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Accession Number: 03-009


Jean Murray Cole fonds. Additions. -- 1968-2001. -- 42 cm of textual records. -- 1 photograph.

Biography / History

Jean Murray Cole was born in 1927. She and her husband, A.O.C. Cole, shared the editorialship of a number of books including The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Peterborough (1975) and Kawartha Heritage (1981). Jean Murray Cole is a former journalist and has published a number of historical texts concerning Peterborough and area. Her major publications include Exile in Wilderness (1979), The Loon Calls: A History of the Township of Chandos (1989), and South Monaghan: The Garden of Eden (1998). Jean is an active member of the Friends of the Bata Library and has been a long-standing member of the Peterborough Historical Society.

Custodial History

Fonds was in the custody of Jean Murray Cole before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2003.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, published papers and booklets, and research materials relating to the many papers, articles, and books written by Jean Murray Cole.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.
Fonds acquired in 2002 from Jean Murray Cole.
Some of the material is in French.
Restrictions: N
This fonds is an addition to 99-1000.
For related records see: 75-1030, 77-030, 82-003, 84-004, 84-020, 88-014, 89-001, 89-1023, 91-1025, 93-024, and 95-002.

Finding Aid

Box 1

1. Exile in the Wilderness: the biography of Chief Factor Archibald McDonald, 1790-1853 - original manuscript
2. This Blessed Wilderness: Archibald McDonald's letters from the Columbia, 1822-44 - galley proof
3. as above - manuscript and correspondence with publisher
4. Origins: The History of Dummer Township - manuscript
5. as above - contract, expenses, research material, notes, correspondence (includes photograph of Jean Cole at book launching)
6. The Loon Calls: a history of the township of Chandos - manuscript, correspondence, newspaper clippings
7. Whitman Sesquicentennial Conference, 1986 - paper given re The Tshimakain Mission (correspondence, manuscript)
8. Fur Trade Days on the Lower Fraser produced by the Vancouver Historical Society, 1999 - paper given re Archibald McDonald (correspondence, manuscript)
9. Rupert's Land Colloquium / Vancouver, 2000 - paper given re Archibald McDonald (manuscript)
10. A Ranald MacDonald Day Celebration / Oregon Historical Society, 1989 - paper given re Ranald MacDonald (correspondence, manuscript)
11. Canadian Forum article, 1975 - National Identity on the Table (manuscript, correspondence)
12. Canadian Collector article,1978 - Hutchison House (manuscript, correspondence)
13. Journal of Canadian Studies article, 1981 - "Keeping the Mind Alive": Literary Leanings in the Fur Trade (manuscript, correspondence)
14. Dictionary of Canadian Biography submission, 1985 - Archibald McDonald (correspondence, manuscript (English and French))
15. Peterborough Lift Lock guide book project (editor Jean Cole) - (correspondence, contract information, etc.)
16. Copies of various published papers and articles by Jean Cole:
David Fife and Red Fife Wheat
Kawartha Lakes Regattas
Sandford Fleming: No Better Inheritance
Peterborough in the Hutchison-Fleming Era, 1845-1846
Hutchison House
Catharine Parr Traill - Botanist
Exile in the Wilderness: Archibald McDonald's ten years at Fort Colvile
17. Talks given by Jean Cole (includes subjects such as Margaret Laurence, Margaret MacKelvie, Dummer Township)
18. Book reviews, 1968
19. Toronto Star - article submissions and correspondence, 1982
20. Trent: The Making of a University - letters to Alf Cole, 1992
21. Peterborough Historical Atlas (new abridged edition) - newspaper clippings, publicity, correspondence
22. A Victorian Snapshot: The Denne Collection.... - research material, rough notes

Box 2

1. Trent-Severn Waterway: research material (papers, publications, newspaper articles, 1984-2000)
2. as above

White binder:
"The Dowson/Dawson Family History 1653 to 1997, from Yorkshire, England to Ontario, Canada"