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Vol. 18, No. 3/Feb. 16, 1972/Vancouver 8,B.C.
UBC students submitted a flood of 170 summer
projects to the federal government's Opportunities
for Youth program during a three-day campus
screening period last week.
OFY Project Officer Chris, Wooten, a UBC
graduate, said he had to call in a second project
officer to handle the volume of students who showed
up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Feb. 9, 10 and
11) for interviews in the Student Union Building.
'By far the largest number of suggested projects
ame from students who want to spend the summer
in the wilderness, blazing trails for public use in areas
that have potential as parks or recreational areas,"
Mr. Wooten said.
He added that he was somewhat surprised at the
small number of suggestions for projects that could
be described as being oriented toward social or
political action.
The 1972 OFY program is budgeted for
$33,978,000 and will provide employment for
29,000 young people. Last year, OFY expenditures
totalled $24,712,000 and provided employment for
In addition to the wilderness projects, here is a
selection of proposals suggested by UBC students:
• A group of six dental students want to teach
dental hygiene to children in low-income areas;
• A team of law and sociology students want to
prepare a pamphlet, for distribution by the B.C. Civil
Liberties Union, on pre-trial, sentencing and court
• Librarianship students want to set up a service
which would enable shut-ins and senior citizens to
order books from libraries by letter or telephone.
Students would deliver the books and read to elderly
• An architecture student wants to establish a toy
"library"  for underprivileged children. The facility
Please turn to Page Four
Offers Prizes
The provincial government's Advisory Council on
Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco is offering a total of
$7,000 in prizes to students in B.C. post-secondary
institutions for 60-second television commercials on
the subject of alcohol and drug abuse.
Entries in the contest, which is open to students at
universities, colleges, provincial vocational schools
and the B.C. Institute of Technology, may be
submitted by an individual, a group or in the name of
the institution.
Entries must be on videotape or on 16 mm. film
accompanied by a sound tape recorded at a speed of
7/4 inches per second.
Prizes will be awarded in each of two categories —
drug and alcohol abuse — to a total of $7,000 as
follows: first prize, $2,000; second prize, $1,000;
third prize, $500.
Closing date for entries is April 14. Full contest
details are available from Mr. Peter Battisson, Drug
Program Coordinator, Parliament Buildings, Victoria,
HAIDA INDIAN carver Robert Davidson is at UBC's
Museum of Anthropology every Tuesday to work on
a ten-foot totem pole and model of a Haida canoe
with his hand-made tools. Grant from the Leon and
Thea Koerner Foundation is supporting the project.
Details on Page Four.
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UBC's Library is now the second largest
academic library in Canada, but physical
deficiencies for education, fine arts and the
sciences are detrimental to campus teaching,
learning and research.
Such are the paradoxes outlined by UBC
Librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs, who notes in his
annual report to UBC's Senate that the Library
now has 1,500,000 catalogued volumes on its
shelves, but wilt be faced with moving more of its
collection into storage unless new facilities to
provide space for a total book collection of
2,525,000 volumes are constructed by 1980.
The most pressing needs of the UBC Library
system, he notes in his report for the 1970-71
academic year, are construction of an education
library and learning resource centre, a fine arts
library within a fine arts building and units for the
pure and applied sciences.
These needs, detailed for the Senate Committee
on Academic Building Needs, fared badly in the
assignment of priorities by the committee in the
fall of 1971. No proposed library facility was
included in the list of four projects recommended
by the committee for construction in the next two
Turning to the ultimate requirements of the
UBC library system, Mr. Stuart-Stubbs says 10,450
study places will be required when UBC reaches
the enrolment limitation of 27,500 students
established by Senate in 1970.
"Buildings which exist, which are under
construction and which have been proposed ...
will contain a total of 9,750 seats, acceptably close
to the requirement," the report says.
Here are some other highlights from the report,
000 Mark
which will be received by Senate at its Feb. 23
• UBC's Computing Centre and the Library
will co-operate in the current year to establish a.
