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Accession Number: 92-007


Professor Kenneth E. Kidd fonds. Additions. -- 1954-1979. -- 46 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Professor Kenneth E. Kidd was born July 21, 1906 at Barrie, Ontario the son of D. Ferguson Kidd and Florence May Jebb. He was educated at Victoria College, 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 an 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 Fornightly 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 retired from the University in 1972. 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 Kenneth Kidd before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of research notes, bibliographic information and manuscript drafts created by Professor Kidd in the course of his work on Paul Kane.


Title based on creator and contents of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Professor Kenneth Kidd.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds along with 93-011 and 95-009 is an addition to 80-030.

For related records see: 81-007, 85-003 and 95-024.

Finding Aid

Box 1: Notes to the sketches (catalogue), about 700 entries


Financial (empty folder)

Gallery exhibit changes

Microfilm lists

Notes on Kane and his book

List of works in the Winnipeg Collection


SOHON -- Prints

WARRE -- Illustrations

Use of Illustrations for books and magazines

Material for second book

Prints of sketches

Photos of Kane artifacts

Miscellaneous illustrations

Clippings re...

Rough draft of second book

Draft for first book


Catalogue of sketches

Conferences re Manuscript

Manuscript of second book (second copy)

Correspondence re...

Western artists: notes

Folders and pamphlets

Halfsheet notes

Catalogue of sketches

Manuscripts: catalogue of Willis and Allan Collections


Manuscript corrected by Burnham

Additional papers for manuscript

Manuscript of second book (first draft)

Manuscripts Box 2: Newspaper clippings

Correspondence re Kane

Newspaper clippings re Kane's works


Paintings, etc. Items not in R.O.M.

Photos of paintings in R.O.M.

First Choice

American Heritage, Vol.X, No.5, Aug. 1959

Painting during the Colonial Period in British Columbia: 1845-1871, Helen Bergen Peters, 1979

Paul Kane: 1810-1871, exhibition programme, 1972-1972, Ottawa

Treasures from Quebec, National Gallery, 1965

Everyman's Canada: Paintings and Drawings from the McCord Museum of McGill University, 1962

Catalogues of Kane's works in various museums and archives

Various publications re Paul Kane