Fonds 145 - Lilo Berliner fonds

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Lilo Berliner fonds

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ca. 836 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm

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([19-] - Jan. 1977)

Biographical history

Lilo Berliner was a librarian in the references division at the University of Victoria with an interest in First Nations art. She was also an acquaintance of Elizabeth Hill, a published author on petroglyphs found in British Columbia and the west coast of North America. Lilo Berliner travelled extensively throughout the west coast of North America, and especially Vancouver Island, visiting and photographing petroglyphs and other First Nations art. The discovery of a bowl petroglyph on Salt Spring Island prompted her to write a letter to Wilson Duff, anthropologist at the University of British Columbia, with whom she maintained a regular correspondence until his death. Shortly before her own passing, Lilo Berliner gave this correspondence to her close friend, Salt Spring Island based writer, Phyllis Webb.

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The materials in this fonds were discovered by Frances Hill, daughter of Elizabeth Hill, in a box of "petroglyph stuff". As they were believed to have been the property of Lilo Berliner, they were passed through a mutual friend to Robin Fisher, who brought them to the Audrey and Harry Hawthorn Library and Archives at MOA.

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Fonds consists of negative images of petroglyphs largely from the Pacific west coast of North America. Most of the images are from sites located in British Columbia, but there are also images from sites in Washington State, New Mexico, and other areas of the United States and Mexico. There are also images of artifacts, masks, totem poles, wood carvings, and graveyards. Images of family travels, landscapes, wild animals, and house cats are interspersed within the collection.

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Finding aid prepared by Stuart Hill, May 16, 2019.

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  • Box: Lilo Berliner Box 1