Trent Valley Archives - September/October 2016 E-Newsletter
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Archival Fonds

TVA holds more than 500 archival fonds from a wide variety of sources.

View a partial list.


Focus on Fonds:

No. 345

Kenneth Gadd 

Scope and Contents:

Minutes and bylaws of the Peterborough Gliding Club, 1931-32; Quaker Oats; Royal Air Force Squadron 115; Bomber Command 1939-41; Lancasters; World War II; YMCA and Trinity United YPU 1939; history of the Lancasters at War; calendars 1977-79; Life Magazine 1969-1979 re: landing on the moon; Apollo 13; Ely, England; and related materials, 1939-1983; Quaker Oats special history of Canada 1967.

Custodial History: 

Received in two installments from Mrs Kenneth Gadd, 2012; and from Lynda Gadd, 1992. 

Access Points:

Peterborough Gliding Club
Quaker Oats
Royal Air Force Squadron 115
Lancasters at War
Moon Landing 1969

More information is available on our web site.

See the listing by clicking 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:

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

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.

Did you know?

Unlike many archives that receive substantial government funding, Trent Valley Archives houses its unique and extensive collection of local historical resources and makes them available to the public 5 days a week, year-round, through membershipdonations, and user fees.


Trent Valley Archives relies on the contribution of our dedicated volunteers. They provide their time and service to help support our many activities. Volunteers process new acquisitions and prepare finding aids, deliver tours and organize events, take care of the buildings and grounds, and support many projects behind the scenes.

Right now, many volunteers are processing the photographs and negatives found in the Peterborough Examiner fonds, part of the Peterborough County Photographic Collection.

You can make a difference too! Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.


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.

"Postcards from Peterborough and the Kawarthas"
"Postcards from Peterborough and the Kawarthas" the latest work published by the Trent Valley Archives has arrived.

This much anticipated book by Dr. Elwood Jones and Dr. Matthew Griffis is available from Trent Valley Archives or from Happenstance in Lakefield, Sullivan's Drug Store on Hunter St. in East City, and Peer Christensen's art store on George Street, Peterborough.

As you would expect the book includes beautiful colour reproductions of 180 local postcards but there are many more surprises in store. For example, there is a history of photographers in the Peterborough area from 1870 to 1920 as well as an examination of near-postcards from the 1820s to 1900.

This book offers a unique lens on aspects of history related to Peterborough and the lakes and locks of the Kawarthas. A book to enjoy; a book to give.

Information about the book and authors by Dr. Griffis
Peterborough Examiner article by Jessica Nynznik
Buy the book on-line at Trent Valley Archives web site
To order in person call Heather at 705-745-4404.
Saddle Up!
For the TVA's Fall Tour Season
Trent Valley Archives presents an array of award-winning tours designed to bring local history to life. 
Ladies of the Lake
A tribute to Some of Peterborough's historic ladies.

Tales of the lives of women, the famous and not so famous will be presented on our Ladies of the Lake cemetery tour taking place Sunday September 25th, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.

Learn about the successes and hardships of many ordinary women as well as the stories of the more famous such as Hannah McFarlane Fairbairn, photographer of the many Stoney Lake photos from the 2014 SPARK festival. 

Hannah McFarlane-Fairbairn

For tickets:
Call 705-754-4404 on Saturday September 24th up to 4PM,
order on-line or bring $15 cash per person to the tour.
Meet at the Chapel in Little Lake Cemetery.
Little Lake Cemetery Pageant
New Characters, Dramatic Stories, Local Actors
One evening only: Friday, October 21st.

Excitement is building for our mainly new version of the Cemetery Pageant. Tickets are selling fast and we already have more people booked than attended the event last year.  

We don't want to give too much away but some of the new characters that you will meet from Peterborough's past include:

• Mossom Boyd, lumber baron
• Lucius Sherlock, US Civil War veteran
• Wilson Conger, founder of Little Lake Cemetery
• Alfred Rippingale, Little Lake Cemetery Gardener
• Col. Agnes Campbell Neill, Matron-in-Chief, Canadian Nursing Sisters (WW II)

The denizens of the cemetery will share stories that reach far beyond Peterborough—to the Nile, Great Britain, and the United States. There will be tales of a mysterious death and an enduring friendship that still resonates today. And yes, we will visit the iconic W.G. Morrow mausoleum.  

For information & tickets call Heather at 705-745-4404.
Too True Tales of Dastardly Deeds, Supernatural Spectres and Hair Raising Hauntings 
Costumed guides recount spooky tales on this lantern-lit tour around Peterborough's most haunted buildings.

Join us if you dare.
For information call Heather at 705-745-4404.
Senator J. J. Duffus to be Honoured

On Saturday, October 15, a plaque will be unveiled to commemorate the accomplishments of Senator J. J. Duffus.
Duffus was one of Canada’s earliest major car dealers, an outstanding local entrepreneur, and an influential political organizer, MP, and Senator. From 1935 to 1955, Duffus was effective in handling the problems of constituents and worked diligently to promote the interests of the city and surrounding area, particularly in issues related to social welfare, to automobiles, tractors and airplanes, and the public interest. 

Stay tuned for more information about this important event.
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