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Frederick Niven fonds
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1919 - 1944 (Creation)
- Niven, Frederick John
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40 cm of textual material.
3 photographs : b&w.
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Frederick Niven was born in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1878 but left for Scotland at the age of five. After studying painting, ill-health forced him to move in his late-teens to the drier climate of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia to live with missionary friends of his mother. He worked at Hastings Saw Mill in 1900 before returning to Scotland, where he began to write. Returning to western Canada in 1911 after marrying Mary Pauline Thorne-Quelch, he wrote freelance and continued novel-writing until his death in 1944.
Most of the material was transferred to UBC Library by Niven’s widow Pauline in 1962. Another accrual (1-7 through 1-9) was transferred by Pauline Niven via William H. New in the 1960’s and added to the collection in 2011, and the manuscript of Colour in the Canadian Rockies (folder 3-8) was purchased from John Howell books, San Francisco, in 1982.
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Fonds consists of manuscripts and typescripts of Niven’s work, as well as personal documents such as clippings, correspondence and photographs. Fonds has been arranged into two series: Manuscripts and research notes and Correspondence and personal documents.
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Correspondence from and related to Niven can be found in the Robert Allison Hood fonds; there is also a letter from Niven in the Alfred Myrick Pound fonds.
A radio play script of Mine Inheritance adapted by Ben Lepkin in 1959 was previously described as part of this fonds; it can now be found in the vertical file collection by searching the library catalogue.
No further accruals expected.
Photograph Identifier: BC-2140