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Series consists of records created by McLennan in the course of planning and designing various exhibits, both at MOA and on behalf of MOA for other institutions such as the World Expo in 1986. Each specific exhibit comprises its own sub-series. Graphic material includes photographic material depicting artifacts used in the exhibit, artifacts at other institutions that could potentially be used for exhibit, staff involved in exhibit, events held surrounding the opening and closing of an exhibit including any special ceremonies and other people and items related to the exhibit. Textual material includes label text, research conducted in order to strengthen the exhibits, correspondence between McLennan and cultural heritage institutions, administrative records (i.e. budgets and finances, schedules and time frames) and public relations materials.
Subseries 1 through subseries 64 represent an earlier time frame when McLennan’s role at MOA was more related to exhibit and graphic design than to actively curating exhibits. Subseries 65 through subseries 81 represent McLennan’s increased role as a curator of exhibits which he often researched, curated and did the exhibit design.

Projects and events

Series consists of records created by William McLennan in the course of planning and photographing various projects and events at MOA.

Projects are considered as having a longer duration, often occuring outside of the physical museum building, and in cooperation with other bodies. McLennan often liaised with First Nation communities and artists during the planning stages of projects.

Events are considered as having occurred over a short period of time. Events were attended by McLennan as a MOA representative and photograph.

On both projects and events McLennan took on larger roles in addition to photographer such as community liason, presenting on topics, and designer. Each project and event comprises their own sub-series.

Multiversity galleries

Series consists of records, photographs and research related to the planning for the installation of the Multiversity Galleries at the MOA. This project was part of the Partnership of Peoples Renewal project, which expanded the MOA and renovated existing gallery space. McLennan’s role included outreach to First Nations communities. In cases where members of the community could not travel to MOA, McLennan would travel to them bringing with him binders which were assembled to show the objects held in the MOA collections.

The First Nations communities which McLennan included as part of the community consultation process include: Comox, Kitselas, Stl’atl’imx/Lillooet/ Lil’wat/St’at’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Gitksan, Haida, Wet’suwet’en, Haisla, Secwepemc, Squamish, In-SHUCK-ch, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Tsimshian, Nisga’a, Salish, Comox and Kwakwaka’wakw.

General research

Series consists of records created and collected by McLennan in the course of research on Northwest coast art. McLennan kept files related to research conducted in other museums and archives, on artists he came into contact with, and a series of photographs depicting art styles and objects complied and organized by culture, and ideas and research for books. Each of these comprises its own sub-series.

Bill Reid

Series consists of records created and collected by McLennan relating to Bill Reid and his art held both in private collections and at the MOA. Projects included in these records are the installation of Raven and the First Men in the MOA and The Spirit of Haida Gwaii at the Vancouver International Airport. Photographs also document jewelry designed by Bill Reid, along with small sculptures, large scale sculptures, ivory and argillite works and drums.

Administration, public relations and correspondence

Series consists of records relating to McLennan’s administrative role as a curator at the MOA, including public relations (interviews given, lectures given, publications about the museum and his work), annual reports and correspondence (inquiries from interested parties regarding certain artifacts, events, people and donations at the museum). The majority of this series presents itself in textual records, however there are also digital records included as well. There are a large number of digital images in the file ‘Photographs’ which depict various stages in the museum development of MOA, significant artists, MOA grounds and landscape, special events and visitors and milestone occasions.

Administrative files

Series consists of correspondence, interdepartmental memoranda, loan requests and commissions, exhibit receipts, exhibit proposals and forms including blank forms, policy drafts, news releases, pamphlets, minutes of committee meetings, budgets, agendas, exhibition and gallery schedules, exhibition lists, facility reports, expense claims, installation invoice, handwritten notations, photographs, and slides. These records relate to the administrative duties carried out by Carol Mayer either in relation to exhibitions or other miscellaneous events such as courses taught at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, conference planning and participation on a provincial Task Force on Museum and First Nations.

