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From the inception of the university in 1964, there was always an emphasis on Canadian Studies. The first President, Thomas H.B. Symons, was Chair of the Commission on Canadian Studies in the 1970s and held the strong belief that it was critical for us as Canadians "to know ourselves." Trent was fortunate early on to have a "Canadiana Librarian," J.D.P. Martin, who collected editions of works critical to our understanding of Canada and Canadian culture. Trent University has continued this commitment by assuring that the library has acquired the entire output of the Canadian Institute of Historical Microfilm. See also the Special Collections and Rare Books page which describes published supporting material for the study of Canada. In addition, the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) on the 4th floor of Bata Library is an extraordinary resource. Listed below are only the most obvious archival resources for the study of Canada and Canadian institutions. Many other more specific sources will be found under other subject headings such as "Military" or "Literary."


TITLE: Association For Canadian Studies fonds

Accession Number: 81-021
Description: This fonds consists of the constitution, correspondence, fund raising files, publications and reports of the Association For Canadian Studies.
Inclusive Dates: 1971-1981
Extent: 53 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Association for Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 91-007
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of the Association for Canadian Studies correspondence, personnel files, constitution, membership files, materials related to Association for Canadian Studies awards, publications, workshops and conferences, publicity, fundraising, meeting minutes, Quebec regional materials and records on Canadian Studies as a discipline in the educational system.
Inclusive Dates: 1973-1987; 1991
Extent: 5.2 m
Restrictions: None except for Box 1 Folders 4-23, 27-36 and Box 2 Folders 1-3


TITLE: Association for Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 98-013
Description: This fonds consists of administrative documents and correspondence related to ACS publications and ACS conferences.
Inclusive Dates: 1984-1990
Extent: 53 cm
Restrictions: None, except for Box 6 Folder 1.


TITLE: Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 97-003
Description: This fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, etc. of Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani and their families. Important historical materials relating to the John Beverley Robinson family are included. The fonds also consists of Gilbert's research material as an archaeologist, Stewart's research material relating to her work as an art lecturer, photographs and materials relating to the Bagnani estate, "Vogrie", located in Port Hope, Ontario, and materials concerning Gilbert and Stewart's association with Trent University.
Inclusive Dates: 1662-1997
Extent: 3 m 55 cm
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: The Honourable James K. Bartleman fonds

Accession Number: 15-004
Description: Fonds is comprised of correspondence, photographs, daily schedules, notes for remarks and speeches, brochures and pamphlets, and other documents pertaining to The Honourable James K. Bartleman.
Inclusive Dates: 2002-2010
Extent: 14 m of textual records and related materials
Restrictions: Some of the documents in this fonds are restricted. Access is governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Requests for access to the restricted records 100 years old or less must be submitted in writing.


TITLE: Roger Buxton photographic slide collection

Accession Number: 15-010
Description: Collection is comprised of approximately 4200 slides of photographs pertaining primarily to the Canadian and Greenland Arctic. The photographs were taken during the 1970s to 1990s by Roger Buxton and are identified and dated. Also included are aerial views of Trent University (14 September 1985), photographs of the aftermath of the Barrie, Ontario tornado (31 May 1985), and photographs of family and scenic landscapes.
Extent: .6 m of slides
Restrictions: Copies are permitted for private research purposes. For publishing purposes, permission from the donor is required.


TITLE: David R. Cameron fonds

Accession Number: 01-001

Description: Fonds consists of correspondence, questionnaires and reports generated by Professor David R. Cameron who was commissioned by the Department of the Secretary of State (superceded by the Department of Canadian Heritage) to investigate the status of Canadian Studies in the 1990s. His report, "Taking Stock: Canadian Studies in the Nineties was published by the Association of Canadian Studies in 1996. Materials include readers' comments on the draft report.
Inclusive Dates: 1991-1996
Extent: 1.2 m
Restrictions: N.


