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Northwest Coast Art Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Northwest Coast Art Collection
    Dates: 1949, 1974-1997
    Collection Number: 2017.008
    Extent: 7.67 Linear ft.
    Repository: California State University, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California 90032-8300
    Abstract: Mary Gormly was the former librarian and archivist at John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at California State University, Los Angeles from 1962-1983. Gormly’s Northwest Coast artwork impacted the campus with her diverse collection and dedication to educate on Native American culture. Her interest in Northwest Coast art likely started from living in Washington. She also received her B.A. in Anthropology in 1947 from the University of Washington. Gormly also went on to Mexico and received a M.A. from Mexico City College in 1948. She received a MLS degree from the University of Washington in 1959. Gormly was employed at John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in 1962 as a social sciences librarian. Gormly’s interests at the campus centered on the arts and ethnography of Native American populations. She retired from Cal State Los Angeles in 1983 but continued to teach about Northwest Coast art and Native American history. Gormly passed away in 2004, but has left her legacy on campus with her Northwest Coast Art collection, a fellowship for Native American studies students in her honor, and an exhibit of the collection in 2007.
    Language of Material: English


    Access is available by appointment for Cal State LA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Northwest Coast Art Collection. California State University, Los Angeles

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Mary Gormly

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Mary Gormly former librarian and archivist at John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at California State Los Angeles from 1962-1983 collected Native American Art from the Northwest Coast. In 1983 she donated her collection to the library.

    Indexing Terms

    Northwest Coast

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