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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 07-008


William Twist collection. -- 1881-1995. -- 86 cm of textual materials. -- ca. 50 photographs.

Biography / History

William Twist ([193-?]-2006) was a resident of Lakefield, Ontario with a long-standing interest in its architecture and history. He was a member of L.A.C.A.C. from 1989 to 1995 and Chair of Lakefield's Christ Church Restoration Committee.

Custodial History

Collection was in the custody of Lucille Strath before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2007.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of materials pertaining to Lakefield, Ontario, including Lakefield's Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (L.A.C.A.C.) meeting minutes, correspondence and research materials; issues of "The Parish Magazine;" medical receipts of Dr. John Rodger Fraser, Assessment Rolls; Fire Insurance Plans; business daybooks, one of which at least may have been related to the Hendren Funeral Home of Lakefield; and various other records.


Title based on the collector of the records.
The Assessment Rolls are mouldy; researchers may use these at their own discretion. A protective mask will be provided upon request.
Collection was acquired from Lucille Strath in 2007.
Restrictions: N
Outsized items are housed in the following locations: beside Boxes 1 & 2 in the stacks; in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 47; and in the Map Cabinet - Drawer 6.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Note: Box 1 consists of records of L.A.C.A.C. (Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee), Lakefield, ca. 1985-1995, plus related newspaper clippings, ca. 1960s

1. Photographs (31): Lakefield individuals, groups, buildings (some photocopies of photos included)
2. Architectural report of John Stalker House in Clarke Township, 1986
3. Gordon Young's research on Lakefield's Council Chamber and Village Hall, 1995
4. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. housing file with legal descriptions of properties, 1985
5. Memorial town hall, Lakefield
6. 59 Clementi Street, "The Den", Lakefield
7. Caroline House, 33 Caroline St., Lakefield
8. 44 Bridge Street, Grist Mill, Lakefield
9. Lakefield Fairgrounds
10. Spence house, Regent Street (Margaret Laurence house), Lakefield
11. 1 Regent Street, Lakefield
12. Post Office, Lakefield
13. 140 Concession Street, Lakefield
14. Hydro Plant, Lakefield
15. Lakefield -Smith Community Centre, Lakefield
16. Leonard's Hardware, Lot 1, Queen Street East, Lakefield
17. 29 Queen Street, Lakefield
18. 16 Smith Street, Lakefield
19. Dobson residence, Regent Street, Lakefield
20. Lakefield train station
21. T.C. Young store and house, Queen Street, Lakefield
22. Christ Church, Lakefield
23. Millage's Plumbing Supplies Store, Queen Street, Lakefield
24. 5 Katherine Street, Lakefield
25. History of Lakefield: assorted publications, mostly unpublished, (1) newspaper
26. Lakefield Pavilion, Scouts Building, Lakefield
27. Rev. Henry Hulbert Wolsely, Lakefield's First Minister: Peterborough Examiner, 1965
28. Payne family history, Lakefield
29. Farmer and Business Directory, census information of Douro and Lakefield, 1850-1896
30. History of the village of Lakefield, published in 1870-1890
31. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. meeting minutes, 1986-89
32. Lakefield Building Department: correspondence
33. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. methods of research
34. Lakefield notice of Public Meetings and Zoning By-Laws, 1992-1995
35. Gordon Young and Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. walking tour, 1995
36. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. minutes and correspondence, 1990-1995
37. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. resolutions, 1983-1985
38. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. items on loan
39. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. Rubber Duck Race, 1989
40. Government of Ontario's summer job program, Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. application, 1988
41. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. correspondence, 1987-88
42. Lakefield Canada Day celebrations, 1993
43. Lakefield improvement and land consolidation plans, 1988-1992
44. Lakefield Culture and Recreation Masterplan, 1982
45. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. houses of interest
46. Lakefield Parks and Recreation Committee, 1990-1995
47. Maps of Lakefield 1859-1980: drawings, photographs
48. Lakefield newspaper clippings, 1963-1996
49. Lakefield L.A.C.A.C. heritage research application, R.R. #1 Norwood

Box 2

1. The Parish Magazine, Lakefield, 1891-1894; 1920-1921 (scattered issues)
2. John Rodger Fraser, M.D. (1855-1945), Lakefield: medical receipts, 1923-1929; obituary
3. "Infantry Drill as revised By Her Majesty's Command, 1889, London" (a book once owned by R.H. Strickland)
4. The Globe, Toronto, photogravure relating to Lakefield, 26 May 1894; depicts several buildings and people (photocopy)
5. Thompson Braden "Agricultural Service Diploma," 1941 Loose on Shelf

Lakefield Assessment Rolls, 1936; 1940 (Books 1 & 2) - Note: The Assessment Rolls are mouldy; researchers may use these at their own discretion. A protective mask will be provided upon request.
Day Book, 1908-1912. Includes recipes for furniture polish and embalming fluid. Entries pertain to furniture, funeral expenses, transportation services. Customers come from Lakefield, Peterborough, Selwyn, McCrackens Landing.
Day Book, 1912-1917. Includes invoices for furniture and household goods; charges for transportation around the Lakefield area. Includes recipe for care of harness.
Day Book, 1905-1913. Invoices for furniture and household goods. Name in front on letterhead "Geo. G. Hendren, Furniture Dealer, Funeral Director and Embalmer. Hack and Livery Overland & Ford Cars for Hire," "Upholstering, Repairing and Picture Framing." Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 47

Miscellaneous school class photographs and sports team photographs (offprints only)
Midland Railway of Canada Passenger Tariff, 1882 Map Cabinet - Drawer 6

Lakefield Fire Insurance Plans, September 1911 (2 copies)