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Henry Kalen fonds
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CA UMASC Mss 256, Pc 219, Tc 128 (A.05-100)
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1.38 m of textual records.
7 audio cassettes.
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Henry Kalen was born January 20, 1928 in Winnipeg. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba in 1957 and began acquiring a reputation as a photographer working for several prominent architecture firms in Winnipeg. In 1960, he became a lecturer at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture and taught classes in photography. By 1970, Kalen's photographs had won several awards, been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and published in several books. As a commercial and architectural photographer, Kalen contributed to several magazines including Maclean's, enRoute, Reader's Digest, The Winnipeg Tribune, Western Living, and Chatelaine. He also ran a stock photography business, Henry Kalen Ltd., and won several awards for his postcards.
A book featuring Henry Kalen's photographs, Henry Kalen's Winnipeg, was published in 2000 and remained on best-seller lists for years. Another book, Henry Kalen's Manitoba, was published posthumously in 2008. Henry Kalen died in 2004.
The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections acquired Henry Kalen's photographs in 2005 from his wife, Gloria Kalen.
Scope and content
The Henry Kalen fonds is a veritable photographic A-Z of Manitoba culture, geography, architecture, and industry with a significant representation of western provinces and Ontario as well.
The Henry Kalen fonds has been organized into 3 categories comprising 28 series. The textual records (MSS 256) consist of reference questions and correspondence, biographical/miscellaneous material, books, and indexes. The photograph collection (PC 219) is comprised of prints of jobs, prints, small prints, postcard collection, postcards, black and white postcard collection, postcard album collection, album prints, slides by subject, slides of old Ontario/Saskatchewan/Montreal, etc., stock slides, slides by chronological order, miscellaneous slides, slides of large projects, largeformat transparenices, negatives, job files, architectural negatives, unnumbered job negative files, photographs of Henry Kalen's "One-Man Show" at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1966), transparencies, negatives and miscellaneous slides, oversized prints, and oversized transparencies. In total, the photograph collection consists of 113,783 slides, 69,774 negatives, 13,125 transparencies, and 10,584 prints. The tape collection (TC 128) consists of 7 audio-cassettes.
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Restrictions on access
Some files have been deemed confidential and are restricted.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Commercial usage of a Kalen photograph is subject to a $20 fee.
Permission for use, reproduction and publication of any photographs commissioned by Clifford Wiens must be obtained from him.
An on-line finding aid is available at the link below: MSS 256, PC 219, TC 128 (A.05-100).
We greatly acknowledge the financial support of the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism and the Heritage Grants Advisory Council, as well as the Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Archival Fund in the creation of this finding aid.
No further accruals are expected.
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Inventory prepared by Jennifer Rutkair, Robert Ross, and Vladimira Zvonik.
Finding aid encoded by Jennifer Rutkair, Robert Ross, and Vladimira Zvonik (September 2007-November 2008)