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Accession Number: 04-002


Marjorie McLean Oliver fonds. Additions. -- 1845-1999. -- 60 cm of textual records. -- ca. 500 photographs.

Biography / History

Miss Marjorie McLean Oliver was born on October 8, 1909 and lived in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Her parents were James McLean Oliver and Margaret Chase. Oliver attended the Normal School in Peterborough and received her BA from Queen's University. She became a school teacher and taught in Whitby and Peterborough. In October 1998, Oliver donated the Bobcaygeon property which her family had operated as a tourist resort, to Trent University in memory of her father, James McLean Oliver. This 270-acre property is now known as the James McLean Oliver Ecological Centre. Marjorie McLean Oliver died on November 28, 2003.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Sheena Symington before it was donated to Trent University Archives in two allotments, on September 10th, 2003 and February 25th, 2004.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of photographs, genealogical information, and legal documents pertaining to the Chase and Oliver families; diaries of Marjorie Oliver; documents relating to her teaching career; school yearbooks; correspondence; and greeting cards including several Valentines. Also included is a North Harvey Cheese & Butter Manufacuring Company Ltd. ledger dated 1911-1920.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.
This fonds was acquired from Sheena Symington.
Restrictions: N
This fonds along with 01-016 is an addition to 01-010.

For information about Trent University's James McLean Oliver Ecological Centre, click here.

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Box 1

Folder 1: Correspondence 1895-1999

Folder 2: Greeting cards (includes Valentines)

Folder 3: Postcards: Nogie's Creek; Bobcaygeon

Scrapbooks (4): Contents include glued items and loose items: greeting cards (including Valentines), postcards, photographs, newspaper clippings, notes, poems, Watson Kirkconnell correspondence re Marjorie Oliver's accomplishments at school in Lindsay (1927; 1975)

Folder 4: Oliver's teaching career: notes and notebooks relating to subjects of interest

Folder 5: Oliver's teaching career: certificates and diplomas 1926-1973 (also rolled items); retirement tribute 1970; Queen's University convocation program 1943

Folder 6: Chase family genealogy

Folder 7: Oliver family genealogy, including family tree

Loose in box: one small box containing 3 books of remembrance: James McLean Oliver 1952; Margaret Oliver 1972; Margaret Elizabeth Oliver Thurston 1974

Folder 8: Miscellaneous items: receipts; "My Home Coming" by David Arthur Brodie; etc.

Loose in box:
"The Tatler" yearbook - Collegiate Institute, Lindsay, Ontario, 1921-1922, 1923-1924, 1925-1926, 1926-1927
The Toronto Normal School Year Book, 1926-1927, 1932-1933
Peterborough Normal School Souvenir Book 1927-1928
Tricolor '43 [Year Book] - Queen's University, Kingston

Loose in box:
North Harvey Cheese & Butter Mfg. Co. Ltd. ledger, 1911-1920

Box 2

Diaries - 6 bound diaries, plus 2 bundles of several years of diary entires on loose pages
bound - 1924, 1934-1938, 1939-1942, 1953-1957, 1978-1998, 1998 (includes loosely enclosed funeral notice for Margaret Chase 1972)
2 bundles of loose pages - 1958-1969, 1970-1995

Box 3

Photographs (approx. 400) - photographs of the house at 18 Joseph St., Bobcaygeon, Ontario; Lawrence cottage at Pigeon Lake; Chase family ancesters plus unidentified; Oliver family ancestors; friends and students of Marjorie Oliver (some photographs include Oliver, and trips she went on); Kaspar family wedding photograph 1999; Herb Smith; women at Nogie's Creek store packing boxes to send to soldiers during WWI; scenes of Hawaii; Britian trip 1985
Plus one album on shelf beside Box 3: Family ancestors, possibly Chase family; one photograph is of a large logging crew with horses and large wagon of logs

Additional material added November 2005: One photo album, received from Communications Department, Trent University, relating to the teaching of "Environmental Assessment Techniques for Aboriginal Communites" (ERSC/NAST 215H) at the James MacLean Oliver Ecological Centre, 2002, ca. 100 photographs

Box 4

Legal documents: wills, deeds, indentures, agreements, etc. 1845-1980