Fonds Fonds 215 - Beamish / Kenderdine Family fonds

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Beamish / Kenderdine Family fonds

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Fonds 215

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  • 1909-1990 (Creation)

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52 cm of textual records
56 photographs, 173 postcards
1 videotape

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In 1908 A.F. "Gus" Kenderdine, his wife Jane (née Ormerod) and their children emigrated from England to Saskatchewan, where they homesteaded near Lashburn. Gus Kenderdine became the first 'artist-in-residence' at a Canadian university when president Walter Murray hired him in 1920; Kenderdine later became a lecturer in art at the University, and was largely responsible for the formation of the University's 'Art Camp' at Emma Lake (now known as "Kenderdine Campus"). The Kenderdines had four children: Richard, Adelaide, May, and a third daughter, Rose, who died during the influenza epidemic of 1918. Richard eventually took over the family farm near Lashburn. Adelaide (BA '23) married John Kenderdine, a distant relative, and they lived for many years in Japan both before and following World War II. Florence May Kenderdine married Oswald Beamish; they, too, lived near Lashburn. Between 1985-1986 May Beamish donated approximately 130 of her father's paintings and sketches to the University of Saskatchewan, and provided over $1 million to help fund the new College of Agriculture building on the condition that it include an art gallery.

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May Beamish was predeceased by both her parents and her siblings. As the last living member of her immediate family, May was left with documents originally belonging to other family members. Oswald and May Beamish were childless, and when May died these documents became the property of her niece, Adelaide Retzlaff. Ms. Retzlaff donated them to the University of Saskatchewan Archives in 1999.

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This fonds contains correspondence, cards, and published materials owned by various members of the Kenderdine / Beamish families.

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Related material: Associated materials can be found in the A.F.L. Kenderdine fonds (MG 87). Materials relating to Emma Lake and the artists who studied there can be found in the department of Art and Art History fonds (RG 2034); the Ruth Pawson fonds (MG 204); the Beth and McGregor Hone fonds (MG 183); the Hans Dommasch fonds (MG 172); the Mina Forsyth fonds (MG 97); and the Jean Murray fonds (MG 61). Another useful collection regarding Emma Lake are the Ken Lochhead fonds (86-29) at the University of Regina Archives. See also Faculty Biographies, Alumni records, publications, and various administrative/president's papers.

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No attempt has been made to divide the material further by separating documents originally belonging to one family member from another.

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