Fonds 80-030 - Kenneth E. Kidd fonds

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Kenneth E. Kidd fonds

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  • 1952-1979 (Creation)
    Kidd, Kenneth E.

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4.3 m of textual records

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Professor Kenneth E. Kidd was born July 21, 1906 at Barrie, Ontario as the son of D. Ferguson Kidd and Florence May Jebb. He was educated at Victoria College at the University of Toronto (B.A. 1931 and M.A. 1937). He also attended the University of Chicago from 1939 to 1940. He married Martha Ann Maurer in October, 1943. In 1935 he joined the Ethnology Department of the Royal Ontario Museum where he worked until 1981 in various positions, starting as an assistant and ending as Curator of Ethnology. He directed the excavation at Ste. Marie I, the site of a 17th century Jesuit Mission near Midland, Ontario, which was the first excavation of a historical site using modern techniques, in North America. In 1964, Kidd joined Trent University as a professor of Anthropology and in the following year he established and chaired the Native Studies Program which was the first of its kind in Canada. He retired from Trent University in 1972, and in 1973, Professor Kidd was named Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. Throughout his career, Professor Kidd was honoured with many awards. Some of these awards include the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1951-52; the Cornplanter Medal, 1970; Award for Eminent Service, Trent University, 1983 (See the Trent Fortnightly Volume 13, Number 21, Thursday, May 19, 1983. Trent University Archives Reading Room); J.C. Harrington Medal, Society for Historical Archaeology, 1985; and an Honorary Degree from Trent University, 1990. He published "Canadians Long Ago" and with Selwyn Dewdney published "Indian Rockpaintings of the Great Lakes". Professor Kenneth E. Kidd died February 26, 1994, at the age of eighty-eight in Peterborough, Ontario.

Custodial history

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Kenneth E. Kidd before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of the administrative and academic records created during Professor Kenneth Kidd's career at Trent University. The fonds has been arranged into three distinct series: administrative, academic, and materials related to the development of the native studies program at Trent University. It includes: committee minutes; correspondence, especially relating to the Departments of Anthropology and Native Studies; and manuscripts of works on glass beads, which were later published. There are also brochures, programs and papers from learned societies.

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The fonds was donated by Kenneth E. Kidd


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For related records, see the Serpent Mounds Federation of Peterborough fonds (74-1003), Mary Anne Haney fonds (81-007), Department of Anthropology fonds, Indian-Eskimo Association of Canada fonds, and the Canadian Association in Support to Native Peoples (CASNP) fonds.


Accruals to the fonds include 92-007, 93-011, 95-009, and 05-014.

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Box 1


1: Academic Committee

2: Academic Organisation Committee

3: Alumni Association

4: Announcements

5: Athletics

6: Audio-Visual Aids, Anthropology

7: Board of Governors, Trent University

8: Bookstore

9: Calendar

10: Canadian Studies Programme

11: Canada Council: Killam Awards

12: Committee of Arts and Sciences

13: Committee memberships

14: Committee reports

15: Convocation Committee

16: Computer Services

17: Course evaluation

18: Dean of Arts and Science

19: Departments at Trent other than Anthropology

20: Engineer's Department

21: Equipment and supplies

22: Equipment, maps

23: Equipment, minerals

24: Experimental programs

25: Faculty Council

26: Fellows and students of Traill College

27: Field station

28: Film society

29: Gazebo

30: Geography Department

31: Government, Canada

32: Government, Ontario

33: Graduate Studies

34: Grants in Aid of Research

35: Grants, Social Science Council

36: Harrison, Peter

37: Honours Programs

38: Introductory Seminar

39: Information Services

40: Journal of Canadian Studies

41: Leaves and Sabbaticals

42: Library: Annual Reports and Regulations

43: Library Advisory Committee

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1: Library Services Committee, Minutes

