Series - Nan Cheney Photographs

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Nan Cheney Photographs

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  • 1871-1979 (Creation)

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239 small prints and negatives, 39 prints, 107 slides, 1 oversize print

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The photographs, negatives, and slides (the slides are duplicate images of the photos, with one or two exceptions) BC1849/1-86 are primarily images of Emily Carr and her artwork.

The slides BC1849/90-158 are primarily informal images taken by Cheney of her numerous Canadian artist friends, as well as slides portraying various U.B.C. dignitaries and other well-known Canadians. These date from 1951-1969 and include a section (numbered BC1849/149(a-f)-158) that is devoted to Dr.’s Ethel and Wallace Wilson.

Photographs numbered BC1849/159-200 are mainly photographs of Nan Cheney’s many friends and acquaintances, as well as photographs of art work, including her own. Also there is a series of photographs which record a sculpture show at U.B.C. in 1956 (BC1849/196a-1).

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There are many duplicate photographs, negative, and slides in the section of the inventory (BC1849/1-86) devoted to Emily Carr. For this reason the order in which the items had been placed in the Nan Cheney Collection had to be rearranged for the photo series.

Each item description represents an image. All formats (prints, small prints, negatives, slides) listed in the physical description field in each item-level description correspond to one image unless otherwise noted.

The folder numbers (noted in the inventory) refer to the specific folders in the Nan Cheney fonds from which the photographs etc. were removed. It is possible to reconstruct the original order of the photographs in relation to the manuscripts by checking the folder number.

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For the purpose of identifying and dating photographs with Emily Carr as their subject, the books "Emily Carr: a biography" (1979) by Maria Tippet, and "The Art of Emily Carr" (1979) by Doris Shadbolt, were used extensively. The phrases and dates enclosed by square brackets are guesswork by the cataloguer. The initials D.S.for Doris Shadbolt and M.T. for Maria Tippet have been written by the brackets where their books were used for identification purposes.

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Photograph Identifier: BC-1849

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Photographs are stored in photograph storage according to format - slides, negatives, prints.

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