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Correspondence

Series consists of two files of correspondence:

  1. Military Period (1921-1923)
  2. Other Correspondence (1961-1985)

Materials in the ‘Military Period’ file include ten letters written to, or by, Lt. Col. Parker while on duty as the Commander of the Military Forces in Tibet. Two other letters were written by Sir Charles Bell in which Bell arranges to meet up with Lt. Col. Parker and an escort on his return journey from Lhasa. One additional letter is handwritten in Tibetan and stamped with ‘British Trade Agency – Gyantse – Tibet’ (which suggests that it may be from Parker’s military period), but it is not kown who authored it or when it was created. Five of the letters are written in Tibetan and translations and transcriptions for four of the five letters are available in hard copy and on compact disc (see ‘Notes’).

Of significance among the letters written in Tibetan is correspondence from Lt. Col. Parker to the 13th Dalai Lama in which Lt. Col. Parker states that he has received and inspected the troops from the Dalai’s personal escort and suggests that they be kept for training. In this letter Lt. Col. Parker also raises question on military dress and deportment, specifically, the length of the officers’ hair (a translation of this letter was provided by Father Donald but no original copy of the translation exists). An original draft of this letter, written in English by Lt. Col. Parker, is also included in this file. A second letter is from the Dalai Lama to Lt. Col. Parker and is an acknowledgement of Parker’s training of Tibetan soldiers. This letter is written on rice paper and includes the Dalai’s official ink seal and an envelope with the Dalai’s wax seal and a postmarked Tibetan stamp. Three other letters were sent to Lt. Col. Parker from officials of the Tibetan government. These letters are also written on rice paper and ink stamped with official seals. The first of these letters is written by a member of the Tibetan Supreme Council (known as Shapes or Shapees) and is a response to Lt. Col. Parker’s questioning of hair length of the Tibetan troops, and includes explanations of cultural and religious differences. The second letter is from the minister responsible for the Tibetan military in which permission is granted for training of the Tibetan troops, and the sending of further troops to be trained. The third letter is written by two Tibetan Officers in which praise is given to one of their officers along with a request for his return. Of those letters mentioned above, translations and transcriptions are available for the letters written from the Dalai and the officials of the Tibetan government, and accompany the series.
The five other letters in this series include four that were typewritten by Lt. Col. Parker in English: two are from his military period; two others were written decades later to the editor of a publication. As mentioned above, one was written in Tibet and has not been translated. The two letters from his military period are lengthy and provide significant details of Lt. Col. Parker’s perceptions of his work, the people, the country, events and festivities and are an important accompaniment to many of the prints in Photograph Collection A.

Materials in the “Other Correspondence” file consist of more recent records. Two letters from 1961 relate to an address Lt. Col. Parker accepted to give to the Victoria Section of the Royal Over-Seas League about his experience in Tibet. The two other letters also relate to Lt. Col. Parker’s time in Tibet and were sent to the editor of “Country Life.” The first letter (dated 1966) describes Lt. Col. Parker’s unique experience of being the first European to see a Takin, “the rarest mammal in the world,” while the second letter (dated 1977) discusses a pony that Lt. Col. Parker bought in the early 1920s. The file also contains a letter (dated 1985) from the Office of Tibet in New York City acknowledging receipt of a donation for $20.00 along with a brief update on certain individuals. This letter is signed by two people; one, “T.C. Tethong,” was the translator for the 14th Dalai Lama in the 1960s.

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Correspondence

Series consists of a voluminous amount of communication (approximately 270 letters) between both B.C. Binning and their friends and colleagues in Japan, predominantly Bishop Kojo Sakamoto, his family, and other friends and translators. The bulk of the communication occurs mostly around September 1966 onwards, when Sakamoto’s calligraphy was the focus of an exhibit at the University of British Columbia. Correspondence is presented in the form of letters, traditional scrolls, postcards, telegrams, notes, and a small amount of newspaper clippings.

Series is arranged chronologically by date, regardless of author. There are approximately eighteen correspondences that are undated that were all authored by Bishop and Kiyoko Sakamoto. These follow the dated correspondence.

Bertram Charles (B.C.) Binning

Textual Materials

Series contains textual records contextualizing the petroglyphs and pictograms found in the graphic materials. Narrations include descriptions of the sites and their geologic evolution over the years that is leading to the loss of rock surface and petroglyphs and pictograms. Text also documents E. F. Meade’s hypothesis on how some of the petroglyphs and pictographs may have been carved and painted and his interpretations on the reasons behind the locations and purpose of some of them. The author also mentions conversations with local Indigenous peoples inquiring about the petroglyphs and pictographs and areas where he could not get documented due to issues with his equipment. Lastly, narrations include quotations and references to accounts by Capt. Vancouver, Archibald Menzies, and Alexander McKenzie describing the shore and locating some of Vancouver’s descriptions based on Meade’s knowledge of the coast and archaeology.

