Fonds 92 - Virginia Kehoe fonds

Mosquito Totem Pole Mosquito Totem Pole, top close up Mosquito Totem Pole, closeup of base Mosquito Totem Pole, front view Mosquito Totem Pole, top side view Mosquito Totem Pole, side view of midsection Mosquito Totem Pole, base frontal view Mosquito Totem Pole, top rear view Mosquito Totem Pole, frontal view Carving a totem pole Painting a totem pole Carving a totem pole Carving a totem pole Carving a pole with a chain saw Carving the St. Catherines pole, early stages Carving a pole, early stages Old pole, artist unknown Side view of totem in front of door Totem pole base, close up Small scale totem, midsection closeup
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Virginia Kehoe fonds

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201 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm

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(November 2, 1916 - September 15, 2008)

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Virginia Catherine Kehoe was born in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver on November 2, 1916. Upon marrying Bruce Kehoe, Virginia travelled with him to Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto and France as his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force lent itself to a significant amount of travel. Virginia Kehoe trained as an artist, and became close friends with Kwakwaka’wakw artist and carver Douglas Cranmer. She assisted in taking care of Cranmer’s store The Talking Stick on South Granville in Vancouver for part of its existence. Kehoe and her husband moved to Vancouver Island after Bruce Kehoe retired from the RCAF, first settling in Sooke and then moving to Victoria. Towards the end of her life, after the passing of her husband Bruce, Virginia Kehoe moved to Riverwest in Ladner, B.C. to be closer to family. Virginia Kehoe died in Ladner on September 15, 2008.

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Diane Kehoe, Virginia Kehoe’s daughter, was given the slides by her mother before Virginia Kehoe died. Diane then donated the original copies of the slides to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology where they were subsequently passed to the archivist at the Audrey and Harry Hawthorn Library and Archives at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.

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This fonds consists of 201 photographs taken by Virginia Kehoe of various art created by Douglas Cranmer. The photographs include large scale totem pole and canoe carving projects, and smaller scale masks, carvings and artwork projects. There are also several photographs of events attended and photographed by Virginia Kehoe.

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Arrangement based on original order of slides as found in labelled slide boxes, as all items are similar in content, materials were arranged into files rather than series.

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All rights reserved. Copyright transferred to MOA by Kehoe.

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Created December 1, 2015 by Katie Ferrante

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