TITLE: Canadian Association on Gerontology fonds

Accession Number: 05-002
Description: This fonds consists of correspondence, agenda, minutes, research reports, Newsletters and administrative records of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, established in 1971.
Inclusive Dates: 1971-2003
Extent: 6 m
Restrictions: N.


TITLE: Commission on Canadian Studies fonds

Accession Number: 86-031
Description: This fonds consists of briefs, correspondence, memoranda and responses to "To Know Ourselves" and "Some Questions of Balance".
Inclusive Dates: 1970-1986
Extent: 19 m
Restrictions: Permission of the University Archivist.


TITLE: Commission on Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 13-009
Description: Fonds consists of briefs, correspondence, reports, memoranda and responses to "To Know Ourselves" and "Some Questions of Balance".
Inclusive Dates: 1957-2012
Extent: 3.7 m
Restrictions: Permission of the Curator/Archivist.


TITLE: Honourable T.C. Douglas documents

Accession Number: 97-1036
Description: These documents consist of two stapled mimeographed books. The first, dated March 1946 and entitled "The Union of Saskatchewan Indians: The Record of the Establishment of Indian Unity in Saskatchewan" records the minutes of meetings held in Regina, Duck Lake and Saskatoon, and provides names of the Constitution Committee. It also contains reprints of Treaties No.3 and 4. The second book, dated July 1946 and entitled "The Treaties Between Her Majesty, Queen Victoria and The Indians of British North America" contains reprints of Treaties No. 3,4,5,6,7, and 8.
Inclusive Dates: 1946
Extent: 2 items
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Edith Fowke manuscript

Accession Number: 97-1016
Description: This 8-page, typewritten manuscript is entitled "Folk Songs of Peterborough" and consists of a brief overview of the folk song tradition of the Peterborough area. Fowke indicates that the Peterborough region is one of the richest in Ontario and credits this in large part to the significant Irish representation in the County. She mentions by name individuals who can sing old songs brought from the old country, or songs learned in the lumbering shanty and carried down from generation to generation. She quotes songs that give specific reference to places such as Kinmount, Omemee, Gannon's Narrows, Tory Hill, etc. Farming traditions, love ballads, and jail terms all find their places in the canon.
Inclusive Dates: [1965]
Extent: 1 item
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Peter Gzowski fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 98-010
Description: This fonds consists of letters addressed to Peter Gzowski and the CBC radio show "Morningside". It also consists of manuscripts, correspondence with publishers, etc.
Inclusive Dates: 1980-1997
Extent: 3 m 39cm
Restrictions: Personal letters may not be quoted without permission of the writer.


TITLE: Peter Gzowski fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 99-015
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of manuscripts for the "Morningside Years" and "Friends, Moments, Countryside", correspondence between Peter Gzowski, McClelland and Stewart and other editorial staff. There are 'mail bag' and 'ROA' (read on air) letters addressed to the Morningside show, some of which are included in the "Morningside Years." Also included is one complete radio program schedule and a program for "Peter Gzowski's Invitationals play the Winter Garden." There are also nineteen computer disks consisting of letters, transcripts of "Morningside" interviews, and chapters of the "Morningside Years". Twenty-four audio cassette tapes of Gzowski's interviews with various Canadian authors and scientists are also included. As well, there are a total of six photographs of Peter Gzowski and his staff.
Inclusive Dates: 1988-1998
Extent: 50 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Mary Anne Haney fonds

Accession Number: 81-007
Description: The fonds consists of audio cassettes containing biographical and issue-oriented interviews of Professor Emeritus, Kenneth Kidd, conducted by Mary Anne Haney as part of her research for a paper in Canadian Studies 400.
Inclusive Dates: 1979-1980
Extent: 6 cassettes
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies fonds

Accession Number: 87-005
Description: This fonds consists of working papers, galley proofs and manuscripts of articles for the Journal of Canadian Studies.
Inclusive Dates: 1977-1980
Extent: 30.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 88-015
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of correspondence relating to administration and editing of the Journal of Canadian Studies published at Trent University, Peterborough.
Inclusive Dates: 1973-1985
Extent: 25.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 91-006
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of manuscripts of articles which were submitted to the Journal of Canadian Studies for publication.
Inclusive Dates: 1986-1987
Extent: 25 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies. Additions

