Library + Archives

The Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives Department at the Museum of Anthropology includes a library, an archive, and an Oral History & Language Lab.

We are located in the Museum in Rooms 221 (Library & Archives) and 219B (Oral History & Language Lab).

The Library is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-4:00 except statutory holidays. Access to the Archives and Oral History & Language Lab is always by appointment.

The Library

Home to an excellent selection of research material that complements the museum’s collections, the library’s strengths are museology, Northwest Coast material culture, and world ceramics and textiles.

Find books, journals and other items in the library
We invite you to search our online library catalogue, We share this catalogue with other campus reading rooms so please ensure the search location is set to “Museum of Anthropology Reading Room” to limit your search to items in our library.
Library materials cannot be borrowed, but they may be used or copied within the Library & Archives (subject to the Canadian Copyright Act).

Visit the library
We recommend researchers call ahead to let us know when they plan to visit as our hours are occasionally subject to change and research assistance isn’t always available during our open hours. Appointments are always required for archival research.

Contact us
Contact the Research Manager if you need assistance or if you have a question about library services or collections: or 604.822.4834.
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The Archives

A valuable resource for Museum staff, the university community, and the general public, the Archives hold information that both documents museum functions and aids the museum in carrying out its various activities. Additionally, it supplies abundant research opportunities for students, authors, documentary filmmakers, First Nations researchers, and many others.

The purpose of the Archives is to preserve the history of the Museum of Anthropology, maintain records that provide context for the Museum’s artifacts, to ensure that these records are safeguarded for future generations, and to provide access to the Museum’s archival holdings.

You can search our archival holdings online. The Archives is open to researchers by appointment Tuesday-Friday. Please contact us at / 604.822.4834 to set up an appointment.

The MOA Archives is the repository for records of the museum, including staff and administrative records. Archival records include those generated by the Museum and those acquired from private individuals. The Museum also acquires records of direct contextual relevance to its artifact collections. Prominent among these are the papers, maps, photographs and audiocassettes of anthropologist Wilson Duff. Also important are the records of the museum’s first curator, Audrey Hawthorn.


Asian Cultural Materials Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide users with a subject index for records, collections, and library resources relating to Asian cultural materials held at the Museum.

Archives Photo Permission Form

MOA restricts the use of its images for commercial purposes. Permission is granted for one-time use only and reproduction is limited to what has been approved specifically in this application.

Fee Schedule

Many MOA images and resources are freely available, but fees are charged for some reproductions and services. Pricing for these services has been established to recover costs and to be comparable to what similar institutions charge.