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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 95-009


Professor Kenneth E. Kidd fonds.Additions. -- 1931-1993. -- 1 m of textual records and other material.

Biography / History

Professor Kenneth E. Kidd was born July 21,1906 at Barrie, Ontario the son of D. Ferguson Kidd and FlorenceMay Jebb. He was educated at Victoria College at the Universityof Toronto (B.A. 1931 and M.A. 1937). He also attended the Universityof Chicago from 1939 to 1940. He married Martha Ann Maurer inOctober, 1943. In 1935 he joined the Ethnology Department of theRoyal Ontario Museum where he worked until 1981 in various positions,starting as an assistant and ending as Curator of Ethnology. Hedirected the excavation at Ste. Marie I, the site of a 17th centuryJesuit Mission near Midland, Ontario, which was the first excavationof an historical site using modern techniques, in North America.In 1964, Kidd joined Trent University as a professor of Anthropologyand in the following year he established and chaired the NativeStudies Program which was the first of its kind in Canada. Heretired from Trent University in 1972, and in 1973, ProfessorKidd was named Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. Throughouthis career, Professor Kidd was honoured with many awards. Someof these awards include the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1951-52;the Cornplanter Medal, 1970; Award for Eminent Service, TrentUniversity, 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 retiredfrom the university in 1972. He published "Canadians LongAgo" and with Selwyn Dewdney published "Indian Rockpaintingsof the Great Lakes". Professor Kenneth E. Kidd died February26, 1994, at the age of eighty-eight, at his home in Peterborough,Ontario.

Custodial History

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

Scope and Content

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


Title based on creator of fonds.

Includes photographs, prints and 1 microfilmreel.

This fonds was bequested, by Professor KennethKidd, to the Trent University Archives.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds, along with 92-007, 93-011 and95-024, is an addition to 80-030.

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

Finding Aid

Box 1

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

Box 3

Diary, 1983-84; personal papers; expired passports

Box 4

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". Loose On Shelf:

Drawings and Sketches, mostly by George Cobb.