Love in the Archives

Last year, we stumbled across this wonderful drawing in the March 4 1924 issue of the Journal.  After doing a bit of research, we realized that this drawing was done by our benefactor, Kathleen Ryan (neé Whitton), back when she was a student at Queen’s.

To our delight, once we saw their yearbook photos we also realized that the drawing was of her and her eventual husband Sylvester Frank Ryan.

We know that Kathleen and Frank knew each other before they came to Queen’s for they went to the same high school in Renfrew Ontario. But we like to think this drawing gives us some insight into their romance: that perhaps their love blossomed while researching primary source material in the Archives.

And maybe, just maybe, that’s one of the reasons why Kathleen Ryan decided to help fund the renovation of the New Medical Building to house Queen’s University Archives in 1981.


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