Fonds jas-1404 - Doris Kensit fonds

Camp in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Cabin in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Cabin in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Cabin in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Camp in the Tonquin Valley, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Horses at Tekarra Basin Camp, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Packing horses at Tekarra Basin Camp, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Tekarra Basin Camp, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Tekarra Basin Camp, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Tekarra Basin Camp, Jasper National Park, Alberta.
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Doris Kensit fonds

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JAS jas-1404

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  • 1920-1990 (Creation)
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    Kensit, Doris

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.6 m of textual material. -- 283 photographs : prints, negatives, b&w, col. -- 227 slides

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Doris Kensit was born in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) in 1904. She moved to Jasper in 1924 where she met her husband Harry, a machinist who had worked for the Canadian National Railway since 1922. In 1929, Doris began to work for Major Fred Brewster, the guide, outfitter and entrepreneur who operated Rocky Mountain Camps out of a town office and the Jasper Park Lodge. Doris ran the office and was in charge of booking all the activities. In order to knowledgably market the tours, Doris went on numerous backcountry trips, both summer and winter, including the Skyline Trail, Tonquin Valley, Black Cat Ranch, Maligne and Medicine Lakes. In 1938, Doris was also one of the first group of women known to have skied in the Columbia Icefields area. Doris worked for Fred Brewster until 1963 when the business was sold, after which she worked for the Park Information Centre. Doris died in 1994.

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Fonds is organized into seven series: Tourism brochures/pamphlets for Jasper Park, Jasper Park Lodge, including newspaper clippings and magazine articles (1928-1992); Fred Brewster, including brochures advertising Rocky Mountain Camps, articles, obituaries and tributes to Brewster, correspondence including his will, Guest books and Booking ledgers (1925-1969); Harry Rowed, including articles and newspaper clippings (1937-1976); Dr. Thomas O'Hagan, including articles, tributes and obituaries (1957-1962); Kensit papers, including newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, records on the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, royal visits and movie productions, certificates and cartoons ([ca. 1920]-1986); Eleanor Broadhead, including correspondence, receipts, a scrapbook of her 1940 trip to Jasper (1940-1990); and Photographs including those with views of Doris Kensit, Fred Brewster, Eleanor Broadhead, scenery from the Rocky Mountain Camps and tours, and wildlife (1927-1980).

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The scrapbooks and some photographs are in fragile condition.

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Gift of Doris Kensit.

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See also 991.105 for a video of the 1938 trip to Jasper sent to Doris by the Eken family.

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Record No. 89.12, 994.45<br><br>

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