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For photographs of Peterborough area hospitals, see the following:

83-008 Album, #24 Nicholl's Hospital n.d.
83-008 Album, #25 St. Joseph's Hospital n.d.
83-008/1/2 Nicholl's Hospital n.d.
02-004/8 Album 3 Cobourg Hospital ca. 1920
04-1004 Civic Hospital (postcard) n.d.


TITLE: Alcohol and sundry recipe notebooks fonds

Accession Number: 89-1001
Description: This fonds consists of three small notebooks: Volume 1 containing information on duties and freight rates for beer and gin from approximately 1897; Volume 2 containing recipes for alcoholic beverages and Volume 3 containing recipes for assorted chemists' balms, perfumes, cleaning products and medicine.
Inclusive Dates: [ca. 1897]
Extent: 1 folder
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Leslie Barker fonds

Accession Number: 97-018
Description: This fonds consists of three notebooks filled with newspaper clippings which reflect the exploits and accomplishments of three generations of the Barker family, and which incidentally reveal much of contemporary life. The first notebook dated 1860-1905 speaks mainly of the life of Dr. Edward John Barker, founder and editor of the Kingston newspaper "The British Whig", and later the daily "Whig." Dr. Barker's son, R.W. Barker, postmaster, and later postal inspector in London, Ontario, is the second figure of consequence in this volume. R.W. Barker apparently had a good voice and the record shows his participation in entertainment on many occasions. The second notebook deals primarily with the life of Captain R.K. Barker in the Boer War. It covers dates 1899-1901 (& some later), and reveals in significant detail the involvement of the Canadian contingent in the Emperial campaign. The third book, 1915-1919, recounts the Canadian contribution to World War I as revealed in newspaper articles (primarily Toronto newspapers), with some references to Lt. Col. R.K. Barker and his brother Capt. W.D.P. Barker.
Inclusive Dates: 1860-1919
Extent: 3 items
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Boyd family fonds

Accession Number: 88-011
Description: This fonds consists of records encompasing three generations of the Boyd family of Bobcaygeon. The fonds has been divided into the following series: photographs and glass negatives; Reverend Henry C. Avant; Mossom Boyd; Mossom Martin Boyd (Mossie); Lillian de Grassi Boyd; the De Grassi papers which are records of Dr. Alex De Grassi, Lillian Boyd's father, a physician from Lindsay, Upper Canada; Gardiner Cust Boyd; Mildred Boyd; Winnett (Brownie) Boyd; Laurence Chadwick Boyd; Mossom de Grassi Boyd; A. Sheila Boyd; stamps; artifacts; business which deals with the Boyds interests in lumbering; agricultural papers which deal with the Boyd's farming interests in buffalo and cattle; and, estate papers. The strength of this fonds lies in its completeness. Nothing was thrown away and there are grocery lists, laundry lists, staff salary books, furniture receipts, party and wedding invitations, school report cards, ship and railway timetables, diaries and approximately 20,000 pieces of correspondence. This has resulted in a remarkable record of a large household from the 1880s to the 1980s and an invaluable source for social and business historians.
Inclusive Dates: 1857-1982
Extent: 20 m
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Dr. M.S. Boyle's account book

Accession Number: 89-1020
Description: This item is an account book, covering the period from 1885 to 1894 which belonged to Dr. M.S. Boyle of Bowmanville, Ontario.
Inclusive Dates: 1885-1894
Extent: 1 vol.
Restrictions: N


TITLE: David Brown Collection

Accession Number: 98-015
Description: This collection consists of miscellanous ledgers and legal documents of businesses, doctors, etc. in Peterborough, surrounding counties and areas in southern Ontario.
Inclusive Dates: 1826-1967
Extent: 2 m & 1 large folder
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Business journals fonds

Accession Number: 88-014
Description: This fonds consists of ledgers, day books and other record books, mostly unidentified as to exact name and location of the business. All were situated in the Peterborough/Cobourg/Norwood/Marmora area.
Inclusive Dates: 1846-1962
Extent: 46 cm
Restrictions: Item #19 is restricted until 2035.


