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Katherine E. Wallis fonds
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- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the creator of the fonds.
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- Wallis, Katherine E.
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8 volumes of textual records and other materials
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Name of creator
Katherine E. Wallis was born in 1860 in Peterborough, Ontario. She studied art as a copyist at the National Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland and later at the Royal College of Art in London, England. In London she discovered sculpting as her medium of expression and won the College's bronze medal and the Modellers' Free Scholarship for her work. After two years of study in London, she went to Paris to study under noted sculptor Oscar Waldmann and was soon invited to exhibit at the Exposition Universelle where she won honourable mention. In subsequent years, she exhibited frequently in the Spring Salon of the Artists Francais and later in the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts, as well as at numerous exhibits in London and elsewhere in the British Isles. Katherine E. Wallis' career was interrupted by World War I while she served as a nurse in the Canadian Hospital in Paris, France. For her services she was decorated by the French and British governments. At the end of the war, Miss Wallis spent several years in Canada exhibiting her work and visiting her sister in Peterborough, Ontario. Later she returned to Paris, and in 1929, she received her highest recognition as an artist when she was the first Canadian to be elected Societaire of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts for her sculpture titled "La Lutte pour la Vie." She was forced to flee from France at the beginning of World War II and took up residence in Santa Cruz, California, where she lived until her death, 14 December 1957. Examples of the photographs are reproduced here.
The fonds remained within the Wallis family in Montreal, Quebec, until it was donated to Trent University in 1965 by Colonel Hugh M. Wallis, nephew of Katherine E. Wallis.
Scope and content
The fonds is in eight bound volumes and consists of letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, diaries, poetry, sketch books, accounts and a typewritten unpublished autobiography.
The original order of the fonds was destroyed. The fonds was bound into eight volumes in chronological order before it was donated to Trent University. NOTE: In 2012, bound volumes 5 and 6 were professionally disassembled to enable access.
Immediate source of acquisition
The fonds was donated by Colonel Hugh M. Wallis, nephew of Katherine E. Walls, February,1965.
The items in volumes one to five have been inserted loosely between the pages of the volumes. The sketchbooks bound into volume six are very difficult to research without causing damage to the sketches and bindings.
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Language and script note
Some of the correspondence and news clippings are in French.
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
The news clippings and the autobiography have been photocopied and contact sheets and negatives have been made of the photographs in the collection.
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Related materials: 14-001.
Volume 1: 1860-1920
Includes extracts from Katherine's diary 1881, diplomas, war medals, loose newspaper clippings and photographs. NOTE: See binder, Appendix "A" at end of collection which contains contact prints and negatives of photographs in volume 1. See file folder shelved at end of collection which contains xeroxed copies of newspaper clippings in volume 1.
Volume 2: 1921-1945
Includes exhibition press clippings, materials regarding visit to Bosnia, Greece; diary of trip sketching around the world, 1931; materials re Santa Cruz, 1944; Prague Medal, 1928; photographs of Wallis and her works. NOTE: See binder, Appendix "A" at end of collection which contains contact prints and negatives of all photographs in volume 2. See file folder shelved at end of collection which contains xeroxed newspaper clippings from volume 2.
Volume 3: 1945-1957
Life in Santa Cruz, poetry, literature, clippings and photographs. Notices re death of Wallis in December, 1957. NOTE: See binder, Appendix "A" at end of collection which contains contact prints and negatives of all photographs in volume 3. See file folder shelved at end of collection which contains xeroxed newspaper clippings from volume 3.
Volume 4: Photographs of works of art and bound-in sketches and watercolours. These have not been copied.
Volume 5: Poetry and Stories, 1893-1956 (NOTE: In 2012, this bound volume was professionally disassembled to enable access).
Volume 6: Sketchbooks. Very fragile and difficult to use. (NOTE: In 2012, this bound volume was professionally disassembled to enable access). Included in this volume is a notebook with cover brand name "South Kensington Note Book, Lamley & Co." which contains photographs of models and art works. As with volumes 1, 2 and 3, contact prints and negatives of these photographs have been made and are included in the binder shelved at the end of this collection as Appendix "A".
Volume 7: Diaries, address books, accounts, 1939-1956
Volume 8: Autobiography entitled, "Before the West Became the East"; biography by A. R. Collins; published poems,"Chips From the Block."
