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Fonds F1393 - Frederick J. Niven fonds

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Frederick J. Niven fonds


  • 1776-1963, predominant 1900-1944 (Creation)

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2.4 m of textual records. -- 1049 photographs

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Frederick John Niven, 1878-1944, was born in Valparaiso, Chile. He grew up and was educated in Scotland and visited British Columbia in 1899. A series of articles which Niven wrote about his Canadian experiences led him into journalism. In his spare time he wrote novels and soon devoted his time to fiction. In 1911, he married Pauline Thorn-Quelch, 1896-1968, and soon after made another tour of Canada. During the First World War he worked for the food control board and ministry of information in England. In 1920 the Nivens moved to Nelson, British Columbia, where they remained for the rest of their lives. It was here that Frederick wrote his most outstanding Scottish novels, compiled his autobiography, and wrote historical novels of Canada. For further information see "Frederick Niven" in Canadian Writers, 1890-1920 / edited by W. H. New. -- Detroit : Gale Research, 1990.


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Gifts of Pauline Niven and Judge R. Blake Allan, 1955-1975.

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  • The fonds consists of correspondence, literary manuscripts (The Three Marys, When I was a Child, His Hour or Two, Mine Inheritance, Triumph, What's Past is Prologue, Family Album, The Staff at Stimsons, A Candle in the Rain, Tales of the Black Flag, Hands Up, Brothers in Arms, Under Which King, Island of Arran, The Transplanted, Once Upon a Time, The Garricks of Renfrew, Dead Men's Bells, The Flying Years, etc.), reviews of books, publication agreements, scrapbooks, newsclippings and family photograph albums. Includes Pauline's diaries (1947, 1959, 1961) and correspondence. Also includes material collected by Frederick for research purposes: ration ticket of Cree, Mechawayis of the Sweet Grass band (1885), and newsclippings about Sitting Bull, Sioux uprisings, etc. (1890s).
  • RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Blackfoot, Canadian Authors Association, Bliss Carman, John Murray Gibbon, George H. Gooderham, William H. New, Walter J. Phillips, poetry, and Bernard Keble Sandwell.

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The material is in English.

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