Fonds accession 2011.118 - British Columbia Indian Arts Society fonds

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British Columbia Indian Arts Society fonds

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BCA accession 2011.118

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  • 1942-1983, predominant 1962-1971 (Creation)
    British Columbia Indian Arts Society

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1.2 m of textual records

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The British Columbia Indian Arts and Welfare Society was formally established in 1951 by Alice Ravenhill. The primary objectives of the society were to promote the welfare, creative talent, and true place in the social organization of the country of the Indian people, with particular attention to the needs of young native people. Previous to this, Ravenhill was instrumental in establishing the Society for the Furtherance of B.C. Indian Arts and Craft, in 1940, which was formally constituted in 1942. During the late 1940s, the society began to use informally the name, B.C. Indian Arts and Welfare Society. In 1973, the Society again changed its name to the British Columbia Indian Arts Society.

Custodial history

The fonds was transferred from its prior custodian, the University of Victoria Archives, to the British Columbia Archives (Royal BC Museum) on March 20, 2011.

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The fonds consists of the following series: Briefs relating to Indian arts and welfare, 1942-1958; Correspondence relating to general subjects, arts and crafts, B.C. and Canadian government departments, and native organizations, 1961-1972; Financial records, 1948-83; Governance records, including constitution, general, executive and committee minutes and reports, 1951-1981; Publications, 1947-1981; Visitors' Book, 1950-1983; Newspaper clipping scrapbooks, 1946-1971; and the Ravenhill Copper plaque, donated by Ravenhill in 1952, and awarded three times between 1956-1959.

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Related records are the British Columbia Indian Arts and Welfare Society fonds : 1940-1954 (MS-2720), the Society for the Furtherance of British Columbia Indian Arts and Crafts fonds (MS-1116) and the Alice Ravenhill fonds (F/I/R19).

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Formerly University of Victoria Archives AR018

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Formerly BCAUL control number: UVICARCH-124

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Revised by BCANS Coordinator, May 3 and 27, 2011.

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