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Madeline Bronsdon Rowan fonds
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1969 - 1990, predominantly 1976 - 1983 (Creation)
- Madeline Bronsdon Rowan
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1.98 m of textual records and other material.
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Madeline Bronsdon Rowan is a Canadian citizen, born on February 21, 1940. Her educational background includes a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and English Literature in 1963 and a Masters degree in Anthropology in 1966 from the University of British Columbia. Madeline Bronsdon Rowan was formerly in a joint position as the curator of education/public programming at the Museum of Anthropology and senior instructor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia from 1975 to 1987. Her curatorial responsibilities included establishing and supervising school programmes for students and teachers, and to train members of the Volunteer Associates to conduct these programmes. In addition, she was responsible for providing professional development workshops for teachers and students in the Faculty of Education department at the University of British Columbia, and to develop units of curriculum and "touchable" artifact kits (in co-operation with various natives groups and experts). Rowan was also the supervisor for the Native Youth Project and the Coast Salish Project, these two projects are designed to encourage First Nation's youths to conduct lectures and give tours to museum patrons on traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast Native culture. Rowan's teaching areas of specialization for the anthropology department are: Introductory Anthropology, Material Culture and Education, Netsilik Inuit Culture and Northwest Coast Indian Studies. She was also an active board member of Native Indian Youth Advisory Society from 1982 to 1987. The society, under the direction of Mrs. Brenda Taylor, sponsored the Native Youth Project. Rowan was the curator in charge of the following exhibits: Dress and Identity, a cross-cultural display on the nature of attire expressing identity and status within a community (1977); East African Medicine, an exhibit based on the artifact collection of Dr. T. Margetts that demonstrates various methods of healing (1978); and Cedar, the use of trees in the Northwest Culture, co-authored by guest curator Hilary Stewart (1984). She also designed the "Netsilik Culture" artifact and raw materials teaching kit and a supporting curriculum unit, An Introduction to Netsilik Culture: A Seasonal Station Study, in 1983. Madeline Bronsdon Rowan authored and co-authored several published and unpublished articles relating to the Native Youth Project, Netsilik culture, native education, museums in relation to anthropology, museums and the school environment, and artifacts as art. This includes her articles "Making Museums Meaningful for Blind Children", co-authored with Sally Rogow, Faculty of Education, Gazette, July 1978; Guide to the U.B.C. Museum of Anthropology co-authored with Dr. Margaret Stott; and "U.B.C. Museum of Anthropology Native Youth Project", Urban Indian Multicultural Conference. Vancouver, October 1981.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of articles, brochures, classification scheme, correspondence, evaluations, fables, financial records, guidelines, lecture notes, memorandums, minutes of meetings, nitrate negatives, photographs, plans, policies, proposals, published and unpublished articles, receipts, reports, research notes, schedules, scripts, shipping lists, sketches, slides, statistics, surveys, workshop notes relating to Madeline Bronsdon Rowan's curatorial function at the Museum of Anthropology.
The records are arranged into the following 13 series:
- Administrative records (1975-1986)
- Permanent and temporary exhibitions records (1974-1988)
- Summer and Sunday programmes records (1976-198-)
- Projects records (1975-1986)
- Collections records (1976-1984)
- Volunteer Associates records (1976-1980)
- School programmes records (1975-1985)
- Native studies records (1969-1984)
- University teaching function records (1978-1986)
- Other educational records (1979-1982);
- Published and unpublished articles (1972-1982)
- MOA’s history records (1987-1990)
- Orientation Centre records (1978-1987)
Immediate source of acquisition
Nine of the twelve boxes were transferred to the archives at the time of Rowan's departure from the museum. Three boxes (Box#8-10), forgotten in Rowan's office, were transferred to the archives at a later date. In October, 2004, Acc#2004-6 was transferred to the archives. These items were transferred from Madeline Bronsdon-Rowan’s home. Additional accruals were transferred from the archives backlog in November 2009. In October 2002, Acc#2002-52 was transferred to the archives; from these records, an accrual of records mostly pertaining to the Rowan’s involvement with the Native Youth Project was added to the fonds in January 2011.
The records were arranged by the archivist, for no original order existed. The sub-division of the records into series and sub-series are based on contents and Rowan's functions within the museum.
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Restrictions on access
Access to correspondence and memoranda, internal and external within this fonds is limited to staff members of the museum. Restricted access to researchers due to Protection of Privacy legislation. Other access restrictions do apply, as stated at the series level.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
The Museum of Anthropology does not hold copyright for published or unpublished articles, student's papers and Northwest culture fables.
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Other public programming and educational records are located in Public Programming and Education fonds.
BCAUL control number: UBCMOA-170
Includes: 3 cassette tapes, 656 slides, 25 photographs and 4 nitrate negatives.
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Created by Nancy Van Sas, 1999
Revised by: Marilyn Ramen, 2004, Cara Valli, February 2010 and Peter Houston, 2011.
Finding aid added December 8, 2015.
Updated on March 2020 by Petra Warren.