TITLE: Isabella Carr letter

Accession Number: 76-1002
Description: This item is a photocopy of a letter written by Isabella Carr to her sister, Mrs. Richard Bond of Lockport, New York. The letter was written in February, 1846. The letter gives news of family and neighbours and tells of an outbreak of measles.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied [ca. 1976]
Extent: 4 pages
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Dr. J.W. Clemishaw ledger

Accession Number: 75-008
Description: This item is a ledger of accounts which was kept by Dr. J.W. Clemishaw of Port Hope, Ontario. The entries are by the name of the patient and includes yearly summaries of accounts. There is little description of the nature of the illnesses.
Inclusive Dates: 1879-1882
Extent: 5 cm (1 volume)
Restrictions: N


TITLE: George Cobb tapes

Accession Number: 82-006
Description: This fonds consists of oral history tapes made by George Cobb. Topics covered on the tapes include: Trent Canal, lumbering, early medicine and dentistry in Peterborough County, native studies, mills and so forth. Also included are composite tapes on the subjects of "The Story of the Peterborough Lift Locks", "Logging in the 1890's", "River Boating on the Otonabee River, Rice and Stoney Lakes", "Early Life in Rural Ontario", and "Medicine, Dentistry and Cures of the Backwoods."
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1967
Extent: 86 tapes
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Blodwen Davies fonds

Accession Number: 91-001
Description: This fonds consists of research material, manuscripts, published articles and correspondence of Blodwen Davies with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the National Museum.
Inclusive Dates: 1928-1968
Extent: 91 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Adele Ebbs fonds

Accession Number: 97-009
Description: This fonds consists of documents and correspondence relating to the presentation of Trent University honorary degrees to Dr. J. Harry Ebbs and Mary Northway. The fonds also contains documents relating to Mary's death and her bequest of two million dollars to Trent University, various documents relating to Ontario camps and to the Brora Centre, and miscellaneous photographs.
Inclusive Dates: [1930]-1990
Extent: 6.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: A.G. Fleming letter

Accession Number: 70-1005
Description: This item is a photocopy of a letter from A.G. Fleming, of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, to his sons, David and Sandford, in Canada. Topics discussed include difficulties in booking passage to Canada, activities of David, and those of (later Sir) Sandford in railways. Also mentioned is Dr. Hutchison, Peterborough's first doctor; as well as incidences of grave illness and quarantining of newly-landed emigrants. The letter is dated July 16, 1847.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied [ca. 1970]
Extent: 4 pages
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Great Exposure of Liquors and Recipe Book / by Charles H. Hagar

Accession Number: 92-1009
Description: This item is a photocopy of an 1870's recipe book entitled: "Five Hundred Dollars Worth of Knowledge for One Dollar: Great Exposure of Liquors and Recipe Book" by Charles H. Hagar. The book was published in Binghampton, New York and contains recipes for inumerable alcoholic drinks and sundry other recipes for things such as hair tonic, sore throats, pain killers and others.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied [ca. 1992]
Extent: 1 file
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Haliburton, Kawartha & Pine Ridge District Health Council fonds

Accession Number: 04-009
Description: Fonds consists of reports, directional plans, reviews, and proceedings of the Haliburton, Kawartha & Pine Ridge District Health Council (1989-1998). Also included are some meeting minutes of the Well-Being in the Rural Community Task (1995-1996); the Ontario Health Survey Liaison Group (1991-1992); the Creating a Future that Works Healthy Community Group (1994-1995); the District Health Council/Trent Conservation Coalition GIS Meeting with Stanhope Township (1996-1997); the District Health Council/Trent Conservation Coalition/GIS Project Intensification Study Technical Committee (1995-1996); the GIS Technical Committee (1997); and the GIS Planning Task Force (1995-1996).
Inclusive Dates: 1989-1998
Extent: 30 cm of textual records; 4 computer disks
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Dr. John Hutchison birth register

