Fonds F0282 - Annora Brown fonds

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Annora Brown fonds


  • 1887-1982, predominant 1887-1925 (Creation)

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63 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette

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Biographical history

Annora Brown, 1899-1987, was born in Red Deer, Alberta and moved to Fort Macleod as a child. She taught school in Fort Macleod for four years. She then attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in the 1920s and graduated with honours. She taught art at Mount Royal College in Calgary from 1929-1931 and then did field work for the University of Alberta Extension Department in Fort Macleod. She gave art classes in Fort Macleod and was influential in starting the town's sketch club. She also taught summer sessions at the Banff School of Fine Arts from 1945 to 1950. She painted western Canadian themes, illustrated a number of books, and wrote articles on nature and Indian folklore. She published Old Man's Garden. - Toronto : J.M. Dent and Sons, 1955, and her autobiography Sketches from Life. - Edmonton : Hurtig Publishers, 1981. She moved to Sidney, British Columbia in 1965, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lethbridge in 1971. For further information see "Annora Brown : Forming a Regionalist Sensibility / Patricia A. Alderson. -- University of Calgary : unpublished MA thesis, 2005; and Two Hundred Wildflowers: Annora Brown’s Botanical Watercolours, Scientific Illustration, and Conservationism in Alberta / Mieke Rodenburg. - unpublished MA thesis, Queen's University, 2017 [deals with paintings commissioned by Glenbow].


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift and purchase from Annora Brown, 1958-1982.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of photographs of Fort Macleod businesses, buildings, institutions, and events (1887-1925); Indian personalities (1910-1918); and of Annora's parents (1892). Includes recorded interview with Annora about her career (1982).

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but the photos have been digitized.

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Other Annora Brown records are held by the University of Alberta Archives.

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Link added to Archives Photographs on July 31, 2015.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018




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