Fonds UBCA-ARC-1397 - Wilson Duff fonds

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Wilson Duff fonds

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1.35 m of textual records

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Wilson Duff attended the University of British Columbia and graduated with a BA in 1949, and later received an MA in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1951. Duff was the curator of Anthropology at the BC Provincial Museum (1950-1965) and later a professor of anthropology at UBC. He was also on the Vancouver Museum planning committee and a consultant to study the National Museum of Man in Ottawa. In addition, he served as the Vice President of the Museums Association of BC and was later the President of the association from 1963-1965. Duff acted as an unofficial advisor to several First Nations organizations in BC. In particular, he held a role as the advisor to the Kitwancool. In addition, he testified in the White and Bob case in Nanaimo and the Nishga, which were cases related to land claims.

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The fonds consists of articles, reports and government publications that were amassed by Duff and are related to land claims, government papers, treaties and matters related to Indigenous communities. Included are records on councils, associations and committees, meeting minutes, documents, educational materials, and media-associated materials such as bulletins, Indigenous newspapers, newsletters, and brochures of organizations.

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There is a separate Wilson Duff fonds at the UBC Museum of Anthropology Archives: Fonds 29 Wilson Duff.


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