Accession Number: 92-011
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of manuscripts of articles for issues from Volume 22, No. 1, (Spring, 1987) to Volume 26, No. 3 (Fall, 1991). There is also drafts of articles and correspondence concerning film in Canada.
Inclusive Dates: 1975-1991
Extent: 1.5 m
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 95-017
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of manuscripts of articles published, and reject letters generated by the editors of the Journal of Canadian Studies.
Inclusive Dates: 1983-1994
Extent: .75 m
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 97-008
Description: This fonds consists of working papers, galley proofs and manuscripts of articles for the Journal of Canadian Studies.
Inclusive Dates: 1996-1997
Extent: 32 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 98-016
Description: This fonds consists of manuscripts of articles for the Journal of Canadian Studies, vol.32, #1-3. Also included is correspondence with authors.
Inclusive Dates: 1996-1997
Extent: 25 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 12-013
Description: Fonds consists of five boxes of correspondence and manuscripts relating to the Journal of Canadian Studies:
Volume 44.3 (Fall 2010) is located in Box 1 and Box 2 Folders 1-3;
Volume 45.1 (Winter 2011) is located in Box 2 Folders 4-15;
Volume 45.2 (Spring 2011) is located in Box 3 Folders 1-12;
Volume 45.3 (Fall 2011) is located in Box 3 Folders 13-22.
Volume 46.1 (Winter 2012) is located in Box 3 Folders 23-26 and Boxes 4 and 5.

Inclusive Dates: 2010-2012
Extent: 1 m
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Joyce C. Lewis fonds

Accession Number: 12-012
Description: Fonds is comprised of biographical information pertaining to Joyce C. Lewis, and research material pertaining to Irish immigrant Frances Stewart and to the nineteenth-century social history of Ontario. Items include correspondence, manuscripts and notes for speeches and articles, notes on various topics, research articles, typescripts and copies of historical letters, copy photographs, and slides. Also included are a number of original historical letters pertaining to the Stewart family and one original photograph of Harriet Beaufort. Unless otherwise noted, the research materials are primarily comprised of reproductions in the form of photocopies.
Inclusive Dates: 1813-1887; 1970-2012
Extent: 1.4 m of textual records; ca. 1600 slides; ca. 4 photographs
Restrictions: Research materials which are in photocopy format are not to be reproduced.


TITLE: Professor David Macmillan Collection

Accession Number: 05-003
Description: A disparate collection of documents and correspondence relating to North America, 1680-1920.
Inclusive Dates: 1680-1920
Extent: 40 cm
Restriction: N


TITLE: Charles Vincent Massey collection

Accession Number: 99-1005
Description: This collection consists of eleven published reports, addresses, and articles by the Honorable Vincent Massey. Topics include education, art and nationality, drama, external affairs, etc. with respect to Canada. Included also are typed notes compiled at a meeting at which Massey was present, on "Diplomatic Machinery", held in 1931.
Inclusive Dates: 1921-1931
Extent: 1 folder
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: Meta Incognita collection

Accession Number: 03-012
Description: Collection includes the agendas, minutes, and correspondence of the Meta Incognita Project Steering Committee and the Archival Research Task Force (ARTAF). Also included are ARTAF research materials, reports, transcripts, notes, etc. relating to an American Historical Association meeting and a Trent University conference which focused on the subject of Frobisher and his Northwest initiatives.
Inclusive Dates: 1991-2000
Extent: 1.1 m of textual records, 1 VHS tape, 1 cassette tape


TITLE: Munroe Scott fonds

Accession Number: 99-001
Description: This fonds consists of various scripts and manuscripts, films, audio cassettes, etc., and related correspondence. Also included are photographs and personal correspondence.
Inclusive Dates: 1946-1996
Extent: 5.7 m
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Professor Denis Smith fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 89-009
Description: This addition to the fonds consists of records forwarded to the Archives via the office of the Journal of Canadian Studies in 1988 which were apparently generated by Professor Denis Smith. Most files relate to Trent University, its founding and architectural history, and areas of interest to Professor Smith such as the Committee For An Independent Canada and the Canadian Forum.
Inclusive Dates: 1963-1976
Extent: 61 cm
Restrictions: Permission of the University Archivist.


