Fonds PR-0755 - A.D. Kean fonds

Vancouver filmmaker A.D. Kean, with camera, and his assistant J.R. Nesbit, with tripod, pose with... Director A.D. Kean costumes a double, John Holsworth of New York, who is about to portray an Indi... An "Indian buffalo hunter", centre, played by Percy Creighton, looks on as his "vi... "An effigy of the famous 'Two-Spot' about to be pushed over the 100 foot drop"; making ... Movie making; "Policing the Plains"; representing the famous leap of Potts while mounted. "Miss Margaret Lougheed as Brittania in the opening scene of the Film story 'Policing the Pl... "A portion of 'E' Division R.C.M. Police who assisted at the filming of one of the opening s... "Royal Canadian Mounted Police led by Asst. Commissioner T.A. Wroughton in one of the openin... "Two Spot and Four Spot are 'stunt' horses. Two Spot was caught from a wild band in northern... Facade and marquee of the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, advertising the premiere of ... An NWMP patrol pauses at an isolated grave in a scene being shot for the film "Policing the ... Filmmaker A.D. Kean and his assistant J.R. Nesbit, holding cap, film a buffalo herd in Buffalo Na... "A.D. (Cowboy) Kean, as 'Chief of Cowboys' in charge of Rangeland Sports, Kelowna, B.C., Sep... "A.D. Kean, Fraser David Kean and 'Dot X'." "The Indians of the Blackfoot Confederacy were most intelligent and gave serious heed to all... "Indian Guide leading a Northern Police patrol." Indian guide running ahead of NWMP con... Indian guide leading a patrol of NWMP constables on dogsleds.  Mountains in background.  A scene ... "Indian Guide about to leave Police Barracks with a Patrol."  A scene from the film Pol...

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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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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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File and box list available. Item-level descriptions of the photographs and the videotape are available on-line.

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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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