RBCM Archives

Fonds PR-0755 - A.D. Kean fonds

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A.D. Kean fonds

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  • textual record
  • graphic material
  • moving images
  • multiple media

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  • 1913-1960 (Creation)
    Kean, Arthur David, 1882-1961

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70 cm of textual records, 266 photographs, 1 video reel

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Kean, Arthur David, 1882-1961

Biographical history

In the 1890s and early 1900's, A.D. Kean was well-known as a cowboy and rodeo rider in Western Canada and the U.S. He subsequently became a motion picture producer in Vancouver and made a number of films in B.C. between 1914 and 1927. He later lived in Toronto, working as a freelance writer, broadcaster, photographer and horse trainer.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, clippings, manuscripts and production memoranda, mainly relating to A.D. Kean's feature film "Policing the Plains" (produced 1924-1927), as well as radio scripts (five annotated during production), clippings of the outdoor and cowboy life stories he wrote for the Toronto Star Weekly (ca. 1929-1936), and a video copy of his 1949 film "Fox Hunting in Canada".

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Donated to the BC Archives by Fraser D. Kean (Willowdale, Ont.), 1987-1989, and R. Goldwyn Vanderburgh (Perth, Ont.), 1988.


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  • No access restrictions apply.
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File and box list available. Item-level descriptions of the photographs and the videotape are available on-line.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Archives code(s): MS-2456; MS-2665; 198706-001; 198902-002; 198906-011; V1988:63.

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Accession number(s): 87-053; 198706-001; 88-128; V1988:63; 198902-002; 198906-011; 90-9552


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