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UBC and anthropological research
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the content of the fonds.
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[189-] - [198-]; predominant [193-] - [197-] (Creation)
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20 cm of textual and graphic materials
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Files in this series relate to the various roles Harry Hawthorn has fulfilled at the University of British Columbia as an anthropologist, a professor (and later head of the Anthropology department), and as the first Director of the Museum of Anthropology. This series consists of correspondence, slides, photographs, negatives and research notes.
The correspondence files primarily relate to the general administration of the Museum of Anthropology by Dr. Hawthorn, including correspondence related to the museum’s collections, potential acquisitions, museum funding, the official name of the museum and the establishment of a new site for the museum. Additionally, there is also correspondence regarding the proposed development of the Indian Historical-Cultural Village, correspondence with other museums, letters asking for Dr. Hawthorn’s expert advice regarding objects, and correspondence with Wilson Duff. Included is correspondence between H. Hawthorn and Bert Robson relating to Hawthorn’s trip in the northeastern region of B.C.
Slides, photographs, negatives and notes relate to the various research trips undertaken by Hawthorn in B.C. from the late 1940s to the late 1950s. Some slides document a totem pole salvage expedition on Anthony Island, B.C. in 1957. Some of these slides were used in the production of George MacDonald’s book, Ninstints: A World Heritage Site. Other slides document miscellaneous events relating to Museum of Anthropology exhibitions and research, as well as other events such as Sports Day on the grounds of the Alberni Residential School and the carving of a 20’ long 2’ wide canoe, which took place at a regatta on May 24, 1948. Series includes negatives of totem poles, stories collected from Mungo Martin and notes, mostly written in an indigenous language.
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It was decided to incorporate H. Hawthorn’s various professional capacities at UBC into one series, as his different professional roles overlapped to a degree. Many of the records in Series 1 were previously housed in the Director’s fonds at MOA.
File 1-18 was originally housed with file 3-8, as both are transcripts of Audrey Hawthorn’s, but file 1-8 relates to the Hawthorn’s professional capacities whereas 3-8 relates to their personal lives.
The contents of Box #2, file 2-8, documenting the totem pole salvage expedition on Anthony Island, BC in 1957, were previously housed separately in an album.
The contents of Box #2, files 2-1 through 2-15 were previously housed separately in an album titled “HRH AH Places and Museums as of 1976.” Original order has been maintained.
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While the correspondence records range from 1948 to 1958, there are
many gaps as only certain years are represented.
Titles at top of Printfile slide sheets in Box 2 were transcribed from labels on pages of the album from which they originated.
Access prints for a selection of slides from Box 2 are available in the folder “[Miscellaneous images with identification]”, file 1-26. Identifications of persons in slide images were made by community members in March 2007.
The matted image in file 1-26 was removed from a frame for long-term housing.
6 cm of textual records, 11 cm of photographs, slides, and negatives.
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Created March 2016