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Olive Allen Biller collection
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The artwork in this collection was created by Allen Biller during her earlier years in England as well as during her time in Canada. Her earlier works, particularly those completed before immigrating to Canada, were often illustrative commercial works, intended for publication in books or periodicals, as well as for other commercial purposes such as Christmas cards and book plates. Her later works include more landscapes. The Artwork series is divided into 5 files: Original drawings, Published works, Significant unpublished works, Landscapes, and Other artwork.


Journals reflect Allen’s day-to-day and family life in England, summer vacations with her family to Trebarfoot, a painting trip to Italy, examples of her playwriting, and documents several years of her life in Canada, from 1930 to 1934. Within the journals are family photographs, drawings and sketches, many by Allen, others contributed by various family members. The journals are as follows: Trebarfoot Vol. 1 (1890 to 1894); Trebarfoot Vol. 2 (1895 to 1898); Trebarfoot Vol. 4 (1901 to 1904); Daily diary (1898); Daily diary (1900, 1903, 1911); Italy journal (1904); Little Female Academy (no date); Auntie McAssar (no date); 1930’s diary (1930-1934).

Olive Allen Biller collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1033
  • Collection
  • 1890 – [ca. 1950]

Collection reflects Allen’s early life in England, including artistic pursuits and hobbies such as photography, poetry and writing, as well as her later artistic works from her time in Canada. The records also document her day-to-day and family life, in both England and Canada. Textual records include journals and clippings, and graphic material includes drawings, paintings, and photographs. The collection is divided into two series: Journals and Artwork.

Biller, Olive Allen