Data Library, which will perform the traditional
library function of acquiring, listing, organizing,
storing and making available for use magnetic
tapes containing information on such things as
public opinion polls and censuses;
• The Library system lent a record 2,000,000
items in the 1970-71 academic year;
• The librarians of B.C.'s three public
universities have established an informal
organization to promote co-operation and
minimize - duplication in collections and to
consider the feasibility of a jointly operated
storage library;
• Planned decentralization of the library
system is having the desired effect of alleviating
pressure on the Main Library, and
• UBC added 164,117 volumes to its collection
in 1970-71, the largest number processed in any
year in the Library's history.
One of the major problems foreseen in the
report is the increasing pressure to supply more
books and journals, the cost of which is escalating
as a result of worldwide inflation and United
States currency devaluation.
These factors have resulted in a restricted
acquisitions program, but this "will not be enough
to stop the erosion of the Library's program for
the development of its research resources through
the purchase of out-of-print materials, reprints and
Further excerpts from the Librarian's report to
Senate appear on Pages Two and Three of this
issue of UBC Reports. LIBRARY
What follows are excerpts from the report of UBC
Librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs to the UBC Senate for the
1970-71 academic year.
The development of the Library, while it is not taking
place at the hectic pace of the mid-1960s, continues at a
steady rate.
Two landmarks were established during the year:
recorded use exceeded 2,000,000 loans, and the
collection size attained a 1,500,000 catalogued volumes,
making UBC's Library the second largest academic
library in Canada.
The heavy use of all libraries made evident the
physical shortcomings of many buildings. Fortunately,
the new Sedgewick Library will be completed in the
coming year, and a new Law Library is in the planning
stages. But for many parts of the Library system, such as
the intensively used Curriculum Laboratory, no relief is
in sight.
Although expenditures on library materials increased
during the past year, inflation in the costs of books and
periodicals has more than eliminated the effects of the
increase. In the development of collections a diminishing
trend seems to have set in.
To contend with ever-rising demands for library
service and for swifter access to larger quantities of
library materials, libraries are turning for solutions to
closer interlibrary co-operation and co-ordination. Such
efforts are bearing fruit for the three public universities
of British Columbia and for the many colleges, with a
general improvement in service at lower overall costs ....
When the Sedgewick Library is completed in the
summer of 1972, it will greatly improve access to library
collections and services for undergraduates, principally
in the Faculties of Arts and Commerce and Business
Administration, and should alleviate for all time the
study-seating shortage which has plagued students at this
University since the end of the Second World War. The
Main Library will become, in effect, a research library
for the humanities and social sciences and for many of
the pure and applied sciences, until a separate Science
Library is erected.
A new Law Library, as part of a building for the
Faculty of Law, is in the planning stages. After detailed
consideration of a number of sites, it was determined
that the Faculty would remain in its present location, a
decision which will make the use of the Main Library
easier for students of law, whose interest in the literature
of other disciplines is increasing. It is probable that the
Law Library will be ready in the spring of 1974. . . .
During the year, the Senate Library Committee
reviewed the Library's program for development and
submitted its estimates and recommendations to the
Senate Committee on Academic Building Needs. In
order of priority the Senate Library Committee
advocated the construction of an Education Library and
Learning Resource Centre, a Fine Arts Library within a
Fine Arts Building, a Science Library, and a Physical
Sciences Library. In July the Senate Committee on
Academic Building Needs issued a report, to be received
and reviewed by Senate in the fall, in which it stated
that "we cannot assign a top priority at this time to
either the Library or Curriculum Resource Centre of the
Faculty of Education." The other proposed libraries
fared no better. At the end of the report year, the
Senate Library Committee and the Faculty of Education
were hopeful that further documentation might alter the
opinions of Senate. Nevertheless, the Senate Committee
on Academic Building Needs did recognize the acute
need for additional space in the Main Library, and for
better working conditions for the Processing Divisions,
and stated that "careful study should be made of the
suitability of Brock Hall for library purposes."
