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Bridget Moran fonds

  • 2008.3
  • Fundo
  • 1935 - 1999, predominate 1954 - 1996

This fonds illustrates Bridget Moran’s careers as a writer, a social worker and a social activist primarily within the Prince George region of British Columbia. This fonds also contains records pertaining to her personal relationships with family and friends and her receipt of various honours and awards.

Types of records reflective of her career as a writer include: published articles and unpublished manuscripts, drafts and front cover mock-ups, correspondence with editors from Arsenal Pulp Press, grant applications, notebooks, background material, writer’s workshop invitations and overviews, photographs, oral history interviews and transcripts, and VHS recordings of classroom talks given by Bridget Moran, Mary John and Justa Monk re: her publications.

Types of records reflective of her career as a social worker and social activist include: annual reports, work journals, correspondence and published newspaper articles re: social policy, photographs, and general background material. Correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings highlight her personal relationships, while her receipt of honours and awards is demonstrated through copies of letters of recommendation, newspaper clippings, photographs, VHS recordings of award ceremonies, event itineraries, congratulatory correspondence, and invitations.

The Bridget Moran fonds has been divided into the following four series:

  1. Published and Unpublished Materials
  2. Career Related Materials
  3. Personal Papers and Correspondence
  4. Honours and Awards.

Moran, Bridget

Honours and Awards

Series consists of photographs, event itineraries and programs, letters of congratulations, letters of recommendation, newspaper clippings, invitations and place name cards all pertaining to Bridget’s receipt of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal, the B.C. Book Prize, and honourary doctorate degrees from both the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and the University of Victoria (UVic).

Correspondence Regarding Honourary Degree

File consists of: Letter from Geoffrey R. Weller to Bridget Moran re: honorary degree, Doctorate of Laws (Jan. 30, 1995) Newspaper clipping: "UNBC honors local author" (Prince George Citizen, March 24, 1995) Newspaper clipping: Birth announcement Congratulations card from Judy and Dan Index re: Nomination for Bridget Moran (list of names supporting Bridget Moran's nomination for an honorary degree) 1 photograph of Bridget Moran at UNBC posing for a photograph in her doctorate gown Letter to Pat Sarsfield from Bob Harkins, Paul Ramsey. MLA, Dr. Jo-Anne Fiske, Tanya Buttress, and Maureen Horkoff re: Nomination of Brdiget Moran Honorary Doctorate Degree, Spring Convocation, 1995 Letter to all members of the University Community re: Honorary Degree Nominations, with unknown handwriting on back of letter (Sept. 16, 1994) Letter to Pat Sarsfield from Andrew Armitage, Director of UVic School of Social Work re: recommendation of Bridget Moran for an honorary degree from UNBC (Oct. 1, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Maureen Horkoff from Carl Anserello, School Services Administrator re: Nominations - honorary doctoral degree - Bridget Moran (Oct. 25, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Maureen Horkoff from J.A. Steedman, M.D., SFU re: honorary doctoral degree from UNBC (Oct. 25, 1994) Letter from the Social Services Faculty at the College of New Caledonia, Lana Coldwell and Val Weed re: honorary doctoral degree from UNBC (Oct. 24, 1994) Letter of recommendation from M. Smith (?), Instructor at Douglas College re: Bridget Moran - Honorary Degree Nomination (Oct. 24, 1996) Letter of recommendation from Annette Neighbor (?) BCCW Student at Douglas College re: Bridget Moran - Honorary Degree Nomination (Oct. 25, 1996) Letter of recommendation from Lola Dawn Frias, BCCW student at Douglas College re: Bridget Moran - Honorary Degree Nomination from UNBC (Oct. 24, 1994) Letter of recommendation from Judy Abou at Douglas College re: Bridget Moran - Honorary Degree Nomination from UNBC (Oct. 24, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Paul Thomson from John Stevens, Assistant Superintendent of Schools re: Bridget Moran - honorary degree nomination from UNBC (Oct. 3, 1994) Letter of recommendation from Maureen Trotter re: Bridget Moran honorary degree nomination from UNBC (Oct. 13, 1994) Letter of recommendation from Judith M. Kennedy re: Bridget Moran honorary degree nomination from UNBC (Oct. 20, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Pat Sarsfield from Debbie Hartley re: Bridget Moran honorary degree nomination from UNBC (Oct. 17, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Pat Sarsfield from Mary-Ellen Kelm, History Program re: Bridget Moran honorary degree nomination from UNBC (Oct. 14, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Pat Sarsfield from Maureen Horkoff re: Nomination of Bridget Moran for Honorary Degree from UNBC (Oct. 28, 1994) Letter of recommendation from Tanya Buttress re: Nomination of Bridget Moran for Honorary Degree from UNBC (Oct. 20, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Pat Sarsfield from Justa Monk re: Nomination of Bridget Moran for Honorary Degree from UNBC (Oct. 17, 1994) Letter of recommendation to Maureen Horkoff from Mary John Sr. re: Nomination of Bridget Moran for Honorary Degree from UNBC (Oct. 20, 1994) Letter of recommendation from Harry Rankin, Barrister and Solicitor, re: Nomination of Bridget Moran for Honorary Degree from UNBC (Oct. 24, 1994)
*Letter of recommendation from Judge G. O. Stewart re: Nomination of Bridget Moran for Honorary Degree from UNBC (Oct. 25, 1994).