The Records are divided into the following sub-series:

A   Administration files    1987-2001

B Miscellaneous files 1988-2012

C Committee files 1987-2014

Exhibition files

Series consists of records relating to museum exhibits that were In House (MOA based exhibit displayed at MOA), Traveling In (exhibits from outside institutions), and/or Traveling Out (a MOA based exhibit that travels for exhibition outside of MOA). The records include correspondence, interdepartmental memoranda, loan agreements, exhibit receipts, exhibit proposals and forms, news releases, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, colour photocopies, display labels, negatives, slides, and photographs.

The records are divided into the following sub-series:

A Trapline Lifeline 1987-1992
B Beyond Revival 1988
C I Have Seen the Other Side of the World

  • Masks of the Northwest Coast 1988
    D Gifts & Giving 1988
    E Lyle Wilson: When Worlds Collide 1988-1989
    F Images from the Inside Passage 1985-1989
    G Everything Politics – Australian Aboriginal Political
    Art in Print & Poster 1988-1989
    H Ghosts in the Machine, Phase II 1988-1989
    I A Coat of Many Colours 1988-1991
    J From Classical to Modern: Javanese Shadow Play Figures 1988-1991
    K Sacred Objects & Holy Presence 1989-1990
    L Fieldnotes 1989-1991
    M Transforming Image 1988-1995
    N Proud to be Musqueam 1988-1996
    O The Inside Passage – 1792 1989-1995
    P Great Canada Exhibit 1990-1991
    Q World Aids Day 1990
    R Fragments: The E. Sonner Donation of African Sculpture 1990-1991
    S Asia Pacific Foundation 1990-1993
    T David Neel 1990-1993
    U British Columbia Contemporary Ceramics 1991
    V Denendeh 1991
    W Savage Graces: “After Image” by Gerald McMaster 1992
    X Thunderbird & Whale 1992
    Y Cantonese Opera 1991-1996
    Z Eulachon – A Fish to Cure Humanity, The Grease Trails 1977-1995
    AA Saltglazed Stoneware 1992
    BB Dragon Jars 1992-1993
    CC Maiolica/Majolica 1992-1993
    DD Echoes 1992-1996
    EE Ron Hamilton 1994
    FF Cannery Days 1994-1995
    GG Sally Michener 1994-1996
    HH Maui: Turning Back the Sky 1995-1997
    II Written in the Earth 1992-1998
    JJ Ancient Lives: The Maya of Guatemala 1998
    KK Exhibit “A” – Objects of Intrigue 1998-1999
    LL Chinese Trade Ceramics 1998-2000
    MM Celadon 1991-2002
    NN Looking at Labels 1994
    OO La Force de la Tradition (virtual exhibit) 1995-1997
    PP T’ang Horses [ca. 1992]
    QQ Of Other Spaces 2001
    RR A Break in the Ice: Prints and Drawings from the
    Linda J. Lemmens Collection 1999
    SS Viewpoints: A student exhibition 2002
    TT A Guide to Visible Storage 2001
    UU Man Ray 2010-2011
    VV Tatau 2008-2009
    WW Ways of Knowing 2008
    XX The Village is Tilting 2008-2009
    YY Pleased to Meet You: Introductions 2012
    ZZ Paradise Lost? 2013
    AAA A Green Dress: Objects, Memory and the Museum 2011
    BBB Koerner European Ceramics Gallery [ca. 1990-20--]
    CCC Spirit of Islam: Experiencing Islam through Calligraphy 1999-2003
    DDD Pasifika: Island Journeys 1999-2003
    EEE Visions of Enlightenment: Buddhist Art at MOA 2011-2012

Student Project files

Series consists of records relating to display units and museum exhibits that were done by students of Anthropology 431 and Anthropology 432 (course titles included Museum Practice and Curatorship, Anthropology of Public Presentation, and Museum Studies and Principles). The records are group assignments that include journals, correspondence, permissions for use, exhibit receipts, exhibit proposals, agreement forms, interview transcripts, research notes, design sketches, invitations, colour samples, samples of mounting materials, colour printouts, negatives, slides and photographs.