A report was also submitted to the Senate Committee
on Standards for Quality Education at UBC, in which
the ultimate requirements for the library system were
forecast. Providing that the University adheres to
Senate's decision to limit enrolment to 27,500 students,
accepted standards for library accommodation would
call for 10,450 seats. Buildings which exist, which are
under construction and which have been proposed to the
Senate Committee on Academic Building Needs will
contain a total of 9,750 seats, acceptably close to the
In respect to collections, the same present and future
buildings will house 2,525,000 volumes, a collection size
which will be attained well before the end of the decade.
When the collection exceeds this size, or in the event
that all proposed buildings are not constructed by 1980,
portions of the collections must be moved into storage;
in fact, 37,000 volumes from the Main Library have
already been moved to a compact storage area in the
basement of the Woodward Library.
Librarians at British Columbia's three public
universities are considering the feasibility of a jointly
operated storage library, but it is unlikely that such a
building can be constructed in the near future; thus
expensive commercial storage may be the only
alternative if the library's building program continues to
lag. Irrespective of the physical problems-created by a
lack of physical facilities, the absence of^good libraries
for education, fine arts and the sciences is dettimental to
the quality of teaching, learning and research at this
In 1970-71 the trend toward increasingly heavy use
of library services continued. Most branches and
divisions loaned more materials than ever before; in
several instances, use has doubled in just four years ....
Although the book is far from being dead, an
increasing amount of information is becoming available
in machine-readable form, information relating for the
greater part to the sciences and social sciences. This
information is generally of two types: bibliographical
and statistical.
Through its Science Division and Woodward
Biomedical Library, the UBC Library is co-operating
with the National Science Library in providing access to
a variety of bibliographic tape services. Fourteen faculty
members and graduate students in eight departments
subscribed to this program for the selective
dissemination of information; individual "profiles"
relating to specific literature interests were drawn up,
and compared by the National Science Library's
computer to its collection of data tapes. . ..
In order to come to grips with increasing amounts of
machine-readable statistical information, the director of
the Computing Centre and the University Librarian drew
up plans for a jointly operated Data Library, to be
opened in 1971-72. This new service will perform the
traditional library functions of acquiring, listing,
organizing, storing and making available for use magnetic
tapes containing information relating to such things as
public opinion polls and censuses. .. .
Research libraries everywhere are encountering
difficulty in meeting the material needs of their users.
The number of books and journals is increasing rapidly,
and the interests of faculty members and students to
continue to expand, resulting in the constant escalation
of demands upon libraries. It is the general experience of
librarians that the supply of current materials is
consuming a higher and higher proportion of their
budgets every year. To complicate the situation further,
it is not only the abundance of desired new materials,
but also their cost that accounts for these extreme
budgetary pressures. Inflation is driving up the prices of
books and journals published in the United States and
the United Kingdom, the two main sources of English
language publications, and the main suppliers of printed
materials to North American libraries. . ..
In August, the United States introduced fiscal
measures which were pointed toward currency
revaluation, which would further erode the purchasing
power of the Library.. . .
It seems doubtful that the University will be able to
meet these continuing inflationary pressures with funds
sufficient to maintain customary levels of purchasing. It
is becoming increasingly difficult to provide materials in
support of the current academic program. Thus faculty
members and students should not be surprised to find
the Library less willing to commit itself to the purchase
of new subscriptions, additional copies of books and
journals, materials to support some new area of interest.
In the same vein, library expenses arising out of new
programs brought before Senate should receive even
closer scrutiny in the future.
Ten years ago, the Library's collections numbered
500,000 catalogued volumes. Early in 1969 it catalogued
its millionth volume. By the end of 1971 it will have
added another 500,000 volumes, making it the
second largest university library in Canada. By the
middle of the decade, the second million mark will have
been passed and, as has already been pointed out, by
1980 the collection will have reached the size which can
be accommodated in all existing library buildings, tJ*os#<j
which are under construction, and those which are being |
proposed for construction. These developments seem
bound  to  take   place,   irrespective  of the diminishing.
purchasing power of the budget ....
