Fonds - Mary J. Morehart fonds

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Mary J. Morehart fonds

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  • 1949 - 2006 (Creation)
    Morehart, Mary J.

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4.12 m textual records and other material.

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Mary J. Morehart was born in 1924 in Beverly Hills, California. She pursued a degree in visual art, earning a major from UC Berkeley. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Paris and also spent a summer session studying in Brussels. Returning for a master’s degree, Morehart majored in art history, earning an M.A. from UC Berkeley in 1950 and a PhD from the same institution in 1960. She worked briefly as a reference librarian in Ohio before accepting an offer to teach at UBC, beginning as a lecturer in 1962. She became an Assistant Professor in 1964 and an Associate Professor in 1969. She was Director of Graduate Studies in what was then called the Fine Arts Department from 1970-1972, and also worked as Acting Head of the department in several instances. Morehart’s areas of interest included: Early Medieval art, Anglo-Saxon Art, Indian and Indonesian Art, and Gandharan Art. In addition, Morehart wrote on the study of sceattas, or ancient Anglo-Saxon coins, which was the topic of her PhD and other research throughout her career. Morehart has published several articles on art history matters in journals such as <cite>Pacific Affairs</cite> and <cite>The British Numismatic Journal</cite>. Morehart became an Associate Professor Emerita in 1989 in what is now the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. After retirement, Morehart continued with her art, becoming a part of the Vancouver Art Guild which showcases the work of local Vancouver artists.

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Fonds consists of textual material related to the teaching and academic work of Morehart at UBC, as well as personal research and publications. There are also materials from Morehart’s personal life, including artwork, which consists primarily of several canvas boards and other flat materials, and personal correspondence. Materials include handwritten notes, printed documents, publications, photocopies of publications and articles, original artwork, journals, and the contents of several binders. Folder names are primarily taken from original folders. There are eight series: Artwork, Correspondence, Miscellaneous, Personal, Photographs, Research Materials/Articles, Sceattas Research Materials and Writings, and Teaching/Lecture Materials.

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Donated to the University Archives by Colleen Millar on Mary Morehart’s behalf in 2009.


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Includes: 435 note cards, 14 photographs, 10 art pieces, 5 negatives, and 1 art book.

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University of British Columbia Archives

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Created December 2009

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  • English

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