Fonds MSS 254 - Jill Oakes fonds

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Jill Oakes fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 254

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  • 1989-1999 (Creation)
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    Oakes, Jill

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0.69 m of textual material, 338 photographs, 83 negatives, 4 VHS cassette, 9 U-matic videocassettes, and 3 audiocassettes

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(1952-)

Biographical history

Jill Oakes was born June 14, 1952. She received a Bachelor of Human Ecology (1975), an Education Certificate (1976), a Master's of Science (1985) and a Ph.D (1988) from the University of Manitoba. In 1982, she earned her commercial pilot's licence and Instructor's Rating. Oakes began lecturing at the University of Manitoba in 1987 and she has also lectured as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Assistant Professor in Human Ecology from 1990-1994 at the University of Alberta as well as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Natural Resources Institute, Associate Professor in the Department of Native Studies from 1994-2004, Acting Head of the Department of Geography from 2004-2005, and is currently Professor in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba. She has served as research associate for the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta and, from 1993 to 1994, was Co-Chair of Northern Studies in the Department of Native Studies at Trent University. Oakes' many accomplishments include the development of a certificate program for Aboriginal students interested in environmental studies and a Master's program proposal for an Master's in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. This proposal included three new graduate level courses which were approved by Senate in 1995. Oakes' work with museum collections has taken her on collecting trips to Greenland, Northwest Territories, Alaska, and the Far East of Russia and the American Southwest for the Bata Shoe Museum, the McCord Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Universities of Alberta and Manitoba. Oakes has researched, coordinated, and curated many exhibitions including the traveling exhibition "Coats of Eider," and a documentary film directed by Oakes.

In 1995, Oakes received the University of Manitoba Outreach Award and an RH Outstanding Research Award, as well as various awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Jill Oakes is the author of several publications and coordinator and co-lecturer in the Inuit Lifestyles Field Course conducted at numerous locations including Delta Marsh Research Station, Churchill Northern Studies Research Centre, Goose Bay, Labrador, Iqaluit, and Meanook Biological Station, University of Alberta.

Custodial history

The various accessions were donated by Jill Oakes and the Department of Native Studies in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Scope and content

he A.99-44, A.99-92, A.03-13, A.04-207, A.04-208, and A.05-112 accessions contain records reflecting Oakes' teaching career as both an educator and writer. Included are Oakes' correspondence records regarding publication of her articles and reviewer's comments, Oakes' teaching dossier and her application for tenure. In addition to textual material, the collection contains 146 photographs and 8 negatives documenting various department of Native Studies functions and igloo building as part of the Arctic Lifestyles course. Also included is one audio cassette of a seminar "Braving the Cold: Continuity and Change in Polar Clothing" held in Leiden, The Netherlands.

The A.03-123 and A.04-209 accessions consist of materials related to Oakes' research including correspondence, product development and marketing reports for the Minnguq Sewing Group. Also included are numerous artifact cards for the various materials collected by Oakes and her husband Rick Riewe on their collecting trips and for display in Oakes' exhibitions. The photograph collection includes one photo album (116 photographs) of the Minnguq Sewing Group of Broughton Island, 76 photographs and 75 negatives from Oakes trip to Denver, Colorado museums in 1997 and 4 VHS and 9 U-matic videocassettes documenting birdskin clothing preparation for the "Coat of Eider" project. Also included are 2 audio cassettes describing the birdskin clothing process; much of the commentary contained on these audiocassettes is in Inuktitut.

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The collection arrived in 8 separate accruals and has been arranged into 7 series: biographical, correspondence, teaching-related materials, research, photographs (PC 217), audio recordings (TC 127), and video recordings (PC 217).

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A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.

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217

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127

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1999-044

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1999-092

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2003-013

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2003-123

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2004-207

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2004-208

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2004-209

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2005-112

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Draft

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Finding aid created and encoded by Jennifer Rutkair (September 2007). Finding aid converted by Justin Fuhr (July 2016).
Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).

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