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Marjorie Halpin (MOA Curator) fonds Subseries
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Sasquatch Conference

Sub-series consists of records relating to Halpin’s planning and organization of the Sasquatch conference. The records include correspondence between Halpin and speakers, scholars, general inquiries regarding the conference, interdepartmental memorandas, funding and grant applications, conference paper abstracts, articles, book reviews, conference summaries, news releases, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, postcards, photographs, sew-on patches with Sasquatch figures on them, and audio cassettes of interviews and presentations from the Sasquatch conference.


Sub-series consists of textual records of the Acquisition Committee and items acquired for the museum. Records include minutes from Acquisition Committee meetings, database printouts of items acquired from Northwest Coast artists between 1977-1997, and the transcribed interview with Coast Salish artist Susan Point by Karen Duffek in 1985.


Sub-series consists of textual records accumulated during research and proposals for exhibits by Dr. Halpin and students. Records include NWC Mechanical Masks and Puppetry, Great Canoes: The Photographs of David Neel, and J. Shadbolt and Northwest Coast Indian Art. Research files include planning and grant applications for the Diesing exhibit and West Coast Screens.


Sub-series consists of textual records including speeches given at the opening of the Museum of Anthropology at its new site on NW Marine Drive in 1976.

Totem poles

Sub-series consists of textual records including correspondence regarding and general research notes on totem poles, and specific research on the poles of Stanley Park and the artisans who worked on them. Records also include biographies on the artisans who carved the museum totem poles and correspondence and the agreement between the Museum of Anthropology and the Royal British Columbia Museum to remove totem poles from Kitwancool in 1958. Sub-series also contains slides of totem poles, three video tapes, one photograph and one cassette tape.

Tent of Meetings

Sub-series consists of records related to “The Tent of Meeting”, a traveling exhibition of art and music sponsored by the Santa Fe Council of the Arts. Dr. Halpin was involved in discussions to bring the display to Vancouver for Expo ’86.

Northern Coast Women

Sub-series consists of textual records on a student project “North West Coast First Nations Professional Women Artists”. Includes correspondence, consent forms, and grant funding applications.


Sub-series consists of textual records including research done by Dr. Halpin on various First Nations artisans some of whom are (later) featured in exhibitions. Records include biographies, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles and exhibit brochures on Bill Reid, Laura Wee Lay Laq, Roy Vickers, and Art Thompson.

Norman Tait

Sub-series consists of textual records, photographs and an interview of Norman Tait, a native artist of the region who held a public barbecue at the Museum of Anthropology to celebrate the completion of two carved cedar canoes. Included is biographic information about Tait, a press statement, and a public service announcement for the BBQ.

Gallery III

Sub-series consists of textual records including correspondence, reports and memos containing background information and exhibition ideas for the new exhibition space, Gallery III.

Visiting scholars

Sub-series consists of textual records relating to visiting scholars who gave public lectures at the Museum of Anthropology. Included is correspondence and memos to A. Gerbrands, Paul Gibbons, Emmett Hannibal, and Lawrence Moss.

Museology Notes

Sub-series consists of textual records including Dr. Halpin’s personal notes on a proposal put forward to expand the department curriculum to offer a museology program.

Inuit Art Round Table

Sub-series consists of textual records related research on and the roundtable discussion on Inuit Art. Includes correspondence regarding the schedule and program of the meeting, a list of attendees, and information on specific artifacts.

Anth 432 and Anth 431

Sub-series consists of textual records including articles, student papers, and photographs accumulated in order to create a source book for Anthropology 432 taught by Dr. Halpin. It also consists of course outlines and bibliographies for Anthropology 431, which was also taught by Dr. Halpin.


Sub-series consists of textual records related to Dr. Halpin’s participation on a number of committees while working at the museum. General committee records include meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence on the development of ethics and policies for the museum and new curricula in the Anthropology department. Records from the Research and Teaching Committee include budget reports, grant application forms, administrative records, and proposal reports for a new MA degree in Advanced Museum and Curatorial Studies.

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