Fonds PR-2248 - Behind the Kitchen Door project oral history collection

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Behind the Kitchen Door project oral history collection

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  • sound recording

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  • 1983-1984 (Creation)
    National Museum of Man (Canada)

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71 audio reels

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The recordings were deposited at the British Columbia Archives at the end of each summer's project by project supervisor Barbara Riley of the National Museum of Man, History Division. Accession T4088 was officially transferred to the BC Archives in November 1983.

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In 1983 and 1984, the History Division of the National Museum of Man sponsored "Behind the Kitchen Door", an oral history project documenting the day-to-day experiences of British Columbia women in their households during the years 1900-1930. The project was administered through the Modern History Division of the British Columbia Provincial Museum.

The collection consists of 64 Interviews on 71 audio reels with Victoria and Vancouver area women. The focus is the otherwise undocumented day-to-day activities of maintaining and running a home in B.C. The interviews were conducted by Kathryn Thomson, Lynn Bueckert, Kathy Chopik and Catherine Hagen.

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4088:1-11 originally recorded on Scotch 176, copied by BC Archives on Scotch 208, originals returned to donor.

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Digital copies made of some of the interviews, see item level records for details.
Reference copy cassettes available.
Compact disc masters made in 2004 for accession T4088.

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No access restrictions apply.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Client copies may be made for private and research purposes. See item level records for specific restrictions.
Copyright status: Copyright is held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number(s): T4088; T4162


Sound recording originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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Recorded on Scotch 176 and Scotch 208 3 3/4 ips, 2 track, mono. : 5 in.

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