Welcome to the Archives

Trent University Archives holds a unique collection of primary materials documenting the history and institutional knowledge of Trent University, and the history of institutions, organizations, and individuals of the Trent Valley region (including Peterborough and the surrounding counties of Victoria, Haliburton, Hastings, Northumberland and Durham). We are also responsible for Special Collections, a collection of rare books and local titles. Our collections are built to support the administration of the university, teaching and research at the university, and the research needs of the broader public.

We are guided by an Archives Policy and are open to the public without charge.

Collections Overview

  • Private historical papers. Papers and documents relating to the history of the Trent Valley area and far beyond, as well as collections that support teaching and research 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.

Accessing Collections

Giving materials to the Trent University Archives

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