The records are divided into the following sub-series:

A Visible Storage 1994
B Gallery Design Concepts 1994
C What Are You Looking At? 1998
D A Break in the Ice 1998-1999
E Who is This Benetton Anyway? 2001
F Koerner Gallery 2001
G Viewpoints 2002
H Celadon: Beyond the Glaze 2003
I Site to Sight: Imaging the Sacred 2004
J The Multiverse Gallery rotational project 2013
K Syllabi and Teaching Files 1999-2013

Visual Documentation of Clothing and Textiles

This series consists entirely of graphic materials. While the materials are not accompanied by any contextual information, it can be assumed that the images found in this series were taken by Ruus on various trips. Specifically this photographic documentation examines textiles from China, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovakia, the Circum-Polar region, India, the South Western United States, South America, the Middle-East and Europe. Record forms included in this series are slides, photographs, and memoranda.

Inge Ruus


This series contains material relating to Ruus’s work with the Museum of Anthropology’s collection and the development of the visible storage display. The majority of the records focus on visible storage including research Ruus did on other institutions that made use of visible storage. Other subjects addressed in the records found in this series touch on miscellaneous issues related to the collection including such issues as storage, display and inventories.

The series is divided into two subseries:
A. Miscellaneous
B. Storage at the Museum Fur Völkerkunde Berlin

Inge Ruus

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.

Exhibitions series

Series consists of records relating to exhibits Karen Duffek curated or was involved with in another capacity. The records span the entire breadth of the intellectual creation process, including research, funding, administrative concerns, exhibition design and installation, and publication. The series includes supplemental information about artists’ careers, correspondences, contracts, final reporting, publications relating to artists and the exhibitions, grant applications, educational exhibit materials, transcripts of interviews and public lectures, event planning, budgets, photographs, as well as exhibition publication development.

The series is arranged into 12 sub-series, each one relating to a specific exhibition:
Sub-series 2-A: Robert Davidson: “The Abstract Edge” (2004-2005)
Sub-series 2-B: Edgar Heap of Birds: “Wheel: Overlays” (2007)
Sub-series 2-C: Mike Nicholl [Yahgulanaas]: “Meddling in the Museum” (2007-2008)
Sub-series 2-D: Willy White: “My Ancestors are still Dancing” (2002-2004)
Sub-series 2-E: Bill Reid: “Gathering Strength” (2000-2004)
Sub-series 2-F: Multiplicity: A New Cultural Strategy (1993-1994)
Sub-series 2-G: Carl Beam Exhibit (2011)
Sub-series 2-H: Nicholas Galanin: “Raven and the First Immigrant” (2010)
Sub-series 2-I: Annie Ross: “Forest One” (2012)
Sub-series 2-J: “A Green Dress: Objects, Memory, and the Museum” (2011-2012)
Sub-series 2-K: Ishiuchi Miyako “ひろしま Hiroshima” (2011-2012)
Sub-series 2-L: Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures (2010)
Sub-series 2-M: Bill Reid: Beyond Essential Form (1986)
Sub-series 2-N: Anspayaxw (Satellite Gallery, 2013)
Sub-series 2-O: Cindy Sherman meets Dzunuk'wa (Satellite Gallery 2014)

Native Youth Programme

Series includes records created, received, and/or set aside by Pam Brown and her predecessor Anne-Marie Fenger in the course of their duties as supervisors of the Native Youth Programme (NYP, also called the Native Youth Project). Since 1999 Pam Brown has supervised the Native Youth Programme (NYP, formerly called the Native Youth Project), which aims to provide First Nations high school students with the opportunity to gain leadership and public speaking skills through a season of full-time employment as cultural interpreters at MOA. Brown’s responsibilities as NYP supervisor include securing funding for the employment of a program coordinator and six students and overseeing their training. The NYP was originally founded in 1979 by MOA curator Madeline Bronsdon-Rowan, who served as the program’s first supervisor. Bronsdon-Rowan retired in 1987 and was succeeded by Anne-Marie Fenger, whose records Brown subsequently inherited.

