Fonds 14-014 - Standen-McQueen family fonds

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Standen-McQueen family fonds

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    • ca. 1860-1982 (Creation)
      Standen-McQueen family

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    2.3 m of textual records and related materials
    ca. 2500 photographs
    ca. 1500 negatives

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    Sydney (Sid) Helmer Standen was born in 1905 in Minesing, Ontario, the son of Andrew Ronald and Ada Louisa Standen. In 1911, his family moved to Kindersley, Saskatchewan where Sid grew up. He later became a teacher and also served in World War II.

    Euphemia (Effie) Young McQueen was born in 1903 in London, England, daughter of James and Margaret McQueen (nee Drysdale). In Effie’s first year, the McQueens moved to Scotland and then, in 1913, to Canada, where they settled in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Effie became a teacher and appeared in theatrical performances and recitations.

    Sid and Effie married in 1930 and settled in Hanley, Saskatchewan. They had four sons: Philip Andrew, Neil McQueen, Sydney Drysdale (Dale), and Eric James William; Philip died in 1955 at the age of 22 during a tactical flight training exercise near Chatham, New Brunswick. In 1942, Sid and Effie moved to Burnaby, British Columbia where they were to spend the remainder of their lives. After Effie’s death in 1965, Sid married Gladys Marshall; he died in 1975. (Taken from “Standens and McQueens: A Canadian Story of Migrant Families” by S. Dale Standen, 2014).

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    Fonds was in the custody of Professor Dale Standen, son of Sydney Helmer Standen and Euphemia Young Standen (nee McQueen), before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.

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    Fonds is comprised of the family papers of Sydney Helmer Standen and Euphemia Young Standen (nee McQueen). These papers include ancestral records and photographs dating from the 1860s to the 1970s and touch geographically on England, Scotland, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. They pertain primarily to the families of Standen, McQueen, Drysdale, Ronald and Bensen and include such individuals as Sydney (Sid) Helmer Standen, Euphemia (Effie) Young Standen, Philip Andrew Standen, Neil McQueen Standen, Sydney Drysdale Standen, Eric James William Standen, James McQueen, Margaret (Maggie) McQueen, Elsie McQueen, and Peter Ian McQueen. Subjects include migration, settlement, farming, education, teaching, military service and war, and domestic life.

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    Fonds was in the custody of Professor Dale Standen before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.


    This fonds was arranged and described by the donor, Trent University Professor Emeritus Dale Standen. With Professor Standen’s permission, we have extracted text directly from his descriptions for the purpose of creating this finding aid. The original descriptive text provided by Professor Standen is located in two binders in Box 15.

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        Professor Standen provided item-level descriptions for the contents of Boxes 1-11; this item-level description is found in a binder titled “Standen-McQueen Papers” located in Box 15. Researchers should use the “Standen-McQueen Papers” binder to access the detailed item-level inventory of letters and documents found in Boxes 1-11. Box 12 is comprised of envelopes which were removed by Professor Standen from items which are located in Boxes 1-11.

        Re: Boxes 13-15 & Large Materials Cabinet – Drawer 53
        Series B: Photographs and Negatives
        Note: An index to the photographs and negatives found in Boxes 13-15 and in the Large Materials Cabinet (Drawer 53) was created by Professor Standen and is found in a soft-covered green binder titled “Standen/McQueen Photographs” located in Box 15. Researchers should use the “Standen/McQueen Photographs” binder to access the detailed list of photographs and negatives found in Boxes 13-15 and in the Large Materials Cabinet (Drawer 53).

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        This fonds is related to the William Standen fonds (87-006), which is comprised of six nineteenth-century diaries of William Standen (transcriptions are also available). William Standen was the paternal grandfather of Sydney Helmer Standen and great-grandfather of Professor Dale Standen.

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