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Accession Number: 04-013


Friends of the Bata Library fonds. Additions. -- 1978-2001. -- 12 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The Friends of the Bata Library was established in 1978 as a support group for the Bata Library. It consists of citizens who hold regular evenings with guest speakers and whose membership fees contribute to donations to the library and archives at Trent University. The initial meeting was held May 23, 1978 with Professors Gordon Roper, R.D. Chambers, F.A. Hagar, Graham Cogley, John Wiseman, Elwood Jones and Head Librarian Brian Heeney. They proposed that Michael Treadwell head the Friends of the Bata Library Steering Committee as chairman and in the summer of 1978 Brian Heeney and F.A. Hagar were to contact various colleges and universities in the U.S.A., Britain and Canada to find information out about other Friends programs. By October 12, 1978 the formation of a Friends group at Trent was well under way. The committee outlined the purpose of the new group as fostering the role of the Library as the intellectual heart of the University and community which it serves. The Friends would be helping to accomplish their purpose through their fees thus providing a special fund for the acquisitions of rare books and manuscripts; by encouraging gifts and bequests of books and manuscripts from the wider community and by enriching the intellectual life of the University through their participation in the meetings of the Friends. The meetings were to take the form of informal lectures and seminars on subjects of general interest, but focusing on the Library's collections and archives. The Committee solicited members by inviting people to become founding members and to come to the founding meeting of the new group. The founding meeting was held October 27, 1978 at 4:OO pm with the official opening of the Bata Library's new A.J.M. Smith Collection with Dr. Smith being the guest of honour and speaker. Since then the Friends of the Bata Library have made numerous purchases and given donations to the Library and Archives.

Custodial History

Fonds created by and and in the custody of Friends of the Bata Library before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence and financial statements of the Friends of the Bata Library. Also included are meeting minutes and publicity notices relating to Friends-sponsored talks.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.
Fonds acquired from the Friends of the Bata Library.
Restrictions: N
This fonds along with 87-019 and 91-004 is an addition to 86-011.FINDING AID

Box 1


1. Correspondence, misc., 1981-1990
2. Elwood Jones: correspondence, etc. 1978-1982
3. Jean Cole: correspondence, financial statements, etc., 1981-1994
4. John Wadland: correspondence, financial statements, etc., 1985-2001
5. Lists of members, 1986-1991
6. Acquisitions policy, 1985-1986; acquisitions committee meeting minutes, 1989-1990
7. Annual general meeting minutes, 1989-1998
8. Executive committee meeting minutes, 1986-2000
9. Publicity notices relating to Friends-sponsored talks, 1987-2000
10. Correspondence with speakers of Friends-sponsored talks, 1984-1990

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