Fonds AR182 - Marianne Ainley fonds

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Marianne Ainley fonds

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  • 2020 (Reproduction)
    Transcription of some recordings.
  • 2013 (Reproduction)
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  • 1990 - 2003 (Creation)
    Ainley, Marianne Gosztonyi, 1937-2008

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23 sound recordings

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Marianne (Marika) Ainley (née Gosztonyi) was born on December 4, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary. She started out her adult life as a chemist after receiving her diploma in industrial chemistry from Petrik Lajos Polytechnical College of Chemistry in Budapest in 1956. She immigrated to Sweden in 1956 to escape the unrest accompanying the failed Hungarian Revolution, and then to Montreal, Quebec in 1957. She became a research assistant at Loyola College in the Chemistry department under Dr. Thomas Nogrady during 1966-1969 and 1973-1974, and continued on until 1978. In 1979, while working as research assistant in the History of Science Program at Concordia she completed Cornell University's certificate in ornithology. She graduated with a Master of Science in 1980 and continued her research in ornithology while completing her PhD at McGill University, graduating in 1985. Shortly after completing her PhD, Ainley received a grant to write a biography of zoologist William Rowan. In 1986, she secured multi-year funding (from 1986-1988) as an independent scholar. From 1988-2005 she lectured at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University, Carleton University, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Victoria, as well in Australia and New Zealand. During this period, Ainley also wrote and received research grants to write books and prepare exhibitions. On September 26, 2008, Ainley passed away after a battle with cancer.

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The fonds consists of oral history interviews concerning women in science with the goal of broadening the narrative of Canadian science history. Ainley also interviews female anthropologists and ethno-historians regarding their methods for the collection and publication of Canadian and Australian Indigenous knowledge.

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Transcriptions may be available. Contact the Archives for more information.

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Copyright of these recordings currently belongs to the interview participants. Use of these recordings for research and private study is welcomed under the standard fair dealing and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. References to information in the recordings must be appropriately cited.

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Additional material related to Marianne Ainley can be found at the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections:

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No further accruals are expected.

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Sound recordings contained on 26 audio cassettes were digitized to 23 .mp3 files.
Interview recordings that exceeded 1 tape or 1 tape side, were converted to a single digital file.

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Created by JF, January 4, 2022.
Revised by JS, September 22, 2022.

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