Artstor and the University of British Columbia are collaborating to make available more than 65,000 images of art and other cultural objects from the UBC Museum of Anthropology’s permanent collection, and 250 Japanese maps from the UBC Library’s Tokugawa collection.
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is a place of world arts and cultures, with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia. The Museum is built on traditional, ancestral, unceded land of the Musqueam people, and strives to maintain its close relationships with cultural communities in British Columbia and from around the world.
MOA’s Multiversity Galleries combine high-density storage with displays intended to enhance the viewer’s appreciation not only of the formal and aesthetic qualities of the works, but also their histories and changing contexts. MOA collaborated with First Nations and other communities from British Columbia to the Pacific Islands and beyond to display the Museum’s collections. Instead of exhibiting works according to their provenance, usage or type, MOA arranges works according to Indigenous criteria where engagement is possible. Some objects are grouped according to the ceremonies in which they were or are used; some are gathered into groups based around their ownership history; some are displayed simply as great art. These galleries embody the idea that there is never just one way of knowing and seeing the world. All cultures and civilizations have developed their own unique criteria, and MOA aims to provide access to many alternative “ways of knowing.”
The University of British Columbia Library (UBC Library) is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.
The Library’s collection of over 7 million items includes 1.4 million e-books, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and full text databases.