Accession Number: 70-1007
Description: This item is a photocopy of Dr. Hutchison's birth register of his patients, which he kept during his practice in Port Hope, Cobourg and Peterborough. It is taken from the doctor's lecture note-book, from his days as a medical student in Glasgow (1815). The birth register contains births from 1817 to 1846.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied [before 1970]
Extent: 36 pages
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Richard Johnston fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 94-008
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of correspondence (original and third party), news releases, reports and photographs regarding Richard Johnston and his work as New Democratic Party representative in Scarborough West from 1979 to 1990. There are also some papers concerning his work since retiring from politics. Johnston 9 1946 - ) was an organiser for NDP leader Stephen Lewis, NDP caucus leader and Chair of the Social Development Committee. He also participated in the selct Committee on Health. As an MPP for Scarborough, he wa avididly involved in all manner of social issues including health policy, mental health issues, drug and medical research, retirement and nursing homes.
Inclusive Dates: 1979-1991
Extent: 6.5 feet
Restrictions: Personal information contained in papers restricted for 90 years


TITLE: Dr. Hugh D. Logan fonds

Accession Number: 80-011
Description: The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence and related material regarding Physician's Services Incorporated and the development of pre-paid medical insurance plans in Ontario and Canada. Logan (1900-1952) was personal physician to Premier Leslie Frost [Ontario - 1949-1961] and since OHIP came in under Frost it's reasonable to believe that Robbins freindship with Frost influenced the Premier in later years while OHIP was being negotiated. Also included are two maps of the Thunder Bay, Kenora and Rainy River districts.
Inclusive Dates: 1944-1951
Extent: 19 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: John R. Marshall collection

Accession Number: 97-1025
Description: This collection consists of a photograph of John R. Marshall, possibly in his late 30's or early 40's, and newspaper clipping memorials to Marshall at the time of his death in April 1952.
Inclusive Dates: [192?] 1952
Extent: 3 items, 1 photograph : b&w ; 47cm x 34cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Eliza Jane (Hughes) McAlpine fonds

Accession Number: 97-1037
Description: This fonds consists of a two-volume biography of Eliza Jane (Hughes) McAlpine, 1854-1938, written by her grandson, Wallace McAlpine, fifty years after her death. The biography contains the Hughes family history from the Napoleonic era, follows Eliza's parents to Canada in the 1840's, describes the marriages of her siblings, and gives a fine sense of life in Durham County in the early years of Canada's nationhood. Eliza's battle with spinal meningitis is recounted. The volumes trace the events, joys, and sorrows of the sizeable Hughes family, the accomplishments of Eliza's husband, Dr. John McAlpine, and the experiences with horses and subsequently automobiles. The extraordinary impact of Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" is described. The famous Sir Sam Hughes was Eliza's brother and some of his exploits are described. Eliza's tour of Europe is described as it took place just before the outbreak of World War I. Lt. A.A. MacLeod's story is told. There is an account of Lt. Col. Cyril D.H. McAlpine's fateful expedition in the Arctic; a biographical sketch of J.W.L. Foster who painted a portrait of Eliza; an account of M.P. Tom Stinson's visits with Eliza; Eliza's disgust with Vicki Baum; her pleasure in talking with Chief Paudash; and finally her death and its aftermath. The volumes provide a wide, varied sketch of the times in which the events transpire. Attached to the pages within the volumes are approximately 30 photographs, most of which are portraits, and are both in black and white, and colour.
Inclusive Dates: [1988]
Extent: 2 items
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Dr. Barclay McKone manuscripts

