Fonds PR4075 - Kay Allin fonds

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Kay Allin fonds

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    • 1916-2009 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records. -- 342 photographs. -- 3 microcassette tapes [4 hrs., 30 min.]. -- 1 audio cassette [1 hr.].

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    Biographical history

    Katherine “Kay” Alice Allin was born on January 26, 1918 in Lacombe, Alberta. Allin had one brother, named Bill, who was one year older than her. In 1926 their father died of suicide, and Allin’s maternal grandfather, named Schilling, took on a larger role in raising Kay and Bill. In 1932 Allin’s mother died of cancer, and she and her brother lived with several relatives and family friends for the rest of their childhoods, with some time in Edmonton and some in Lacombe.

    For most of her life, Allin was close with Edith (Ash) Miller and Edith’s parents who Allin referred to as “Mom and Dad Ash.” This family was one of those that Allin referred to as her three families, especially important to her as she lost both biological parents quite young.

    After high school, she stayed in Edmonton for several years, first taking courses at McTavish Business College then working as a receptionist at the Baker medical clinic. She left this job in 1940 and took training as a nurse, though she worked in many other positions over her life. She finished her career working as an accountant, first taking a position in 1970 at Pro-Western Plastics Ltd. while taking accounting courses at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

    Allin then worked at RAM Mortgages until 1982 when the company closed, but she soon took a job balancing books at High Level Natural Foods after several months stocking shelves there. She traveled with friends and found family during her retirement years and was living at Edmonton’s Rossdale Manor in 2013.

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    The fonds includes a typed copy of “Katherine Remembers.” It is sorted both by sections of life and by topics and is heavily based on the transcription of Allin’s words during her interviews with Kenna McKinnon.

    The fonds also consists of three audio microcassettes labeled as memories and recordings of Kay and one tape cassette labeled “Kay-Vancouver.” These audio records capture the interviews that Allin conducted with McKinnon. They capture the information used in writing “Katherine Remembers” and also capture sayings and proverbs from Allin.

    The fonds also includes a photograph album from between 1916-1946 and two loose photos from 2003. The photos depict Allin’s family, growing up, travel, and photos of and from friends and sweethearts.

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    Allin donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2013.


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        The material is in English.

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        Audiovisual records must be digitized prior to use.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes the following accession: PR2013.0286

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        Biographical sketch is based on the information found in “Katherine Remembers,” written in 2012 in collaboration between Kay Allin and Kenna McKinnon.

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        Records have not yet been processed and are in the state in which they were donated.

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