The problems of reconciling shrinking budgets,'
increased production of literature, growing collections
and limited space are ones which all research libraries are
facing. In British Columbia, libraries at the three public
universities have been working for a number of years on
common solutions to these problems. Where overlapping
programs of instruction do not make it impossible, they
have been attempting to co-ordinate collection
development in order to avoid unnecessary 'and
expensive duplication and triplication. That they have
already enjoyed a measure of success was made evident
this year by a study of the monographic holdings of
libraries at UBC, the University of Victoria, and Simon
Fraser University. Duplication of titles was much less
frequent than is commonly supposed, or had tjeea
expected by the Librarians. . . .
Ultimately, the collections at the public universities
and colleges must be viewed as a single, decentralized
resource for higher education in the province, consisting
of probably as many as 4,000,000 volumes by the end of
the decade. In developing the bibliographical machinery
necessary to make the contents of these collect|pr»s
known to library users everywhere in British Columbia,
the university libraries are contributing to the
development in Ottawa of the National Library's Union
Catalogue, which will eventually be directly accessible
by computer terminals. In the meantime, the libraries
are linked by Telex to the existing Union Catalogue and
to one another, and service is already efficient in terms
of present levels of the sharing of collections. In o
addition, the three universities have produced^fc»*pf
their periodical holdings, the form of publicatioWPiich
accounts for most interlibrary loans today.
A shared storage facility must be part of any plan for
the future development of academic and other libraries
in the province. As long as printing presses continue'to
operate, libraries will continue to grow. If printing
presses are superseded, then libraries will still be
necessary to organize, store and make available
information, whatever means is used to record it.
Whatever techniques of miniaturization become practical'
and economically feasible, the end result must be the ,
same: libraries at universities will run out of physical
space. In that connection, the end is already in sight for
the core of UBC's campus.
Beyond 1980, libraries at the universities will be
compelled to retain in their local collections only those
materials for which there is a regular demand. IrraAiant
but infrequently used materials will be somewrvSHtse,
and depending on the economics of future methods of
transportation and communication, these materials will
be brought to the user, or the user will be brought to the
materials, in their vast centralized repository.
In 1970-71, 164,117 volumes were added to the -
collection, the largest number processed in any year in
the Library's history, and 34,834 volumes more than
were processed in the previous year, representing a 26.9
per cent increase in production. These statistics would
seem to belie the contention that the Library's ability.to
purchase books is being curtailed. The explanation for
this extraordinary increase can be found in the fact that
two major backlogs were eliminated during the year. ...
The Library established another landmark in 1970-71
by lending more than 2,000,000 items. Recorded loans
increased by another 9.2 per cent over the previous year...
The general increase in use which has been taking
place in recent years cannot be attributed simply to
greater numbers of students. An analysis of loan
statistics in relation to registration shows that per capita
borrowings have been rising almost steadily, and
particularly since the computer-based circulation system
was installed, the branch library system developed, and'
the collection enlarged. . . .
Further study revealed that graduate students
borrow, on a per capita basis, three books more per
session than do undergraduates, and that faculty
members borrow about half as many as students ■■••_■
The Library's expenditures for 1970-71 amounted to
$4,490,663, representing 7.44 per cent of the
University's expenditures, down from 7.54 per cent in
the previous year. The Canadian average in 1970-71 was
8.06 per cent. After Toronto and Alberta, UBC's
expenditures for library purposes were third highest in
2/UBC Reports/Feb. 16, 1972 UBC Librarian Basil Stuart-Stubbs, right, and Sedgewick
Library head Ture Erickson inspect the interior of the
new Sedgewick Library, currently under constmction
under the Main Mall of the University. The new facility
Canada. Expenditure per student was $210.56,
compared to the Canadian average of $246.64, and to
$259.77 at Toronto and Alberta.
The increasing interdependence among libraries was
Reflected in 1970-71 in the activities of the province's
three public universities. On Oct. 15, 1970, the
university librarians of Simon Fraser University, the
University of Victoria and UBC established an informal
organization named Tri-University Libraries, with the
three-fold purpose of 1) improving and developing
co-operation among the three libraries; 2) working
towards a co-ordinated policy for long-range library
growth and development with co-ordinated acquisitions
policies, shared resources, the development of
compatible machine systems, provision of easy and rapid
communications systems, provision of shared storage
facilities, and exploration of other areas of co-operation;
3)__ co-operation with other educational, library and
research institutions and organizations inside and outside
the geographical area to further the purposes of the
three libraries.
