Trent Valley Archives - April 2017 E-Newsletter
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Archival Fonds

TVA holds more than 550 archival fonds from a wide variety of sources. 
View a partial list.


Focus on Fonds:
No. 3

Archie B. Tolmie (1898-1986) 

Creator: Archie B. Tolmie, Peterborough local historian

Dates of Material: 1904 - 1988

Physical Description: 3 metres

Scope and Contents:

Local history of Mariposa and nearby townships of Victoria County, from the beginnings to the 1980s. Scrapbooks and notebooks related to Archie Tolmie’s research in local schools, town halls and family collections. Interested in Murchison, MacKay, Tolmie, Graham, McMillan, Junkin, Moynes and other families, and in the history of Fenelon Falls, Woodville, Lindsay, Ops, Mariposa, Verulam, Somerville, Eldon, Glenarm, Bexley, Colborne District, and of individuals from the area such as Leslie Frost, and Sam Hughes. Notable is the school register for Mariposa Township, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1919, 1925, 1928. Tolmie also transcribed local records that are not readily available elsewhere: Assessment roll, Eldon, 1877, Mariposa, 1851-53. Also personal and family papers, 1904 to the 1980s which include papers related to his positions with Canadian Industries Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1940-64, and in Peterborough after 1964.

Custodial History: 

The materials were gathered by Archie Tolmie, or created by members of his immediate family. They were donated to the Trent Valley Archives in 1993.

Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History

Archie Tolmie (1898-1986) was born in Mariposa township and raised in Victoria county. His wife, Evelyn Murray was also born in the area, and their children included the noted Canadian artist, Ken Tolmie and historian Murray Tolmie. He worked for Canadian Industries Limited, 1940-1964, in Halifax. He retired to Peterborough with a view of writing the history of Fenelon Falls and Woodville areas, and most of his notes and research were gathered at that time.

More information: here.

Other Resources

The Trent Valley Archives is constantly adding new resources to our collection.

Many of these resources are also available as finding aids on our web site. Active links are underlined - click a link to see the resource.

Our resources include:
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Family Trees
  • Master Names Database
  • Census Records
  • Parish Records
  • Marriage Registries
  • Newspaper Obituaries
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Telephone and City Directories
  • Voters’ Lists
  • Court and Jail Records
  • 1869 Assessment
  • 1888 Directory
  • Peter Robinson Ships’ Lists
  • Peterborough County Land Records
  • A Library of over 3,000 titles

City Directories:

Ashburnham: 1858, 1864, 1865-66, 1870, 1876, 1883-84, 1894-95, 1897, 1898, 1888-89, 1901, 1901-02, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914

Peterborough: 1888-89, 1901, 1901-02, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1931... 1935, 1937... 1967
About the TVA

Since 1989, Trent Valley Archives has promoted the preservation, identification and care of archives in the Trent Valley region. We support access to archival collections, as well as the development of public regional and county or municipal archives. We encourage businesses and organizations to archive pertinent records, and help individuals to care for their documents. Moreover, since 1998, we have maintained an archival repository with a collections mandate to accept original and copied archival documents relating to the Trent Valley. At present, we have about 1000 cubic feet of documents relating to people, events and places connected with the Trent Valley.

Our mandate

The Trent Valley Archives promotes the preservation, identification and care of archives; encourages local history and family history research; maintains a web-page and quarterly magazine; operates a major research facility, and raises public awareness of history and archives through historical tours and community events.

Our outreach programs include:

  • Publishing: We publish books about local history, as well as our award-winning quarterly magazine, The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley
  • Tours: Time travel with Trent Valley Archives by foot, bus, or bike! We offer historical tours of the area on a variety of themes. Visit our events page for more information.
  • Presentations: Trent Valley Archives takes history to you! Knowledgeable volunteers give talks and display items of interest at retirement homes, schools, and other organizations.


In 2014 Trent Valley Archives was honoured to be presented with the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. The award is meant to recognize persons or organizations who have made a lasting and meaningful contribution to their communities and have provided significant support to volunteer activities.

Trent Valley Archives’ quarterly publication, The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley was recognized in 2004 by the Peterborough Historical Society with the F.H. Dobbin Award. This award is meant for a major publication, either fiction or non-fiction that focuses on Peterborough’s past. That same year, Trent Valley Archives was also presented with the County of Peterborough Award for Recognition for Heritage Preservation.