2: Librarian

3: Library book acquisition lists

4: Mackenzie Gallery

5: Monture House

6: National Museum of Canada

7: National Research Council

8: News Releases

9: News releases, non-academic

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1: Dean Thomas Nind

2: Orillia Chamber of Commerce

3: Part-time Studies

4: Personnel Director

5: Photocopies

6: Peterborough

7: President Thomas Symons

8: President's Office

9: Purchase orders

10: Projections and enrolments

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1: Registrar's Office

2: Radio Service

3: Recruitment, H.B. Hawthorne

4: Recruitment, pending

5: Recruitment, T.H.B. Symons

6: Registration lists, 1965-67

7: Report on the Commission for Post-Secondary Education

8: Research Committee

9: Peter Robinson College

10: Peter Robinson College, Minutes ofCollege Council

11: Peter Robinson College, Minutes of Student Council

12: Royal Ontario Museum

13: Sabbatical Leave

14: Salaries and Promotions Committee

15: Scholarships and Student Aid

16: Senate Minutes, 1966-68

17: Senate Minutes, 1969-1971

18: Senior Common Room

19: Senior Student Committee

20: Science Master Plans, progress papers

21: Student Affairs

22: Student Assistants

23: Syllabi

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1: Technical personnel in the sciences

2: Timetables

3: Catharine Parr Traill College, minutes

4: Undergraduate Studies Committee

5: Vice-President's Office

6: Committee Minutes and Reports: Arts, Audio-Visual, Canadian Studies, College Names, Sciences, Master Plan Review, 1971, Membership and Organization of the Senate, Third Report on Teaching Methods

7: Academic Development Committee

8: Planning Committee for the sciences

9: Science Complex, Brief To the Architect

10: Report to the Ontario Committee on University Affairs meeting, November 4,1969

11: As above, appendices



12: Alberta, Cultural Affairs

13: Algonquin Conference

14: Algonquin, Iroquoian Conference

15: Archaeological Council on Canadian Waterways

16: American Anthropological Association, 1

17: American Anthropological Association, 2

18: American Association of Physical Anthropologists

19: American Concrete Institute

20: American Culture Seminars

21: American Ethnological Society, programsn of conferences, 1956-

22: American miscellany

23: American Orthopsychiatric Society

24: American Rock Art Research Association

25: American Society for Ethnohistory

26: Archaeological Society of Western Ontario

27: Archaeological Field School

28: Association for Preservation Technology

29: Auction Records

30: Barrie, Ontario: Miscellaneous publications

31: Belize clippings

32: Black Creek Pioneer Village

33: British Columbia, miscellaneous notes

34: British Museum Society

35: Calendars of Indian Events

36: Canada Council

37: Canada, House of Commons

38: Canada, miscellaneous

39: Canada, National Museums

40: Canada, National Parks

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1: Canadian Association of Physical Anthropologists, 1973-

2: Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples

3: Canadian Ethnology Society

4: Canadian Historical Sites

5: Canada, Public Archives of Canada

6: Canadian Antique Dealers Association

7: Canadian Archaeological Association, meetings and papers

8: Canadian Association of University Teachers

9: Canadian handicrafts, outlets

10: Canadian Museums Association

11: Canada, National Arts Centre

12: Canada, National Gallery

13: Canadian National Exhibition

14: Canada, National Film Board

15: Canadian National Railways

16: Canada, National Research Council

17: Canadian parks

18: Canadian Rock Art Association

19: Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association

20: Canadian Wildlife Association

21: Centennial Conference on Western Canadian History, Banff, May, 1967

22: Central States Anthropological Conference programs

23: Century Village

24: Champlain Society

25: Chateau de Ramezay

26: Cherokee-Iroquois Conference

27: Chicago, This Week In


29: Cold Water Canadiana

30: Colloquium on the French Presence in North America, University of Ottawa, 1975

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1: Community Leadership Laboratory

2: Conference on Historic Site Archaeology

3: Conference on Iroquois Research,1

4: Conference on Iroquois Research, 2

5: Conference on Iroquois Studies

6: Conference, Learned Societies, 1968, 1970

7: Conference on Historical Archaeology

8: Conference on Underwater Archaeology

9: Conferences, miscellaneous

10: Cornplanter Medals

11: Council for British Archaeology

12: Council for Canadian Archaeology

13: Cultures, primitive

14: Eastern States Archaeological Conference

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1: Sir Sandford Fleming College

2: French presence in North America

3: Fur Trade Conference Papers

4: Georgian College

5: Glenbow-Alberta Foundation

6: Hudson's Bay Record Society

7: Huronia

8: Indian Activities, Canada

9: Indian Ecumenical Conference

10: Instituto Cultural Tenochtitlan

11: International Congress of Americanitic Programs

12: International Congress of Americanists

13: International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Science, 1952, 1963, 1964

