylvia Albright, James Haggarty and Richard Inglis, Philip Drucker, Bill Holm and more. Other research materials include maps and newspaper clippings related to the Northwest Coast.

ref # 13-2-D

Alan R. Sawyer

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