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Series contains publications on the following subjects: linguistics, First Nations studies, anthropology, museum studies, the Missionary Society of the Church of England, the Metlakatla Inquiry, material culture and Canadian geography. It is believed that items published prior to 1922 had been collected by the Archdeacon W.H. Collison, while those published post 1922 (the year W.H. Collison passed away) were collected by both his son W.E. Collison and then his grandaughter Joyce Collison.

Falling totem pole, Nass River, BC

Photograph depicts a totem pole supported by smaller poles, and a second totem pole standing straight in background. Beach in foreground, fence and hills in distance.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Falling greatness, Chapt. XXI No. 5, A Chief's Totem Pole inclined to fall. [Gitaix?] Encampment, Nass River. Five illustration for Chapt. XXI."

Chief's lodge and totem, Nass River, BC

Photograph depicts two men standing at base of totem pole in front of large elaborate lodge building with post reading "MINESQU". Smaller structure stands in background (elevated cache?).

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Chapter XXIV. No. 3. A chief's lodge and totem Nass River."

Finback whale crest, Southeast Alaska

Two carved poles stand in foreground, a third smaller pole visible by wood structure in background.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "For heading of Page 12. Fin Back Whale Crest. [?] Totems, S.E. Alaska".

Medicine man’s rattle - Haida

Close up of a carved wooden rattle featuring one side which is in the shape of a sun with face.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Medicine man’s rattle. One side representing The sun and the other side The Moon. For heading of Page 20 Medicine Man’s rattle, Haida, Q.C. Islands.”

Group gathered at totem pole of eagle crest, Southeast Alaska

Group of eight men and seven children stand in front of crest pole on unidentified building.

Handwritten annotation below image reads: "[..?] Alaska. Indian Totem Pole, Eagle Crest South Eastern Alaska."; on verso: "Chapter XXI Illustrations No. 2. [Kinnanook?] Section of Indian Village showing Totem pole of Eagle crest."

Medicine man’s regalia - Haida

Display of the tools of the Medicine Man: rattles, statues, hats (crowns), masks, spoons apron and body ornamentation.

Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “A medicine man’s outfit. Crowns of bear’s claws, aprons of skins adorned with carved charms of bone and ivory, also rattles. Would illustrate Chapt. XIII for no. 2”

Canoes and village buildings at Alert Bay, BC

Canoes sit on shore in foreground beside village buildings. A dock is visible above water in background.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Alert Bay Indian Ranch No. 14 Alert Bay. To be shown on page 69 or 70, re Alert Bay Mission."

Medicine man’s regalia - Haida

Display of the tools of the Medicine Man: snow shoes, rattles, trumpet, hats (crowns), mask, apron and body ornamentation.

Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “No. 26 Medicine Man’s Outfit. Bear claw crowns, aprons with charms, rattles, trumpet, for insertion at close of chapt.”

Medicine man grave marker near Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

Two carved wooden figures stand side by side to mark the burial of a Haida medicine man. Each figure has one arm up with a hand under or over the chin, while the other arm is down. Carved chiefly headdresses adorn each of their heads.

Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “Shaman’s grave nr. --Masset QCIs.”

Marching band in Prince Rupert

Photograph of a marching band performing down a wooden road. Spectators can be seen in the foreground and various businesses are in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert BC."

Medicine man grave marker

Two carved wooden figures covered in moss stand side by side with a fallen wooden plank lying between them. Wooden figures have pen marks applied to the surface of the photo.

Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “Chapt. XIX No. 3. A medicine man’s tomb guarded by two figures, one of which has two heads following a tradition. They are both ie (?) the two headed figure, arranged in the headdress containing the swan’s down which is the sign of peace”.

Medicine man grave marker near Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

Two carved wooden figures stand side by side to mark the burial of a Haida medicine man. Each figure has one arm up with a hand under or over the chin, while the other arm is down. Carved chiefly headdresses adorn each of their heads.

Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “Illustration for insertion at end of Chapt XIX no. 2. Medicine man’s tomb Queen Charlotte Islands.” Photograph has pen markings made on its recto tracing the outline of these two shapes.

Mortuary pole of Chief Gwaksho

Photograph depicts a mortuary pole situated against a snowy landscape.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “Chapter XVIII, Nom. 1 Chief Gwaksho’s totem pole. The Great Hunter.”

Chilkat Robe and Headress

Chief’s ceremonial Chilkat robe hung for portrait; associated headress is attached to wall above it. Woven headress features the inset face of a carved wooden bird.

Handwritten annotation in pen on verso: “Chief’s Dancing Robe surmounted by Dancing Headress for page 8.” Verso also has additional handwritten annotations which have been crossed out. Stamped photographers mark on recto: “Werner & Son; 39 Grafton St. Dublin.”

Ceremonial Regalia

Photograph features an arranged collection of Chief’s ceremonial regalia: Chikat robe and Amalayt (headdress), two carved wooden rattles and two leggings.

Handwritten annotation in pen on recto reads: “Qush ahlied (?) or Chilcat [sic] Robe worn by Chiefs when entertaining. Also 'Ahm Ahlied'(?) or Head Ornament Indian Coronet and leggings." Verso also has additional handwritten annotations which have been crossed out.

Portrait of a young girl on a chair

Photograph of a young girl believed to be Katy Collison seated for a formal portrait on a wheeled chair. Handwritten annotation in pen on recto reads: "With love from 'Mama'[?] 1907." Handwritten address on verso reads: "Miss West[?] Metlakatla British Columbia N.W. America." Two half penny stamps affixed on verso and partially obscured by two postmarks which read: "Folkstone 1.15 PM SP 19 07."

Centre Street on Dominion Day

Photograph of Centre Street in Prince Rupert on Dominion Day. The Union Bank of Canada is located on the left side of the street, and a decorative arch can be seen in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Centre Sr. Prince Rupert Dominion Day Celebrations 1909 Allen Photo July 09."

Dominion Day celebration 1909

Photograph of a large crowd in formal wear gathered on a slope. Some spectators can be seen perched atop extremely high poles. Annotation on recto reads: "The Crowd at Prince Rupert's Dominion Day Celebration 1909. Allen Photo 1-7-09."

Dominion Day arch in downtown Prince Rupert

Large crowd gathered on the street in downtown Prince Rupert around a lavishly decorated arch which reads "Come One Let 'Em All Come Come All. Welcome to Prince Rupert." Annotation on recto reads: "Arch Prince Rupert, BC. Dominion Day Celebration 1909. Allen Photo."

Unidentified First Nations village

Shoreline perspective of an unidentified coastal village situated on B.C.’s north coast. European style houses run parallel to a rocky shore. Seven men and one child stand within this frame and totem poles and a mortuary pole are also visible along the shoreline.

The eyes of the world are on Prince Rupert

Photograph of an illustration of an elderly man peering over a photograph of Prince Rupert, BC with a magnifying glass. Beaded leather tassels are affixed to the edges of the illustration. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Taken in 1911. And Today The Eyes of the World are on Prince Rupert. Craig N of Prince Rupert."

Rock carvings

Carvings visible on a moss covered rocky outcrop. Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “Rock carvings. Copper Mountain, Al”.

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