Accession Number: 97-1011
Description: These manuscripts were written by Dr. Barclay McKone, M.D., and are in typescript format. The first manuscript with the title "Moose Factory Indian Hospital" describes, in addition to a brief historical and geographical background of Moose Factory and its service area, salient treatments used to fight tuberculosis, and the frequent successes. The record comes alive with frequent records of specific cases. A review of cases indicated different characteristics of the disease and its treatment between Indians and Inuit patients. This report also refers to the treatment of other diseases and cases handled by the hospital between 1951 and 1955. The second manuscript with the title "Eastern Arctic Medical and X-Ray Survey 1955" describes in more complete diary-like detail the considerable amount of work done by group #2 of a 3 group expedition in their attempt to grapple with all the medical problems of the eastern Arctic. Again a primary concern is to identify and arrange to treat patients with tuberculosis. The time frame is June to September 1955.
Inclusive Dates: 1951 1955
Extent: 3 cm
Restrictions: The manuscripts are not to be quoted from without permission of the author.


TITLE: New Left Movement fonds

Accession Number: 88-020
Description: This fonds consists of protest newspapers, newsletters, journals, essays, and 'left wing' political manifestos written and published between 1964 and 1973. The records cover Canada and the United States.
Inclusive Dates: 1964-1973
Extent: 51 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Notebook

Accession Number: 89-1014
Description: This item is a notebook, covering part of May and June of 1923. It contains notes on medical experiments. The return address reads "Department of Pathology, (Bacteriology Section) Toronto General Hospital" while the label on the cover reads "Notes on Military Lectures Given to the Officers' Training Corps of the Army Service Department of the Canadian Militia at Toronto".
Inclusive Dates: May 1923-June 1923
Extent: 1 volume
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Oft in the Stilly Night / R.M. Matthews

Accession Number: 86-012
Description: This item is a bound, unpublished manuscript containing 7 photographs and 2 coloured post cards of Silver Islet. The manuscript contains the reminiscences of Ross Matthews about his family and friends.
Inclusive Dates: 1981
Extent: 6.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: The Old Doctor / C.P. Traill. -- 1st ed. -- Edited by Jean Murray Cole. -- Peterborough : Hutchinson House Museum

Accession Number: 86-1000
Description: This item is a booklet published by Hutchison House Museum, Peterborough, containing " The Old Doctor " written by Catharine Parr Traill and introduced by Jean Murray Cole.
Inclusive Dates: 1985
Extent: 1 file
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Canada West. Cornwall Municipal Board of Health Return

Accession Number: 75-1007
Description: This item consists of a photocopy of the municipal Board of Health returns, from 1847, RG 5 B 16 from the Public Archives of Canada. It is a report on the hospital and a request for money to help pay salaries and other costs that are usually incurred by the sick. This item was sent by the Mayor of Cornwall to the Goverment of Britain.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied [ca. 1970-1975]
Extent: 3 pages
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Our Peterborough Hospitals..

Accession Number: 83-1027
Description: Item is an address by Dr. John T.R. Stewart "Our Peterborough Hospitals" which was given to the Peterborough Fortnightly Club.
Inclusive Dates: [between 1920 and 1940]
Extent: 0.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Thomas W. Poole fonds

Accession Number: 74-1004
Description: This fonds consists of original letters from Thomas W. Poole to H.B.B. Alley, a London (Canada West) businessman, describing social life, medical practice, employment practice, employment opportunities and personal topics. The letters were all written while Poole lived in Norwood, Canada West.
Inclusive Dates: 1854-1864
Extent: 2 cm (1 folder)
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Harry M. Robbins fonds

Accession Number: 75-014
Description: This fonds consists of correspondence, memoranda and scrapbooks of Harry Robbins (1887-1970), public relations officer with the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party from 1939 to 1961. The fonds includes both office and personal records and correspondence relating to the electoral and other fortunes of the party in Ontario, Canada and some of the other provinces. The fonds also include a scrapbook of campaign posters and other materials, party election handbooks and election forecasts. Robbins, serving as a Conservative M.P. during the tenure of Premier G. Howard Ferguson [Ontario - 1923-1930] was interested in health issues, the establishment of hospitals throughout the 1950s. His correspondants included Ministers of Health.
Inclusive Dates: 1936-1970
Extent: 3 m
Restrictions: Access with the permission of the University Archivist.