In order to work toward these objectives, a number
of task forces were set up to deal with specific areas of
•Irb/ary activity: acquisition and preservation of
newspapers, collection sharing, classification of
Canadiana, conversion of bibliographic records to
machine-readable form, information systems,
co-operative cataloguing, etc. Notable progress was made
during the year in attending to a myriad of technicalities
upon which the broader aspects of co-operation must be
will go into operation in September. At left are excerpts
from the report of Mr. Stuart-Stubbs to the UBC Senate
for the 1970-71 academic year. Picture by UBC Photo
based; as a result, the resources of the libraries were
more efficiently utilized by a larger community, and
cost savings were achieved at the operational level. . . .
From the foregoing, it is easy to discern the future
course of development.
Given the proliferation of information and the
constant expansion of the University's program, it is
essential that the system of libraries continue to expand.
The limits of the on-campus library system have been
defined, and must be met within the present decade. In
the same period, a beginning must be made on facilities
for co-operative storage of library materials in excess of
campus capacities.
In controlling bibliographic information and library
resources, the Library's dependence on the computer
will increase, as well as on other new products of
Higher levels of use will accompany these
developments, as a province-wide library system for
higher education emerges, linked to a national network.
Yet, despite the dimensions of these larger systems,
service at the individual level must be more personalized
and specialized. The units which make up the larger
system must themselves be flexible, in order to meet
new demands as they arise. New methods of
performance, measurement and evaluation will be
introduced, as a means of holding costs to a minimum.
Evolution toward the Library of 1980 is already
under way.
Dr. David Vincent Bates, head of the Department
of Physiology at McGill University in Montreal, has
been appointed dean of UBC's Faculty of Medicine
and professor in both the Departments of Physiology
and Medicine at UBC.
The appointment, by the University's Board of
Governors, is effective July 1.
Dr. Bates succeeds Dr. John F. McCreary who is
retiring as dean but who will continue as Co-ordinator
of Health Sciences at UBC.
The UBC Health Sciences Centre is dedicated to
integrate the training of health science students in
medicine, dentistry, nursing, rehabilitation medicine
and pharmacy so they can operate more effectively as
a co-ordinated team in providing health care.
Establishing the Health Sciences Centre has been
Dean McCreary's major objective since becoming
dean in 1959. He was appointed co-ordinator in
August, 1971, when the University announced it will
build a 350-bed, $58.5-million teaching hospital
which will form the key structure in the health
sciences complex.
Dr. Bates, a Canadian, was born in England in
He is both a respiratory physiologist and a chest
physician, an expert in both the function of respiration in health and the treatment of it in disease.
He is highly qualified, holding medical and
specialist degrees and certification from universities
and hospitals in the U.K. and Canada including
Cambridge University, St. Bartholomew's Hospital in
London and the Royal Colleges of Physicians of
London and Canada.
He did postgraduate study at St. Bartholomew's,
London University, the Graduate School of Medicine
in Philadelphia, the National Heart Hospital in
London, and the Brompton Hospital for Chest
Diseases in London.
He came to Canada in 1956 to take a position as
associate physician at Royal Victoria Hospital in
Montreal and associate professor in the Department
of Medicine at McGill. He was associate dean for
graduate studies and research in the Faculty of
Medicine at McGill from 1964-67, chairman of the
committee for the continuing review of McGill's
government from 1969-71, and representative to
McGill's Senate from the Faculty of Medicine from
Positions at McGill Dr. Bates now holds include
professor of experimental medicine, member of the
executive committee of the Environmental Council,
member of the nominating committee of Senate, and
vice-president of the McGill Association of University
He was appointed head of the physiology
department at McGill in 1967.
He is senior physician at the Royal Victoria
Hospital in Montreal and was director of the respiratory division in the joint cardio-respiratory service of
the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal
Children's Hospital.
