Pollyanna 圖書館 Library (2017–) is a research infrastructure operated by non-profit organization 221A.

Description

Woodward’s Amateur Historical Society Archives collects the work of W.W.A.S., a provisional research collective assembled by Josh Gabert-Doyon as part of his Notes on Permanent Education (N.O.P.E.) fellowship with 221A. The collective (Brit Bachmann, Gabi Dao, Josh Gabert-Doyon, and Byron Peters) occupied Pollyanna 圖書館 Library to plan and carry out an investigation into Vancouver’s Woodward’s building as a historic theatre of class struggle.

W.W.A.S. charted the building’s varied articulations over the past century to grasp Woodward’s as a historical constellation; that is, as a tangle of intertwined narratives through which to comprehend the distinct co-development of urbanism and capitalism in Vancouver. The collective’s research traces the history of Woodward’s by drawing connections between fragments of civic archives, activist histories, commercial ephemera, redacted emails, and nostalgic Facebook groups. W.W.A.S. understands this ‘prehistory’ as a force that haunts Woodward’s controversial ‘present history’ of the last two decades: its acquisition, demolition, and reconstruction as a ‘social-mix’ condo-art megaplex by Westbank Corp, a model now archetypal of private-public redevelopment schemes.

The nature of the collective’s findings led its activity out of the Pollyanna 圖書館 Library stacks and into unfamiliar territories in purpose and method. In coming to understand present-day Woodward’s as an engine of ‘artwashing’, wherein the ongoing, brutal redevelopment of Vancouver’s ‘urban frontier’ is sold as a form of cultural production, the collective moved to refocus its energies to not only understand he politics of Woodward’s, but to intervene in it. W.W.A.S. took on a program of ‘action-research’, where knowledge production meets the political through tactics of insurgent publishing, journalistic provocation, and building living solidarities. The Woodward’s Amateur Historical Society Archives collects this work.

Call No.
Status
Collection
Name
Produced by
Material
Time
Place
Subjects
Selected by
Media link
WWAS
001
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesBody Heat: The Story of the Woodward's RedevelopmentEdited by Robert EnrightPrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
002
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesFacing the Music: Documenting Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Redevelopment of Downtown Los AngelesAllan Sekula PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
003
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesVancouver Ltd.Donald GutsteinPrintKay Higgins
WWAS
004
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesCitizen City: Vancouver's Henriquez Partners Challenges Architects to Engage in Partnerships that Advance Cultural SustainabilityMarya Cotten Gould, Gregory Henriquez, Robert EnrightPrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
005
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesWest Coast Line 41 - 37/ 2-3: WoodsquatEdited by Aaron VidaverPrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
006
REF
ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesCarnegie Newsletters, a selection of issues from 1992-2017Carnegie Community CentrePrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
007
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesAccess All Areas: Conversations on Engaged ArtsVisible Arts Society,
Edited by Tania Willard
PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
008
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesEvery Building On 100 West HastingsStan DouglasPrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
009
REF
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society Archives-Guide to Documents
-4 folders VPD FOI
-Newsletter scanned
Aaron Vidaver, Friend's of the Woodward's Squat ArchiveDVDAaron Vidaver, Friend's of the Woodward's Squat Archive
WWAS
010
REF
ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesThe Beat of Frances StreetEleven Foot Productions DVDAaron Vidaver, Friend's of the Woodward's Squat Archive
WWAS
011
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesIn Search of Present Tense: Art in the Domain of Monopoly-FinanceAndrew Witt & Graeme FisherPrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
012
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesAstroTurfByron PetersSynthetic FibersW.W.A.S.
WWAS
013
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesBEAUTY IS CLASS WARW.W.A.S.Print, FoamcoreW.W.A.S.
WWAS
014
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesWESTBANK IS EVILW.W.A.S.Print, FoamcoreW.W.A.S.
WWAS
015
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesDISPLACEMENT IS NOT BEAUTYW.W.A.S.Print, FoamcoreW.W.A.S.
WWAS
016
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesHUCKSTERSW.W.A.S.Print, Foamcore, WoodW.W.A.S.
WWAS
017
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesVIOLENCE MASQUERADING AS BENEVOLENCEW.W.A.S.Print, Foamcore, WoodW.W.A.S.
WWAS
018
REF
ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesWHEN DID WE SAY YES TO SURVIVAL BEING DISCARDED DELETED DEMEANED?W.W.A.S.Print, FoamcoreW.W.A.S.
WWAS
019
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesAlone and Cold: The Davies Commission - Inquiry into the death of Frank PaulThe William H. Davies, Q.C., CommissionPrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
020
Currently UnavailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesWoodsquat DigestW.W.A.S.PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
021
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesDepartment Store Nostalgia And BankruptcyW.W.A.S.PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
022
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesFama Push And PullW.W.A.S.PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
023
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesLasting Impact And FFBW.W.A.S.PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
024
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesWestbank And Social MixW.W.A.S.PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
025
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ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesDisplacement Is Not Beauty BannerBeverly Ho, W.W.A.S.
Photo by Sungpil Yoon
CanvasW.W.A.S.
WWAS
026
REF
ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesBritish Law and Arctic Men: The Celebrated 1917 Murder Trials of Sinnisiak and Uluksuk, First Inuit Tried Under White Man's LawR.G. MoylesPrintJakob Knudsen
WWAS
027
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesThe New Reality: The Politics of Restraint in British ColumbiaEdited by Warren Magnusson, William K. Carroll, Charles Doyle, Monika Langer, R.B.J. WalkerPrintJakob Knudsen
WWAS
028
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AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesPrison Exposures: First Photographs of Life Inside Prison by a ConvictRobert NeesePrintJakob Knudsen
WWAS
029
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesArtropolis 93: Public Art and Art About Public IssuesEdited by Sue Kelly, Lisa Langford, Francesca Lund, Ann RosenbergPrintMorris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
WWAS
030
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AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesW.W.A.S. at Housing Justice Fair, Vancouver Tenant's Union first AGM + Convention Sungpil YoonPolaroidW.W.A.S.
WWAS
031
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesThe Volcano: Issue 8 - Spring 2017The Volcano Editorial Collective (Dave Diewert, Harold Lavender, Herb Varley, Ivan Drury, Jean Swanson, Natalie Knight, Sarah Sheridan, Shannon Bundock)PrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
032
AvailableWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesVancouver Metro: Monday, March 12, 2018Vancouver MetroPrintW.W.A.S.
WWAS
033
REF
ReferenceWoodward's Amateur Historical Society ArchivesWoodsquat W.W.A.S.PrintW.W.A.S.