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Susan Neale fonds

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Accession Number: 17-006


Susan Neale fonds. -- 1938; 1957-2015. -- 24 cm of textual records and other materials -- 156 photographs -- 65 slides -- ca. 200 negatives.


Susan Jane Neale is the daughter of Colin Neale and Patricia Anne Turvey. She has two siblings, Andrew and Christina, and lives in Peterborough, Ontario with her husband Paul Joseph Hulsmans. Between 1982 and 1994, Neale worked as an archaeologist in England, Ontario, and Nunavut and from 1995 to 2001 at Fleming College as a member of faculty. Since the year 2000, she has served as Museum Director at Peterborough Museum and Archives and from 2001 to the present, also as Research Associate in Trent University’s Anthropology Graduate Program. Neale earned a Master’s degree in the Department of Anthropology at Trent University in 1985. She has served on several committees and boards at local and provincial levels and has published and presented a number of papers pertaining to archaeology, to museum management and renewal, and to emergency preparedness and recovery from a museum perspective.


Fonds includes reports and photographs pertaining to Susan Neale’s archaeological studies and career in the field of archaeology. The materials focus on Ontario, Nunavut, and England and include photographs and slides taken by Neale of Hambledon Hill, Edmund Point, Nettilling Lake, and Roche Bay. Many of the Roche Bay photographs are of lithics analyzed by Neale for her Trent University Master’s thesis. Also included in the fonds are personal, academic, and family records.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Susan Neale before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2016, 2017, and 2019.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Susan Neale in 2016, 2017, and 2019.

Fonds Arrangement: Fonds was organized by Archives staff.

Restrictions: N


Box 1

Loose in box:
Small box of Neale’s Brownie and Girl Guide of Canada memorabilia: badges, ribbons, membership and test cards, 1969-1973


1. A packet of letters written to Neale by Nelson, British Columbia fellow grade school students when Neale moved from Nelson to Beaconsfield, Quebec in 1970; also, a later-dated packet comprised of letters which were sent to Neale in 1984 by Grade 5 Beaconsfield students after she gave a talk to their class (a student at this time was Neale’s sister, Christina)

2. Elementary school, high school, and college memorabilia including report cards, a diploma, awards, handmade greeting cards, 1967-1979, and a school assignment on family genealogy [grade 8]. Also included is information about Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers, a non-profit horse riding school, listing Neale as a rider, 1974

3. Trent University memorabilia including correspondence about acceptance, awards, etc., Champlain College “bon temps” buttons, convocation photographs (2), a fourth-year anthropology paper, 1979-1984; also, a University of Toronto Convocation program listing Neale in the graduating class, 1988

4. Archaeological fieldwork at Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England, 1982: includes 10 photographs, a 1981 report, itinerary, article titled “Ten Must See Age Hill Forts in Britain”; Scientific American March 1985 with an article about the fieldwork by R.J. Mercer

5. Archaeological fieldwork at Edmund Point, Baffin Island, 1983 (field trip taken with Dr. Douglas Stenten): includes 13 photographs, 10 slides, negatives

6. Archaeological fieldwork at Nettilling Lake, Baffin Island, [1986] (field trip taken with Dr. Douglas Stenten): includes 50 photographs, 33 slides, negatives, a report by Dr. Stenten titled “Mitigation of the Sandy Point Site (L1Dv-10) Baffin Island, N.W.T. – A Report submitted to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, November 30, 1986”

Box 2


1. Archaeological fieldwork at Roche Bay, Melville Peninsula, Northwest Territories: includes 70 photographs, 22 slides, and negatives of the site and artifacts; also accompanying notes. Project led by Dr. Ellen Bielawski, University of Alberta

2. Northern memorabilia: Nunatta Sunaqutangit brochure, etc.

3. Letters to Neale from colleagues in the archaeology field: names include Trent associates Jo-Anne Nichol, Dr. Douglas Stenten, and Bob Wright, ca. 1983-1989; also includes letter exchange between Neale and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney re the creation of a national park reserve near South Moresby in the Queen Charlotte Islands, 1987

4. York North Archaeological Services publication: A Block in Time: A Stage I-II Heritage Assessment and Archaeological Site Monitoring Project at the Site Proposed for the Ministry of Natural Resources Relocation in Peterborough, Ontario, 1997; loosely inserted are one photograph and one slide showing heavy equipment and personnel at the property site on Water Street, Peterborough

5. “Oui” poster, issued during the first referendum in Quebec, [1980]

6. Newspaper articles with references to Neale: 1982 (re Barnum House archaeological dig); 2000

7. City of Peterborough Civic Award, 2002

8. Exhibition catalogue titled Light, Lens and Heart: Edwardian Portraits from the Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images, 2002 / exhibition curated by Susan Neale, Jim Leonard, Gillian Pedwell

9. Papyrus articles by Neale (2013, 2015)

10. Items pertaining to Colin Neale, father of Susan Neale:

  • birth certificate, 1938
  • documents pertaining to “The First Emperor of China” historical drama by National Film Board of Canada, 1989; includes correspondence about the production, a study guide for students, etc.; also included are letters to Neale from her father, Colin Neale, who was producer of the film
  • a copy of Path of the Paddle: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Canoeing by Bill Mason, inscribed by the author to Colin Neale (the two worked together with the NFB)

11. Items pertaining to Patricia Anne Turvey and Andrew Neale:

  • Notebook which belonged to Patricia Anne Turvey, Neale’s mother: contains handwritten quotes by Turvey, [1957], and by Neale as well, [1977].
  • Loosely inserted in the notebook are a photograph of artworks by Turvey and two poems by Neale’s brother, Andrew

Material received from Susan Neale in 2019

12. Printed list of 88 films produced by Colin Neale. Also, 11 photographs of groups of people associated with the productions of some of the films which appear on the list; all photographs include Colin Neale