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No.: PR1886
TITLE: Frank and E. Silver Keeping program collection
CREATOR: Keeping, Frank and E. Silver
DATE RANGE: 1930-1977
EXTENT: 0.55 m of textual records
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Ernest Sydney (Frank) Keeping was born September 19, 1895 in Portsmouth, England; he was the son of Herbert Henry and Ellen Maud Mary (Reed) Keeping. Frank completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of London in 1916, and also received his Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS) from the Imperial College that year. He earned a Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) in 1917. From 1917 until 1922, he served as a chemist officer in Iran and Iraq with the Electrical and Mechanical Section of the Royal Engineers. From 1922 until 1929, he was an assistant lecturer in Mathematics and Physics at University College in Swansea, Wales. He came to Edmonton, Alberta in 1929, as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Alberta; he became an Associate Professor in 1945. From 1950 until 1961, he was a full Professor of Mathematics, and from 1954 until 1961 he was Head of the Department of Mathematics. He became a Professor Emeritus in 1961, and continued as a sessional instructor for another ten years, retiring in 1971. In 1972, he was awarded with an honourary doctorate of law. He was a founding member of the Canadian Mathematical Congress. Frank Keeping died November 21, 1984. Eleanor Silver Dowding was born in 1901 in London, England; she was the daughter of George and Jane (White) Dowding. The family moved to Calgary, Alberta when Silver was six years old. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 1923 and her Master of Science degree in 1924, both at the University of Alberta. From 1924 until 1926 she worked at the University of Alberta as a research associate for the Departments of Bacteriology, Botany and Genetics, and was a lecturer in the Department of Botany; she was one of the first women to teach at the University in a discipline other than nursing or home economics. She completed her doctorate at the University of Manitoba in 1933. In 1933, she married Frank Keeping; they had one son, John Herbert. From 1933 until 1954, she worked as a medical mycologist with the Provincial Laboratory of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She was also a research associate in the Departments of Bacteriology (1947-1954), Botany (1958-1961) and Genetics (1962-1964) at the University of Alberta. Silver was a founding sponsor of the University of Alberta’s Devonian Botanical Gardens. E. Silver Keeping died March 20, 1991.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The collection consists of theatre and music programs collected by the Keepings and includes programs for drama festivals, All Saints’ Cathedral Friendship Guild, Circle 8, the Belasco Players, the Edmonton Little Theatre, Edmonton Community Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Theatre 3, Stage West, Walterdale Theatre Associates, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera Association, Edmonton Symphony Society, Canadian Players Foundation, Celebrity Concert Series, and the Community Concert Association, as well as programs for various productions at the Empire theatre and various touring theatre and ballet companies. The collection also includes some issues of the Edmonton drama newsletter Rôle Call.
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: See the Eleanor Silver Keeping (Dowding) fonds and the Ernest Sydney "Frank" Keeping fonds, both at the University of Alberta Archives in Edmonton, Alberta.
GENERAL NOTE: Information for the biographical sketch is taken from Who’s Who at the University of Alberta, 1919-1939, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 378.7123340922 W628 1993, from the University of Alberta Alumni Association’s History Trails website,, from Edmonton Journal obituaries and from the records. Some programs for the Citadel Theatre were added to accession PR1976.0207.
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