Fonds 95-009 - Kenneth E. Kidd fonds. 1995 additions

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Kenneth E. Kidd fonds. 1995 additions

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  • 1931-1993 (Creation)
    Kidd, Kenneth E.

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1 m of textual records
1 microfilm reel

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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.

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This fonds was assembled by Professor Kidd and forwarded to the Trent University Archives after his death.

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This addition to the fonds consists of correspondence (mostly between 1960 and 1990), photocopies of articles by various authors, manuscripts of anthropological subjects by Professor Kidd and some of his personal papers.

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This fonds was bequested, by Professor Kenneth Kidd, to the Trent University Archives


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For related records see: 81-007 and 85-003


This fonds, along with 92-007, 93-011, and 05-014 is an addition to 80-030

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Includes photographs, prints and 1 microfilm reel

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Correspondence 1931-1989; curriculum vita, materials regarding Ste. Marie, personal papers, awards; also, partial document written in Cree syllabic which was rescued by Prof. Kidd outside a partly demolished chapel at the site of the third Fort Albany, on James Bay.

Box 2

Correspondence 1990-1993; mss. of Holan Chan; correspondence re Quetico Park; book reviews

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Diary, 1983-84; personal papers; expired passports

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Xerox copies of articles by various authors and including: "Huron Women's Clothing", "Discovery of the Red Paint People", "The Algoma Central and Hudson's Bay Railway Expedition", "The Development of an Indian Reserve Policy in Canada", "Native Patriarchs of the Plains", "The Manufacture of a Needle", "Ships and How They Sailed the Seven Seas", "The History of Anthropology in Canada", "The Beaver and the Fur Trade", "An Indian Fur Trade Failure", "The Opinions of George Croghan on the American Indian", "Technical Investigation of Nails". Two reels of microfilm: "Major John Pynchon's Account Book, vol 1" and the "Daily British Whig, Jan. 1852".

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Drawings and Sketches, mostly by George Cobb.

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