He has been a visiting professor to the Harvard
Medical School, the Universities of Wisconsin, North
Carolina, California at San Francisco, Colorado and
Denver as well to Stanford University and Johns
Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Bates holds memberships in 13 scientific
societies. He is director of the Canadian Thoracic
Society," chairman of McGill's interdisciplinary
committee on air pollution, a member of the editorial
board of both Human Pathology and Respiration
Physiology, chairman of the Canadian Medical
Association's sub-committee on environment
pollution and health, and a member of the
Association of the Scientific, Engineering and Technological Community of Canada.
Dr. Bates has 110 scientific publications to his
credit and recently published a 600-page textbook on
respiratory function in disease. He has also written a
150-page paperback "Citizens Guide to Air
Pollution" for the concerned public.
UBC Reports/Feb. 16, 1972/3 UBC Basketball
Captures Fifth
It's a safe guess that of the 19,800-odd students
at UBC, less than a quarter of them are aware that
international track star Debbie Brill is a fellow
Very few of them would know that three
members of last year's Thunderbird hockey team
are this year playing for National Hockey League
farm teams, awaiting their chance in the majors.
And many would be surprised to learn that UBC
has an undefeated rugby team, a world-class
rowing crew and a basketball team that has just
won the 1972 western conference championship
for the fifth time since 1961.
Why this apparent apathy toward athletics on
the Point Grey campus?
Mr. Buzz Moore, business manager of the men's
athletic program, thinks that perhaps it's a general
lack of knowledge on the part of the students
about what the program has to offer. It's been
expanded greatly in recent years and now involves
an estimated 6,000 students in intra and extra
mural sports.
Those who manage UBC's athletic program are
anxious to dispel the notion that athletics are
dominated by students in the School of Physical
Education and Recreation.
A look at the rosters of UBC teams reveals that
the majority of players - 80 to 90 per cent on
most teams — are registered in academic areas
other than Physical Education. Law, Commerce,
Science, Arts and Education, in particular, provide
the bulk of the players for campus athletic squads.
An exception to this rule, in the current session
at least, is the Thunderbird basketball team
coached by Dr. Peter Mullins, associate professor
in the School of Physical Education and
Five of Dr. Mullin's ten-man squad in the
current session are Physical Education majors. This
situation will alter next year when four of the
members of the current team graduate and are
replaced by players from the Junior Varsity team.
Only two of the 12 members of the J.V. squad are
registered in Physical Education.
Dr. Mullins, who in addition to his coaching
duties is a full-time teacher in the physical
education school, denies that it is a tough job
coaching students who are, in a sense, only
"part-time" athletes.
When he says that students are playing the
game because they want to he means they haven't
been lured to the campus with athletic scholarships, since UBC doesn't award them.
As a result, athletes practice on their own time
— usually during the noon-hour break and after
classes — and the competitive schedule is arranged
so that away games are played on weekends so
that travel time doesn't bite into class time.
All this is in keeping with general University
policy, subscribed to by Dr. Mullins and other
UBC coaches, that a student's education comes
before athletics.
"Students are here to get a degree," he said,
"and, as a result, studies come first and sports
While Dr. Mullins expects players to work hard
at the game and develop their talents, his coaching
philosophy doesn't extend to moulding superstars
or altering a player's personality.
The mutual respect which has developed over
the years between Dr. Mullins and his players
seems to have paid off; since he took over the
coaching  of  the   'Birds in   1961   his teams have
A PENSIVE Peter Mullins, coach of the UBC
Thunderbirds basketball squad, ponders strategy
from the sidelines during a recent game.
captured the western Canadian university
championship five times. They wrapped up their
fifth conference title just last week.
Dr. Mullins keeps a loose rein on his players
because he feels it's important to treat them as
adults. There are no hard-and-fast rules for players
and no bed checks when the team is on the road.
This weekend the 'Birds begin playoff competition with the University of Alberta Golden Bears
at UBC. Games will be played at 8 p.m. in the War
Memorial Gymnasium on Friday and Saturday
and, if necessary, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
If they are successful in western playoff
competition the 'Birds will then be involved in the
first weekend in March in the Canadian University
basketball championships, which UBC will host
this year.
