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Call Number: Mss 256, Pc 219, Tc 128 (A.05-100)

Title: Henry Kalen fonds.

Dates: 1949-2004.

Extent: 1.375m of textual material; 113,783 Slides; 69,774 Negatives; 13,125
Transparencies; 10,584 Prints, and 7 Cassette Tapes.

Biographical sketch: Henry Kalen was born January 20, 1928, in Winnipeg. He recieved a Bachelor of Architecture 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 Macleans, 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.

Henry Kalen's Winnipeg was published in 2000 and remained on best-seller lists for years. Henry Kalen's Manitoba was published posthumously in 2008.

Kalen died in 2004.

Custodial history: The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections acquired 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: MSS 256 consists of: Reference/Correspondence; Biographical/Miscellaneous, Books, and Indexes. PC 219 comprises of: Prints - Jobs; Prints; Small Prints; Postcard Collection; Postcards; Black & White
Postcard Collection; Postcard Album Collection; Album Prints; Slides by
Subject; Slides - Old Ontario/Saskatchewan/Montreal Etc.; Stock Slides; Slides
by Chronological Order; Slides - Miscellaneous; Slides - Large Projects; Large
Format Transparenices; Negatives; Job Files; Architectural Negatives;
Unnumbered Job Negative Files; Photographs of Henry Kalen - WAG One-Man Show (1966); Transparencies, Negatives, & Slides - Miscellaneous; Oversized Prints; Oversized Transparencies, and TC 128: Tape Collection.

Restrictions: Some files have been deemed confidential.

Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are expected.

Finding aid: An on-line finding aid is available at the link below:


MSS 256, PC 219, TC 128 (A.05-100).