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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Contact Information

Box List

Correspondence

Other Material

Harold F. Kells fonds: Finding Aid

Harold F. Kells fonds:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title:Harold F. Kells fonds.
Dates:- 1934-1978.
Quantity: - 12 cm of textual records, 19 photographs, and 11 medals.

Biographical Sketch

An amateur photograph, Harold Frederick Kells (1904-1986) gained international prominence in the mid-1930s for his composite figure studies and pictorial landscapes. In the late nineteen twenties he became interested in photography and in 1931 his print Design was exhibited at the Toronto Salon of Photography. Kells was awarded prizes at salons in England, the United States, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Spain as well as awards for competitions sponsored by American Photography and Camera Craft. A member of the executive of the Camera Club of Ottawa during the thirties, Kells was instrumental in organizing the first Canadian International Salon of Photographic Art. In 1938, Kells was awarded the Stephen Tyng Foundation Award by the Royal Photographic Society for his print Grecian Nocturne. Kells' work was not confined to photography, many of his oil paintings were used as vignettes for bank notes, stocks and bonds by the Canadian, British, and American Bank Note Companies. Kells turned to colour photography in the mid-1960s which he pursued until ill-health forced his to curtail his activities.1

1 Joan M. Schwartz, "Harold Frederick Kells," in Private Realms of Light: Amateur photography in Canada 1839-1940, ed. Lilly Koltun (Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1984).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of correspondence, primarily from the 1930s, related to Kells' activities as an amateur photographer; medals and awards Kells received for his photography; scrapbooks; clippings, exhibition catalogues and invitations; photographs of Kells; photographs of Kells' oil paintings; and photographs taken by Kells including two examples of his colour photography.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Margaret Kells, November 1997.

Finding aids: Box list available.

Location of other materials: Other holdings at the National Gallery of Canada related to Harold M. Kells include photographs by Kells and other pictorial photographers housed in the Photography Department and a small number of books, exhibition catalogues and periodicals from Kells' collection housed in the Library.

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Index Terms

Names:
Kells, Harold F., 1904-1986
Subjects:
Kells, Harold F., 1904-1986
Document Types:
Clippings files.
Correspondence.
Exhibition catalogues.
Invitations.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Harold F. Kells fonds, Library and Archives, National Gallery of Canada.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4

T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818

[email protected]

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Box List

Correspondence

BoxFolder
Box 1File 1The American Weekly, 1934
File 2Association Belge de Photographie et de cinématographic, 1935
File 3Camera Craft Publishing Co., 1934
File 4Central Association of Photographic Societies, 1945 & 1963
File 5The Gallery, 1934
File 6Hamilton Camera Club, 1935
File 7Harvey, J.A., Jr., 1935
File 8International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, 1978
File 9Jordan, Franklin I., 1935
File 10London Camera Club, 1936-1937
File 11Metcalfe, J.V., 1935
File 12Miquelle, Georges, 1935-1953
File 13Montreal Camera Club, 1935 & 1938
File 14National Gallery of Canada, 1937
File 15Photograms of the Year, 1937
File 16Photographic Society of America, 1935
File 17Toronto Camera Club, 1936
File 18The Weymouth and District Photographic Society, 1938
File 19Wightman, E.P., 1938
File 20Canadian Bank Note Company, 1937

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Other Material

BoxFolder
Box 1File 21Clippings, 1937-1984
File 22Exhibition Catalogues and Invitation, 1932, 1937 & 1983
File 23Photographs of Paintings by H.F. Kells ca. 1927-1939 (10),
File 24Photographs of H.F. Kells ca. 1905-1937 (4),
BoxFolder
Box 2File 1Awards 1933-1934 (3),
File 2Scrapbook 1933-1944 (1),
File 3Medals ca. 1933-1935 (11),
BoxFolder
Box 3File 1Scrapbook ca.1939-1940 (1),
BoxFolder
Box 4File 1Oversized Photographs 1933-1971 (5),

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