Past Archival Exhibits

A book with a red cover and a lot of wear. The title is I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent published by Industrial Workers of the World

MAY DAY: An Exhibit of Labour Collection Holdings from the Trent University Archives

April 12 – May 31, 2024, Exhibit cases, Bata Library Atrium and in the Archives (BL 117)

May 1 is May Day, or International Workers Day, which has been celebrated worldwide for 138 years. The Trent University Archives has 38 archival collections about labour, including many collections documenting the power of unions and workers’ organizing. This exhibit features some of those collections and histories. See photographs from the 1991 Trent University faculty strike, song sheets used by the International Workers of the World (Wobblies), a 1916 telegram from union organizers in Winnipeg to the Peterborough Trades and Labour Council, and much more. This exhibit marks the Archives’ recent acquisition of the records of the Peterborough & District Labour Council and local labour organizer, Henry Nokes.


Women in the Archives 

March-April 2024, Bata Library Atrium

International Women’s Day is March 8th and what better way to celebrate than by diving into records from Trent University’s own archives. We have chosen to represent contemporary and historical women who have pushed through gendered and racial barriers; making waves in their professions and paving the way for future generations.  


Whitman and Twain: Highlights from the Feinberg Collection

Sepia photograph of a man in a suit sitting down
Walt Whitman

October and November 2023, Bata Library Atrium

Curated by Gina Nemati

The Feinberg Collection of materials on Walt Whitman and Mark Twain, which includes first editions, rare printings, photographs, ephemera, and even a bronze cast of Whitman’s hand, is on permanent loan from the Peterborough Public Library and kept in Archives and Special Collections at Trent. The exhibit was curated by Gina Nemati (MA 2023), as part of her Public Texts internship placement with the Trent University Library and Archives.