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Evelyn Louise Way Kendall Papers

Identifier: MA.00370-c

Scope and Contents

The Evelyn Way Kendall Papers contain correspondence, documents and memorabilia of Evelyn Louise Way Kendall (1893-1979). This collection also contains photographs, scrapbooks, and records and samples of some of her collections.


  • 1890-2014

Conditions Governing Access

In general, there is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted.

This collection is housed in off-site storage and requires advance notice before use. Please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Evelyn Louise Way was born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada to William Beall Way, a superintendent in the Canadian railway system, and Mary Louise Deacon Way. She attended Albert College in Belleville, Ontario and Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario, and graduated in the class of 1916 from the Royal Victoria Hospital Training School for Nurses in Montreal. Evelyn met Henry P. Kendall, a rising American textile businessman from Massachusetts, on a transatlantic crossing. They were married Feb. 11, 1926 in Montreal. They had three children; Henry Way Kendall (1926), John Plimpton Kendall (1928), and Helen Louise Kendall (1930). While a nurse by profession, Mrs. Kendall was by avocation both an artist in her own right and a wide-ranging collector of art and antiques. She played a leading role in assembling and continually building the art collection of the Kendall Whaling Museum, founded in 1956, and her husband’s collection of South Caroliniana donated to the University of South Carolina in 1961. She also amassed a significant doll collection (sold in 1999 at Sotheby’s in London), a costume collection (donated by her to the Royal Ontario Museum), a shell collection (since lost, probably in a barn fire), and a major collection of artworks, artifacts, photographs and documents related to ballooning and early aviation (donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 2014 as the Evelyn W. Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection). While she spent her married life in the United States, predominantly Massachusetts and South Carolina, she retained Canadian citizenship and strong Canadian ties throughout her life.


9 Linear feet

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in nine series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1925-1979
  2. Series 2: Diaries, Notebooks, and Lists, 1915-1969
  3. Series 3: Personal Ephemera, 1919-1976
  4. Series 4: Photographs, 1890-1979
  5. Series 5: Writing Collected by Evelyn Way Kendall, 1921-1953
  6. Series 6: Scrapbooks and Clippings, 1905-1961
  7. Series 7: Biographical, Death, and Memorial, 1893-1979
  8. Series 8: Collections, 1750-2014
  9. Series 9: Photographs and Negatives of Collections, 1950-1969
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Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299