TITLE: Allan L. Sherwin fonds

Accession Number: 15-001
Description: Fonds consists of Professor Allan L. Sherwin’s research materials relating to the biography of Bridging Two Peoples: Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909 and the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the Mississaugas (Ojibwe) of the New Credit First Nation of Hagersville, Ontario. The research materials consist primarily of photocopies of original documents including letters and papers from Library and Archives Canada, the Archives of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and various other publications. Copies of correspondence between Dr. Jones and Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, copies of The Indian, the newspaper edited by Dr. Jones and writings of various Aboriginal writers are included. Interspersed within the files is correspondence with other academics especially Canadian Historian Professor Donald B. Smith, the author of the classic biography of Dr. Peter E. Jones’s father entitled Sacred Feathers: The Reverend Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Indians.
Inclusive Dates: ca. 2001-ca. 2013
Extent: .6 m of textual records; ca. 15 photographs
Restrictions: Most of the research material is comprised of copies of documents and photographs from other archival collections, from published books and articles, and from academic theses and dissertations. This material may not be reproduced or quoted directly without appropriate consent.


TITLE: W.S. Tucker collection

Accession Number: 91-008

Description: This collection consists of texts of papers and speeches written by William Sansome Tucker, D.Sc., A.M.I.E.E. in his particular area of expertise-sound phenomena-as well as other topics. Also included are letters patent, photographic and diagram illustrations as well as a few tear-sheets from periodicals about his work. There are also two or three papers by Dr. Tucker's colleagues.
Inclusive Dates: 1910-1940
Extent: 18 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Dr. Henry Allan Turner fonds

Accession Number: 90-014
Description: This fonds consists of records relating to the professional and personal lives of Dr. Henry Turner (Sr.) and Dr. Henry A. Turner (Jr.), both medical doctors of the Millbrook area. The medical publications, prescription day books, office records, customer account books, transaction day books, stock books, business and domestic records and invoices, medical x-rays, and correspondence depict the lives of each man respectively, spanning the years 1872 to 1936. Also included are personal and business-related records of Alice Turner, nurse, daughter of H.A. Turner (Sr.). A Farmers and Business Directory for Peterborough and the United Counties has been removed to the Trent Collection and catalogued in TOPCAT.
Inclusive Dates: 1872-1936
Extent: 5 m
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Margaret Van Every collection

Accession Number: 97-1032
Description: This collection consists of six published articles and booklets relating to Mary Northway, W.E. Blatz, the Brora Centre and child psychology. It also consists of two photographs, one of Taylor Statten at Camp Ahmek in 1929, and one of Camp Ahmek council members in 1923, with accompanying key to names. Also included is a share certificate issued to Marian Gibson by John Northway and Son, Limited, and 1982 reminiscences of Mary Northway of her days at Glen Bernard Camp.
Inclusive Dates: 1923-1982
Extent: 12 items
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Henry White letter book

Accession Number: 75-006
Description: This item is a letter book containing the correspondence of Henry White. Topics discussed include legal matters dealing with collection of rent, reference to typhoid fever in November 1903, and reference to the forthcoming election of December 1903. The letter book includes an index and is alphabetically arranged.
Inclusive Dates: 30 April 1901-20 Dec. 1904
Extent: 5 cm
Restrictions: N


ISOLATED MANUSCRIPT #68:
"Peterborough Medical Association." Central Ontario Medical Association. Peterborough Medical Society 1902-1922. Compiled and written for the Peterborough Medical Association by Frank H. Dobbin, 1921-1922.
An original typscript of biographies of doctors who served in the Peterborough area from 1821 to 1921. The document also includes photographs of some of the doctors and appendices comprised of several papers on medical subjects. This item was donated by Peterborough Public Library in 2012.