Welcome to the Archives


Trent University Archives is a regional repository for historical papers and records relating to the Trent Valley area and beyond, with special emphasis on those subject areas which complement undergraduate and graduate teaching at Trent. We are guided by an Archives Policy and are open to the public without charge.

Trent University Archives has two named areas: Northway Reading Room, and Michael Treadwell Special Collections and Rare Books Room.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Private historical papers. Papers and documents relating to the history of the Trent valley area and far beyond as well as items which support the teaching and research done at Trent University.
  • Trent University historical papers. Key dates and historical information on policies, the administration and history of the University itself. Included is an administrative chart, photographs and slides, information about the Trent crest, building names and much more.
  • Trent University administrative records. The Archives maintains non-current administrative records of Trent University, arranged in Record Groups. These records are restricted and require permissions to access.
  • Special Collections and Rare Books. More than 13,000 rare books and historical manuscripts.
  • University Art Collection. More than 700 pieces by local, national and international artists.

Researching the Archives

Giving materials to the Trent University Archives

  • Donating material to archives and special collections
  • Transferring records from university departments and units

The People

  • University Archivist: Karen Suurtamm, B.Hum, M.A., MISt
  • Archives Associate: Rebecca Kolisnyk, B.Sc. Hons. (July 2022 - August 2023)
  • Archives Associate: Tori Cartwright, B.A. Hons. (on leave beginning 1 August 2022)
  • Library Services Associate (1 day/week): Sarah Moret

    Former Heads:

  • University Archivist: Jodi Aoki, M.A.
  • Librarian Emeritus: Janice Millard, M.L.S., Dip. (CRMP), M.A. (Teaching)
  • University Archivist Emeritus: Bernadine Dodge, M.A., Ed.D.

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