TITLE: State of English Language Publishing in Canada Conference fonds

Accession Number: 87-018
Description: This fonds consists of correspondence, accounts, notes, clippings and articles relating to the conference held at Trent University on January 24 and 25, 1975. There are also 3 copies of Journal of Canadian Studies edition with papers from the conference.
Inclusive Dates: 1975
Extent: 30.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Thomas H.B. Symons fonds: Additions

Accession Number: 97-019
Description: This fonds consists of the personal records of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons relating to his activities on various boards and committees as well as Trent University. It includes correspondence; addresses given; articles written; as well as manuscripts, typescripts and research notes, photographs and video tapes.
Inclusive Dates: 1963-1996
Extent: 9.3 m of textual records, ca. 200 photographs, 7 videocassettes
Restrictions: Permission of Thomas H. B. Symons and the University Archivist.


TITLE: Thomas H. B. Symons fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 01-003
Description: Fonds consists of personal records of Thomas H.B. Symons relating to his career and to his family. Included are records of his wife, Christine Symons, his children, Mary, Jeffrey, and Ryerson Symons, his father, Harry Lutz Symons, including his father's manuscript for "Three Ships West", and his mother, Dorothy Sarah (Bull) Symons. Also included are materials relating to Professor Symons' activities on various boards and committees, addresses, articles, manuscripts, typescripts, and correspondence, documents and notes concerning Trent University, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Celanese Canada, Science Council of Canada, Department of External Affairs, Royal Society of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, etc.. Also included are photographs of Thomas H.B. Symons, Christine Symons, and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
Inclusive Dates: 1929-1999
Extent: 7.7 m
Restrictions: Permission of Thomas H.B. Symons and the University Archivist required. Boxes 21 and 22 closed until 2026.


TITLE: Thomas H.B. Symons fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 11-001
Description: Fonds includes personal and business correspondence, notes, and documents. Also included are greeting cards, invitations, and photographs. Major categories include Trent University, Police Services Board (Peterborough), Trent-Severn Waterways, Bagnani Endowment Trust & Vogrie, Broadview Press, Ontario Heritage Press, Association of Commonwealth Studies, and Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Inclusive Dates: 1958-2010
Extent: 5.2 m of textual documents; ca. 90 photographs
Restrictions: Permission of Thomas H.B. Symons and the University Archivist required. Boxes 17 & 18 closed until 2050.


TITLE: Thomas H.B. Symons. Meta Incognita fonds

Accession Number: 05-012
Description: Fonds consists of correspondence, reports, notes, papers, and research material relating to the Meta Incognita project, a project relating to the Arctic voyages of Martin Frobisher.
Inclusive Dates: 1990-2000
Extent: 60 cm of textual records; 30 photographs; 1 audio cassette
Restrictions: Permission of Thomas H.B. Symons and the University Archivist required.


TITLE: Thomas H.B. Symons fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 15-006

Description: Fonds includes personal and business correspondence, notes, reports, minutes, invitations, and other documents. Major categories include Association of Commonwealth Universities; Association for Commonwealth Studies; British-North American Committee; Symons Trust; Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation, Confederation Centre, Prince Edward Island; Peterborough, Police Chairmanship, Panel on the Trent-Severn Waterway; Trent University; Education; Statistics, Canadian Studies, Bilingualism, Northern Canada; Ontario Heritage Trust; Historica; Bata Shoe Museum; various political and public affairs; and Downsview Park.
Inclusive Dates: 1962-2013
Extent: 4.2 m of textual records
Restrictions: Permission of Thomas H.B. Symons and the University Archivist required.