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Marisa Scigliano fonds
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fl. 1985-2021 (Creation)
- Scigliano, Marisa
- Peterborough, Ontario
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Marisa Scigliano, formerly a Librarian at Trent University, retired in 2021 after more than 35 years of service. Over the course of her career, she published several library-related articles and papers. In 2013, she undertook a research project on the subject of Glenn Madill and launched a two-part exhibition, ‘Moccasin Mania’, in Trent University’s Bata Library. Glenn Madill (1897-1984) was a scientist employed by the federal government to undertake research on the “magnetic north.” He was educated at Queen’s University and was an assistant magnetician for the Dominion Observatory taking measurements at the north magnetic pole. He was also a canoeist, farmer, teacher and amateur photographer. He and his wife Olive were married in Peterborough, Ontario, in 1921 and lived in Lakefield, Ontario.
Fonds was in the custody of Marisa Scigliano before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2021.
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Fonds is comprised of research and exhibit materials related to Glenn Madill. Included are some of Glenn Madill’s employment records, correspondence between Marisa Scigliano and archival repositories, photocopies of articles, personal notes, maps, posters, etc. Included are photographs forming the ‘Moccasin Madness’ and ‘Magnetic Moccasins’ parts of Scigliano’s ‘Moccasin Mania’ exhibit: approximately 33 enlarged mounted colour photographs taken by Scigliano on the Symons Campus, Trent University, in the fall of 2013; 16 enlarged black and white photographs taken by Madill in the 1920s during his northern expeditions (images found through research at the National Research Council).
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Fonds acquired from Marisa Scigliano in 2021.
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A collection of Indigenous footwear and other artifacts acquired by Glenn Madill between 1922 and 1934 on his travels into northern Canada and later donated to Trent University by him is housed in the University Vault.
Olive Madill, wife of Glen Madill, was a benefactor of Trent University.
- Madill essay
- Photos, maps
- R. Glenn collection
- Articles by Madill; biographical details; family meeting
- Research articles and sources
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- Hudson Bay Company - research
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- Footwear – research
- Collectors and collections
- Madill/Library and Archives Canada records
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A tissue-wrapped bundle of materials used in an exhibit mounted at Bata Library, Trent University, 2013. Titled “Moccasin Mania: a two-part exhibit: Magnetic Moccasins & Moccasin Madness, October 21 – November 3, 2013”, the exhibit included 51 cardstock posters (each 31 cm x 40.5 cam) comprised of introductory labels and ca. 50 photographs, plus separate card labels for each photograph. Some of the photographs were taken by Madill who documented the people and places he encountered on his journeys into northern Canada; others are duplicates depicting contemporary moccasins from other archives; others were taken by Marisa Scigliano who captured the “craze for modern-day moccasins” at Trent University.
Large Materials Cabinet – Drawer 51:
2 outsized posters, titled:
• “Moccasin Madness: a frenzy of photographs taken on campus one autumn day, inspired by the R. Glenn Madill aboriginal moccasin collection”
• “Magnetic Moccasins: The R. Glenn Madill Collection of Moccasins, Trent University Library and Archives”
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