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Michael Kew (MOA curator) fonds
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 - 1997 (Creation)
- Michael Kew
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6.5 cm of textual records and other material
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Dr. J.E. Michael Kew was born in Quesnel, British Columbia in 1932. Kew received his B.A. at the University of British Columbia in 1955 and was appointed the Assistant Curator of Anthropology at the Provincial Museum in Victoria from 1956-1959. Following a four-year period in Saskatchewan, where he was employed as a Community Development Officer at the Department of Natural Resources and a Research Assistant in Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan, Kew returned to the University of British Columbia in 1965 as Instructor of Anthropology. During his appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Kew obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1970.
As part of his curatorial responsibilities at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Dr. Kew curated a special exhibition of Central Coast Salish art objects in 1980 entitled Visions of Power, Symbols of Wealth: Central Coast Salish Sculpture and Engraving. In preparation for the exhibition, Dr. Kew was funded by a grant from SSHRC in 1979 to visit North American museums housing Central Coast Salish sculptural objects. The objective of his travels was to create a collection of images and documentation of the sculptures found in the various museums. The majority of the objects exhibited in Visions of Power, Symbols of Wealth came from the collections of the former National Museum of Canada and the Museum of the American Indian. The collections of the British Columbia Provincial Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Field Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Art Museum, Thomas Burke Memorial Washing State Museum and the British Museum are also represented.
At the Museum of Anthropology, Michael Kew worked as Curator of Ethnology from 1977 to 1979. He curated a MOA exhibit on central Coast Salish three-dimensional art ca. 1993-1997. He also served as chair of the Ways and Means Committee beginning in 1993 when the committee was established.
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The fonds consists of slides collected by Dr. Kew in the course of curating the exhibition Visions of Power, Symbols of Wealth: Central Coast Salish Sculpture and Engraving. The fonds is divided into the following series: Central Coast Salish Art Inventory (-1979), and Visions of Power, Symbols of Wealth Exhibition (1980). It also contains reports, memos, minutes and correspondence relating to the Ways and Means Committee.
There are three series in the fonds:
1. Central Coast Salish Art Inventory
2. Visions of Power, Symbols of Wealth Exhibition
3. Ways and Means Committee
Immediate source of acquisition
The material was initially transferred to the archives in 1996. An additional set of slides was found in Dr. Kew’s former office at the Museum and was transferred to the archives in May 1999.
The slides are arranged in the order established by the creator.
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Slides may be reproduced for educational purposes only.
See attached pdf document for series descriptions and box/file list.
An separate inventory is also available which indicates the object type and Native band or reserve associated with the object. Available in both computerized and hard copy.
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See the Michael Kew fonds (private records) for a collection of teaching slides illustrating Northwest Coast history and ethnography.
Further accruals are expected.
There are several duplicate sets of Central Coast Salish inventory, however a considerable number of the slides are missing from each set. The primary duplicates binder has been identified as the most complete set and is located in the Archives case files.
Includes 6.5 cm of textual records, 2 floppy diskettes, and 5 albums containing 2817 slides, 591 negatives, 37 contact sheets.
Most of the Central Coast Salish inventory slides have two handwritten numbers. The number located at the top is the institution’s catalogue number. The number on the bottom right was assigned for use in the Museum of Anthropology. The accession numbers for the fonds are 1996-01 and 1999-04.
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Created December 8, 2015