Continued from Page One
would also repair broken toys and build new, sturdy
• Another group of architecture students want to
document the history of Vancouver's oldest buildings
and publish a booklet aimed at preserving old
structures, and
• A group of student writers and filmmakers want
4/UBC Reports/Feb. 16, 1972
to publish a newspaper and make a film of representative OFY projects carried out in the summer of 1972.
Closing date for the submission of applications for
1972 OFY projects is March 8. Projects must be
carried out between May 15 and Sept. 15 and each
student employed will be paid a maximum of $90 a
Students who want to apply for grants should
contact Mr. Wooten at 1290 Howe St., Vancouver,
telephone 688-7791.
Totem Pole
Carved In
A ten-foot totem pole and a model of a Haida
canoe are taking shape in UBC's Museum of
Anthropology under the skilled hands of Mr. Robert
Davidson, a Haida Indian carver from the Queen
Charlotte Islands.
Every Tuesday, Mr. Davidson arrives at the
museum in the basement of the Main Library to
spend the day working on the two items with a set of
knives and axes that he made himself.
The UBC museum obtained a grant from the Leon
and Thea Koerner Foundation to enable Mr.
Davidson to carve the canoe and the totem pole.
Mrs. Audrey Hawthorn, curator of the museum,
describes Mr. Davidson as "one of two gifted carvers
currently working in the Vancouver area."
Mr. Davidson's finished works will be retained by
the museum for display and a photographic record is
being made of the items while work is in progress.
The model of the Haida canoe is being carved in
alder, which presents some difficulties because of the
hardness of the wood. He uses a curved knife to shape
the canoe and will finish it with sandpaper.
Less difficult to carve is a 600-pound piece of red
cedar which will represent a killer whale when
complete. Mr. Davidson has used a wedge-shaped
knife and mallet to complete the outline of the
whale and he will finish the carving with an axe to
give it a textured surface. He plans to paint the whale t
in the traditional colors of red and black.
Mr. Davidson's association with UBC began in
1970 when he went to Montreal to carve a totem pole
as part of a display of Museum of Anthropology
material that drew rave reviews from Canadian and
American art experts.
The ten-foot totem pole which Mr. Davidson
completed at the exhibition was presented to
Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau and was retained there
as a memento of the UBC display and an east-west
cultural link.
Mr. Davidson comes by his talent honestly. He was
taught stone carving by his grandfather, Robert, and
his father, Claude, in the Queen Charlotte Island
village of Masset. In Vancouver he was apprenticed to
one of Canada's outstanding wood carvers and
jewellery makers, Mr. Bill Reid, who was responsible A%t"
for supervising the construction of UBC's Totem Pole-^^"
Mr. Davidson's last visit to his home in Masset was
in 1969 when he carved a totem pole for the village
with a grant from the First Citizens Fund. When the
40-foot carving was raised at a ceremony presided
over by Mr. Davidson's grandfather, it marked the
first time in 80 years that such an event had taken
place in the village.
Grant Approved
UBC's Faculty Association has approved a grant of
$500 to aid East Pakistan teachers and students in
refugee camps in India.
The grant will be forwarded by the UBC World
University Service Committee to an assistance
committee at Calcutta University in India. The funds
will provide an allowance for ten teachers at the
primary level, three teachers at the advanced level and
two non-teaching staff and supply teaching materials
for one month.
It is expected that the UBC grant will be
considered for a matching grant by the Canadian
International Development Agency, a federal
government body.
■ ■■t#fc   Vol.   18,   No.   3   -   Feb.   16,
■ IB9I" 1972. Published by the
ll^jll University of British Columbia
WaVmmWW anrj distributed free. UBC
REPORTS Reports appears on
Wednesdays during the University's winter
session. J.A. Banham, Editor. Louise Hoskin,
Production Supervisor. Letters to the Editor
should be sent to Information Services, Main
Mall North Administration Building, UBC,
Vancouver 8, B.C.


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