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Accession Number: 05-016


Jean Murray Cole fonds. Additions. -- 1980-2003. -- 24 cm of textual records.

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 November 2005.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of research notes, reports, and clippings on indigenous peoples in the Peterborough area, Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill, and local historical subjects.


Title based on the donor of the fonds.
Fonds acquired from Jean Murray Cole in November 2005.
Restrictions: N
This fonds, along with 03-009, 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. Files relating to Margaret Laurence; includes correspondence
2. Correspondence and reports generated by the Planning Committee for the Peterborough Liftlock Centenary, 2002-2003.
3. Notes and correspondence re Friends of the Bata Library Acquisitions Committee, 1983-1994
4. Curve Lake and Rice Lake natives: reports & newspaper clippings

Box 2

1. The Rossdale Flats Project, 2003: reports and correspondence
2. Materials relating to the Juniper Island Canoe Regatta, 1883, and the Jean Murray Cole manuscript for Nastawgan
3. Tshimakain Mission, Jean Murray Cole manuscript, 1986
4. Correspondence and manuscript relating to the book, Portraits; Jean Murray Cole manuscript on Catharine Parr Traill
5. Molly Thom play (This Beggardly Wooded Country)
6. Playscript "Susannah"; 2nd version, 1981, by Ann Joyce & Beth Hopkins
7. Professor William Morton autobiographical manuscript with accompanying note from Margaret Laurence, 1986
8. Jean Murray Cole manuscript "Lady Travellers", 1980