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Accession Number: 08-001


Peterborough Community Concert Association fonds. Additions. -- 1986-2007. -- 64 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The Peterborough Community Concert Association was formally established in 1942 when the Peterborough Music Club joined Community Concerts of America, Inc. It was formed under the leadership of Dr. J.J. Craig, a well known Peterborough dentist, and a group of business people interested in bringing outstanding musical talent to Peterborough. The objectives of the Association were to "build and maintain through nonprofit plan a permanent concert audience on a strictly membership basis; to cultivate in the citizens of Peterborough and its surrounding area interest in good music; to provide for its members an opportunity to hear good music in the form of concerts and recitals, of which there will be a minimum of three presented annually; and to foster and encourage public appreciation of music and the teaching of music, history of music, and music appreciation in the schools of Peterborough and its surrounding area." Peterborough did have a concert association which existed before 1942, but unfortunately, all written records of this association have been lost. Over the years, the Peterborough Community Concert Association was able to bring many big name artists and groups to Peterborough including Ephriam Zimbalist, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and Leona Boyd. In 1987, the Peterborough Community Concert Association broke its ties with Community Concerts of America, Inc. due to high commissions and the high American dollar and comparatively low Canadian dollar. The Peterborough Concert Association was the result of this split and it continued to function effectively, holding five to six concerts a year and maintaining the high artistic standards set in previous years. At a special general meeting held in November 2006, the Peterborough Concert Association decided to suspend operations, as it was unable to find the volunteers it needed in order to stay in operation.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Peterborough Concert Association before it was donated to Trent University Archives via John Burbidge in 2008.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of administrative and promotional material, meeting minutes, budgetary records, programs, artist contracts, membership lists, and correspondence relating to the Peterborough Concert Association.


Title based on the association which created the fonds.
Fonds acquired from the Peterborough Concert Association via John Burbidge in 2008.
Restrictions: N
This fonds, along with 93-015, 97-004, and 99-007, is an addition to 79-001.

Finding Aid

Box 1

1. Letters patent, by-laws, incorporation, constitutions, 1966, 1986-1988, 1999-2004
2. SOCAN licensing, 1993-1994
3. Registered charity documents, 1986-1988, 1997
4. Industry Canada corporation documents, 1999-2002
5. Nominations, 1989-2000
6. Membership campaigns, 2000-2007
7. Membership lists, 2002-2006
8. Surveys and questionnaires, 1994-2003
9. Financial statements, 1995-2007
10. Insurance, 2000-2002 (including re piano rentals)
11. Bequests, 2000-2003
12. Corporate patron plan, 1987-1999
13. Ontario Arts Council grants, 1989-1997
14. Artist agreements, 1996-2006
15. Programs, 1987 to 1998
16. Programs, 1998-1999 to 1999-2000
17. Programs, 2000-2001 to 2003-2004
18. Programs, 2004-2005 to 2006-2007
19. Minutes of meetings, 1997-1999
20. Minutes of meetings, 2000-2007 (folder 1 of 3)
21. as above (folder 2 of 3)
22. as above (folder 3 of 3)
23. Miscellaneous

loose in box:
"Secretary Files, 1988-1994"
"PCA 1995-96 Season Selection & Contracts"
"Secretary Files, 1996-1998"

Box 2

Blue binder of minutes, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, promotional material, etc., ca. 2000-2007

Materials received in 2017 from Professor Jim Conley:

Red binder of manager's files, 1994-1999


1. Centre for the Performing Arts, ca. 1990-19979

2. Action file, 1999-2001

3. Sponsors and patrons, 1999

4. Access database, 1999-2000

5. Membership surveys, 1989-1999

6. Programs/keynotes, April 1987-April 1996

7. Programs/keynotes, October 1996-April 2004

8. Manager's files, 1992-1994