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Mary Koga fonds


Physical Description:
3352 photographs

Mary Koga, 1920-2001, was born in Sacramento, California, USA, and lived most of her life in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 1947, and worked as a social worker for 20 years. She then studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Design Institute in the late 1960s, and turned her hobby of photography into a career. From 1972 to 1997 she made seven trips to southern Alberta and Montana Hutterite colonies, where she documented the lives of these Hutterian Brethren in both black and white and colour photographs. Her photographic prints are represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Glenbow Museum.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of negatives, contact prints and copy slides of Koga's photographs of Hutterites in southern Alberta (1972-1995) and Montana (1995-1997). The colonies which she documented were the OK, Plainview, Milford, Hutterville, Wilson Siding, Elmspring, Oaklane and Hillridge colonies in Alberta; and the Big Sky, Seville, Hidden Lake and Glendale colonies in Montana. The images are of people, weddings, activities and work around the colonies, as well as buildings, furniture and equipment.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Mary Koga Estate, 2011-2012.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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There are 160 original Mary Koga photographic prints of Hutterites in the Glenbow's art collection.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)

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