RBCM Archives

Series MS-2962 - Film production and personal photographs

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Film production and personal photographs

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  • graphic material

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  • 1913-1933; predominant 1924-1927 (Creation)

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266 photographs : b&w

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Custodial history

Most of the photographs were donated to the BC Archives by Kean's son and daughter, Fraser D. Kean of Willowdale, Ontario, and Bev Nicholson of Thornhill, Ontario. Two were donated by Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Vanderburgh of Perth, Ontario.

Scope and content

The series consists of the photographs of A.D. "Cowboy" Kean. Most of the photographs relate to the production of Kean's feature film "Policing the Plains" (1924-27). Many of the photos were taken while scenes were being filmed. Most of the photographs have no location information. However, it is known that filming locations in British Columbia included Vancouver, Green Lake, and the Cariboo region. Alberta locations included the former Buffalo National Park, Banff, Fort Macleod, and the Blood Tribe First Nation. Photographers are not identified. The photographs include the following subjects: J.R. Nesbit (Kean's assistant), stunt horses, buffalo herds and other wildlife, several photos related to the 1925 Hollywood film "Winds of Chance" (shot in North Vancouver by director Frank Lloyd), Percy Creighton (a language interpreter), J.G. Boyd and Margaret Lougheed (actors), and various Western Pictures Company actors.The series also includes two photographs relating to whales and whaling; these relate to the documentary Kean made in 1916 about the whaling industry off Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Accession 198706-001 comprises 234 b&w prints. There are item-level descriptions in M2A for all 234 images. Accession 198902-002 comprises 2 b&w prints, both of which are described at the item level in M2A. Accession 198906-011 comprises 27 b&w prints, and well as 3 copies made from originals that were returned to the donors. 12 of these 30 images have item-level descriptions. The 18 images that are not described at the item level include photos of A.D. Kean and his daughter, Louise Kean; a Sun dance gathering near Standoff, Alta.; the stars of the Hollywood feature "Winds of Chance"; whaling on the B.C. coast, ca. 1916-1923; zebras arriving in Toronto, 1930; and Kean's Toronto friend R.G. “Goldie” Vanderburgh.

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The photographs were created prior to January 1, 1949 and consequently are in the public domain.

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A finding aid is available in the Archives reading room. Some item-level descriptions and digital images are available through the catalogue on the Archives website.

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Archives code(s): 198706-001; 198902-002; 198906-011.

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Accession number(s): 198706-001; 198902-002; 198906-011


Photograph scrapbooks were disassembled for conservation purposes.


Copy negatives have been created for all 234 images in accession 198706-001, for both of the images in accession 198902-002, and for 12 of the 30 images in accession 198906-011.

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  • Box: 001148-0001
  • Box: 001222-0001