AKV 1.9

Margaurite and Kenneth M. McDonald collection of dog show photography


2.5 linear ft (in 3 boxes)

Processed by Brynn White, 2017


Biographical Note

Margaurite and Kenneth "Mac" McDonald devoted their lives to the sport of the purebreed dog, as breeders, professional handlers, and, ultimately,  judges. Based in Redondo Beach, California, they bred and showed many top winning English Cocker and English Springer Spaniels under the prefix Kay Emm, including Ch. Kay Emm's Rob Roy's Anbet of Pan, Ch. Kay Emm's Flashing Caballero, and Ch. Kay Emm's Flashing Challenge. Kenneth received all-breed status as a judge in 1968, as did Margaurite sometime after his death in 1973.

Scope and Content

Spanning the late-1940s through the 1970s, the collection chronicles the lifelong careers in the sport  Margaurite and Kenneth M. McDonald. It is divided into four categories: portraits and candids of the McDonalds and their dogs (English Cocker and English Springer Spaniels), win shots from the McDonalds' careers as handlers and exhibitors (strictly Spaniels), win shots featuring Margaurite McDonald as judge, and win shots featuring Kenneth M. McDonald as Judge.

While they both eventually served as all-breed judges, as represented by the images Margaurite chiefly judged Toy and Sporting Groups while Kenneth more regularly specialized in Non-Sporting and Working dogs. Most of the shows depicted in the collection are West Coast based. There are many  win shots by esteemed dog show photographer Joan Ludwig, who also captured several of the Kay Emm dogs in portrait.


The collection was donated by Shirley McDonald, daughter-in-law of Kenneth and Margaurite, in 1995.

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