Personal and missionary photographs

Series consist of loose photographs, a newspaper clipping, photomechanical prints, and one photomechanical print album produced and collected throughout Rev. Crosby’s personal and missionary life, including portraits and group photographs of aboriginal individuals and/or missionaries, photographs of churches, schools, homes, hospitals, and other buildings, and aboriginal cultural and ceremonial objects (artifacts and curios). In addition, photographic events include carvings, church congregations, gathering of aboriginal children from residential schools, weddings, and funerals. Geographic locations depicted in the photographs include (but are not limited to): Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, Fort Essington, Fort Rupert, Fraser River, Greenville, Gold Harbour, Massett Village, Naas River, Port Simpson, River Inlet, Skidegate (Haida), Yale, and Vancouver Island (Nanaimo, Victoria) all in British Columbia; as well as, Whatcom County Washington, USA; Fort Wraugh, Alaska; Port Chester, Alaska; Montreal, Quebec; Norway; and Labrador. Series includes photographers and photograph studios such as Noah Shakespeare, Richard & Hanna Maynard, Carlo Gentile, J.G. Parks, Thos. E. Perkins, Geo Rirton, B.F. Howland & Co., J.M. Jacobsen, Wadds Bros., N. Caple & Co., Hugill, R.Z. Tashiro, Butcher & Co., Brooks, Skene Lowe, Nathan Joseph & Co., and S.A. Spencer. Photographers Carlo Gentile (whose Victoria studio was purchased by Noah Shakespeare) and Frederick Dally (whose negatives were partly acquired by Richard & Hanna Maynard) may also be included but unidentified. Series includes photomechanical prints, albumen prints, cabinet cards, carte-de-visites, gelatin printing-out papers, gelatin developing-out papers, a ferrotype, stereograph prints, and other unidentified print types.

FILE LIST: (with box-folder number, title, and dates)
1-1: Personal and missionary photographs – portraits (and ferrotype), ca. 1860
1-2 : Missionary photographs – reproductions, [199-]
1-3 : Missionary photographs – stereograph cards, 1863 – [191-]
1-4 : Missionary photographs – totem poles and artifacts, 1863 – [191-]
1-5 : Missionary photographs – photomechanical, 1863 – [191-]
2-1 : Personal and missionary photographs, 1863 – [191-]
2-2 : Missionary photographs – artifacts, 1863 – [191-]
2-3 : Missionary photographs – glad tidings, 1863 – [191-]
2-4 : Missionary photographs – Alaska, 1863 – [191-]
2-5 : Missionary photographs – Bella Bella, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-6 : Missionary photographs – Chilliwack, B.C. and Cultus Lake, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-7 : Missionary photographs – Hazelton, B.C. and Kispiox, B.C. ,1863 – [191-]
2-8 : Missionary photographs – Mission, B.C. and River Inlet, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-9 : Missionary photographs – Port Essington, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-10 : Missionary photographs – Port Simpson, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-11 : Missionary photographs – Vancouver Island, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-12 : Missionary photographs – Washington, USA, 1863 – [191-]
2-13 : Missionary photographs – Naas River, B.C., 1863 – [191-]
2-14 : Missionary photographs, 1863 – [191-]

Thomas Crosby

Sound recordings

Series consists of six sound recordings, digitized from three cassette tapes. Recorded content includes Xa'islakala vocabulary and sentence exercises, along with compiled segments of radio reports and interviews regarding events in and around Kitimat in the 1970s and early 1980s. Recorded language materials are intended to be used as supplementary to the textual course materials.

Museum of Man correspondence and minutes

Series consists of correspondence between Douglas T. Kenny as Chair of the President’s Planning and Coordinating Committee for the Museum of Man and Chairman of the User’s Committee, and members of these committees. Also contains correspondence between Kenny as Chair and the Design Team of the Museum of Man, the University Board of Governors, University President Walter Gage, and other committees concerned with the construction, planning, and design of the Museum of Man. Kenny generated other correspondence in his capacity as Chairman of the University Advisory Council and in his involvement on the Search Committee. The majority of correspondence is original; some are copies of outgoing correspondence.

Books

Series consists of material related to books written and illustrated by Stewart. Material includes collected research, notes, sketches and illustrations, photographs, correspondence, book drafts, and pre-press materials. Material is grouped into subseries based by book. The series does not contain material related to all of Stewart's publication. The first subseries contains the first book that Hilary wrote, but did not publish.