14: International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, 1966

15: Kawartha Lakes Music Camp

16: Kingston Tercentenary

17: Manitoba: cultural matters

18: Manitoba: Dept. of Tourism, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

19: Manitoba Archaeological Society

20: Maps: Canada

21: Maps: United States

22: McMaster University

23: Mexico: miscellaneous

24: Minnesota Historical Society

25: Museums: descriptive folders

26: Museum exhibition folders

27: Museum leaflets, Canada

28: Museum leaflets, United States

29: New York State Archaeological Society

30: North American Fur Trade

31: North American fur Trade Conference, 1965

32: Northeastern Anthropological Conference, meetings and programs

33: O'Keefe Centre

34: Ontario Anthropological Society

35: Ontario Archives

36: Ontario calendar of events

37: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

38: Ontario cultural activities

39: Ontario. Department of Lands and Forests

40: Ontario Historical Society, meetings and programs

41: Ontario Humane Society

42: Ontario, miscellaneous folder - cultural

43: Ontario, historic sites

44: Ontario, travel and recreation

45: Ontario, motels

46: Orillia Historical Society News

47: Ottawa This Week

48: Ottawa Region Conservation Foundation

49: Peterborough Arts and Water Festival

50: Peterborough, Art Space

51: Peterborough, miscellaneous

52: Peterborough, St. John's Church

53: Plains Conference

54: Posters, miscellaneous

55: Quaternaire du Québec

56: Quetico Provincial Park

57: Québec, miscellaneous

58: Restaurants, menus

59: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

60: Royal Ontario Museum

61: Royal Society of Canada

62: Ste. Marie

63: Saskatchewan, cultural

64: Schneider School of fine Arts

65: Seminars on American Culture

66: Shaw Festival

67: Simcoe County Historical Society

68: Simcoe county, miscellaneous

69: Simcoe County Museum

70: Society for American Archaeology, meetings and papers

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1: Society for Applied Anthropology

2: Society for Historical Archaeology

3: Society for Historical Archaeology

4: Society for Historical Archaeology

5: Society for Historical Archaeology

6: Society for Historical Archaeology

7: Society for Historical Archaeology

8: Society for Historical Archaeology

9: Society for Historical Archaeology

10: Society for Post Medieval Archaeology

11: Society for Professional Archaeologists

12: Southeastern Archaeological Conference

13: Symposium on Canadian Archaeology Abroad

14: Toronto, current events

15: Toronto, Metropolitan Toronto Zoo

16: Toronto, parks

17: Toronto Public Libraries

18: Travel brochures, Charleston, South Carolina, 1975

19: Trent University non-credit courses

20: Union Nationale des Sciences Prehistoriques et Protohistoriques

21: United Kingdom, entertainment folders

22: U.K. libraries and museums

23: United States, National Park Service

24: United States, National Trust for Historic Preservation

25: University of Minnesota

26: University of Ottawa

27: University of Toronto

28: University of Toronto, Hart House

29: University of Toronto, Victoria College

30: Western History Studies Conference, 1977

31: Venice

32: Villa Jones

33: Anthropology 310

34: Anthropology 310, bibliography

35: Horace Beck, Notes on Sundry Asiatic Beads (photocopy)

36: Glass Beads, correspondence re paper

37: Glass Beads, manuscript

38: Glass Beads, Corning correspondence

39: Glass Beads, Corning correspondence

40: Glass Beads, Corning correspondence

41: Glass Beads, correspondence

42: Glass Beads, correspondence

43: Glass Beads, colorimetric notes

44: Corning account

45: History of Glass Beads, copy 1

46: History of Glass Beads, copy 2

47: Glass Beads, criticisms of manuscript

48: Glass Beads, lists of photographs

Box 10


1: Glass Beads, new types

2: Glass Beads, miscellaneous notes and correspondence

3: Glass Beads, notes

4: Glass Beads, translation of Italian article on the manufacture of glass beads (incomplete)