Bridget Moran Climbing Stairs after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Moran holding framed certificate while walking up stairs in crowded Canfor Theatre at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Moran walks with Dr. Mary Ellen Kelm, both wearing regalia. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Pride & relief. R [Roseanne Moran] is yelling 'Mom, Mom, We're here!'" Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran Wearing UNBC Regalia

Photograph depicts Moran standing in front of stone steps in Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia, in Prince George, B.C. Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran Autographing Books for Students

Photograph depicts Moran seated amongst standing group of unidentified women. Overhead machine and chalkboard in background. Photograph was taken at session of Aboriginal Women's Training Program at the Cowichan Campus, Malaspina University College, in Duncan B.C.

Bridget Moran Seated at University Women's Club Meeting

Photograph depicts Moran seated between two unidentified women at table with pitcher and large open book in front of them. Projection screen stands midground, banners hang on wall in background. Photograph taken during a three day meeting of the B.C. Council of the Canadian Federation of University Women, to honour the 25th anniversary of the Prince George club, and release the new edition of their book 'Prince George Street Names: Our History'. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "4-5 Conf".

Group of 1995 UNBC Graduates

Photograph depicts large group posed on ceremonial steps in Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Most individuals in group wear regalia. Bridget Moran appears to be standing in center of second row, hand raised to her face.

View of the Agora, UNBC

Photograph depicts the Agora center at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Library building can be seen in right background, cafeteria building on far left. Unidentified individuals can be seen walking on campus. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "The processional gathers on the upper walkway". Photo believed to have been taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Family of Bridget Moran at UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts men, women, and infant seated in the Canfor Theatre at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Unidentified individuals sit in seats in background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Next row down is R. [Roseanne Moran] & the Kennedy's, I move to join her next to walkway." Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran Accepting Honourary Law Degree at UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Moran and others in regalia in the Canfor Theatre at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Moran stands in front near podium, flags and camera equipment are also visible in auditorium. Audience sits in foreground. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "You are crowned queen 'Dr. Moran.' Congratulations!"

Group of 1995 UNBC Graduates

Photograph depicts large group posed on ceremonial steps in Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Most individuals in group wear regalia. Bridget Moran stands in the second row, sixth from right (wearing sunglasses). Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Outside, the public photo session." Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Group of 1995 UNBC Graduates, Side View

Photograph depicts large group posed on ceremonial steps in Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Most individuals in group wear regalia. Bridget Moran stands in the second row, fifth from right (wearing sunglasses). Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran Speaking with Unidentified Man after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Moran wearing regalia, standing with man in Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Unidentified individuals stand near Winter Garden in background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Who is this man?" Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran with Sons after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Moran wearing regalia, embraced by her sons Mike (in foreground) and Pat. The group stands in the Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Unidentified individuals stand near Winter Garden in background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Pat gets in on the action!." Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Group at Celebratory Barbeque after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts two women, two men, a small child, and an infant on deck in backyard with chairs and table set with food and beverages. Trees and building visible in background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Ah ha! BBQ at M & T's." Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C.

Couple at Celebratory Barbeque after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts man and woman speculated to be Pat (Bridget Moran's son) and Tracy holding food and beverage on deck in backyard. Unidentified individuals semi-visible on far left and right. Trees and building visible in background. Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C.