University of Ibadan Community Studies

The research reports were written by students of the Department of Education at the University of Ibadan. Reports cover studies of various communities is western Nigeria. Collection also includes a map showing the location of the villages, two books published by Jack Lieber, and a piece of correspondence sent to him.

W. and M. Koerner Ceramics Collection

Series consists of photographs, object descriptions, background summaries and bibliographic citations documenting the W. and M. Koerner Ceramics Collection. The binders comprise seven volumes organized according to region and time period, as well as a catalogue of the collection. The additional textual material is a copy of the collection catalogue in the binders; there are some differences between the two versions and it is unclear which is the more recent version.

Exhibition files

Series consists of correspondence and memoranda, reports, handwritten notations, draft copies, cue cards, comment book, photographs, negatives, contact sheets, slides, application grants specific to exhibitions and other textual and graphic records related to the preparation of exhibitions within the Museum.

Audrey Patricia Mackay Shane

Exhibitions

Series consists of material related to Morrison’s role as a designer and involvement with the creation, planning and implementation of several exhibits at MOA. The designer’s role is to develop the overall physical presentation of the exhibit, and to determine how the exhibit can be an effective visual communicator. The designer develops ways of showing objects, graphics, and text that make up the exhibition.

The series is comprised of twenty sub-series corresponding to each exhibit that Darrin Morrison was involved in. Material consists of correspondence, exhibit catalogs, brochures, poster and invitation proofs, budgets, slides, copy and 35 mm negatives, floppy disks, project descriptions, postcards, artist histories, class schedules, artifact lists, floor plans, and display case dimensions.

General

Series consists of Conservation records that cannot be attributed to a specific member of the Conservation staff. There are currently only two files in this series. As of 2017, the majority of Conservation records in the archives came from Conservator Miriam Clavir. These records can be found in the Miram Clavir series of the Conservation sous-fonds.

Education records

Series consists of artists’ statements, cards, diagrams, lecture notes, pamphlets, reports, student assignments, and syllabi relating to David Dunnett Cunningham’s responsibility as an instructor of Anthropology 431: Museum Principles and Techniques, and 432: The Anthropology of Public Representation, and a community course, Introduction to the Museum of Anthropology.

Research Project series

This series consists of records collected for a research project, which involved documenting the Northwest Coast objects within German museums. In June of 1989 Duffek went to Berlin to photograph a portion of the collection of Northwest Coast artifacts collected by Johan Adrian Jacobsen from 1881-1883. This collection is predominantly at Berlins Museum Für Völkeskunde (now called the Ethnologiesches Museum Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz). On this trip, she also visited the Hamburg Museum fur Volkerkund, Museum fur Nolkerkunde in Lubeck, the Nationalmuseet in Kopenhagan, and the Statens Ethnografiska Museum in Stockholm. Marjorie Halpin got a UBC research grant and hired Duffek as a research assistant although Duffek initiated the project itself. The series consists of notes, slides, contact sheets and negatives for the project.

Somewhere Between records

Series consists of images found in or related to Carter's 1966 published work. Focus is on photographic representations of First Nations communities along B.C.'s North coast, including the Xwemelch'stn (Coast Salish), Kynoc, Kitisug, Klemtu and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Files are generally arranged chronologically according to locality and/or subject matter. Except where noted with square brackets, the titles for files and items in this series were taken from annotations on the original material.

Anthony Carter

Exhibitions

Series consists of records related to exhibitions in which Porto was involved. Material includes planning documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, research, and promotional material.

Nuno Porto

Exhibitions and collections

Series consists of records pertaining to exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology from the 1960s to the present day, including programming and events related to specific exhibitions. Material includes exhibition press releases, invitations, proposals, catalogues, and programmes. Records of this series are arranged into files for each represented exhibition, organized chronologically.

Exhibits

Series consists of records relating to exhibits curated by Jennifer Kramer. The records span the entire breadth of the intellectual creation process, including research material pertaining to exhibition subjects, transcripts of interviews used for research and publication purposes, administrative files and notes and correspondence pertaining to exhibition design, installation and publication development. Fonds currently has records from only one exhibit; additional exhibits material expected.

The series is arranged into sub-series relating to a specific exhibition:
Sub-series 1-A: Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer (1964-2012)

Administration and Planning

Series consists of general administrative records for the Collections unit at MOA, as well as planning documents for specific MOA exhibits. Material includes correspondence, object lists, object condition reports, exhibit travel schedules, and other general collections and exhibit planning records. The series is divided into two subseries:
A. General Collections administration
B. Exhibitions.

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