Treasure hunting and storytelling: The role of picture research in publishing Simon Fraser University’s institutional memory

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Institutional publishing
Archival picture research
Institutional memory
History of Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University Archives
Centre for Communications and the Arts

The Simon Fraser University Retirees Association (SFURA) is publishing a website and book providing a retrospective of the Centre for Communications and the Arts (CCA). As the campus arts hub during Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) radical first decade (1965–75), the CCA hosted countless flower-child “happenings” and conceptual art projects in the SFU Theatre. The program evolved into the School for the Contemporary Arts, School of Communication and SFU Galleries. This report describes the picture research methods employed to find historical images for the SFURA’s book and website, including identification, selection and clearance of 50-year-old images from archival sources. The processes, considerations – editorial, archival and legal – and the partnerships at play in curating and publishing these largely forgotten visual materials are discussed. The picture research methods explained in this report provide a practical model for the future publication of retrospective books and websites created at SFU and other organizations.

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Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Amanda Lastoria
John Maxwell
Communication, Art & Technology: Publishing Program
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(Project) M.Pub.