5: Glass Beads, unpublished manuscript

6: Glass Beads, photocopies of published articles

7: Historical Archaeology of Canada, bibliography

8: Historical Archaeology, syllabi

9: Historical Archaeology paper and correspondence

10: Miscellaneous notes and scripts

Box 11


1: History of Glass Beads, first draft, copy 1

2: History of Glass Beads (incomplete)

3: K.E. Kidd and M. Kidd A Classification System for Glass Beads for the Use of Field Archaeologists

4: K.E. Kidd and M. Kidd, French translation of the above

Box 12


1: K.E. Kidd, Cutlery for the Use of Archaeologists

2: K.E. Kidd, Glass Trade Beads in the Northwest

3: K.E. Kidd, Historic Sites Archaeology in Canada, published 1969

4: K.E. Kidd, Glass-Making in Western Europe Since the Middle Ages, 1979

5: K.E. Kidd, Glass Trade Beads in the Northwest: Their Technology, History, Classification and Archaeological Utility

Box 13


1: K.E. Kidd, Glass Trade Beads in the Northwest (copy 2)

2: K.E. Kidd and M. Kidd, Lists of Bead Types and Concordances


Box 14


1: Miscellaneous including directory of native students, correspondence, introductory week guide, 1969-1978

2: Native Studies: Minutes of meetings, draft report to the Donner Canadian Foundation

3: Staffing, budgets, correspondence, personnel matters re founding of the Native Studies department at Trent,1969-1970

4: Recruitment, 1970

5: Trent Native Series, brief, agenda, agreement with New Press Limited, 1973-1974

6: General File, correspondence, term tests, 1964-67

7: Correspondence, departmental minutes, personal notes and memoranda, 1976-1977

8: Canada, Department of Indian Affairs,1970

9: Coordination of Inter-American student programs, 1970

10: Course reading lists (Indian Studies 10,1969-70

11: Department of Education Summer School,1970

12: Director of Information, 1969

13: J.L.J. Edwards, correspondence, 1970

14: Examinations and results, Indian-Eskimo Studies 10, 1969-70. CLOSED FILE

15: Films

16: Financial, 1970-71

17: G.K. Gooderham, 1970

18: R.F. Hafer, 1969

19: High School Liaison, 1970

20: T.H.B. Symons, 1969-70

21: S. Talbot, 1970

22: Professor E. Todd, re Ojibwa courses,1970

23: C.H. Torok, 1969-70

24: A.C. Vandenbroucke, 1070-71

25: R. Vastokas, Chair, Department of Anthropology, 1970

26: D. Westman, 1970

27: R. Bakker, 1970

28: R. Band, 1970

29: E. Benedict, 1970

30: R. Bowles, 1970

31: Recruitment material, 1969-71. Material re special events and seminars, 1977-78

32: Recruitment refusals 1970. CLOSED FILE

33: Recruitment miscellaneous, 1969-70

34: Native studies, enquiries, 1970

35: Native Studies, examinations and tests, 1970

36: Native Studies, space allocations

37: Hudson's Bay Co. 1969

38: Native Studies, Canada: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development,1970

39: Native Studies, Indian-Eskimo Association and Canadian Association for the Support of Native Peoples

40: W. Kupsch, 1969

41: J.E. Lemke, 1970

42: Library acquisitions, 1964

43: J. Lotz, 1969

44: H. McCue, 1969-70

45: M. Montgomery, 1970

46: G. Monture, 1970

47: Canada, Museum of Man, 1970

48: Navajo Community College, 1970

49: F. Pedneault, 1970

50: Recruitment, 1970. CLOSED FILE

51: J.E. Potts, 1969

52: Native Studies, progress reports 1969

53: Recruitment advertisements, 1969

54: Recruitment and applications, 1969-70.CLOSED FILE

55: Registrar, 1970

56: Student Aid and placement. CLOSED FILE

57: Student Applications, 1969

58: Syllabi and lecture outlines, 1969-70

59: Personal correspondence on anthropology, research projects, etc. 1965-67

60: Final standings. CLOSED FILE

61: Miscellaneous photocopies of papers presented at conferences

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1: Student essays. CLOSED FILE

2: Student essays. CLOSED FILE

3: Learned Societies, 1

4: Learned Societies, 2

Box 16


1: Learned Societies, 3

2: Learned Societies, 4

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