Our very own Elwood Jones received the Ontario Historical Society Carnochan Award in 2014 for his many years of service to the heritage community.

4th Line Theatre Fans

Don't miss Robert Winslow discussing his play
"The History of Drinking in Cavan"

The 5th of 6 Lectures in our 
"Canada & Peterborough 150 Lecture Series"

Trent Valley Archives invites you to attend the fifth in a series of six  lectures celebrating Peterborough and Canada: 150 Years.

Don't miss Robert Winslow on Wed., April 12, 2017 at 7 pm at the Peterborough Lions Community Centre, 346 Burnham St., East City. Tickets are just $16.00.

Robert Winslow, one of Canada’s leading theatre artists, multiple award winner and founder of 4th Line Theatre, will discuss his newest play History of Drinking in Cavan.

The play looks at alcohol consumption or the lack thereof in the local area over the past 200 years. Robert Winslow and his alter-ego, King, the town drunk, will take audiences on a wild historical ride from the early days of Irish settlement in the township through to present-day drinking practices.

The play veers from the anecdotal to the personal, from the outrageous to the serious as Winslow shares the rich stories of local residents and his own experiences growing up in Cavan.

To book tickets directly,
please go to
or for more info go to www.trentvalley archives .com
or contact Heather at 705-745-4404. 


Canada and the American Civil War

Speaker: John Boyko
The Final Lecture of our 
"Canada & Peterborough 150 Lecture Series"
Trent Valley Archives invites you to attend the sixth in a series of six  lectures celebrating Peterborough and Canada: 150 Years.

Don't miss author and historian John Boyko on Thurs., April 20, 2017 at 7 pm at Highland Park Funeral Centre, 2510 Bensfort Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 1C5. Tickets to this lecture are free. The Annual General Meeting to follow.

John Boyko will draw on his book “Blood and Daring” to bring us a fresh examination of Canada’s engagement in the American Civil War.

Entertaining and insightful John Boyko views the era of the American Civil War and Canadian Confederation through the lens of six fascinating characters: a fugitive slave, a covetous American secretary of state, a New Brunswick woman who served in the Union army disguised as a man, a newspaper man turned political visionary, a master of Confederate spies operating from a Toronto hotel, and the masterful politician who forged a nation under the imminent threat of invasion. 
For more info go to
or contact Heather at 705-745-4404. 
2016 Annual General Meeting
Highland Park Visitation Centre
Thursday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Guest Speaker: John Boyko 
Topic: Canada and the American Civil War

The AGM will take place after the Guest Speaker.
Light refreshments will be available.

Doors Open

May 6th 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Trent Valley Archives is pleased to be a part of Doors Open this year with three different free events. 

Join Mary McGee and Don Down who are leading a tour entitled "Seats of the Mighty" at Little Lake Cemetery throughout the day.

Elwood Jones and Don Willcock will be leading two tours (10:00 AM and 2:00 PM) of the downtown core entitled "After the Fires: Peterborough in the 1860s". 

Come to the Peterborough Art Gallery for an informative display about the clothes we wore in 1867. This exhibit was curated by Heather Aiton-Landry.

For more information please contact Heather at 705-745-4404.

TVA Plant Sale

Do you have: 
- Too much thyme on your hands?
- A plethora of portulaca?  
- A surplus of salvia?  

Support TVA by donating your extra plants to our inaugural Plant Sale! 

The sale will take place at TVA from 8:00 AM to noon on Saturday, June 3rd.  

For details about preparing and dropping off your plants, please contact Heather or Dianne at TVA.  

We are also accepting donations of gardening books and magazines in good condition.

Call Heather or Dianne
at 705-745-4404.

Women’s History Tour
At Little Lake Cemetery
May 21st  2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Meet some of the women who lived and worked in Peterborough during the 19th and 20th centuries.  

This tour features artists, pioneers, housewives and businesswomen.  

Some of them were well known in their own time, while others we know about only through the writings of their husbands or others. In either case these were some of the women who helped to shape the Peterborough and the surrounding area of their day and for future generations.

Tickets are $17.00.
To book tickets directly,
please go to

or for more info go to www.trentvalley
or contact Heather at 705-745-4404. 

Francis Stewart (1794 - 1872)
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