In 2001, the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation/Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies received a bequest from the estate of Lillian Agnes Jones. Lillian Agnes Jones (1909-2000) was a cousin to Whyte Museum founder, Peter Whyte. Her mother, Elizabeth Jane, was Dave White’s sister. She and her husband Clifford Jones moved to Calgary in 1900. Their daughter, Lillian, was educated at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and University of Washington State, graduating in 1952 with a degree in Library Science. She was Head Librarian for Cal Standard Oil Company in Calgary, and was a member of the University Women’s Club.
The Lillian Agnes Jones Fellowship was established “for study and research related to the history of Western Canada.” Initially administered as a graduate student scholarship through the University of Calgary, it was realigned in 2019 to be administered through the Whyte Museum, with an open call for scholarly residency proposals across Canada. Two fellowships were awarded in 2019/20: Daniel Meister (A ‘Red Tile in the Canadian Mosaic’? Indigenous Peoples and J. M. Gibbon’s Cultural Pluralism, 1920s-1950s) and Stephanie Laine Hamilton (Booze and Bars in the Bow Valley). They have both written articles pertaining to their residencies which are featured in this issue of the The Cairn (Volume 3, Issue 5, June 2020).
A call for applications for the 2020/21 Lillian Agnes Jones Fellowship will commence July 15, 2020 with a deadline of September 15, 2020. Proposals will be welcome that utilize the collections and resources of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Successful applicants will be expected to carry out their research at the Whyte Museum’s collections for a minimum of one (1) month to a maximum of three (3) months, between November 3 and March 15, 2021. Up to two recipients may be awarded the fellowship of $6000 CAD each. Further details and the application procedure can be found here.