The records in this series document the organization and administration of the Native Youth Programme and the functions and activities of the NYP supervisor, including: student worker recruitment and training, educational programs and presentations, grants and funding, public events (including fundraising), field trips, publicity, and conference planning.

Records in this series include correspondence, memoranda, reports, press clippings, grant applications, press releases, schedules, liability waivers, study trip itineraries, public comment books, student assignments, scripts for student presentations, photographs, and audio recordings.

Aboriginal Museum Internship Programme

Series includes records relating to Pam Brown’s role as an instructor with the Aboriginal Museum Internship Programme, a three-week program that aimed at teaching native participants the skills necessary to produce inexpensive exhibits and source books for their communities. Records include memoranda, reports, program evaluations by interns, a curriculum outline, and photographs.

Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Programme

Series documents the development and implementation of the Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Program (ACSP) at MOA, an educational program which Pam Brown designed in 1994-1995. The Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Program was similar to the Aboriginal Museum Internship Programme in that it provided native participants with practical training in how to develop low-cost, effective displays and resource materials on cultural subjects; ACSP, however, was a more in-depth educational program than AMIP and was six weeks long instead of three. Records in this series include reports, correspondence, press releases, and evaluation forms of interns and the program itself.

Sourcebooks and Related Materials

Series is composed of sourcebooks and related materials such as correspondence, consent forms, research notes, and exhibit design stemming from sourcebooks. Sourcebooks in this series were created under the guidance of Pam Brown. Many of the source books were created through the Aboriginal Museum Internship Programme and are often either autobiographical or offer perspectives and insights into the Aboriginal interns’ communities and lives. Other sourcebooks were produced in conjunction with First Nations artists. Though most of the sourcebooks were originally laminated or bound in binders, in 2011 and 2012, MOA published four hard cover copies of the sourcebooks, which are also included in the Series.

Repatriation Forum

Series consists of records produced during the planning and execution of the 1998 Repatriation Forum. Pam Brown coordinated the Forum, which was held in the First Nations House of Learning and co-sponsored by UBC MOA, the Museum of the American Indian, and the Smithsonian Institute. Following the Forum, Pam Brown solicited permission from speakers to include their talks in a booklet of the Forum proceedings. Records in the series include invitations to speakers, registration records (including payment information), correspondence, permission forms, evaluation forms, and transcripts.

Public programme planning

  • 105-1
  • Series
  • 1980-1999, predominant 1988-1999
  • Part of Rosa Ho fonds

Series consists of records created, received, and/or used by Rosa Ho in her capacity as Curator of Art and Public Programmes. Rosa Ho was responsible for the planning and production of the public programmes, exhibitions, performances, lecture series, film series, panel discussions, seminars and other events hosted by and produced in whole or in part by the Museum of Anthropology. Series includes records that document the planning and production of exhibitions, public programmes and events.
Series contains correspondence, memoranda, press releases, publications, photographs, photographic negatives, proposals, policy drafts, performance reports, newspaper clippings, brochures, financial statements, itineraries, meeting minutes, agendas, event schedules, lists of artists and speakers, budgets, reports, artifact lists, contact lists, handwritten notes, scholarly articles, exhibition programs, sign-up sheets, museum layouts, performance reports, recipes, audio tapes, questionnaires, announcement cards, art work, insurance waiver forms, artist statements, funding application forms, videos, and video transcriptions, postcards, posters, handbills, and other materials relating to public programme planning.

The series is arranged in the following 3 sub-series:
A. General, national and international public programmes (1987-1999): Subseries consists of records relating to planning and production of general, national, and international public programmes and events.
B. British Columbia First Nations public programmes (1985-1999): Subseries consists of records relating to the planning of British Columbia First Nations public programmes.
C. Brochures, posters, press releases (1980-1997): Subseries consists of records relating to a variety of media related publications for exhibitions, seminars, concerts, and programs.

External publications and projects

Series consists of records relating to Rosa Ho’s relations with individuals, organizations, and associations external to the Museum of Anthropology. Series contains correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, photographs, publication drafts, conference records, and object lists.

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