Fonds SCA331-GA428 - Michael Bird fonds.

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Michael Bird fonds.

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SCA331-GA428

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  • [ca. 1870]-2002 (Creation)
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    Bird, Michael

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  • 373 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
  • 1924 negatives : b&w ; 35 mm
  • 3943 slides : b&w and col. ; 35 mm
  • 9 glass slides : col. ; 20 x 6 cm or smaller
  • 5 photographs : stereograms : b&w ; 9 x 18 cm
  • 3 photographs : tintype ; b&w ; 13 x 9 cm or smaller
  • 1 transparency : col. ; 11 x 16 cm
  • 1 upholstery stretcher : wood and metal ; 15 x 11 cm

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(1941-2003)

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Michael Shane Bird (June 6, 1941-October 27, 2003) was a professor, researcher, and writer who specialized in fine arts, in particular Canadian folk and fraktur, and film studies. Born in Belle Plaine, Iowa to Arthur Bird and Katherine McHugh, he attained his PhD from the University of Iowa before moving to Waterloo to teach at Renison University College. Bird taught at Renison for 34 years in both fine arts and religious studies, two topics that he also researched and wrote extensively on. He was particularly interested in religious themes in cinema, including the works of Ingmar Bergman, and Canadian folk and fraktur art. He wrote, or co-wrote, some of the first compendiums on folk art and furniture in Canada. He also wrote on fraktur art in the Pennsylvania German style, and on fraktur found in Waterloo region. On top of writing, he curated a number of exhibits in Waterloo and elsewhere on folk and fraktur art. He was closely connected with the Joseph Schneider Haus, where he gave many talks, curated exhibits, and ultimately donated to the bulk of his Canadian folk art collection.
Bird married Joan Welch in 1966 with whom he had two children. In 1979 he married Terry Kobayashi who was a frequent collaborator of his on writing on Canadian folk art, and in collecting the same. In 1992 he married Susan Hyde and in 1994 they adopted a child from China. Bird and Hyde researched and wrote a number of texts including a book on wooden churches of Cape Breton. Bird died of heart failure on October 27, 2003.

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Materials relating to the professional life of Michael Bird. Covers his time teaching at Renison University College, as well as his research and publications on folk art, fraktur, religious imagery and film.

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Arranged in series as follows:
Series 1: Teaching
Series 2: Research
Series 3: Writings
Series 4: Lectures and Exhibits

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  • English

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Copyright held by the University of Waterloo.

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Created JB July 2022

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