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From the Archives: Journey to ‘Ksan, 1972

In addition to its extensive object collection, the Museum of Anthropology also houses a valuable collection of archival material. MOA’s Archives is part of the Audrey and Harry Hawthorn Library and Archives, a research facility within the Museum that is open to anyone to use. The Archives hold one-of-a-kind primary sources that document the history of the Museum, its collections and its exhibits, as well as the records of important individuals from outside MOA, including anthropologists, artists, linguists and authors. Material in the Archives dates back to the 1700s through to the present day, and includes a wide range of materials: textual records, architectural drawings, glass-plate negatives and digital files, just to name a few.

Here’s a small taste of the material available in our archival collection. Visit our online catalogue anytime to learn more about these items and to explore the rest of the material available in the MOA Archives.

Journey to ‘Ksan, 1972 from the Hilary Stewart Fonds

These are pages from a journal of the late artist and award-winning author, Hilary Stewart, with sketches and notes from a 1972 trip to ’Ksan, the historical village and museum complex in Gitxsan territory, near Hazelton, British Columbia. Stewart was best known for her illustrations and books on the art and technologies of the First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest. She lived and worked in BC for much of her life, and collaborated with MOA for many years. In addition to Stewart’s archival records, you can also view her books in MOA’s Library.

MOA Archives: 122-03-01.