Fonds PR-2288 - British Columbia Museums Association fonds

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British Columbia Museums Association fonds

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  • 1957-2008 (Creation)
    British Columbia Museums Association

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8.2 m of textual records, 724 photographs, and 4 audio cassettes

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Museum professionals formally discussed the concept of a province-wide museum organization at a meeting held at the University of British Columbia from September 3-7, 1957. Later that year, the plan progressed at a seminar held in Victoria. The Victoria seminar created a committee to draft a constitution and make arrangements for the first organizational meeting in 1959. Accordingly the British Columbia Museum Association (BCMA) was formally launched at a seminar at Camp Chilliwack, Vedder Crossing, in September 1959. The BCMA is a non-profit provincial association. Since inception the organization has held a consistent list of functional responsibilities. The association itemized these responsibilities in its first constitution: to aid in museum services as educational institutions; to act “as a clearing house for information” relevant to museums in BC; cooperate with the Canadian Museum Association; promote the exchange of exhibition material and exhibit arrangement. Towards these goals the BCMS provided programs for grant funding, publications, standards, education and training. The BCMA formally articulated these functional responsibilities in its incorporation under the BC Societies Act in 1966 [Certificate of Incorporation no. 7394, BC Gazette, v.151, n. 23, Jan. 9, 1966, p.1321]. \qj Since 1959 the BCMA administrative structure has not changed significantly. The organization began with Officers of the Association consisting of a President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary Treasurer, and an Executive Council composed of Officers of the Association, the immediate Past President, and four Councilors (BCMA Constitution, 1959). Over time the number of positions in the executive did not increase. However, the organizational structure divided into an Executive Council responsible for policy and executive decisions, and a Secretariat responsible for operations. The Executive Council selects committees and sub-councils tasked with specific responsibilities. Common committees in the history of the BCMA include the membership committee, preservation committee, and the conference committee. Since creation, the BCMA has also maintained a publication, Round-Up, with an editor and staff. The general membership selects the president at an annual general meeting.

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The fonds consists of records created and maintained by the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA). The BCMA has a mandate to support museums and galleries across British Columbia. The records document the governance, professional development, advocacy, and support and liaison functions of the BCMA.

The fonds is arranged by the following series:

  • MS-3314: Governance and administration
  • MS-3315: Conferences and seminars
  • MS-3316: Membership
  • MS-3317: Awards and bursaries
  • MS-3318: Programs and partnerships

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Some files are restricted under PIPA. Consult series descriptions for lists of restricted files.

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All rights transferred to RBCM.

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Additional BCMA material can be found in the library collection.

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Accession number: 2012.70

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