Folder 1: Correspondence, from vol. 1, no date
Folder 2: Correspondence, from vol. 1, 1884-1920
Folder 3: Correspondence, from vol. 2, no date
Folder 4: Correspondence, from vol. 2, 1921-1929
Folder 5: Correspondence, from vol. 2, 1930-1945
Folder 6: Correspondence, from vol. 3, no date
Folder 7: Correspondence, from vol. 3, 1946-1950
Folder 8: Correspondence, from vol. 3, 1951-1959
Folder 9: Miscellaneous copy photographs and negatives
CONTACT PRINTS AND NEGATIVES OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Sheet 1 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 1)
2 Grandma Haultain, Helen, Bessie Gibson
3 dup. of above
4 William Donald Forbes
11 Waldmann and "Owl"
12 Nurse and 2 patients
13 dup. of above
14 Nurse and patients
15 K. E. Wallis and patient
16 KEW and patient
Contact Sheet 2 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 3)
4 Mildred and KEW
5 Helen Haultain
6 KEW and Clara 1939
7 Santa Cruz
8 KEW, Mrs Brody, Mrs Lynton
9 KEW, Santa Cruz
10 Santa Cruz
13 KEW, 1957
14 KEW, 1957
16 Mrs Herron, Miss Gardner, KEW (1956)
17 Duplicate of above
18 "For Miss Katherine Wallis, 1953"
20 Wallis studio, Santa Cruz, 1948
Contact sheet 2 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 1)
21 Adah and Katherine Wallis
22 Ada and Katherine Wallis with horse
23 Katherine and Adah Wallis
26 Katherine Wallis with dog
27 Haultain grave stone
29 War Medals
31 H Waldmann and student
Contact Sheet 3 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 2)
6 Waldmann sculpting
8 KEW with sculpted bust
9 KEW seated at desk
10 Funeral of Msr. Trenier, 1937
11 Quilt sent to Queen Elizabeth
12 Chapel of L'Ascension, Paris
13 Père Georges Lamothe, 1944
14 Paris, 1944
16 Bosnians in native costume
20 In the garden,Rue D'Allery, Paris
21 Archimandrite Denis Chambault
Contact Sheet 3 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 6)
22 Unidentified, South Kensington Notebook
35 Dup. of above
Contact Sheet 4 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 6)
Contact Sheet 4 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 3)
17 "From Pig-tails to KEW, 1956
18 Same [her father ie Pig-tails, 1937]
20 KEW in Santa Cruz studio
22 Harold's visit, 1949
23 KEW and guest, 1949
24 KEW and guests
25 KEW: Harold's visit, 1949
26 Kathleen Wallis and KEW, 1949
27 KEW: HArold's visit, 1949
28 KEW, 1949
29 Mrs. Lynton, KEW, Gertrude
33 KEW, 1955
34 KEW and nephew Hugh, 1955
35 KEW, 1955
36 KEW, 1955
37 Roses, Santa Cruz
43 Santa Cruz
Contact Sheet 5 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 1)
6 Hospital Chaise
8 KEW and patient
17 KEW and Sergeant Besse
21 Unidentified (see sheet 1, nurse and patients)
22 As above
24 KEW and Marechal Courtois
25 "With love from Gertie & Marquis, 1919"
Contact sheet 5 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 2)
26 Exhibition at the Chateau Laurier
31 Exhibition at the Chateau Laurier
33 KEW and Clara Haultain
34 KEW and Clara Haultain
35 "K. sketching. F & the cat looking on, 1922"
36 KEW and Waldmann
37 Unidentified 2
39 Maj. Gen. F.J. Fraser
Contact Sheet 6(a)
6 South Kensington Notebook (SKN)
7 Dup. of 6
8 Dup. of 6
10 Dup. of 9
12 Dup. of 11
14 Dup. of 13
16 Dup. of 15
Contact Sheet 6
10 SKN. Dup. of 29
11 SKN. Frieze
15 Dup. of 6:26
18 SKN. Female model
19 SKN. Female bust
20 SKN. Frieze
21 - 35 SKN: Various pieces of sculpture
Contact Sheet 7
4 - 32 SKN: Various pieces of sculpture
Contact Sheet 7 (corresponding photographs located in Vol. 1)
32 KEW in living room at Merino
35 Katherine and Adah Wallis
36 KEW about 1880
37 "Piper of Hamelin"
39 "In Captivity" by Waldmann
Contact Sheet 8
10 - 44 SKN: Various pieces of sculpture
Contact Sheet 9
6 - 17 SKN: Various pieces of sculpture