Trent Valley Archives - December 2014
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Upcoming Events:

At Trent Valley Archives, we recognize the importance of helping people learn about their history. To this end, we host a variety of events throughout the year to help people access their past – and we do it in ways that are always informative and entertaining!

View a list of our 2015 events here.


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

Archival Fonds

TVA holds more than 400 archival fonds from a wide variety of sources.

View a partial list.
Focus on Fonds:
No. 26
Osborne Photographic Collection

The Osborne Photographic Collection includes thousands of positives and negatives (small, medium, and large format). These were created between 1971 and 1989 at the Osborne Photography studio as well as at other locations within the greater Peterborough area. The majority are colour although a substantial minority are black and white.

Series A, “Personal Portraits”, contains most of the formal, personal portraits, most of which were taken in the Osborne studio itself on George Street.

Series B, “Business and Political Portraits”, that contains images of most prominent businesses as well as photos of several visits that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau made in the 1970s.

See a more complete description here.

There and Back Again:
Searching for Peterborough's Irish Roots

As part of Heritage Week the TVA and Peterborough Public Library will present an evening exploring historical and modern connections between Ireland and Peterborough.
Irish Immigrants Carroll & Bazil Flaherty

Join us at the Library Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm. for an entertaining and educational program including:

Alan Brunger, Trent University professor and an expert on the Peter Robinson settlement, will speak about the various immigrations from Ireland to Peterborough County. 

Meghan Murphy, popular local media personality, will share her heart warming story of finding her Father's diary, reenacting her Father's 1973 bike tour and tracing her Murphy and Galvin ancestors.

Megan Murphy reenacts her Father's ride
Mary Smith, Selwyn Mayor and professional researcher Dennis Carter-Edwards have prepared a special presentation on their 2013 trip to Ireland.
Colleen Allen will speak about Irish resources at the Peterborough Public Library and Examiner columnist Elwood Jones will explain how to research Irish ancestry at Trent Valley Archives.

Nassau Mills, a local musical trio, will entertain us with a program of Irish music from the early days of Peterborough County. See Nassau Mills web site.
This free event is open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted.  Refreshments will be served. 

Cody Finishes Co-Op Assignment

TVA bids a fond farewell to St. Peter's student Cody Starr, who has been with us since September 2014.  As part of his co-op program, Cody has been helping us with such varied tasks as re-housing documents, assembling shelving, updating the shelf list, creating useable space in the basement and the annex. Cody also did a stellar job of decorating our Christmas tree.  He informs us that he will be returning from time to time to help out as required.  Thanks, Cody!

Welcome Sean Morgan

Thanks to a grant from COIN, Sean Morgan has been with us since early November.  When you visit our website you will see Sean's work-- he has updated our bookshop and is continually adding more finding aids to our resource section.  We're glad to have you aboard, Sean!
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