Bridget Moran & Mary John Standing in UNBC Courtyard

Photograph depicts Moran wearing regalia and linking arms with Mary John. Stone steps in background. The pair stands in the Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Published and Unpublished Materials

Series consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, pamphlets, newsletters, advertisements, contracts, notebooks, audiocassettes of oral interviews and readings, transcripts, book launch announcements, front cover mock-ups, edited drafts, manuscripts, fact sheets, poems, catalogues, bookmarks, skits, conference events programme, poster, grant applications and related correspondence, a wooden placard, handwritten notes, book reviews, inquest reports, background material, VHS recordings of classroom talks given by Bridget Moran, Mary John and Justa Monk re: her publications, and ephemera. This series contains material from all five of her publications:

  1. (1988) Stoney Creek Woman: The Story of Mary John. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  2. (1990) Judgment at Stoney Creek. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press
  3. (1992) A Little Rebellion. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  4. (1994) Justa: A First Nations Leader. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.
  5. (1996) Prince George Remembered. Prince George, British Columbia: Moran Publishing.
    This series also consists of, but is not limited to, a number of unpublished manuscripts and drafts and/or writing contest submissions also written by Bridget Moran, such as:
    • "Mary and Me" (ca. 1998)
    • "Where Winds Come Sweet" (ca. 1981)
    • "The Horizontal Land" (ca. 1992)
    • "The Summer of '81"
    • "The Relief Cheque" (ca. 1998)
    • "The Case of the Box of Matches" (ca. 1987)
    • "Unholy Deadlock" (ca. 1990)
    • "The Numbers Game"
    • "Reflections on Theme" (ca. 1967)
    • "Come Hell or High Water" (ca. 1976)
    • "Man Alive"
    • "The Deadbeat Mystique"
    • "Hell on Wheels"
    • "Backstairs at the Palace"
    • "James MacCallum" (ca. 1984)
    • "Hushaby, Baby" (ca. 1981)
    • "The Decline and Fall of Mr. Sullivan"
    • "Case History of a Gadfly"
    • "Welfare and the Good Life"
    • "Childhood Memories" (ca. 1976)
    • "The Three Musketeers" (ca. 1974-75)
    • "A Child's Christmas in Saskatchewan" (ca. 1979)
    • "Diary of Success Homecoming"
    • "My Old Flame" (ca. 1992)
    • "O Ye Dry Bones" (ca. 1996)
    • "Supper, Little Children" (ca. 1983).

Bridget Moran & Mary John at Cariboo College

Photograph depicts Bridget Moran standing behind Mary John in unknown room. Unidentified woman semi-visible on far right (see item 2008.3.1.19.2). Accompanying photo caption: "Caribou College, Quesnel, March /92".

Bridget Moran at Anglican Church Learning Centre

Moran stands on sidewalk in front of building with signs reading "LEARNING CENTRE" and "ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH". Large iron bell sits in grass in foreground, forest in background. Photo believed to have been taken near Metlakatla Lake, B.C.

Bridget Moran Reading 'Stoney Creek Woman'

Photograph depicts Moran reading excerpt from her book while seated beside table in classroom. Unidentified man and woman can be seen sitting in chairs against wall in background.

Mary John Seated in Audience at UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Mary John sitting next to aisle in Canfor Theatre at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Unidentified individuals seated in foreground and background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Mary John takes my seat." Photo taken on the day Bridget received an Honourary Law Degree, before ceremony began.

Mike, Tracy, & Pat at UNBC after Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts group of three standing in Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Unidentified individuals sit in background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Mike, Tracy & Pat - we're having cookies & juice." Photo taken on the day Bridget Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran & Son Mike after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Moran wearing regalia, embraced by her son Mike in Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Unidentified individuals stand near Winter Garden in background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Mike Congratulations Mom!." Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Bridget Moran with Family after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Moran wearing regalia, facing away from camera in front of family members in the Agora courtyard at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. Sons Mike (wearing black) and Pat stand on left, and Paul Ramsey stands in grey suit, semi-visible behind Moran. Unidentified individuals stand near Winter Garden in background. Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree.

Man Named Dave at Celebratory Barbeque after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Dave seated in lawn chair on deck in backyard. Chairs and tables set with food and beverages are also visible on deck. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "Dave looks on... He wished he'd been able to attend the ceremony. Next time?" Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C.

Maureen Faulkner at Celebratory Barbeque after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Maureen Faulkner holding baby named Caitlin on deck in backyard. Bridget Moran's daughter Roseanne sits on far right, beside black dog. Forest and fence visible in background. Accompanying note from Faulkner: "Me, batting bugs & chatting to Caitlin. A lovely wee girl." Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C.

Bridget Moran Arriving at Celebratory Barbeque after UNBC Convocation Ceremony

Photograph depicts Moran holding infant, approaching applauding group seated on deck in backyard. Table with beverages stands in foreground. Trees in background. Accompanying note from Maureen Faulkner: "You arrive on the deck too." Photo taken on the day Moran received an Honourary Law Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C.

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