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Accession Number: 05-014


Professor Kenneth E. Kidd fonds. Additions. -- 1930-1992. -- 80 cm of textual records. -- 22 computer disks. -- ca. 130 photographs. -- 8 audio cassette tapes

Biography / History

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

Fonds was in the custody of Martha Kidd before it was acquired by Trent University Archives in October 2005.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of notes, manuscripts, papers and articles by Professor Kenneth Kidd; research materials in the form of photographs, maps, and copies of articles and diaries; family correspondence; genealogical information relating to the Kidd and Jebb families, and 2 numbered Fred Saggashi prints.


Title based on the content of the fonds.
Fonds acquired from Martha Kidd in October 2005.
Restrictions: The photographs relating to native peoples in Box 2 are copy photographs and are available for research purposes only; researchers wishing to have copies made must request them from the repositories that house the original photographs.
This fonds, along with 92-007, 93-011, 95-009 and 95-024, is an addition to 80-030.
Art works by artist Fred Saggashi located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 47.

Finding Aid

Box 1

1-24. Genealogical material relating to the Kidd family and Jebb family: transcripts of tapes, 22 computer disks (note: some disks also contain manuscripts, letters, and catalogues)

25. Manuscripts, articles, and lectures by Kenneth Kidd

Box 2

1-2. Photographs relating to native peoples, ca. 130
plus 7 large photographs, loose in box
(Note: The photographs relating to native peoples are copy photographs and are available for research purposes only; researchers wishing to have copies made must request them from the repositories that house the original photographs).
3. Records of donations by Kenneth Kidd to archives & museums, 1974-1992
plus one black binder re donation to Simcoe County Archives
4. Kenneth Kidd awards & medals, c.v.
5. Invitations, 1989-91
6-27. Correspondence arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent, i.e. A-Z, ca. late 1980s, with a few earlier items (Note: there is no folder for A or W). (Note: Folder 12 includes a history of the "brick house on the Kidd Farm at Cookstown, North 1/2 Lot 1, Concession 14, Twp. West Gwillimbury")
28. Correspondence, "B" to "Harvey," 1966-1970

loose in box:
2 published sets of 24 prints each:
"Inuit Traditional Life Series, Northwest Territories"
"Dene Traditional Life Series, Northwest Territories"

8 audio cassette tapes of intervierws of Prof. K. Kidd by Paula Drew, 1991.

Box 3

1-12: Correspondence: Kidd family, i.e. Kenneth Kidd, Martha Kidd, Elizabeth Kidd, George Kidd, Daniel Ferguson Kidd, Florence May Jebb Kidd, 1930-1969
13: Correspondence: Crompton, K., 1954, 1984
14: Correspondence: Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, 1953-1957 (Note: on the reverse of pieces of correspondence dated January 5 and May 25,1953, there is draft text re excavations)
15. Correspondence: Speers, Harrietta (Nettie) Jebb, 1935-1950
16. Correspondence: Thornton, Tho's Cousins, 1933
17. Davidson, Alice: notes on the fur trader, Herkimer, at Rice Lake, Peterborough County, 1970
18. Conner, J.C.: County of Peterborough directory of 1871, notes re "Hiawatha"
19. Johnson, Evelyn H.C.: "The wizard of Tutelo Heights," original handwritten manuscript, and typescript
20. Johnson, Chief George H.M.: "A description of Six Nations Reserve" believed to have been written about 1870. Photocopy.
21. "Schedule of Indian Reserves in the Dominion of Canada, 1928": a list of reserves in Canada in 1928, indicating name of reserve, treaty, location, tribe or band, acreage, etc.
22. Hand-drawn copy of a map of the Huron country (Lake Simcoe, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay area); original dated [1631] or [1651] and located at Library of Congress Map Room
23. Photographic copy of a map of New York State and part of Ontario by Amos Lay, 1812 (8" x 10")
24. Photo-lithographed copy of the map: "Du Domaine en Canada dediee a Monseigneur le Dauphin"; original dated 1731 and located at Library of Parliament, Ottawa; information on map is in French, and indicates place names, missions, native tribes
25. "The Diary of James Evans, July 11, 1838 - July 21, 1839." Photographic copy of pages 1-28 & 42-50, "copied by Virginia Beveridge from the original in the possession of the Library of the University of Western Ontario and collated with Grace Lee Nute, November 1931." Note: James Evans was a Methodist Missionary to the Lake Superior Region
26. "Dr. McLoughlin's description of the Indians from Fort William to Lake of the Woods": photocopy of a typescript; original dated [1808] in Mason papers in library at McGill University
27. "A Narrative of Sault Ste Marie and the Lakeland Canada of Viscount Wolseley's First Independent Command" by Henry Coulthard Hamilton, ca. 188?: copied from the manuscript in Sault Ste Marie Public Library

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 47

Fred Saggashi (artist): 2 numbered prints, photocopies, etc.