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Kidman family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1829- 1930, predominant 1895- 1912

The Kidman Family fonds consists of three family-owned albums. Each album was produced with different degrees of collaboration between Henry Kidman, Lilian Kidman, Ella Kidman, as well as their other family members and friends. The collection includes one art album: a scrapbook consisting mostly of art created by the Kidman family. Additionally, the scrapbook contains original artwork by non-family members, greeting cards, and some family memorabilia—including a letter addressed to Mary Ann Elliot Lines, Henry Kidman’s mother, written on the evening before her wedding. The collection also contains two autograph albums: one owned by Lilian Kidman and one owned by Ella Kidman. Given to the two sisters as Christmas gifts in 1897, the two commercially made albums match aside from the colour of their covers. Both Lilian and Ella Kidman employed their albums to collect autographs, inscriptions, and artwork from their family and friends. The sisters had many mutual friends, and their respective autograph albums contain similar entries from their shared connections.

Kidman (family)

Story pitches

File contains pitches for two speculative fiction stories: Legacy in the Flames 2, and The Dream-Chosen 3.


File restricted for the life of Celu Amberstone.

Publishing contracts -- Receipt

File contains two original publishing contracts, both signed: between Barbara Smith and Press Procepic Limited (November 21, 1990) for Blessings of the Blood; and between Celu Amberston and Beach Holme Publishers Limited (October 16, 1992) for Ritual Theatre. File also contains bill from Island Blue Print Co. Ltd. (Victoria, BC) dated July 18, 2019.

Publishing and promotional records

Subseries consists of notes for readings, publishing contracts, review clippings, biographical statements, correspondence, and acceptance and rejection letters from publishers and editors.

Rose's spirit journey : play

File consists of a playscript in three acts, featuring characters Rose Cedarstrum and her grandmother Sarah Cedarstrum. Included in file are the final draft and two rough drafts, one handwritten. The play was written for Potlatch Theatre, an Indigenous theatre group based out of Victoria, B.C. founded in 1981.

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