Fonds PR-2261 - Mildred Valley Thornton fonds

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Mildred Valley Thornton fonds

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  • sound recording
  • textual record
  • multiple media

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  • 1947-1976 (Creation)
    Thornton, Mildred Valley (Stinson), 1890-1967

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13 audio recordings and 2 cm of textual records

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The fonds consists of Mildred Valley Thornton's sound recordings documenting the Indigenous music, dance and folklore of the Northwest Coast, recorded between about 1950 and 1954. The fonds also includes some textual material that documents her music recording activities and other interests, from 1947 to 1967. In addition there is a newspaper article from 1971 and family notes on her artwork from 1976.

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Donated by Mr. J.M. Thornton, 1978.


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No access restrictions apply.
Conservation restriction: see series description MS-3243.

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Copying Restriction: Copies may only be made for, or with the permission of, the First Nations groups or individuals heard on the specific recording.
Copyright Status: Copyright not transferred to BC Archives by the donor.

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Associated materials

PDP02748 - PDP02753 are six prints from Thornton's portfolio "Children of the Sun". PDP02813 is her portrait of MLA Tilly Jean Rolston.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Archives code(s): MS-2909, MS-3243.

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Accession number(s): SD0016; T2684

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Fonds description was previously numbered AAAA8114.

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Audio recordings include 6 audio discs, 4 audio reels and 3 wire recordings.

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